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The perfect ombré

Late last year I decided it was time for a hair change. I’ve been growing my hair for a few years and I try to experiment with different hairstyles, but I reached the point where I was bored with my hair. My hair has always been the same colour, dark brown like in the picture below.

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Around October 2013 I decided it’s time to go a bit lighter, but I didn’t want to take the leap to go lighter all over. Luckily ombré hair is still quite trendy (Khloe Kardashian is rocking a gorgeous ombré), so I decided on a brown and caramel ombré. I’ve never had my hair coloured professionally, and the only person allowed to touch my hair with scissors (and now colour!) is Bianca from Muse Hair and Beauty. She really is the best, if you’re in Cape Town and looking for a fantastic hair stylist, go to Muse.

So mid-November, it was D-Day. My hair appointment was about three hours long so I took some lunch with me and my laptop to get work done.

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Bianca putting in the foils and colour

In the photo above Bianca is putting in the colour. She used two different colours to create a natural ombré gradient – a lighter colour on the ends and a darker colour above it to blend in with my brown hair. She also back-combed my hair before putting in the colour and this is VERY IMPORTANT – if you don’t back-comb the hair before putting in the colour you will end up with a solid line. The back-combing / teasing will help to blend the colour, I saw so many terrible DIY ombré photos where you could clearly see the colour line.

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The foils being removed

Once the colour developed, it was time to remove the foils and comb out the back-combed / teased hair. I’m not going to lie – the combing out is a bitch but the result is totally worth it. You really don’t want that colour line!

I was so happy with the final look. The result was a natural and gorgeous ombré, take a look at the photos below.

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What do you think of the final results? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you’re a brunette like me and want to go lighter, I think an ombré is the perfect first step. It will give you time to get used to the lighter colour and it’s a much more subtle approach to going all over lighter at once. I’m considered adding in more blonde streaks and possible taking the ombré gradient line higher, perhaps from just below my ear.

If you want to have an ombré done in Cape Town, talk to Bianca. If you have any questions feel free to chat to me in the comments 🙂

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  1. Leah Newton -

    how much was it?

  2. carlavanstaden -

    Hi Leah, it was about R1200 if I remember correctly – including a cut and blow dry.

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