DIY Ombre/Balayage

If you're a frequent reader then you're familiar with my "Let it Grow" series where each month I try different combinations of "hair growth tips" to see just how much they're speeding up the average hair growth process to determine what's myth vs. fact (click to read: month 1, month 2, month 3). As a reward for seeing hair growth progress, I decided to add some dimension and color to my hair since it's been my natural color for well over a year.

pic via Amazon.com
I did the thing that's most frowned upon by hairstylists- I bought a $5 at home highlighting kit (Revlon's Frost & Glow in Honey) and after spending hours on YouTube researching how-to videos on ombre and balayage (no joke) went to town on my hair. My inspiration? See below:

Brunette and Caramel Balayage Babe. Spring hair. 916-444-2136 #StyledByKate Instagram: @StyledByKate_

First things first- major hair envy going on here. Her natural hair color is very similar to mine- dark brown, and I loved how the light brown/dark blonde highlights added some warmth to her hair. I didn't want mine to turn out quite as blonde as hers, but more on the "honey" colored side. This is what my natural hair color looks like:


And this is the end result of my DIY ombre/balayage experiment:


I love it and it was so simple to do! All I did was part my hair in two sections (top & bottom halves) and take random 1/2-1 inch sections (about 5 on each half) and hand-painted the color onto my hair, making sure to rub the color at the top up a few times so there were no chunky lines and to make sure I got that "natural" fade. I left it on for 30 minutes and washed it out using the shampoo/conditioner duo that comes with the highlighting kit. My hair takes forever to lift and this isn't the final result I'm going for. I'm going to attempt this again using the same kit in about a month (to give my hair a break) and go a little lighter to achieve more of a honey color rather than a dark brown/reddish color I ended up with. For now though, I am loving the pops of color. To me it looks very natural!

Have you ever added highlights to your own hair? How did they turn out? Let me know in the comments below! 

8 comments

  1. This turned out great! I have ombre hair and have had it for quiet a while now, but I get mine professionally done because mine is a lot of blonde! I haven't tried highlighting my hair on my own, but I have used an all over dark color from a box before.

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    1. Thanks, Anna! I saw one of your recent pics on your blog and I LOVE your hair! :) xo

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  2. It looks great!! I'm actually getting my hair done like this in a couple of weeks and am SO excited! I haven't had any color in my hair in almost 5 years, so I am excited to try something a little different :)

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    1. Hey hey Britt! Us girls always need a change with our hair! I know what you mean- it's been a while since I've had color in mine and I was so ready! Let me know how it turns out :)

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  3. Looks great. Love reading your blogs

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  4. It looks great! I am a disaster when it comes to doing anything to my own hair so I only trust my stylist lol.

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    1. Haha, I usually am too! Thanks for reading :)

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