When I was a child I had blonde hair but it grew darker over the years. Ever since then I’ve had brown hair. I’ve dyed it a few times but I always just went for a slightly darker shade of brown. I’ve been thinking about changing it back to blonde a lot over the past few years. However I just never felt up to the maintenance that requires and the huge change. What if it wouldn’t suit me?
The past few months I’ve been eyeing up the ombre hair trend that’s hit the runways. It’s basically like balayage, creating a gradient from dark to light. A lot of the it-girls and bloggers have been getting ombre hair and pulling it off amazingly. There’s many great DIY posts from bloggers explaining how to do this at home. I don’t have the funds to get it done professionally, I’m also a bit of a control freak and don’t really trust anyone with my hair apart from myself.
A few weeks ago I decided to go for it! I used a highlighting kit by Schwarzkopf. I mistakenly used one for dark blonde to medium brown hair. I left it in for the maximum amount of time but it didn’t achieve the effect I was looking for. Last week I tried again with a bleach kit from Garnier called Nutrisse. Success!
I’m really happy with how it turned out. I would do it again in a heartbeat! I’m definitely not an expert but if you’d like to try it too I can give you a few tips.
- Do a strand test! Bleaching hair has a different effect from person to person, none of our hair is the same. Try the bleach on a small strand of your hair first, leave it in for 20 minutes and rinse off. This will give you a guideline as to what it will look like and how long you will need to leave it in for.
- Don’t be afraid! It might seem daunting but just be patient, try not to hurry things and think about every step you are going to take. Just go for it! If all else fails, you could always dye it back to brown.