Help!!! what color should I dye my hair?

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  • 1 Post By ninalane
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I posted some pictures of my hair. I really want to do an ombre dye because I love how ombre looks in curly hair. I just need help with what to what if that makes sense. Also, what should I tell the hairstylist (if I go that route) to do with it the curls? Do I straighten it before I go or have them dye it curly?

I think my hair is 3b/3c type. I'm not too sure now because I diffused it the other day with cold air instead of hot air and the front part that used to be wavy is now giving me cork screw ends! (I'm extra happy about that!!) Will the hair dye effect my curl pattern? Should I even go to the salon to get this done or should I just try at home? So many questions! :3 Thanks in advance for the help.
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You can't get a trustworthy answer by giving so little detail. "Ombre" is just a description of the technique you want, but it doesn't include the color you want and that can make a lot of difference.

Ombre coloring is usually done by bleaching the lower part of your hair, at least that's what the kits sold in stores do, and it's important that you know this before considering to do this at home. I've no idea how they do it at salons, it would all depend on how the stylist learned to do it and how experienced he/she is in haircoloring as well experienced colorist would not bleach hair if not absolutely necessary.

Also, an important consideration is if all of your hair is "virgin" or if you have colored it with anything during at least the past 2 1/2 years considering its present length.
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CGSince2002,
I was thinking along the lines of the picture I attached. Thanks for you answer! I thought about it more and I want to see if I can pull off warmer colors like blonde to my shade of brunette. Is there a home test you can do to see if you'd look good in a specific color? What do colorists do to determine if the color will look good on your skin tone or do they just go off what you want. I've never had my hair colored before so I'm completely new to all this. Thanks again!!
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I like your current hair color, but I think you could definitely pull off the color in the picture you posted. While I don't have personal experience using an ombre, I think to get a good obmre effect like in the picture you need to go to a salon, especially since you don't have experience with at home coloring. Since you'll be lightening your hair there isn't really a temporary or at home test. When you lighten your hair, you're removing color, so it will stay light permanently. It's really up to you to decide what color looks good for your hair, the stylist might make a recommendation, but it is only a suggestion and their personal opinion. Hope this helps!
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CGSince2002,
I was thinking along the lines of the picture I attached. Thanks for you answer! I thought about it more and I want to see if I can pull off warmer colors like blonde to my shade of brunette. Is there a home test you can do to see if you'd look good in a specific color? What do colorists do to determine if the color will look good on your skin tone or do they just go off what you want. I've never had my hair colored before so I'm completely new to all this. Thanks again!!
Originally Posted by nimwittacurls
Ninalane gave you a pretty good answer so I'm just going to add a little to it.

Colorists are trained to recognize basic cool or warm tones in a person skin and then a color that matches the tone will be chosen.

Since your hair is so dark at the salon they would very likely bleach it and maybe apply a toner afterwards to get you to that shade of blonde. I don't really recommend it because it will leave your hair more porous and possibly even damage it, which could result in loss of curl, and in the best of cases you'll have TWO textures and/or porosities to deal with, which could require you to have to buy different products than what you now have to deal with your hai's new needs. You would have to 1) be very sure you can trust the person who processes your hair, and 2) be very committed to giving your hair max TLC after this.

Frankly, since your hair is so pretty the way it is I kind of wish you'd change your mind or at least that you'd be happy with a less drastic contrast, like a warm light brown which would result from using a very light blonde permanent hair color, which you could do at home yourself or with someone's help.

I remembered something... there is a possibility that you could reach the desired shade with a professional quality high-lift coloring product as sold at Sally's, just keep in mind that they usually pull a lot of warm tones (red/orange) so you'd have to choose an ash to keep that to a minimum. You can always do a very easy strand test a day or two before to see exactly what it would look like. Here's a video that shows how a woman's dark roots were lightened to match her previous base tone with a high-lift formula. Also, while you're there you can ennter 'how to do ombre hair' on the search bar to watch how it's done and see if you'd be up to doing it yourself.

