Yesterday was a tough day. And let’s face it, when a gal has a tough day, some hair therapy is usually in order, right? Plus I’m trying to girlify my life a little more and as I was perusing all the yummy ombre images on Pinterest (cause that’s the other thing a gal does on a hard day… browse Pinterest), It occured to me that adding a blond gradient to my hair might actually be pretty easy. And just what the doctor ordered.
So, after years of not dying my hair at all… I did it. And now I’m going to share the how-to with you, you poor things.
**Heads up: I have never ever done this before. That’s my “I ain’t no pro, so do as I say at your own risk” disclaimer.**
My DIY tools: Clairol “Born Blonde”, an old tooth brush, precut tin foil and a bowl. Oh, and gloves… not seen here. I hear this is much easier with highlighting bleach kits so keep that in mind if you have darker hair than me.
My before hair. Not bad, but could be a lot more fun. Definitely tired of the dull brownish blonde it’s become over the years.
Step One: Change into a shirt you don’t care about getting dye on and brush your hairs!
Step Two: Apply a pretty healthy dose of the dye about 3-4 inches up, depending on how long your hair is. Use downward strokes with your brush. Set in tin foil and check regularly. I left it in for about 25 minutes before moving on to step 3. **One tip I learned is that when you’re doing it yourself, do NOT go above your shoulders. This leaves room for improvement.
Step three: Take the tips out of the foil and check your color. When it’s about a shade and a half lighter, apply more dye further up your hair. Be sure to fade it in nicely with your brush. Leave the older dye on your tips so it continues to lighten while you do the rest (unless you’ve gone too light, in which case just go ahead and rinse it off). I left this in for another 25 minutes. For a little extra fun, lighten up random strands around your head here and there.
Step Four: Rinse, wash and condition. Then wait approximately 10 years for your hair to dry before you can take a picture of it. GRUMBLE!
I hope you enjoyed this! If you’re thinking of dying your hair, this is a really low maintenance, low hassle way of getting a really fun look. I HIGHLY reccommend it and plan to go even lighter the next time. PLEASE refer to these fantastic videos below. They really helped me learn how to master this technique. OMBRE!