I’ve always done my hair color at home. I can probably count the times I had my hair colored at the salon with my fingers in one hand! I just love the convenience of doing it in my own time – no need to schedule it in my calendar. I can do it whenever I want to. Sometimes, on a very random night! Plus, I can multi-task while I’m waiting for my hair color to develop. So below, I’m sharing with you how I did my new ombre hair color, along with tips for coloring at home.
WHAT I USED
For this ombre hair color tutorial, I used the newest line from Zotos Professional hair products – the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond™ line. It was developed to allow users to lighten hair without fear of damage, hair breakage, or further aging! If you’re one of those who worry about bleaching disasters, the Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond line is for you. Make sure to check the link to learn more and to view the complete line of products in their website.
WHERE TO FIND + PROMOTION
You can find these products at your local Sally Beauty. Now, let me list everything I used for this specific hair color I did at home.
ZOTOS PROFESSIONAL AGEBEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS USED FOR LIGHTENING HAIR + HAIR COLOR:
- Ultra Bond Powder Lightener 1 oz sachet
- Ultra Bond 20 Volume Developer 4 oz bottle (for on-scalp application)
- Ultra Bond 40 Volume Developer 4 oz bottle (for off-scalp application)
- Anti-Aging Haircolor Demi Permanent 6N Light Brown
- Anti-Aging Haircolor Demi Permanent Clear Shine
- Demi-Dedicated Developer
ZOTOS PROFESSIONAL AGEBEAUTIFUL ULTRA BOND™ HAIRCARE PRODUCTS USED:
- No.1 Cleanse (shampoo)
- No.2 Condition (conditioner)
- No.2+ Deep Treatment
- Petroleum jelly
- Hair clips
- Mixing bowl (I used old take-out bowls)
- Spa essentials like candles, sheet/eye masks, music, and drink of choice (bonus/optional)
(1) Begin by putting on your cape. Not talking about the superhero kind, but that’s fine too! If you don’t have one, wear an old t-shirt or button down that’s okay to get stained.
TIP: You can also get a clean garbage bag and cut a hole on top for your head, and two smaller ones on either side for your arms.
(2) Start by applying petroleum jelly around the hairline, on your forehead, neck, and the top of your ears. After that, wear your gloves.
TIP: Applying petroleum jelly or conditioner will prevent stains on your skin.
(3) In a mixing bowl, mix the powder lightener and corresponding developer according to the package directions in the lightener you are using. For on-scalp application, use the 20-volume developer. For off-scalp application, you can use the 40-volume developer.
(4) Once everything is mixed well, you can begin applying it to your hair. Grab 1-2 inch sections of hair and apply with an applicator brush or your fingers (with gloves, of course). Since this is an ombre hair color tutorial, I started from the ends and worked my way up until where I want the lighter color to be. In my case, I did the lightener up until under my ears. Remember to focus on the ends first, make sure it is saturated with the mixture before you go up.
(5) Once you’ve applied and used up all the lightener for your hair, let it sit for 60 minutes, checking every 10 minutes. You can leave it for less time if you’ve reached your desired color. And while you wait, it’s time for some pamper time!
TIP: Use the wait time to pamper yourself. You don’t always have to spend so much $$$ at the spa just to pamper yourself. You can do it at home! Light some candles, play some relaxing music, and pour yourself your favorite drink. Put on some sheet or eye masks, and then read a magazine or an e-book, whatever you fancy!
(6) When the time is up, rinse your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear. use the Ultra Bond No.1 Cleanse to shampoo your hair. Follow up with No.2 to condition it. After rinsing, let your hair dry before proceeding to color it.
The No. 2+ Deep Treatment is used after you lighten/color your hair. Use it on clean, damp hair as you would a hair treatment product.
And voila… this is the end result…
Just kidding! This was my hair after lightening it. Since I have really dark brown to almost black hair, it will take longer to get it to a lighter shade. But I went with this because my goal was to get it to a light brown color. It’s now time for the next step!
(7) It’s time to mix up the hair color I’m using. I went with the 6N Light Brown Demi Permanent hair color. I used 3/4 of that with 1/4 Clear Shine (for that healthy, shiny look). You don’t have to mix up colors if you’re not comfortable doing so. You can just pick a shade you like and mix it with the corresponding developer. In this case, I used the demi dedicated developer and mixed them all in the bowl.
(8) Now for this, I applied more color to the top and less as I go down towards the ends of my hair. This helped achieved the ombre look. Once you have applied the hair color all over, let it develop according to package directions (about 20 minutes for all over application).
(9) Once your timer is done, rinse your hair until the water runs clear. You may use the same conditioner to condition hair, or use a hair mask. Rinse, let dry, and style your hair. Now admire!
This is how the back looks like:
Now telling all my friends about the Ultra Bond powder lightener because I want to do other lighter colors next time!!!
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS
Here are some before and after photos with a ring light so you can see how it looks like with indoor lighting.
And a final one with the mix of natural and warm light!
I hope you enjoyed this hair tutorial. I promise it’s easier than it seems like. Let me know if you decide to color your hair at home and what you think about the new Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond line!