I also have to tell you that whenever dark hair is lightened it will pull lots of warm tones (red/orange) out, which may or may not look good on you (it's hard to tell through a monitor...), but to neutralize that it's best to choose an ash toned blond.
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Since your hair is so dark at the salon they would very likely bleach it and maybe apply a toner afterwards to get you to that shade of blonde. I don't really recommend it because it will leave your hair more porous and possibly even damage it, which could result in loss of curl, and in the best of cases you'll have TWO textures and/or porosities to deal with, which could require you to have to buy different products than what you now have to deal with your hai's new needs. You would have to 1) be very sure you can trust the person who processes your hair, and 2) be very committed to giving your hair max TLC after this.

Frankly, since your hair is so pretty the way it is I kind of wish you'd change your mind or at least that you'd be happy with a less drastic contrast, like a warm light brown which would result from using a very light blonde permanent hair color, which you could do at home yourself or with someone's help.


I really like this idea! I've been searching through some pictures on google of this for a while now. I don't want to damage my curl pattern at all I've been battling heat damage for a bit already. I'm going to take your advice and try something closer to my natural hair color. Thanks for all the advice!!!!
I'm going to add that I wanted an ombre as well, I asked my hair stylist this week if she was willing to do it and she said that she really wouldn't advise doing it on my hair. My hair is a bit dry but she said the ombre will make it even drier and just not pretty.

I was advised to go with highlights that are a bit lighter, to give my curls some dimension to them. If you really want to go blond-ish, I'd also advice to do it in steps, and not go blonde in 1 day. It's less damaging this way.
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I'm going to add that I wanted an ombre as well, I asked my hair stylist this week if she was willing to do it and she said that she really wouldn't advise doing it on my hair. My hair is a bit dry but she said the ombre will make it even drier and just not pretty.

I was advised to go with highlights that are a bit lighter, to give my curls some dimension to them. If you really want to go blond-ish, I'd also advice to do it in steps, and not go blonde in 1 day. It's less damaging this way.
Originally Posted by Zoeva
Good choice, too many people jump to make drastic changes to their hair not knowing what may happen and then later they totally regret it because, let's face it, for most of us the novelty wears out pretty fast, plus when the lightened hair begins to get brassy a lot of people don't even know what to do and just put a dark tint on top trying to go back to "before" only that sometimes backfires.

I still remember when I was 21 and got into my head to get blond highlights on my light brown hair (lightened from dark brown w/permanent dye). I bought a kit and a friend of mine who said she'd done it to someone else volunteered to do it for me, but the kit (probably Revlon's "Frost & Tips") came with the frosting cap which is really for short hair and she tried to pull my below shoulder hair through and that didn't work (plus it hurt!), so she tried foils but amateurs being not too fast nor too good some of the "highlights" were too chunky and not light enough. The first day I didn't look quite right but finally the hair "fell" into place (I wore it straight ALL the time) and it looked good, however very soon I had dark roots and this was back in the day when dark roots were a big no-no, so, not wanting to go to a salon and not knowing what else to do I tried to darken my hair a little with a "shampoo-in" color which only looked OK for a couple of washes, after that I had like 4 different shades of hair due to the fading and the roots, a total mess. I don't even remember anymore how I dealt with it but somehow I do remember a day when I looked at myself in the BA at work under the fluorescent lights and discovered my 4 unflattering hair shades, yikes! I probably had to do a lot of DTs too.

I saw that lots of people on Youtube go blond gradually which is really a very good idea. And the video that I posted above shows how to deal with new growth in one-step for most cases. Contrary to popular belief, a 2nd application of haircolor to bring it to the right tone is less damaging than bleach for the simple reason that the 1st application already opened up the cuticle so the 2nd application is going to take less time, and if only tone correction is needed a few minutes will do it.

There's a way to sort of 'test' how one would look with highlights or maybe even an ombre look without having to color the hair: spray hair color. I have used the brand below in the past but there's many more. For highlights all you have to do is cut a good piece of wax paper to clip underneath the chosen strands and just spray. It's temporary as it washes off.


Joined Curltalk 1st time in early '02 shortly after starting CG. I'm a non-practicing Cosmetologist.
Hair: color-treated, mostly 3A.
CO-wash: VO5 K&L
RO: SpaHaus Salon w/OO, VO5 Shea Cashmere, W.R. Trop. Coconut, Dai
ly Defense Moisturizing & others.
LI: Beautiful Curls w/Shea Butter & C.O., Hollywood Beauty OO Creme, VO5 K&L, Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer.
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