Bad Ombré Hair: 3 Possible Ways to Fix Your Ombré Today

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Were you dreaming of a change in hairstyle and then your ombré didn’t turn out quite like you hoped?


I’m just going to start out by telling you that you can fix it based on how it ended up.

For example:

  • If the ombré looks bad near the roots, you’ll need to wait until your hair grows out.
  • If you think there is too much of a difference between the root color and the end color, you should dye the ends, JUST THE ENDS, two tones lighter than your roots.
  • If your ombré locks look a little orange, you should use an ashy toner.


Of course, there is a reason behind each of these issues, and I’ll get into detail in a little bit about each of your options.

Whether you’ve already gotten the ombré done and the results aren’t what you were hoping for or you’re wanting to get one and you’re worried about what might go wrong, it’s very important that you understand what an ombré actually is.


 Ombré is a specific bleaching technique that gives a fading effect, always starting beneath your ears, with a difference between your root color and your end color by just two shades.  

That last bit is very important: the color difference between your roots and ends should always be two shades.

If it’s not two shades, then it’s not an ombré. It would be a balayage, which consists of highlights that start above your ear line.


 That’s why it’s important to define what about the ombré you don’t like. 

In which part of your hair is your ombré not well defined?


Because that is what the solution will depend on.

So, put your tissues away and stop crying, because today I am going to tell you:

  • How to correct an ombré that’s not right at your roots
  • The solution for an ombré that has too much of a color difference
  • How to fix an ombré that turned out too orange


There’s always a solution to bad ombre hair, and we’ll look at which one is best for you.

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What to do if your ombré doesn’t look right at your roots

First thing’s first, I want to clarify one thing: hair coloring is a science. When you decide to try to be a painter in your hair, things don’t always go well.

When it comes to colors, it’s just like painting a picture, except that you can’t throw it away if you don’t like the result.

I know what you’re thinking: “What if I use a darker dye on the roots to hide them?”


No, definitely not.

Want to know why?

Let me tell you about Jane, who came into my salon absolutely desperate.


 Jane decided to do an ombré at home by herself. 

But, when the process finished, her dreams were crushed because the ombré ended up looking bad at the roots.

It ended up too well defined, so she didn’t get that faded ombré look that she was hoping for.

So, what did she do?


She decided to apply a dark dye at her roots to where the ombré began to “make it even.”

What happened within three weeks?


She didn’t just have an ombré in her hair; instead, she had three colors shining through. One color at her roots where they had grown in, one color at the ends and then another in that middle section that she was trying to fix.

If she had come to me before she tried to fix it herself, then her ombré would have had a chance, but after she tried to fix it, I couldn’t do anything else to save the ombré.


 Because in order to fix something like that, you’d have to bleach your hair, and her hair had already been over-exposed to chemicals by then.  

So, the only solution she had left was to let her hair grow out.


That would give the dye time to fade, so she could re-do the ombré.

Now, what happens if you notice a big difference in the color of your roots and your ends?

You should fix it, and thankfully, you won’t have to wait a long time, because you have the solution at your fingertips in the form of a color kit.


How to fix an ombré that has a big difference between the roots’ and ends’ colors

Do you know what the secret to an ombré is?


Subtlety. I mean, getting that fading effect in your hair, but making it look natural.

And how do you get that naturalness? By working with a difference of two tones.

That’s what I did to Claudia’s hair.


Claudia had gotten an ombré in her brown hair, which is shade 4, but she had done a light blonde tone on her ends, in shade 8.

What was the result?


 A completely unnatural looking fade-effect, because she went from dark brown to light blonde in a very alarming way. 

She didn’t follow ombré’s most basic rule: always work with a 2-shade difference between the roots and the ends.


  • So, if you start with brown (4), then your ends shouldn’t be lighter than dark blonde (6).
  • If you start with a dark blonde (6) then your ends shouldn’t be lighter than light blonde (8).
  • If you start with light blonde (8), then your ends shouldn’t be lighter than extra light blonde (10).


Those examples are just that: examples. But, all you need to know is what your base shade is and then you can just add 2 to it and you’ll know what the ideal shade for your ends is.

Then, you’ll have a perfect, natural-looking ombré.

So, how did I fix Claudia’s ombré?


After studying her hair, I dyed her ends the ideal shade, which in her case, was a number 6.

Did the same thing happen to you as what happened to Claudia? If so, all you need to do is know which is your ideal shade, then apply it to your ends.

Let’s take a look at how to do it, step-by-step.



  • Color kit
  • Anti-frizz serum



  • Brush your hair out until it is completely detangled
  • Put on gloves and mix the developer cream with the tube of dye in a plastic container
  • Apply the mix only to the ends of your hair. You should be very careful to only apply it to this area
  • Follow the instructions and leave the dye in the recommended amount of time
  • Once that time has gone by, rinse your hair out with lots of water and apply the post-color treatment included in the kit
  • Dry your hair with a blow dryer and add a few drops of anti-frizz serum to it

You’ll see how your ends’ shade completely changes and how you have a totally natural-looking ombré.


When it comes to changing your hair color, then there’s always the possibility that orange or yellow tones could appear in your hair in the areas where you bleached it.

How can you fix that? By putting out the fire!

How do you put out the fire? With an ashy toner.


How to fix orange tones in an ombré

This is one of the number one concerns that I get in the salon after someone gets an ombré: orange tones.

The solution is easy; all you have to do is apply an ashy toner because its function is literally to tone down orange tones in your hair.


This is because of how the color wheel works: opposite colors on the wheel cancel each other out.


Toner is a dye, so using it is pretty much the same as using any other dye.

 The only thing is that you need to be careful when you apply it to only apply it to areas where you hair is orange, because if you apply it to other areas, then all of your hair will end up an ashy color. 

Now I’m going to tell you step-by-step how to do it.



  • Tube of ashy toner
  • 20 volume developer.


Step by step:

You should leave it in your hair for 20-30 minutes, then rinse. You can then wash your hair with your normal shampoo.


You might think that your hair is too gray after you apply it, but don’t worry; after 2-3 washes, the excess toner will wash out and you’ll have a perfecto color without any horrible orange tones.



Fixing a bad ombre hair is possible, but I should be honest.

For these kinds of issues in your hair, it’s always best to talk with a professional.

Because it’s important to know your hair’s history.


Because your hair remembers. And when you bleach it, that can cause some of those underlying colors to come out, which will make your ombré not quite perfect.


Did you do an ombré and you’re not happy with how it turned out? Did you find a solution? Tell me about your experience.

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