How I Did My Ombre Hair Color

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

OTHERS:

  • Gloves
  • Cape
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Hair clips
  • Brush/applicators
  • Mixing bowl (I used old take-out bowls)
  • Spa essentials like candles, sheet/eye masks, music, and drink of choice (bonus/optional)

STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL

(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!

 

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Zotos Ultra Bond Hair Lightening

“You are so brave,” my husband says as he walks in the house seeing me with a cap on my head and bleach all over it!

 

 

 

Typically I would never color my own hair at home, I have had enough trouble finding a professional to color my hair right. But after researching and learning about Zotos Professional AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond™ I was beyond excited to give it a try! I have to be honest, I have had bleaching disasters in the past, so typically something like this would have me nervous and scared to try. But after reading the reviews, testimonials, and watching a couple Zotos Professional Videos, I was ready to try!

The new Ultra Bond™ line allows users to lighten hair without the fear of further aging, breakage or damage. AGEbeautiful introduces Ultra Bond™ lighteners and hair care with built-in bonding to enforce strengthening and protecting the hair with each use. It is infused with bond-building arginine, silk amino acids, and keratin for a softening and silky effect. My favorite part is that it leaves the hair stronger, shinier, and more youthful-looking with each use. When I was finished, not only did I love the color, but my hair was so soft and felt so healthy.

What I love about this at home treatment is that it allows me time in between services to stay fresh and bright. I am going to lay out the EASY FOUR steps that will allow you to get amazing results at home.

 

 

Step One – MIX

Mix Bond Powder Lightener 1 oz with Ultra Bond 40 Volume Developer 4 oz

 

 

Step Two – PREPARE

I pulled my hair through a cap to leave some of my natural brown color. So next decide how you want to apply it.

 

Step Three – APPLY

Apply and leave on for up to 60 minutes. Checking every 10 minutes.I left mine on for 35 minutes.

 

Step Four – CONDITION

Rinse and use No.2+ Deep Treatment 8.45 fl oz and style your favorite look!

Zotos Professional No.2+ Deep Treatment is a conditioning treatment with built in bonding to strengthen and condition the hair.

 

BEFORE – semi dark roots

 

AFTER

I LOVE the color blonde and how well the product lightened up my roots. This will most definitely save me a trip to my stylist which is money and time back in my pocket!
Visit Zotos Professional here to see more EASY at home Hair products!

Unbreakable Blonde

Remember when blonding hair meant breakage?

 

There are endless reasons to reach for the bleach…  Whether it’s that blondoholic who is never blonde enough, removing a vivid tone or lifting someone’s base color, bleach and high lift color are your most powerful weapons in the color arsenal.

 

It seems like just yesterday that all that power meant compromised, damaged hair. Those days are long gone thanks to the major leaps and bounds from the labs of Zotos Professional.

 

Brand new from AGEbeautiful… Ultra Bond!

Now we can lighten hair with full confidence and no fear of aging, breakage or damage, all with built-in bonding benefits.

 

This cutting edge series has both a powder and crème lightener, three high lift / hyper lift shades, dedicated developers and an at home maintenance line that is the best I have ever worked with.

 

One of my favorite clients has proudly dubbed herself a “blondoholic”.  As long as she was as bright and white as I could possibly get her, she would suffer through the inevitable breakage side effects.  15 plus years of blonding just jumped into the new era…

 

Ever since we have switched her over to using AGEbeautiful’s Ultra Bond Series the results speak for themselves:

 

Jamie Before Ultra Bond Blonding:

Notice how we could only take her blond so far and all that bleaching took its toll on her hair.

 

Jamie After Ultra Bond Bonding:

I’m not only able to get Jamie lighter and brighter but she is now an unbreakable blond!

 

Jamie Formula:

Dense foil wrap of babylights using AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Powder Lightner and 40Volume

In between foil wrap free hand paint mid-lengths and ends with AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener and 40Volume

ProTip:  I love adding a drop of AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Synergy Deep Treatment to my bleach mixtures for the ultimate in luxury consistency.

 

Lighten her natural level 7 base color using AGEbeautiful HLA and 40Volume

(There’s a reason they call this HyperLift, I’m convinced there is rocket fuel in there!)

Process for 45 minutes

 

ProTipTo create a crisp, cool blond try adding a drop of AGEbeautiful 8A into your HyperLift formula.

 

The piece de resistance to these products is that they have built-in bonding.

There is no messy adding in of ingredients to your bleach, these miracle workers are infused with bond-building arginine, silk amino acids and keratin.

 

Now for the best part… the Bond Synergy Hair Care:

This at home regime maintains the bonding benefits after all your brilliant blonding.

Doubling the strength and health in the hair.

 

AGEbeautiful Ultra Bond Hair Care In The Wild!

