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How To Lighten Your Coloured Hair With Bleach

Updated on June 22, 2014

What is ombre hair colour?

Ombre hair colour is a technique where the hair is lighter at the ends. It's been a huge trend of 2012 and 2013 and it looks like celebrities are going to be rocking it into 2014 as well.

In this article I will be showing you how to get this effect at home for only the fraction of the cost.

Ombre hair colour
Ombre hair colour | Source

Let's get started!

First you will need to do a strand test! Always do a strand test no matter what you're doing to your hair!


Step 1

Mix hydrogel and powder bleach together as it says in the instructions. Comb your hair and put on protective gloves.


Step 2

Put the mixture on your hair and use a comb to transfer it equally on your hair (we do want a subtle progression from dark to lighter, so apply it generously at the end, and not so much on the top). Make sure you don't leave any spots unbleached.


Step 3

Leave the mixture on for about 20-30min (read the instructions!) and watch it carefully during that process. Your hair will visibly go lighter and if you feel they are light enough, wash the mixture off with a shampoo. Don't cover your hair with anything and DON'T let your hair be exposed to the sun while the bleach is still on.


Step 4

After you've wash the mixture off, deep condition your hair and us oil for your ends. I suggest the amazing honey and olive oil hair mask - the results are amazing and your hair will be soft and shiny. Better than any store bought conditioner. Here's the easy DIY tutorial:

http://sashablues.blogspot.com/2014/06/diy-honey-olive-oli-hair-mask-for-dull.html

Step 5

Dry your hair and you're done!:)


For before/after pictures, check this link:

http://sashablues.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-to-lighten-your-hair-with-bleach.html

Products you will need

- Hydrogel

- Powder bleach

- Protective gloves

- Comb

- Shampoo

- Conditioner


Optional:

-Hair Toner

Ombre hair colour

Ombre hair colour
Ombre hair colour | Source

Pigmentation chart

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Warning!

Depending on the natural colour of your hair, you will may have to tone the color after bleaching.

The darker the hair, the darker the underlying pigment. What does that mean? If you're naturally dark brown, your hairl will end up looking reddish after bleaching etc. You can check your natural colour and the expected colour after bleaching in the chart on the right.

How to get rid of unwanted tones?

It's easy to fix the unwanted tones and lift your hair colour. All you have to do is use a toner - the best ones are from Wella.

- Wella Colour Charm Toner T14 Silver Lady is great fo getting rid of orange/brassy tones and Wella Colour Charm Toner T18 White Lady will eliminate yellow tones.

Picking the right toner is crucial. You can figure out which one will suit your hair by examining the colour wheel below. The colour that is opposite of the unwanted tones in your hair is the right one.


Blue will eliminate orange/brassy tones, violet yellow and green red.

Colour wheel

colour wheel
colour wheel

How to get rid of brassy/orange tones?

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