How To: Backcombing Ombre Technique on Dark Hair

By Alison Alhamed | 09/30/2013 12:40:00 PM


MODERN Facebook fan Billie Jean Tjogas, a colorist at San Jose, Califonia's Headcase Salon, created this ombre color effect using Joico Verolight lightener. Her client LOVES it!

Here's how she did it:

"I took horizontal partings starting from the nape about 1 1/2 inches thick," she says. "Then, I backcombed at the base to about 3 inches down the hair shaft."

Next, she used Joico's Verolight lightener with 40-volume developer since she had been using black hair color, and then took 2-inch sections painted in a V-shape and saturated the ends. (LEARN MORE ABOUT THE V-SHAPED PARTINGS HERE.)

"I repeated these steps until I finished the whole head," she says. "I left on the lightener until her desired level was reached and then toned with equal parts Joico Chrome color B7 and A7 with activator."

For the second part of this two-step process, she applied lightener to the very tips and toned with Joico Chrome color 9V.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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