Jamie is excited to add the Bond Series Hair Care to her complete, nutritious hair regime.

 

ProTip:  These shampoos and conditioners are super versatile and a lot of my finer haired clients who are looking, not just for volume, but also density-fiber-building-protein are loving the way this line bulks and fortifies their limp locks.

 

Now that you can lighten with complete confidence go out and there and create unbreakable blondes…

 

I dare you to find breakage!

Fall into a Brighter Brunette with AGEbeautiful

I love this time of year.
That first turn of summer into fall season when the days are bright and bold.
And the nights are crisp and cold.
That contrast between shadows + light, warm vs cool.
There’s a certain sexy to this time of year that only a brunette understands…

Iris has been a proud brunette for her whole life and wasn’t interested in becoming a blonde but would benefit from some brighter bits.

I always hated that old adage that at a certain point in your life, you have to basically give up and “act your age”.

Iris’ hair was perfect for this look and I was determined to prove not only that but the other anti-aging benefits of taking this next step.

Iris had been covering those pesky grays using my favorite rich sable brunette formula:
1oz AGEbeautiful 6N Permanent + 3/4oz 6G Permanent + 1/4oz 7A Permanent with 2oz 20Volume

Once Iris’ grays were knocked out we got to the real action…

We free hand painted highlights using AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener and 40Volume

I mixed them together to a whipped crème like consistency and started in the back of Iris’ head.  Starting right above the occipital bone we painted V-shaped 2” pieces in a brick-lay pattern.  At the front of her face we began to place pieces on a diagonal-back.

Using your eye place the brighter pieces where the sun would naturally lighten the most.


We processed until the highlights were pale yellow.

Now for my favorite fall gloss formula:
Equal parts of AGEbeautiful TintShine Gold + TintShine Bronze with Demi Developer

We applied all over Iris’ hair for 10 minutes

Not only did Iris have stunning results but was delighted to know that these new highlights would help buffer the blow of the incoming grays in a few weeks.

Iris proves that you can keep your hair youthful at any age and was last seen with a basket full of TintShine at Sally Beauty.

Summer Bronde How-To

Taking a deep brunette into the blondes may seem like a daunting challenge, but a challenge is one thing Mike Petrizzi, AGEbeautiful Artistic Director, never shies away from.  “The trick to blonding a very dark base color is to emulate the way the sun would naturally brighten the hair.  Focus on really sun-soaked, super saturated splashes of lightness on the ends that gradually deepen towards the base.  Keeping the richness at the root, grounds the color and makes it look like the hair just came back from months being bleached in the Costa Rican sun!”

Mike Petrizzi employs a few variations of popular free-hand balayage techniques to achieve his goal.  “This is sort of a everything-but-the-kitchen sink approach to balayage.  We use a lot of back-combing in the nape and back of the head, to diffuse the lightness at the root, and lessen this as we approach the face and top.  I also alternated putting the ends of each lightened section in foil, this gives you some super pale bits varying with more golden pieces.”

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

HERE’S WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO DO

1.Begin in the back of the head and take small triangle sections, teasing the hair up to the root. Focus on back-coming more hair in the areas where you want more deepness at the root.

2. Apply the lightener in V patterns up towards the root, concentrating on saturating the ends.

3. Alternate every other section with foil-wrapping the ends to retain heat and provide even more lift.

4. Work your hair towards the face-frame and top of the head, easing up on the backcombing and bringing more of your lightener towards the root area, just as the sun would naturally brighten.

5. Process until the hair is pale yellow, rinse, shampoo and deep condition.

HOW TO PROPERLY PRE-LIGHTEN HAIR


We all know bad hair when we see it.

Hair color that reads more chicken fat yellow than golden blonde… a vibrant blue that came out puddle grey… knowing how to do a pre-lighten is essential to achieving the results you want.

Whether you want to have the perfect pale platinum base color, need to remove old dark tones or want the ultimate base color for super vibrant shades, learning how to properly lighten hair is essential.

The art of a perfect pre-lighten lies in having the right tools and the right technique that will empower you to do it all by yourself… and why do you do it yourself?

Because you can do it better than anyone else can!


Gather Your Supplies!

FOR AN OVERALL COMPLETE HEAD BLEACH OUT
Ideal for a brunette or dark brown that wants to go blonde / platinum or someone who wants to remove all of the previously colored tint on their hair. This is excellent for someone who wants a bright, vivid final tone on their whole head.

  1. Mix together 2 oz. AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener  with 3oz. AGEbeautiful Developer (see guide below), in a bowl with a brush. This will give you a whipped cream like consistency, if you want it thicker use less developer.
  2. Start in the darkest areas that are at least ½ inch away from the scalp. The immediate root area is always the last to be applied.  (This area lightens the fastest and easiest)
  3. Take small sections—the smaller the section—the greater your success!
  4. Evenly saturate each section.
  5. Once your mid-lengths and ends have lightened to your desired level, apply to the root area. Tip: Putting hair into a shower cap can help retain heat and give you even more lifting ability.
  6. Process until desired level (see guide below). Hair will look lighter than it is while the lightener is on the hair.
  7. Rinse, shampoo and deep condition hair.

