I have been wanting ombre/balayage my hair for a while now even though the whole ombre trend has undoubtedly passed long ago. As my friend Michelle put it, “Everybody and their mother has ombre.” Still, I wanted to change it up a little (as every girl gets antsy about their hair every few months) but was reluctant to splurge $200+ at the salon on something so fickle. That is, until I realized I have had a free resource in front of me all along – Dimas! What else are boyfriends for?
Back in January 2014, I had dyed my whole head brown. Fast forward to today, my roots have grown quite a bit to the point of looking like intentional ombre on its own, but I wanted to go even lighter.
Enter: L’oreal Paris 070, originally meant for people with naturally dark blonde to light brown hair. I bought a dye two shades lighter than was meant for me because everyone knows Asian hair is notoriously stubborn when it comes to lifting color.
It comes with an “expert brush” that makes the dye application so easy, even a caveman can do it. (Dim was 100% clueless about doing hair before all this, so basically, a caveman did do it.)
We had this video and several other tutorials playing on the tv as he did my hair. It took about an hour into the process until he found his groove – as in, he finally got the method down when we were almost already finished. Welp.
Well that was underwhelming. Okay, so it didn’t turn out quite as dramatic as I had hoped but still is a significant shade lighter than what I had before. It would probably severely damage my hair, but I’m contemplating whether I should try it once more since I have an extra box of dye sitting around.
Best part about this is, I only spent ~$30 total (which includes the L’oreal box dye and John Frieda purple shampoo/conditioner for tone correction)! So although the ombre didn’t turn out as expected, this is still a lukewarm win in my book.