Sunday, April 21, 2013

My New Ombre Haircolor & Cut

I am not affiliated with this company. I paid for this hairtreatment myself. My opinion is completely honest no matter how I receive any items mentioned on this blog. 

I decided that I wanted to do something different with my hair.  With naturally curly hair, there isn't a lot to do that is different aside from cutting it, growing it out or straightening it.  I decided I wanted and needed a haircut.  My hair was getting a bit droopy and started to have a lot of knots.  I knew I wanted to do something else though.  I don't want to chemically straighten my hair because I love my curls. I prefer to just blow my hair out or use a fat curling iron to smooth my hair out for a day or two instead. 

I decided that I love so many of those pics of ombre haircolor online so it was time to give it a try.  While I love how it looks with funky purple shades, I opted for something a bit more natural.  I wear bright funky colors and don't want to change my wardrobe because of a haircolor change.  I also enjoy funky bold jewelry and makeup sometimes so there was another reason to stick with more natural tones. 

I messaged my stylist to ask what would be involved.  She told me to send her some pics of what I like and said it was doable and my pics were great so I made my appointment. Yesterday morning I headed to my regular salon.  We started with a discussion about what colors and shades I wanted.  I looked over the swatches and we decided on a shade range.  My hair was then done in phases.  I warned her ahead of time that I planned to take at least 2 inches off the length of my hair so she cut that off first so it wouldn't be in the way. Better to cut it off first so she doesn't do the lightest shade and then need to cut it off. 

After that, she did an overall haircolor from roots to ends.  I think she might have done 2 shades for that.  We chose a shade one level darker than my natural color for the base.  I sat and waited for it to process.
You can see a pic on my Instagram page here: Hair Color Phase 1

Next, she put some highlight streaks in and some lighter color with foils to start the ombre process.  I sat and processed some more. You can see a pic on my Instagram page here: Hair Color Phase 2

After a while, she added yet another level of lightening to my hair.  More sitting and waiting.  Good thing I figured this would take a long time.  You can see a pic on my Instagram page here: Hair Color Phase 3

Finally my hair was rinsed and she wanted it to have more gradation of color so she added some more lightener to the tips of my hair.  I sat and waited at the sink for another 5 minutes or so.  I didn't have my iPad with me at the sink so no pics of Phase 4.

She rinsed and conditioned my hair.  Then finished off the cut with some layers.  She dried my hair with a diffuser and gave my curls some oomph with a tiny curling iron since she knew I was headed to a baby shower afterwards and wanted to look nice.

I have to say that I am really happy with my hair.  The length feels great, so light and bouncy.  The color is fun and different.  It is exactly what I wanted.  

Here are some before and after pics and a great pic of the back of my haircolor taken at the salon.

A pic of me right after I left the salon on Instagram: After hair pic

Before on left taken the night before with no makeup, After pic on right taken last night after I got home, wearing Bare Minerals
 Before on left, After on right
Great pic of the back of my hair that really shows the ombre effect.  Thanks to my stylist for taking the pic and sharing it on Facebook!

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