Anyway, I was so bored after all the holiday celebration that I decided to get a complete hair transformation. And seeing that I have enough hair products at home, I mustered enough courage to to do my own hair. This will be a two-part post for the complete ombre hair color using only two products, both from Korean brands. *wink!
I’ve been wanting to share with you how I got the new ombre hair I’m currently sporting but I got a bit sidetracked the past few days. I was actually watching several KDramas on DramaFever nonstop for days! I bet you didn’t know that about me. Haha. Korean Drama marathon was my favorite past time before I dove into the blogging scene and now that I have tons of time to spare, I’m rediscovering old hobbies. <3
(Taken from www.etudehouse.com)
Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring. This is a shampoo-type bubble hair coloring item that delivers beautiful, evenly colored hair with its non-drip, conditioning formula.
I had my hair colored at the L’Oreal Academie late last year using Matrix WonderRed. But since red hair dyes have bigger molecule than most colors, the color tends to fade away faster. This is true no matter the brand you are using. That’s why it is said that red is actually the most high-maintenance hair color there is as it needs to be retouched more often. The Matrix Team did an awesome job with my hair and the WonderRed looked amazing on me but like most, it did fade into a more chocolate brown tone eventually.
I wanted to get my hair color retouched but I wasn’t in the mood to go to a salon and have it professionally done. Plus I know for a fact that the Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring actually works so I opted to retouch my own hair at home. I got to save money, too! Haha.
This isn’t exactly the first time I used Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring. I tried it a few years back which led to a love-hate relationship. I didn’t quite like that it dried my hair a bit before but as for the color, it did deliver the shade promised on the box. I tried it twice before; once on myself and another time on my cousin. I love that the resulting color was spot on so I repurchased it during the Year-End Sale last month. Good thing I gave it another shot because now, this will be my go-to at-home hair coloring kit. <3
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know how to use Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring. It’s fairly easy to use and the preparation won’t even take 5 minutes. All you’ll need is included in the kit – plastic drape, gloves, post-coloring hair treatment and the bubble hair color itself. Just mix the entire content of Colorant Agent [in the sachet] into the pump with Oxidizing Developer. Slowly tilt the bottle from side to side; don’t shake!
Because of its non-drip formula, it isn’t messy to use. I did my hair with absolutely no help from anyone! Not only is it easy to use but it is also Ammonia-Free which means there is no strong chemical/pungent smell to it. The smell itself doesn’t sting the eyes and it isn’t as damaging as normal hair colors.
The fun part is dispensing the foamy hair color from the pump bottle. The foam looks violet but don’t worry; your hair won’t look like that afterwards. Haha. Start applying by partitioning your hair starting from the bottom. I suggest combing your hair before applying the foam to remove tangles. Avoid combing after application to lessen the tendency of hair breakage. Apply evenly starting from the roots. I have thick hair but even after covering everything, I still had a lot of product left in the bottle so I decided to re-apply more on the roots especially since I already have an inch of regrowth. I didn’t put much product on the ends of my hair since I’ll be bleaching it afterwards. This way, I won’t put my hair under too much stress.
Ideally, you are supposed to leave this on for about 30 minutes but since I know that my hair doesn’t react to hair color that quickly, I left it for a good 45 minutes before rinsing off.
Best part is washing everything off and then applying the Silky Perfumed Treatment that came with the kit. I have always been amazed with this product. The hair feels coarse and tangled after coloring which is quite understandable but after the treatment, if feels silky smooth! It really does a world of a difference! <3
TIP: Although it doesn’t stain the skin too much, use vaseline or petroleum jelly before coloring your hair just to be sure. Apply it on the skin near your hairline to avoid staining yourself. I didn’t have any vaseline when I did my hair so I made use of my all-around Lucas Papaw Ointment. It never ceases to amaze me how this product can be used for tons of things. Read more about it HERE.
Now for the result.
Before. As you can see, my then-red hair has already toned down into a common brown shade with a slight red base. I did have peek-a-boo highlights as well which looked great when I half-tie my hair into a bun.
After. Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring did color my hair beautifully. It gave my hair that deep red base that I was aiming for, however, because of my previous highlights, the hair color looked uneven. Some parts are brighter, almost orange-ish. I still think it’s gorgeous as it gave my hair more depth and dimension. Even if I hadn’t pushed through with the ombre, I can see myself pulling off this hair color. It is bold and vibrant.
It didn’t color the roots of my hair much but it’s a lot better than before. This is natural because hair color tends to latch on previously colored or lighter colored hair more than on ‘virgin’ black hair. This is also why the highlights from before is more vibrant. Nonetheless, the deep red color outcome is exactly as shown from the box. I haven’t had any at-home hair color kit deliver this accurate result. Although results may vary depending on the hair color; in my case, at least, it is very impressive!
What I love most about Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring is that it didn’t dry out my hair. I already have damaged hair to begin with but after coloring it again [only less than 2 months from my last hair color session]; I’m pleasantly surprised that it didn’t cause further damage to my hair. The ends are a bit dry but totally manageable. Nothing a regular at-home hair mask can’t fix. 🙂
Like I said on my Facebook page, this will be a two-part hair post. The first one being the Etude House Bubble Hair Coloring which I used for the base color. Do keep an eye out for my next post since it will be the part where I actually dye the ends for this gorgeous ombre look. <3 Don’t forget to comment below what you think and I’ll see you on my next post. 🙂 Check out part 2 [ombre highlights] HERE.