Hello everyone! You may recall I recently decided to freshen things up a bit for spring/summer and started at the top with my barnet! I'm no stranger to hair dye, I usually use a colour in the realm of golden brown to add a little warmth to my natural dark brown, but the most adventurous I've ever been was dark red when I was younger and even then you could only see it in the sunshine! I had been contemplating the ombré look for a while but wasn't sure how it would look on my locks or against my skintone. After pinning hundreds inspirational hair images and scrutinising girls with ombré hair in the street, I found myself pacing the hair dye aisle in Boots with a pack of L'Oréal Féria Wild Ombrés dye in one hand and my phone in the other, anxiously awaiting my sister's valued opinion. She replied "Go for it!" so I did (albeit not before adding a brown dye to my basket just in case things went horribly wrong...)
Now although I have been dyeing my hair for ages I always have help, and would certainly describe my efforts as amateur at best. However, my usual assistant (aka Jon) was poorly and wrapped up in a duvet and in no fit state to handle potentially hazardous material, so I donned the gloves, dressed myself in a bin bag and set about watching umpteen YouTube tutorials before applying the mixture.
The process is quite straightforward - the kit includes a small brush you use to apply the bleach and you just part the hair and apply wherever you like - I took mine up quite high to my cheeks as I wanted it to brighten my face, but you can obviously do less or more depending on preference. It smells very strong, but that's to be expected as it is bleach! The instructions say to leave it on for 25 minutes then wipe a small section off to see if it's the desired shade, if not then leave longer but no more than 45 minutes. I left mine for about 35 before rinsing it off as I was worried about the condition of my hair! You're also given a moisture shampoo to use which is all very well but I found I needed to deep condition my hair as well just to help untangle it, so this may be something to keep in mind if you try it.
When I dried my hair and looked at it in daylight I was quite pleased - I used the kit for dark hair and the ombré effect looked like my hair had caught the sun, quite nice really but not especially noticeable as it was still rather close to my usual shade.
After a week I decided that although I wasn't unhappy with it, I did want more of a contrast so I bought the next lightest kit and used that in the same way, leaving for just 25 minutes this time. I want to point out that I did spend all week conditioning the ends of my hair and using coconut oil overnight as I was worried my hair would snap off but really it feels no different to before, so I guess if you are quite sensible with these kits they aren't too damaging to the hair! After re-dyeing I am now far happier with the result - it is a little orange and brassy in some light but I have bought a purple colour correcting shampoo to try and combat this.
I think if I were to go any lighter I would probably get professional assistance but for a bit of a change on a budget I do think these are perfect and am really happy with the result. A definite thumbs up from me! For just £6.99 it was more than worth the money in my opinion.
Have you tried the Wild Ombré kits? Would you like to?
Love Dani xoxo