These days, ombre hair color is extremely popular, leaving many women wishing they could achieve the look with their own hair. Believe it or not, you can actually get the beautiful ombre look in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the price of what you’d pay at your local salon. All you need to do is learn about the dip dye hair coloring technique and then put it to use on your own locks! Even if you don’t have a lot of experience in coloring your hair, it’s easier than you think it pull off dip dye hair at home.
Decide on Colors and Application Areas
Start by deciding on which colors you’re interesting in coloring your hair at the ends. If you have naturally lighter hair, you could go with a dark brown or even black for a nice contrast. However, many women these days are choosing bright and vibrant colors, such as purples and pinks, to really showcase their individuality. Regardless of which color (or colors) you choose, you’ll want to make sure you select a quality coloring product, such as Ion Color Brilliance Semi-Permanent Brights, that will be gentle on your hair and deliver lasting results.
You’ll also want to decide whether you want to apply the color to just the ends of your hair, or if you want to color the tips of your bangs and shorter layers as well. Make sure you also pick up the tools you’ll need to color your hair successfully including Color Brilliance Professional Premium Foil and a hair coloring kit complete with tint bowl, brush, and gloves.
Set Up Your Work Area
Next, it’s time to set up your work area, probably at your bathroom sink in front of a mirror. You’ll want to make sure to put down plastic covering (garbage bags work well here) over your floors and anything else you want to protect from possible hair color splattering. Take time to protect your skin and clothes from stains, too, by donning an old t-shirt and wrapping an old hand towel loosely around your neck. You may also want to apply a small amount of petroleum jelly around your forehead and ears to prevent hair coloring from seeping into your skin.
Begin With a Lightening Treatment
If you have naturally darker hair, you may want to start with a lightening treatment on the ends of your hair—especially if you’re coloring it a vibrant shade, such as bright blue or pink. Lightening before coloring will help ensure that the color shows up as vibrantly as possible. This step is optional, but for those with darker hair, it is recommended. Make sure to perform a test strand for the lightener and color, keep in mind each shade may require a different level of pre-lightening to achieve the most vibrant results. If you do begin with a lightening or bleaching treatment, just be sure to follow the instructions properly; leaving the treatment on for too long can be damaging to your hair.
Once your hair is properly lightened, give it a rinse and dry it; it should now be ready for coloring. If it still doesn’t seem light enough, you might consider doing another lightening treatment.
Work to Apply Color in Sections
The best way to dip dye hair is generally to work in sections. It may also be helpful to have a friend or other trusted loved one to provide assistance here when needed. Starting with the bottom section of your hair, use your brush to apply the color to the ends, doing your best to blend the color into your hair rather than leaving one sharp line of color across. As each section is colored, wrap it in a foil and move onto the next one. Then, follow the instructions for leaving the color in your hair before rinsing it out (and possibly washing or conditioning as needed). Be sure to rinse until none of the hair color is running out.
Now, all that’s left to do is dry and style your hair as normal to enjoy the results! You should have beautiful, ombre-styled hair that lasts for several weeks or longer (depending on the color you went with). The great thing about this is that you can easily do touch-ups as needed as the color gradually fades, and this method is so much more affordable than paying to have it done at your local hair salon!