Ombré hair is a look that’s still going strong when it comes to hair colour and Luis Pacheco, Clairol Consulting Colourist, says that achieving this beautiful hair colour trend in a way that looks natural is possible at home and you don’t need a special ombré kit to do it. “At the salon, to get a degradation of colour, we have combs, clips, colour and creativity,” he says. Here he share some expert tips on different ways you can apply your colour.
The look: Reverse ombré using two colours
For reverse ombré, use a lighter shade from root to about two-thirds of your hair shaft. With your light shade, mix your colour with the developer but remember to squeeze out the first bit of product from the applicator tip. “Peroxide will accumulate at the tip of the applicator, and if you apply it, this is how you get hot roots—squirt out a little bit,” says Pacheco.
With your darker colour, apply to the bottom third of your hair and overlaps it over the lighter colour so you’re diffusing the colour. “So you will not have definite demarcation,” he says.
(To do ombré, follow the same technique, except use the darker colour on the first two-thirds of the hair shaft starting at the roots, and follow with your lighter colour at the ends.)
The look: Ombré (or reverse ombre)—but you only need to colour your ends
What if your base colour is just right and you don’t need to change the colour? For this task, Pacheco suggests using a foam hair colour product (such as Clairol Nice n Easy Color Blend Foam) as it’s easier to control as a foam so you can more easily manage where you’re applying it. Start with parting your hair into half to one-inch sections, then backcomb about half of the hair as you work on a section and apply your colour to the hair you haven’t backcombed. If you’re blond, for the front pieces of hair that frame your face, Pacheco suggests taking a really close backcomb so you get the swoosh of lighter blond at the front. Once you’ve rinsed your hair and comb it out, blending your backcombed non-coloured hair with the hair you have coloured the ends of will result if a soft, natural degradation of colour.