Right now, ombre and sunset hair coloring is extremely popular, and lots of women are ditching their “natural” hair colors to try something new and a little adventurous. Specifically, the sunset trend hair color involves blending shades of purple, red, and orange from the roots to the ends of the hair to create a look that’s reminiscent of a lovely sunset. Before you head to your local salon and shell out hundreds of dollars to pull off this look, however, realize that you can achieve this look at home with the right hair coloring products!
What You’ll Need
To achieve this look, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Ion Color Brilliance Radiant Orchid
- Ion Color Brilliance Magenta
- Ion Color Brilliance Salmon
- Ion Ammonia-Free Lightener (if you have darker hair)
- Ion Professional Hair Coloring Kit
You’ll also want to set up a work area, ideally in front of a bathroom sink with a mirror. Use garbage bags or plastic to cover floors, counter tops, and anything else you want to protect from possible staining. You should also protect your skin from color staining by loosely wrapping an old hand towel around your neck and donning an old t-shirt or even a garbage bag while coloring your hair.
Lighten as Needed
If you have darker hair, you’ll probably want to start by lighting it so that the sunset colors will show up as vibrantly as possible. Be sure to carefully follow the package instructions for lightening, as leaving a lightener or bleach in your hair for too long can be damaging. Make sure to perform a test strand prior to full application to ensure desired results. Once you rinse and dry your lightened hair, be sure that it’s light enough before proceeding to coloring. This may mean lightening twice, depending on how dark your natural hair color is.
Apply Radiant Orchid to Roots
Next it’s time to apply the Radiant Orchid (purple/violet) color to your hair. You’ll want to do this at the roots and about two to three inches down the hair shaft, depending on the length of your hair. The best way to apply the color to your hair is using a brush and working in sections, being careful to get the top and bottom layers of your hair. Also, unless you want blunt lines between colors, avoid being too “exact” with where one color ends and another begins. The idea is to create a seamless, blended look that transitions from one color to the next, just as in a real sunset.
Apply Magenta to Hair Mid Shaft
Once you’ve finished applying the purple to your roots, it’s time to apply the magenta color to the shaft of the hair. You’ll want to work quickly while still being accurate and careful, as the purple color is already beginning to set and you don’t want to leave it in too long. Use a clean brush to apply the magenta color down to about two or three inches above the ends of your hair, again being careful to blend the colors as much as possible.
Apply Salmon to Ends of Hair
Finally, finish off the color by applying the remaining salmon color to the ends of the hair. You may also want to wrap the ends in foil, since this is a lighter color and you want to avoid accidentally getting any of the magenta or purple mixed in with it. From there, follow the package instructions for how long the color needs to develop, which is usually around 20-40 minutes.
Process, Rinse, and Style
When your hair color appears to be fully developed, thoroughly rinse with cool (not hot) water until the water runs clear down your drain. Dry and style as usual, and enjoy your beautiful new sunset hair color!
Keep in mind that these kinds of vibrant hair colors also tend to be the quickest to fade and wash out, so you’ll want to use an after-color treatment right after treatment in addition to a shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for use on colored hair. For regular maintenance between colorings make sure to use a color sealer. You can also maintain your vibrant color by reducing the number of times you shampoo, by using a dry shampoo to extend your style between shampoos This will help to prolong the life of your color!
By following these tips, you can easily achieve the popular sunset hair color style right in the comfort and convenience of your own home. If you’re looking for a style that’s a little outside of the box, be sure to give this a try!