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