Ok, as you know I have been wanting to ombre/dip dye my dark blonde hair for some time, but I was really scared to do it. I didn’t have the money to have it done at the salon as that costs a lot and I don’t have the patience to sit there for hours, so I bought the L’oreal Wild Ombre’s kit in shade number 3 for blonde hair.
I read a few reviews on this product and some were bad, some were good. Mostly they were about the dye drying out the hair and ruining it, however that didn’t happen with mine, my hair is still really soft as you can see. My biggest issue with the Loreal Wild Ombre is the colour though, it really hasn’t come out the way I wanted it too. I was hoping it would be like the colour on the box below, an actual blonde with white undertones, but I guess nothing ever does what it says on the box… Mine has turned out blonde with orange/yellow undertones and since I have dark mousy blonde on top, that tone doesn’t suit me, I really need the white undertone blonde at the ends of my hair.
As far as applying the hair dye goes, it’s very easy, you just mix up the dye, squeeze it onto the plastic brush and brush it through the lengths of your hair. I did mine the first time and left it on for about half an hour, however it barely did anything, all it did was slightly lighten the ends, but it made my brown at the back a dark orange colour instead and wasn’t very visible as ombre, which I wasn’t happen with.
So after about a week of letting my hair rest, I bought the Loreal Wild Ombre Blonde kit again and did it the second time. I’m much more happy with the colour at the front, that went really blonde as you can see above, I like that shade, however at the back, it’s just a more brighter orange now… Which I really don’t like. I would recommend that you don’t buy this product if you are looking for a white blonde shade, from what I have seen online and experienced myself, it only takes you to the yellow/orange blonde shades, but if that’s the colour you want then go for it. I know these shades match brown hair with rich undertones, they just don’t work for me.
My plan next is to actually buy a white blonde, maybe almost a platinum hair dye, a strong one, and then brush that over the orange and hope that it lifts it to being a whiter blonde. I’m going to do some research before attempting it, but I hope it works. As it turns out, I have only spent about £9 for the two boxes of lightening colour, so that’s not bad at all, and hopefully if the actual dye works, it wont be anymore than £15 in total. I just want to be able to get my hair to look like the top picture above, all over. I have included lots of photos and progress photos as well in this post. Have any of you used this kit before? How did it turn out? I would love to know your thoughts!
Please also read below for an update on the process!
This is the box I bought and the colour I was actually hoping for…
It’s fairly easy to put on, just make sure you have a towel around your neck and shoulders so you don’t dye your clothes. The smell of it is absolutely disgusting though, I would say definitely block your nose if you can, it helps so much, although it does end up burning your throat. It’s not a nice product smell wise.
This is the first time I used the product, it’s not the best photo for seeing the orange, but it barely did anything to my hair in terms of lightening it and giving it an ombre look. I didn’t leave the product on my hair long enough it seems.
I’m trying to show the shade in different lights, some it looks like a baby blonde…
While others it looks more orangey from the front…
And as you can see it’s really orange at the back. I don’t actually think it’s as orange as this photo though, that is bright ginger almost, it’s definitely not as dark or as intense as that, it’s more lighter and less strong, but it does still have orangey undertones to it, so I just hope I can get the other dye to work.
UPDATE: I’ve been using Joico purple tinted shampoo to tone down the yellow orange colour. I didn’t dye it again as I thought better of it, but the Joico shampoo has been working really well. Here is an updated photo below.
As of today’s date, which is the 16th June 2014, I thought it would be a good idea to include some updated photos for you all to see how my ombre hair has lasted and changed. It started out as blonde from my ears down, but since this post was from 2012, my hair has grown a lot! I now only have a couple of inches left. Over time it did fade quite a bit and turn a bit blonder, counteracting the orange, but I am thinking about doing it again as I’m starting to miss it! Here are some photos below from the past year with my ombre hair.