2. Lighten the Mid-Lengths and Ends
Unless your client is a natural blonde or they have dark hair that’s already been lifted to a light shade, you'll need to pre-lighten their mid-lengths and ends for an ombre base. Your must-try for this step is BlondorPlex, a lightener that gives you up to nine levels of lift, infused with the bond-strengthening WellaPlex ingredient to keep hair supported during the lifting process for up to 97% less hair breakage*.
Start painting it a couple of inches down from the root and sweep through to the ends, then allow it to develop until you've reached the correct underlying level for the final look. For a sombre (subtle ombre) effect, you want locks to be around two shades lighter than the darker roots, while for a traditional ombre, you should aim for around three shades lighter.
*When using Wellaplex N°2 with BlondorPlex, versus BlondorPlex alone.
3. Apply a Flawless Ombre Toner (or Two)
Once locks have been lifted, it's time to tone the bleached sections. Choose the perfect blonde shade to suit your client's skin tone, whether that's a light shade with golden undertones or a cool and ashy formula. You might need to use two shades: one that's brighter than the roots to paint through the mid-section, and an extra light colour to sweep on the ends. This two-toner technique results in a bolder ombre style.
However, because hair is more porous on the ends, this section often lifts higher than the mid-section, so you get a ready-made ombre base that naturally segues from dark roots to bright lengths. In this case, you only need one blonde ombre colour for the look. Apply it all the way through pre-lightened mid-lengths and ends for the easiest ombre technique around.