How To Do Natural Ombre Hair or Extensions
Ombre hair is all the rave this season. Ombre, which is “shaded” in French, describes the shading or lightening of the hair as you move towards the ends. The style became a bigger trend as of recent as more and more celebrities wear this look on the red carpet. Unlike most hair coloring options, an Ombre is easier to maintain because your roots are your natural color. In turn, this translates well for curly hair. It can also minimize the damage of dying your entire head a light color and allow you to get away with dying hair extensions.
How to ombre natural hair
Ombre hair is the perfect casual look that still look edgy. Most naturals will elect to dye hair extensions versus their natural hair. This helps save your hair from harsh dye chemicals. When selecting natural hair extensions to ombre, make sure the extensions matches your natural hair color so it will blend to give that lightening effect. If your roots are darker, you may want to opt to dye the ends of your hair blonde, red and lighters brown for a bolder look. Keep in mind that the more drastic your hair color transition, the longer your hair will need to be to give the fading look.
If you are dying your natural hair, you’ll want to choose a dye that is safe to use on natural hair. Temporary colors are often the best choice. If you plan to dye your hair extensions, you can choose any hair dye of your choice. After selecting your color, you will want to plan where your natural hair color and your dyed hair will begin to fade. As a common rule of thumb, you’ll want to start the blending closer to your ends. If your fading starts to close to your roots it will look more like you missed a touch-up rather than an ombre. Most start the blending below the jaw line.
The next step is to prepare your bleach, to get rid of existing shade from your hair. Be sure to take all safety measures when dealing with bleach. Ensure that you are wearing gloves at all time. Most stylists advise using 20 volume bleach.
Applying the dye
- Combine the recommended amount of bleach with bleaching cream and set aside
- Divide your hair into parts, pinning it off from the rest of your hair
- Using an application brush, apply the bleach to the ends of your hair or your natural hair extensions – working your way to you desired fade line
- Apply the bleach in small sections – making sure all strands are lightly coated with bleach
- Once complete, apply another coat of bleach starting at the ends and finish halfway between your fade line
- Let the bleach sit for 30-45 minutes – the longer you leave the bleach the lighter your hair will become
- Rinse your hair with hot water and a cleansing shampoo – be sure to keep your gloves on until the bleach is completely removed from your hair
- Once your hair is completely rinsed of the bleach, apply a hot oil treatment or deep conditioner to moisturize your hair
How to get a natural ombre look
Although simple, an ombre can go from great to bad quickly. If you don’t pick the right fade line for your hair length, you could be left with an awkward color transition that doesn’t look much of anything. However, don’t let this steer you away from going for the ombre look. We’ll share a few tips below on how to make your ombre look more natural.
The tone you choose to fade into is everything. You’ll want to choose a strong, bold color to really pull off this look. A brassy tint can sometimes be a large mistake when doing an ombre. It can make your hair look washed out as compared to the desired fade look. Colorists recommend following your highlights with corrective toner. When shading your hair, you’ll want to use a cool color toner to get rid of the orange and yellow tones.
If you plan to dye your natural hair, be sure your hair is fit enough to take bleach. If your hair is dry and brittle, bleach can worsen the damage and make your hair harder to repair. You’ll want to trim your hair before your ombre and after to eliminate split ends. To keep your hair color rich and prevent the tone from fading quickly, use a color-safe deep conditioner once a week. We offer a nice collection of afro kinky curly bundle deals offered on this page.
To get the best results with your ombre, go with simpler colors. If you’re adding an ombre to your natural hair color, you’ll want to stick with natural shades. However, don’t be shy to go bold with unconventional colors. For dark and brown hair colors, lighter and medium browns work best. For blonde and light brown hair, going to a lighter blonde works best. Remember, the lighter the hair the lighter your ombre tone should be. Once you’re ombre is ready to go try one of our do it yourself natural hairstyles.
Get a trustworthy stylish
If you’re not yet comfortable with applying an ombre to your hair, seek the help of a trusted stylist. A lot can go wrong with hair coloring, especially if it’s your first time at the rodeo. Stylists have professional training and products to safely apply the dye to your hair with minimal damage. A stylist will also be able to do a wider variety of color blending to find the right match for you.
How to ombre short natural hair
Ombres are traditionally worn with longer hair, but it isn’t limited to long hair only. We’re starting to see more naturals wear ombre on shorter hair. The style is becoming more popular now that summer is right around the corner. Most naturals prefer to use our kinky curly hair extensions when going for the short ombre look. This makes an ombre the perfect protective style. Try an ombre on a short crochet hair bob.
Short ombre fade line
The key to the perfect short hair ombre is mastering the fade line. The lighter color should be bolder on the bottom, about an inch up from your ends and begin to fade up to the ears. If you do the fade line to high it will be far from the ombre look. If you do it too low it will looks as if the ends are just dyed. You’ll also want to lightly apply the bleach or hair color near the fade line to create a smoother blend.
Caring for your short ombre fade
With shorter hair, you’re more susceptible to damaging your hair. Considering that most of your short hair will be colored treated, you’ll need to take extra hair to keep your dyed ends as healthy as your roots. Tips for maintaining short dyed hair is to keep it moisturized. You’ll want to do a deep conditioning or hot oil treatment once a week. In addition to deep conditioning, you’ll want to apply a daily moisturizer to keep your hair strong and keep your hair from getting brittle.
How to apply an ombre to short hair
You’ll want to start by caramelizing the base. For this:
- Apply a natural shade that matches your natural hair color – ensure that it is at least two levels lighter than your natural hair color
- Combine the color with the developer and use on the mid-lengths of your hair. Do not apply to the ends yet.
- Once you’ve done the first application of color, you’ll want to apply a second coat but this time focusing on the ends. Be sure to apply the color evenly and thoroughly to the ends of your hair.
- Leave the color in for 35-40 minutes.
- Rinse your hair completely of dye/bleach. Ensure your gloves are on the whole time until all dye is completely gone.
- After your hair is completely rinsed, apply a deep condition or hot oil treatment to restore your hair’s natural oils.
So now that you’re natural hair is rocking an ombre – what’s next? Check out our natural hair styles to rock your new hairdo.