Have y'all seen ombred hair?
(And yes, I just used ombre as a verb.)
Basically, it's where the top of your hair is dark and gradually lightens as you reach the ends.
Like you let your dark roots grow waaay out on purpose.
Emma of A Beautiful Mess has a gorgeous ombre going on.
I'd seen several other girls rocking it too and started to catch the ombre bug.
The thing is, they've been rocking it for years and I am (of course) late to the ombre party.
I recently saw Danielle's DIY ombre post (& video) and couldn't believe how simple it seemed. Like, I actually thought I could do this to my own hairs.
Even though I've never colored my own hair unless you count Sun-In and a rather unfortunate decision to try a dark ash brown home kit in the early 90s.
And you can't count those as successes.
But I threw caution to the wind and made a beeline for Sally's Beauty Supply Monday afternoon.
As you do.
I needed to color my roots anyway, those pesky greys were taking over, so, really, why NOT try ombre?
I bought two brown dyes to mix together for the top portion of my hair and the Sally lady recommended the Kaleidocolors violet bleach and Level 30 developer.
I gathered my courage and got busy mixing later that evening.
I bleached my ends first (eeeek), rinsed that out after 15ish minutes and then mixed the browns together with Level 20 developer and painted it on. Mess. Y.
After 20-30 minutes I shampooed everything and used a deep conditioner. Once I blew it dry I realized I hadn't left the bleach on long enough. Yeah, I'd been chicken, and it showed.
Of course I'd already rinsed my bowl-o-bleach down the drain.
Guess where I went Tuesday?
Yeah. Sally's again. (Except this time I went to a different one.)
Another packet of bleach (same violet Kaleidecolors) and another small bottle of Level 30 developer.
(Still cheaper than the salon!)
So last night was Bleach-O-Rama, Round Dos.
(That old t-shirt has been sacrificed for the The Cause.)
I left the bleach on this time about 30 minutes. I was scared it would turn out too blond--or white even--or like, fall off--since I'd just bleached my ends Monday, but thankfully, no, it was fine. I rinsed, shampooed and deep conditioned again.
Okay...without further ado...my ombre...
(or Almost Ombre)
The lighting is a bit weird, there are a bit more bleachy sections, they're just hiding I guess.
I'm thinking I need to add a few (really, just a few) more bleachy bits (thin sections, not chunks) along the sides.
Cue Sally trip #3.
What do you think?
(Truth please, I can take it!)