I know there's been a few more how-to posts and tutorials on the blog than usual these past few weeks, but let's blame this on the holidays and the fact that tis the season to give back, falalalala lalablabla. Or maybe that's just a lame excuse and the real reason is for me to get more organic traffic. Or maybe I'm making this post because I'm about to change my hair and won't be able to do a black and blue ombre hair tutorial after the change. Or maybe all of the reasons are true, who knows (besides Santa, dooh). But whatever the reason, I promise this tutorial's going to be the last one for a while, so I won't be posting any more anytime soon. Partially because I know these aren't too interesting of a read and partially because I don't have any more 'knowledge' within me that would be of any educational or informative value of any sort to anyone - except if you want me to show you how to sit on the couch and watch TV, I'm pretty good at that, other than that, I pretty much suck at pretty much everything else with some rare exceptions. One of them being how to get black and blue ombre hair. And this is how you do it:
First you take thin strands of hair and clip them out of the way. I did that because I didn't want a block of blue at the bottom of my hair, I wanted for the blue ombre to look more natural. (As natural as BLUE hair can look...) When you clip those few strands with a bunch of butterfly clips or any other hair clips out of the way, you mix your creme developer with bleach powder - since I pre-dyed my hair black, I had to use 12 % (40 vol) developer to get rid of the black. As far as the bleach goes, try to find one that's blue or purple, because that one helps to minimize the orange and yellow tones, but white will be just as ok, worry not.
Then apply developer and bleach mixture to your tips one strand at a time and massage the mixture into the strands. As you apply the mixture, cover some strands 2 centimeters/1 inch higher and some 2 centimeters/1 inch lower, so you'll avoid the 'color-blocking effect'. Then wrap the bleached tips in foil. This will make you look like a space Pocahontas and help to fry your hair more making them much lighter - do make sure to wrap all of your tips to avoid streaking. Wait anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes (the time depends on the color of your hair) and then unwrap the foil and wash the bleach out.
You should be looking at something like this after you're done with the bleach part. You don't have to worry if you're hair is looking slightly orange - I was afraid the tips have to turn almost white, otherwise the Directions' Atlantic Blue'll turn green, but it didn't, so orange is fine. Your hair does in fact have to be bleached to at least a certain degree otherwise the blue dye'll wash right out, so even if you're a natural blond, you have to process the hair, sorry.
Then grab your Directions' semi-permanent dye in Atlantic Blue (I got mine off of eBay like I do shoes and clothes and basically everything else (I also got my dog off of eBay, true story)) and apply it onto the washed and still wet bleached tips generously, massage the dye into the hair and wait 30 minutes or more. You can use other brands too (Stargazer, etc.) but I decided to go with La Riche's Directions. After you wash your blue dye out, apply plenty of conditioner and you're done.
And that's how I got my black and blue ombre hair. Nothing to it actually, right?
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