The last time I went to an actual salon I took a photo with me of the beautiful Elizabeth Olsen (right) and asked for sunkissed highlights. There was mention of warmth and honey which I was totally on board with until I realised that honey on me looked yellow and brassy.. not cute!I coloured it all an ash dark blonde and it ended up like the picture below. This was probably the closest I’ve come to being content with my hair, I loved it but when I had to chop it in to a short bob the natural shade just looked dull.
So once again I reached for the bleach and a couple of highlight sessions later I was a very pale blonde..
I kept this up for a while but the roots became too much and (after dabbling with pink dip dye and such) I am now back to brunette but once again bored!
Don’t get me wrong I think this is a really flattering shade on me it’s just a bit blah and I’m missing the blonde. What put me off the lighter shade was the thought that the constant highlights would ravage my ends when I’m trying to grow it out a little (just to my shoulders) so now I’m looking at the least high maintenance way to lighten up my do and some kind of ombre effect is the current plan.. which leads me to the point of the post. Which Ombre is the right Ombre? I have been all manner of colours over the years and I think (you may disagree) that I’m lucky to suit most of them but after the honey highlights I know that there are certain tones that flatter me and others to steer clear of. Some of you will have super dark hair so platinum streaks are not going to look natural at all (if that’s what you’re going for) but the warmer shades that don’t work with my complexion will probably be perfect for you. There are so many variations on the Ombre trend, you can be daring and go for a full on dip dye or subtle with some balayage highlights through the ends. Do you want to be just a shade or two lighter to add a little depth to your existing colour or do you prefer the more dramatic platinum tips? You have lots of options but my advice would be not to go to your stylist with just one picture and a determined look in your eye, trust their judgement. This is their profession and chances are they will know what tones of blonde will suit you best but at the same time if they’re suggesting something you don’t like the sound of, speak up! I have been battling with my inner hairdresser for 15 years now and of all the mistakes I’ve made bleaching my own hair at home is definitely at the top of my list. If you’re dabbling with lightening up for the first time I would absolutely suggest you go to a professional and when we’re talking about ombre they will blend the colour so much better than you can yourself at home. I’m not saying you can’t experiment with touch ups and colour in the future but take it from someone who’s pretty much done it all, you’re better in the hands of a good hairdresser.
Lastly if you do take the dip dye plunge I would whole heartedly recommend this product for repairing your post-bleach dry ends!
Have a happy hair day!