How to Get the Perfect Ombre on Bleached Hair in 5 Steps

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  • To apply the ombre technique you only need to choose a dye one or two shades darker than your bleached hair and put it in your roots and new growth.
  • The secret for imitating the gradually faded style of ombre is to apply the dye with vertical brushstrokes in an irregular manner.


The gradually fading or subtly blended techniques imitate the natural bleaching of the hair by the sun or other factors.

There are many ways that hair can lose its color naturally—the sun, hair-washing products, and even hydrating masks.

These techniques, like ombre, balayage, and Californian highlights, create a natural-looking, subtle blend.

Each of these techniques has its own characteristics.


 Ombre is the technique that imitates the gradual fade most naturally. 

For this reason, it only calls for one or two shades of difference, no more.

But you’re probably asking yourself, if my hair is bleached will it be the same?


The answer is yes—there will be no difference in the technique.

The only thing that you should change is the shades of dye you apply.

For example:

  • If your bleached hair is a brown 6 color, then of course you can apply a brown 5
  • If your bleached hair is a blonde 8 color, then you can put in a dark blonde 7 or brown 6.


As I told you, the fundamental idea is that the ombre doesn’t lose its natural quality of gradual fading.

It’s a very subtle fade.

If your hair is bleached to a blonde 8, and you apply a brown 5, the fade won’t be as natural or subtle.


 Another secret for achieving the perfect ombre over bleached hair is the application of the dye in the roots and new growth. 

You should put it in an irregular way to about the height of your ears—in this way your roots will blend in perfectly with the rest of your bleached hair.

Do you still have some doubts?


Don’t worry.

Now I will go into more depth about all of the things I mentioned before.

  • First, I will tell you more about what the ombre technique is
  • Next, I will help you choose a perfect tone for your ombre if you have bleached hair
  • And lastly, I’ll let you know how to do the ombré in a few steps


Are you ready to have the perfect ombre?

Let’s get to it!


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What is the ombre technique?

As I was telling you at the beginning of the article, the ombre technique is a style of bleaching that imitates the natural color breakdown or fading of your hair.

To make this effect look natural, ombre only involves bleaching your hair one or two shades different from your base color.

But of course, your hair is already bleached.

So you’ll be asking yourself: How can I get ombre with bleached hair?


 It’s very simple, you only need to apply the darker dye to your roots and growth, without doing anything to the longer parts and the ends. 

In this way, the longer sections and the ends will be one or two shades lighter, achieving the perfect ombre.


What tone should you choose for your ombre?

That’s what I’ll talk about next.


How to choose the ideal tone for your ombre if you have bleached hair?

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To pick the ideal tone for your ombre, the first thing you should do is to identify your base tone.

Your base tone is the color number that you currently have in your hair.

 If your hair has been bleached, then you should know what number it is, to be able to accurately choose the tone for your ombre. 


I would recommend that you go to a salon store or pharmacy and that you look carefully at the color photos that are on the dye kits.

Place a section of your hair next to the photo.

In this way, you can find the exact number that you have in your hair, and you won’t have any problem choosing the tone for your ombre.


 Once you know your base tone, you can subtract two shades from that number. 
  • If your hair is a light tone, I would recommend that you apply one shade of difference. The difference in color will be very noticeable.
  • If your hair is a medium tone, you can go by one or two shades, and it will look perfect either way.


But in case you still have any misgivings, I will leave you here a list of recommended tones.


If you hair is between these numbers, pick only one shade less.

  • Platinum blonde 10
  • Light blonde 9
  • Blonde 8
  • Dark blonde 7


If your hair is between these numbers, go with either 1 or 2 shades less:

  • Light brown 6
  • Brown 5


As you can see, once you know the number of your bleached hair, you can select the perfect tone for your ombre.


Materials needed

If you already know the color number of your hair and the tone of dye, the only thing left to do is buy the materials.

It’s very simple to do an ombre, so you don’t need any special things.


Here I’ll leave you the list:

  • Dye kit of the chosen color
  • Gloves
  • Paintbrush for dying


All of this can be found in salon stores or pharmacies. Even in supermarkets!

They’re not difficult materials to find. Once you’ve gathered everything, you can start.


How to ombre your hair in 5 easy steps

The application technique for putting the dye over bleached hair to get an ombre effect is very simple.

Have you ever touched up your roots before?


If you’ve done it, you can already say that you’re an expert at ombre.

Listen, the technique doesn’t require you to be careful or detail-oriented.

It sounds weird, doesn’t it?


 You should apply the dye in an irregular way in your roots and new growth until about the height of your ears, in long vertical brushstrokes of 3 to 5 centimeters. 

In this way, you’ll be able to blend the roots with the long sections perfectly, achieving the subtle fade for the ombre.


If you do it in an even way, you run the risk that there’s a dividing line between your roots and the rest of your hair. That is, your ombre will not look good.

The benefit of doing ombre with bleached hair is that by darkening the color by only one or two shades, you can fix it with more dye.

You just need to apply the dye on the parts that you don’t like the way they look and that’s it, fixed.

Do you see?


I told you it was simple.

But now in case you still have any doubts, don’t worry, next I’ll let you know how to do it step-by-step.


Step 1: Preparing your hair

You should brush your hair, detangling it completely so there are no knots.

Use a brush or comb, whatever is most comfortable for you.


Step 2: Preparing the dye

In the dye kit, you have everything you’ll need.

Mix the tube of dye with the developer.

You should stir it until it has a uniform consistency.

Wear gloves.


Step 3: Applying the dye

Start applying the dye in your roots with the applicator pick included in the dye kit.

Distribute the dye vertically in an irregular way from the root until about the height of your ears.

If it’s easier for you, you can do it with a paintbrush.

Remember what I told you before!


 The secret trick is to be imprecise. 

Leave it in for 30-40 minutes, following the instructions on the kit.


Step 4: Rinse

Once the exposure time has passed, rinse your hair with a lot of lukewarm water.

Apply the post-color treatment that moisturizes your hair and leaves it shiny.


Step 5: Dry and style

Use a hairdryer at medium heat.

Apply a few drops of anti-frizz and style with a straightener or curling iron.


Conclusions and doubts

If you’ve followed the steps up until now, you should have an ombre that will be the envy of your friends and strangers alike.

Do you still have any doubts? Are you still not sure about what tone of dye to choose for your ombre?


If so write in your questions below, and I will respond as soon as possible.

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