Flaming Red Ombre: The How To

By Alison Alhamed | 04/16/2012 1:54:00 PM


click image to zoomombre highlights red hair pinterest long hair 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.

click image to zoom 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.

click image to zoom 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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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.

You can find Alison on Google+ or e-mail her at aalhamed@vancepublishing.com.


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ohio  |  April, 16, 2012 at 03:05 PM

ifbthebhair is precolored how do u lift it with just peroxide i thought color doesnt lift color.. meaning perocide isnt strong enough to lift the color to a lighter leve.

hoboken  |  April, 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

peroxide is bleach, bleach lifts color. color doesnt lift color.

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rochester  |  April, 16, 2012 at 04:12 PM

Prelighten means with bleach-depending on porosity determines the level or peroxide. Sounds like severe damage to me...

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Dallas  |  April, 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM

I don't like backcombing as an ombre technique because it doesn't create a true color graduation. A solid ombre is done with color smudging in my opinion. And how the heck do you comb out wet/teased hair after shampooing?? Also, I don't double-process.

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NY  |  April, 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM

You can pre-lighten w/7th Stage by Clairol it stays moist and its thick so u have control. If you make 5 vertical sections from right side to left side then you can apply the lightner in a vertical downward strokes some high some lower process and then just color balance at end of process. No damage.

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Stockton ca  |  April, 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Do u tease the hair whie it is processing in the packets ??

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Butler, PA `  |  May, 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

So it looks like there are 3 different colors going on. I understand how to get the root color and the end color but how do you achieve the midshaft color? Or is it just a result of how the prelightened hair absorbed the color?

minnesota  |  May, 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM

the mid color is the resulting of smudging the root color with the bleach because you are going to want that fading techniquie to look more natual than solid colors with a dramatic line

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May, 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM

i currently have brown ombre hair, but i want to go l'oreal high red, what color will i get if i dye the red over the ombre??

Robin Dercole    
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Rhode Island  |  July, 19, 2012 at 05:29 AM

We perform this technique quite often, and I have to agree w/ Stephanie Howard and Le Salon, all these steps are not neccesary.

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October, 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM

What works best for you? I did an ombre with just back combing and I felt like it was too subtle.

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Melbourne  |  May, 03, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Paul - combing out wet/teased hair after shampooing takes a long time and is quite painful - take it from someone who has been there!

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