I've wanted ombre hair for absolutely aaaaaaages, but for some reason I always shied away from it as I always thought it would be safer to go for simple highlights or all-over hair dye. A few months ago I bit the bullet and booked an appointment at the hairdresser to finally get my dream ombre hair done - except I left the hairdresser with not much more than barely visible ombre (the hairdresser basically dyed the 'ombre' bits half a shade lighter than my natural hair colour!) - definitely NOT worth the money.
A couple of weeks later, I came across the Bleach London DIY Dip Dye Kit, reasonably priced at £7 from Boots. At first I was wary about this as I didn't trust myself to get the ombre effect right and that I would be left with a harsh blonde line half way down my hair. However, after coming across this video from Ellie Hanger I thought I would be brave give it a try.
The Bleach London Dip Dye Kit contains a bottle of developing lotion, 2 sachets of bleach, a sachet of blending lotion to help you achieve the gradient ombre effect, a tube of the Bleach London Reincarnation Mask, a brush, a mixing bowl and a pair of gloves.
I started by mixing the developing lotion with the bleach, then applied the blending lotion to the area of my hair where I wanted to ombre to start (around my ears). Using the brush, I then applied the hair dye mixture to my hair starting from the ends and working my way up to where the blending lotion was applied. Although you could probably do this on your own, I got my mum to help me when applying the hair dye to the back of my hair. I then waited around 20 minutes for the hair dye to work its magic.
Once 20 minutes were up, I shampood my hair twice, once using my favourite Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Moisture Shampoo followed by the Bleach London Silver Shampoo which helps tone down any brassiness. I then applied the Bleach London Reincarnation Mask to my hair and left it on for around 10 minutes to really treat my hair after applying the bleach. The mask is super thick and nourishing and I will probably be re-purchasing this as it left my hair feeling super soft!
Once I'd dried and straightened my hair I could finally see the finished result - and I loved it! The ombre effect looks great with no harsh lines in sight, and the colour of the ombre section is just how I wanted it.
I would most definitely recommend trying out the Bleach London DIY Dip Dye Kit if you'd like to try ombre hair. It's easy to use (even for non-professional, impatient-with-hair people like me) and it only costs £7! Available from Boots.