DIY Ombré at Home / Touching up Ombré

DIY Ombre Hair

I decided I needed a bit of a touch up on my ombré hair, as it’s grown quite a bit since I last did it!

I’ve done a video about this which you can see here, but I’m also just going to write about now and talk about the products I used and how I used them.

So, I wanted to try a bit of a balayage technique this time, adding some highlights into the top parts of my hair to blend into the ombré.  In hindsight, this was a little too ambitious!  But when it went wrong I fixed it, so I’ll explain everything I did.

Schwarzkopf Blonde Ultime
So first of all, I decided to use something stronger than the L’Oreal Extreme Ombré that I used here.  I picked up the Schwarzkopf Blonde Ultîme lightener in LXX, which is a lightener rather than a dye.  This lightener can lift your hair colour up to 8 levels.  This shade is suitable for natural light, medium and dark brown hair.

I used the ombré brush from the L’Oreal Extreme Ombré that I got before.  To achieve the ombré effect higher up in my hair (since it had grown out), I used the brush exactly as before.  I used it vertically and brushed down my hair, then horizontally to blend the darker and lighter hair together.  I then used my fingers to fully saturate the ends.

DIY Ombre HairDIY Ombre Hair

To create “highlights”, you can see how I used the brush vertically and allowed strands toward to roots to be covered in the mixture.

I used this technique all over my head, but I made a mess of it when it came to the top layer!  My hair ended up looking extremely patchy!  The blonde colour took too well to my hair, and created a bright blonde around my face that just didn’t suit me!  Here’s me looking horrified..

DIY Ombre Hair

So, to fix that mess, I got a brown hair dye!  I used the Clairol Nice ‘n Easy in 6A Light Ash Brown…

Clairol Nice n Easy

The idea here was to tone down the bright blonde bits, cover the patchy parts and blend the look together.  I got my husband to help me, as I wouldn’t have been able to do the back myself.  Here he is, being super helpful (and I’m watching him in the mirror like a hawk!)…

DIY Ombre Hair

I used a ‘spoolie’ / mascara brush to cover up the parts I wasn’t happy with.  This allowed me to be quite targeted with the coverage.

So, here is the finished result.  I’m quite happy with it, I may end up using a bit more brown for some more touch ups – but overall I think I’ve achieved the look I was originally going for!

DIY Ombre Hair

Thanks so much for reading, and if you have any questions or I didn’t cover something – just leave a comment below! x

Watch the video here:

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13 thoughts on “DIY Ombré at Home / Touching up Ombré

  1. The final result looks so good! I can’t believe you did that at home, it looks like a salon result. I have recently started getting my hair ombre dyed at a hairdressers and its so expensive but I’m too much of a whip to do it myself.
    What did you use to curl your hair? I love the soft curls its created. New YT subbie 🙂
    xx

    peplumsandcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk

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    • You’re so sweet! It takes a LONG time, this wasn’t the first time I did it, but if you’ve been doing it at a salon and have something to work with already – I say go for it!! X and I use a Babylis curling wand x

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  2. Your brown is very similar to my current natural growth color. When you used Schwarzkopf Ultime on that color of your hair, did you get a good blonde result? Meaning did it go brassy? I’m considering using it to highlight more around the top of my hair. Also, I made my bf watch your hubby help you with the back, so he can feel better giving me a hand with the hard-to-reach area in back. Ha!

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    • Haha, good! That’s what boyfriends/husbands are for! Yes I got a really strong blonde colour – no orange at all. However, because it is so strong you need to be really careful where you are placing it and how much you’re using x Hope that helps 😊

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  3. I have done almost the exact same thing! I home ombre’d my hair, and most of the bottom looks lovely, but then just above and round the back its patchy 😥 you can’t tell if I put it in a pony or just tie in a loose bun, so that’s what I’ve been doing. But now I’m fed up, and I’ve bought a nice n easy light golden brown to attempt to fix it rather than dye completely over it. This post has given me faith that it’s possible, but maybe I should also employ my hubby to help! I didn’t think of using a mascara brush, as I was trying to think what would work in blending the brown dye into the bleach. Sounds like that would work! Wish me luck!

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  4. my hair looks exactly like yours did before you redyed your ombré, I just got it done Saturday and I hate it. how long did you wait before you dyed it again?! & any tips on how to fix it myself at home?

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    • Hey, I’m not sure I think it could have even been the same day! If not the next day! I anticipated messing it up so I had already bought the brown dye. If you aren’t happy and you got it done in a salon – go back and complain! Get them to fix it for you.

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