I tried to create the Ombre look myself which turned into a fail! I have dark hair and instead of going golden blonde it went orange and ginger, even though I used bleach.
If I use a shop bought light golden brown over the top, will it work?
Ombre hair is beautiful and is so current, but if it is done badly it can look a little messy. What I do when I am working with this technique in the salon is I lift the lengths of the hair to a yellow colour and then I tone it with my chosen shade. Whether that be golden, ashen, beige or just a little bit softer than raw yellow.
If you apply a golden brown over the top of the orange, you could end up with it going a dark warm tone that might not work with the root colour. If you are wanting it to be a soft brownish tone with not too much warmth I would choose a shade that is probably natural in tone at a level of a medium blonde. This will subdue the orange but not take it too dark that you can't see your Ombre anymore. If you choose a warm shade, this will just make the orange more intense.
John Clark at Brooks+Brooks, London
I would never recommend trying to correct your hair at home; colour correction is a difficult process and can take many applications of products. If done incorrectly, you may cause yourself even more problems. A good salon would be able to give you an in-depth consultation. HOB salons offer free consultations and Change of Colour appointment starts from £58.
Faye Turner, HOB Salons’ Creative Colour Director