How to Ombré Hair at Home

July 30, 2018

How to Ombré Hair at Home

The two-tone ombré hair is one of the longest-running hair colouring trends. Ombré means shadowor shadein French. Its the colouring technique used to create a gradual blend from one shade to another. Its a fun, creative and low-maintenance hair colour idea. You literally can forget about your roots for months. 

Types of Ombré 

The classic ombré is a subtle shift from darker roots to lighter ends. It is the handiest option if your hair is naturally brown or black because you would only need to lighten the ends. 


The dip-dye ombré is a more radical transition between colours, for instance, blonde hair with pink tips, red ombré on black hair or dark hair with purple ends. 





Can you do ombré at home?

Yes, you can! Its not as difficult as it may seem if you have the appropriate ombré hair products and carefully follow the instructions. You can always invite a friend or a relative to help you out.

Smart Beauty ombré hair home kit includes everything you need to create a Bleach Blonde Dip-Dye look. The product was nominated for the Pure Beauty Awards because it is suitable for vegans, and also affordable and simple to use.

Fancy something more creative? Pink ombré hair, blue ombré hair, purple or even red - it's all up to you! To create pastel ombré at home, you will need a Bleach Blonde dip-dye kit and a colour of your choice. Add blonde or brunette shades to create a natural ombre. 


Ombré hair tutorial

Decide where you want to start your ombré. Consider starting below your jawline in you have long or medium hair. Ombré on short hair looks great when applied at the ends.

Get ombré home kit.

Make strand and skin sensitivity tests to prevent adverse hair and scalp reactions. Dont underestimate this step. Your safety and health are above all. 

All good? Let’s get down to business!

1. Comb your hair.

2. For symmetrical ombré divide hair into 4 sections as shown in the picture. Create 4 ponytails by binding each section 100mm from the ends (or whatever length you choose) with the hair bands.

For layered ombré, create a horizontal parting working from ear to ear. Lift up the top section of your hair and clip to the crown of your head (see the picture).

3. Backcomb the hair around the area where your ombré begins to allow a gradient look. 

4. Mix ombré hair products in a bowl. Wearing gloves, apply the mixture from tips to the point where your ombré begins. Not the other way around!

Symmetrical ombré: evenly apply the bleaching mixture with application brush to each section below the hair bands.

Layered ombré: working from left to right apply your bleaching product in alternative sections of approximately 25mm, leaving a 25mm gap of natural hair between treated sections. Repeat for other sections. 

5. Fold the kitchen foil or cling film around each section to create a pocket.

6. Leave the mixture to develop for the time recommended on the box. Timing is very important as the product will continue bleaching until it dries out, unlike the colour that stops processing in 45 minutes. When the time is up, remove the foil/cling film.

7. Keeping your gloves on, rinse the hair with warm water until the water runs clear. Then wash again using the shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair.  

8. Dry and style your hair.

9. Now those who wanted a classic ombré, may stop at this point and enjoy the results! 

If you want to add the colour to your ombré, we recommend waiting for at least a week before applying the dye to prevent the damage. You may consider deep conditioning treatments for hydration. When the time is right, choose your pastel or vibrant hair colour and apply it on your bleached area, using this tutorial again.



Applied hair colour will eventually fade. To reduce fading choose a good conditioning shampoo designed for coloured hair. Avoid acidic, fruity, 2 in 1’s or anti-dandruff shampoo 

When you are ready to try another look just find yourself a really good clarifying or cleansing shampoo as this will help remove the Smart dip-dye, then and then apply an all-over hair colour.


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