How to dye your own hair ombre

Yes, that’s what I’ve done! Dyed my hair hair ombre =) But in my own way of course, because technically my hair is far too dark to actually go properly blonde, so it’s actually more of a ginger/orange/lighter brown sort of colour that I really like =) So I did pictures of the process I took, but not while actually dying it because I would have made a mess and bleached my camera =S
So I thought I’d give some tips on doing it too while I’m here. So you’ll need to buy some bleach, yes it does have to be actual bleach. I started by trying a really blonde dye that was supposed to work on ‘light brown hair’, which apparently my hair wasn’t, in fact it almost made it darker, so believe me, you need bleach.
I used L’Oréal Paris Perfect Blonde Crème Maximum Bleaching Kit, which is, I think, the strongest bleach you can buy off the shelves, it is supposed to change you hair 6 shades. I’ve heard others use less strong ones, or even just a highlighting kit, but I used the strongest because basically, my hair is impenetrable to most hair dyes so I thought a strong one would work best.
More tips, do not use the bleach as long as the packet says (see below how I did it); I find it easier just to wear a towel when I do it in case of drips; do it in the bathroom so you can clean up easily; definitely wear the gloves; you will probably need to bleach it more than once (see below). I also tested the bleach on a tiny piece of hair first just to check it wasn’t going to go bright orange (because I wasn’t sure if the dye I’d had recently had all gone!)
So here come the pictures! Sorry they’re such close ups and I look kind of weird in some, I don’t have make up on in half of them because I had to wash the bleach out in the shower.
Before (hair all one colour!)
During the first bleaching. You need to do it on dry hair, hence the rest of it being dry. I knew I was going to bleach it more than once so I started by not putting the bleach too high up my hair.
After first bleaching, not much different. I had the bleach on for about 15 minutes I think.
After second bleaching. I washed it out, conditioned and dried it before reapplying the bleach for 15 more minutes.
After third bleaching. Same process as above. This was the colour I wanted, but I wanted it a bit higher, so bleached again.
After fourth (and final) bleaching. It took about an hour and a half altogether. 
So that’s it! It looks quite bright in the photos, but it’s actually a bit more subtle than that in real life. I also think it’s a good idea to condition your hair really well after the final time. Also, if you’re doing this it probably won’t need as much time or as many bleaches as mine did! I told you, my hair’s just impenetrable!! 
If you have any more questions about it, ask me below! Here are some more photos of it (I’m in my pyjamas by this point!!):




  1. March 11, 2011 / 8:04 pm

    That looks really good! Might have to try it at some point, though I’ve still got bits of dark purple in mine from dying it before Christmas! x

  2. March 11, 2011 / 8:32 pm

    That looks fantastic! I’m not daring enough to go near bleach but your hair still looks in fantastic condition afterwards as well. It’s a fantastic look for you 🙂 xoxo

  3. March 11, 2011 / 10:18 pm

    Wow, thats such a cool idea! It looks absolutely fantastic too. I really want to try it now 😛 I died my hair red recently, but it went a bit weird so i’ve been put off dying it again, but i might have a go. I’m not sure if it would look as effective because i have a dirty blonde colour hair :S What do you think? Lovely blog by the way 🙂

    Sarah xx

  4. March 12, 2011 / 12:41 am

    YOU LOOK AMAZING! I adore this hair style on you.

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