Ombré hair for Asians

September 16, 2012

I have been having ombré hair for the past two years, and I’m still loving it which is quite rare as I normally get bored of the same thing very quickly. So I’d like to share my experience and a few tips with you as requested by my readers:


Why should you have it:

– If you want to change your hair color but do not want a drastic change, ombré hair can be a good compromise compared to full head color.

– Believe it or not – it’s low maintenance as I don’t need to visit my hairdresser every few months for a touch-up.

– Lastly it’s still very much on-trend (if that matters to you)!

Some Tips:

–  I find that there is a fine line between ombré hair and grown-out hair! Make sure your hairdresser is very experienced in the balayage/ombré hair field, and has the skill to deliver a natural gradation from one color to another.

– Bring in lots of pictures to show your HDs, particularly the models/celebrities with ombré hair who have the same natural hair color as you. I brought in pictures of Jessica Biel, Mila Kunis and Lily Aldridge. Never tell your HD “to do whatever you want” if you already have an image in your mind!

– It can be expensive, so do get a quote from your HD before you book it in. To give you an idea, I paid about AUD$450 for a mixture of services including  half-head balayage, highlights at the crown area and finish with a toner, and it was a 4 hour long process.

– Once you get the ombré effect , it is very easy to maintain the color as the regrowth tends to blend in easily. If you ask for blond or ashy highlights, make sure you wash the hair with a purple/silver shampoo at least once a week to prevent the hair from going brassy (I’m using the Matrix So-Silver Shampoo reviewed here). Ideally professional toner service is preferred every 3 months. I am due for one very soon as I noticed my hair is getting more yellow.



{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Livvie September 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Hi Reika! DO you mind telling us which salon you went to in Sydney? I’m still on the lookout for a good ombre salon and the ones all my friends have been to haven’t been too kind for “Asian” hair 🙁


Reika September 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm you mean that they bleached your freinds’ hair?
I went to the Brad Ngata hair salon at ivy, here is the link


BeautyNTheBrains September 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Hi I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award:


Reika September 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Thank you darl! I am very flattered 🙂


Tracy September 17, 2012 at 5:46 am

Love your ombre hair! And yes, there is a difference between grown out hair and ombre hair – you don’t see the clear color contrast with the latter. I hate that look.
But holy, 450 for ombre highlights? that’s crazy. Hopefully more of the hairdressers catch this trend on so they can push the prices downwards 🙂


Polished Pinay September 17, 2012 at 8:16 am

Interesting! Will try ombre hair soon!


Renee September 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Love your post on the ombre hair!


Renee September 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm

p/s I am wanting to ask you if there’s any particular sunscreen you will recommend before makeup? 😀 Thanks x


Eileen September 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Your ombré is youthful and fun. It’s an easy way to try out a dramatically different hair color without looking weird. I’ve always thought of hair color, eye color, and skin tone as a package deal. When the combination and balance is right, a woman glows and looks her best. We’ve all seen the poor misguided woman whose all over artificial hair color makes her skin look drab and her eyes washed out. With ombré that’s not as much of a concern because a lot of the natural color (or close to natural) is left to frame the face. Ombré is one trend I wish we had had when I was young 🙂


Rola September 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I have been obsessed with this look for a while now. Love your ombre hair!


Annie September 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

You captured every details i have in mind!! This is a very tricky style that requires skills with colourblends and most importantly,sleek finishing touch is highlighted…else you cant use the excuse of out of bed look xD


Grace January 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I have just gotten my hair lightened to a more subtle ombré and I have similar type of hair as you but my hair has gone very brassy already- orangey. I’ve seen your review for the matrix shampoo but it wasn’t very detailed. Would you be able to tell me more about it? Would you recommend that I use it to get the tone more natural? I would love to hear what you think! I have no idea about these things!!


Reika January 3, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Hi Grace, the matrix shampoo is a purple shampoo especially designed for colored blond hair. It helps to prevent the hair color from going brassy (orangey). Since your hair has already gone brassy, I don’t think this shampoo can change the tone back, but it will help the color going further orangey. I know that some hair salons sell those purple hair masks (similar to the purple shampoo but much more concentrated) and you can leave it on your hair for 20 minutes for twice a week. It states that it deposits the silver pigments on your hair which will counteract the existing orangeness in your hair. I have one by Revlon (professional only) which worked quite well for me, but it can be very messy to use. But the best solution is to get a toner treatment from your hairdresser!


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