Flaming Red Ombre: The How To

Alison Alhamed | April 16, 2012 | 12:29 PM
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Without a doubt the ombre trend has officially hit mainstream—once attributed to Drew Barrymore, the super-popular color trend, featuring gradual color progression, has peaked in some areas of the country, while in others clients are just now asking colorists how to achieve the look. No matter where you're located, one thing is for certain, ombre is HOT—and if you don't know how to get the look, search no further.

MODERN Facebook fan Mary Tran posted this pic of her newly-updated "flaming red ombre" color and it was love at first site for our thousands of Facebook fans. We tracked down Mary, and her colorist Laura Shields, at her Sit Still Salon in Venice Beach, California, for the how-to.

Before: Natural Level 4 with 4-inch regrowth. Previously colored ends with Goldwell Colorance 4N.

Step 1: Prelighten hair to a Level 6/7 with 30-volume developer from mid-shaft to ends, then go back and apply on roots to make sure product is saturated toroughly throughout the entire head. Depending on the porosity and natural level of your client's hair you can formulate with a lower-volume developer.

Step 2: Shampoo and towel dry. Apply Wella Color Touch 44/65 from roots to ends. Process according to instructions.

Step 3: Shampoo and blow dry. Section the hair in quadrants. Forehead to nape, ear to ear. Starting in the back, weave 1/2-inch sections. A thicker weave creates a more dramatic look. In this step-by-step, very thick weaves were used. Tease the hair from mid-shaft to roots about 5 times. The more you tease, the softer the ombre blends.

Step 4: Apply lightener with 20-volume developer on the ends. While applying, feather the color with downward strokes using the brush vertically. Tip: Applying the lightener horizontally creates a harsh, blunt line.

Step 5: When working on the front two quads, take 1/2-inch diagonal forward sections, then tease and apply lightener with the same technique as in steps 3 and 4.

Step 6: Lift the ombre highlights until the desired level is achieved.



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