Hair is now ready for your final color application!

 

FOR FREE-HAND-PAINTED PIECES
Ideal for adding lighter pieces to the hair for either natural highlights or as the precursor to select strands of vibrancy.

  1. Mix together 2oz. AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener with 2oz. AGEbeautiful 40 Volume Developer in a bowl with a brush.
  2. Find a spot in your hair you want to add the lightness, take a small section (about one inch deep and two inches across) Clip away the non-sectioned hair.
  3. For an even more diffused (read: subtle effect) at the root, back-comb / tease some hair downwards to the scalp/root area.
  4. With gloves on, using your brush, paint free hand, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair.
  5. Repeat around the head, remember you can always go back and add more…
  6. Process to desired level. (See guide below)
  7. Rinse, shampoo and condition.

If you are overlaying a vibrant color on top of this, your hair is now ready!

UNDERSTANDING THE HAIR LIGHTENING PROCESS
While your hair lightens it will go through different color phases:

  • Black hair lightens to red
  • Brown hair lightens to red/orange
  • Light brown hair lightens to orange
  • Dark blonde hair lightens to orange/yellow
  • Blonde hair lightens to yellow
  • Light blonde hair lightens to pale yellow

FINAL DESIRED LEVEL GUIDE

  • For blonde lighten hair to yellow stage.
  • For platinum lighten to pale yellow.
  • For vibrant tones (pink, violet, blue, bright red) lighten to palest yellow (think the inside of a banana)

UNDERSTANDING LIGHTENER AND DEVELOPER
While it may seem complicated, think of AGEbeautiful Crème Lightener as your engine and the AGEbeautiful Developer as the gasoline.   How much gas do you want to give your engine?
The higher the volume, the more gas.

Arming yourself with the knowledge of a proper pre-lighten will ensure results that will exceed your expectations and steer you clear of chicken fat yellow!

MIKE PETRIZZI’S TOP 10 HAIRCOLOR TIPS

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About AGEbeautiful Artistic Director, Mike Petrizzi:

  • Lives: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

 

  • Works: Livian Salon, Chelsea, NYC

 

  • Favorite thing to do: Biking around NYC!

 

  • Why do you Heart AGEbeautiful? I love AGEbeautiful because it is the best hair color for gray coverage out there. I trust it on all of my incredibly discerning clients, knowing that it reliably delivers 100% maximum gray coverage, restores manageability and softness, and transforms wiry grays.

 
Mike’s Top 10 Haircolor Tips:

1. GRAY AWAY 
First grays got you down?  Grab AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent Color to softly blend away grays and leave your hair with super sexy shine.

2.BALANCED RESULTS 
Try using a neutral AGEbeautiful Demi Permanent shade on your roots and a vibrant tonality on your mid-lengths and ends for perfect, balanced results, every time!

3.HOT ROOT REMEDY 
Got roots that are screaming for attention?  For a quick fix use AGEbeautiful Root Touch-Up Spray in a shade lighter than needed and apply a couple of coats to achieve deeper results.

4.BRASS BUSTER 
Want to banish brass from your hair?  Try AGEbeautiful 3B to destroy unwanted warmth on brunettes.

5.RED REFRESH 
Red need a refresh? AGEbeautiful Tint Shine Sheer Red to the rescue for an instant red reinvigoration!

6.GO FOR THE GOLD 
Blonde beginning to go bland?  Use AGEbeautiful Clear Shine and 9N to restore brilliance to your blonde and make it come back to life!

7.BRILLIANT BRUNETTE 
Want a brunette that is anything but boring?  Spice it up using AGEbeautiful’s Ultimate Coverage Collection for a rich, chocolate brown with super sexy shine.

8.PLUM PERSUASION 
Ready for a bold, vibrant infusion of powerful plum tones?  Try AGEbeautiful Shades of Intrigue Collection for the perfect plum hair.

9.VOLUMIZE & CONCEAL 
Add sexy volume to your hair using AGEbeautiful Root Touch-Up Spray. It delicately covers thinning patches so hair looks naturally full and beautiful.

10.EXPRESS SHINE 
AGEbeautiful Tint Shine is a quick way to add a soft veil of sheer color and brilliant shine to previously colored hair.  Best part?  It only takes 10 minutes!

Check out more of Mike’s expert tips and techniques on:

  • Instagram: @petrizzipro
  • Facebook: Zotos Professional
  • Twitter: @zotosprofesh