24 September 2016
How To | Salon Ready Blue Ombre
For Bestival I really wanted bright blue and pink ombre. Usually I would just brave it and give it a go myself, but I wanted it to look half decent. Silly me went to my usual hairdressers. Don't get me wrong, they're very good at normal hairdresser stuff like styling and dying hair natural colours, but blues and pinks? Not so much. The colour just wasn't right, and she shampooed my hair after the dye to help wash it out. Even a hair dye noob like me knows that's a schoolboy error. So as you can imagine, it wasn't as bright and fun as I would have liked.
Yes, I've still got the craving for a nice deep coloured ombre. I thought I would just give it a go myself, and tell ya'll how I got there. I have to say, I'm pretty impressed with my skillz here. A much more impressive attempt than my 16 year self trying to get it the whole lot pastel lilac and failing miserably... Although, I do have some super high quality 385763mp webcam pics where it does look pretty good.
My dye of choice was Arctic Fox 'Poseidon', which I got on Amazon for just under a tenner. I know you can get brands of dyes which are cheaper, but I've heard such good reviews of Arctic Fox so thought I would make the splurge. I also added a little dab of pink dye (*Live Colour XXL 'Raspberry Rebel') to really bring out the blue dye.
To apply, all I did was split my hair (washed and dried) down the middle so I had half down each side of my chest. I massaged the dye into my hair using my fingers (I gave the brush a good attempt but just couldn't get along with it), and when I reached the point where I wanted it to start fading into the blonde, I used my fingers to tease the dye already on my hair up a tad. So there's barely any dye on these bits of hair, but just enough to create a nice fade effect. Soz if I explained that all really badly.
In terms of waiting for it to take, I left it on for half an hour. I also decided to wrap each side up in foil to create, what I like to call, foil sausages. I also blitzed the hair dryer over each one for a few minutes as heat helps the dye take to your hair...apparently...
P.S. Don't be a fool like me and forget to only shampoo. Clever clogs over here conditioned as well as putting argon oil on. I then realized that mistakes had been made so had to rewash it!
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