Point blank, we love ombré hair. And we’re not the only ones: With looks popping up on celebs, in magazines and out in the every day, this is definitely a bandwagon we’re happy to keep hopping on. Long story short, ombré locks—known for having traditionally darker roots that gradually become lighter towards the ends—give a subtle sex appeal to whoever wears them. And despite many people opting for more natural hues, red ombré hair has been making its way into the scene as a new favorite.
Whether you’re nervous about an all-over drastic dye job, are looking to disguise your damaged ends or simply think that brighter equals better, red ombré hair is the perfect go-to for your next vivid ‘do.
Up or down, chopped or flowing, braids or waves—keep reading to find out how to set the stage for your new favorite hairstyle with our quick D.I.Y. red ombré dye guide. Keep scrolling to try one of our top favorite red ombre hairstyles, below:
1. Red Ombré Braids
You can get the red ombre look on your braids by mixing in red-colored braiding hair.
2. Thick Asymmetrical Bob
Have thick hair? Try this asymmetrical style on your new ombre red hair.
3. Beach Waves
Recreate this beachy wave style by embracing your frizzy texture. Don’t have frizz? Create your look with a salt spray, like Bed Head by TIGI Queen Beach Salt Infused Texture Spray.
4. Bob Hairstyle
The bob hairstyle is an easy short haircut idea for any hair color or hair type.
5. Curly Hair
Whether you have natural curls or not, you can create this style with the help of a hair wand.
6. The Unicorn Braid
Create an on-trend look with your ombré hair. This unicorn braid adds a fun touch to your look.
7. Spiky Pixie
Showcase your hair color and your haircut with this edgy style idea.
8. Straight Hair
When you can’t think of any other hairstyles to wear, you can always count on a straight hairstyle.
9. Textured Hair
For women with natural hair types, there are many ways you can embrace your texture with your red ombre style. Try this wavy look by setting your hair with braids to create a wavy curl pattern.
10. Tousled Hair
Sometimes a fresh blowout style is all you need. Add a few loose curls and brush to blend it all in to create a tousled effect.
11. Red Ombré Roots
Reverse your hair color and opt for red ombré at the roots of your hair. Now you’ve got a red to blonde ombre style that sets you apart from the crowd!
How to D.I.Y. Red Ombré Hair
Step 1: Detangle.
Before you begin your D.I.Y. ombré, make sure that your hair is detangled because the smoother your locks, the better the application will turn out. Detangle your hair from the ends up with a detangling brush.
Step 2: Prep your tools.
Slip on a bathrobe or an old shirt to protect your regular clothes from the hair dye.
Step 3: Comb and rough-dry hair.
Using a blowdryer, rough-dry hair using your fingers or a detangler brush till damp (or 90 percent dry). Comb your hair into sections to make the dye job more manageable.
Step 4: Segment your sections.
Using a few rubber hair ties (you can snip them off once done), segment your sections as if creating a bubble ponytail: Tie on an elastic every couple of inches throughout the length of the section.
Step 5: Start from the bottom (or start bleaching!).
A good place to start your red ombré hair is about three inches from the tips of your strands. If you have longer hair, starting around the jawline should do the trick. (Note: If your base color isn’t already lifted, you might have to bleach your ends first to strip your hair of any prior dyes or pigments.)
Step 6: Apply red dye to the ends.
If you want a more subtle look, brush the dye on vertically, going slightly past the bottom-most elastic for a more natural line. For a starker, more contrasted look, apply dye in horizontal strokes onto hair that’s been fanned out.
Step 7: Foil it.
Once you finish applying the dye, wrap your hair in foil to let the color set, then repeat on all sections. Remember to check your older foils periodically as you move across all sections, as they can set before you’re even done with the dye process.
Step 8: Do a time check.
Depending on how bold you want to go, you can leave the dye in for longer, but we recommend leaving the red dye to set for at least 20 minutes, and follow it up every so often with a little peek to see how the color is coming out. Once your strand test appears as the hue you’re aiming for, it’s time to remove your foils.
Step 9: Snip off your hair elastics.
If you did the bubble-pony trick, carefully cut off your elastics. If needed, you can lightly smudge your new red ombré hair color with your fingers to remove any telltale demarcation.