(For a Before & After image skip to the bottom of the post)
I recently dyed my hair back brown making a promise to myself to lay off the bleach, BUT, after one too many glimpses of the L’Oreal Ombre ad, I found myself queuing up in Boots to purchase L’Oreal’s Wild Ombre Shade No.1 (for Light Brown to Dark Brown Hair). Also available is Shade No.2 (for Dark Blonde to Medium Brown Hair) and Wild Ombre Shade No.3 (For Blonde to Dark Blonde Hair). Being a DIY blogger, who has been trying DIY Dip-Dying since April, I was keen to find out just how easy L’Oreal have made it for us ladies to do an Ombre over our bathroom sink…
Each Kit Contains:
- 1 tube of lightening crème
- 1 applicator bottle of developer crème
- 1 sachet of lightening powder
- 1 nutri-ceramide conditioning shampoo
- 1 easy to use brush
- 1 user guide & 1 pair of gloves
Safety First: Always do a patch test a day or two before, your local haidressers will be able to do one for you // As always when dying my hair, I wore a towel around my neck and shoulders so not to get bleach on my skin or clothes // Always wear the plastic gloves provided, I never dye without gloves.
Another important tip to add, before applying any bleach to ones hair, I advise brushing and combing your hair thoroughly all over to get rid of any tats or knots. The last thing you want when applying any type of bleach to your hair is knots, as it will be very difficult to rinse out and comb through afterwards.
L’Oreal Preference Wild Ombre Kit
It’s very important to follow the instrictions provided by L’Oreal, but here is a run-down of how I used the kit. As with my previous DIY Dip Dye (click here to read the full post) I began by parting my hair into two sections as if I were tying it into two pigtails. After making the mixture, I applied some evenly to the easy-use brush until it was covered, then I began combing through from the point you want the ombre to start. For mid-length to long hair, L’Oreal advised starting at the chin, but I started a little higher, at my cheek bone, and then combed the mixture through all my hair from that point down.
Depending on how blonde you would like your ombre, you are advised to leave the mixture on for 25 – 45 minutes. I left mine on for the full 45 as I found the dye did take quite some time to take to my hair. Once the time was up, I rinsed off the dye with warm water and applied the conditioning shampoo that comes with the kit. Once rinsed off, I also used my own conditioner afterwards for a bit of extra shine. Straight after bleaching it’s best not to blow dry or straighten hair, as blowing heat on top of the new bleach can really damage your hair and leave it brittle. I waited until after my my next hairwash until I straightened it. And that’s it. It really is that simple.
Thanks to the easy-use brush, it really wasn’t hard at all, much easier than my way because combing the dye through makes sure that you get all the hair and don’t miss any bits. I was chuffed with the final result. Anyone thats thinking of doing a bit Dip Dying but cant afford the salon price, I would highly reccomend the L’Oreal Preference Wild Ombre Kit. Even if you wanted to dye your hair pink, purple, blue; this kit is great to use as a base.
For tips on how to achieve different shades/intensities of the ombre, click HERE to visit L’Oreals Wild Ombre site, which also has a step-by-step process as well as How to Videos.
Before & After