I Got the Perfect Subtle Red Ombré from — Wait for It — Box Dye

I did ruin my socks, though.
Publish date:
October 12, 2016
hair color, DIY, ombre, red hair, Garnier, Box Dye, Auburn Hair

In my very first xoArticle, I did an extra-time-consuming hair-lightening highlight thing. It totally worked and all, but you had to reapply the gel every few hours or so for it to actually do the job which was kind of a pain in the ass.

So now that we are well over a year later and I haven't dyed my mop since, I've been getting the itch again. My ends are still a bit lighter than my roots from that article way back when, and with the summer sun having lightened them further, they've started getting kind of brassy.

So I decided I would try to go auburn. But still in a quasi-ombré type thing because I can't be bothered with upkeep, and I wanted to DIY it with a much quicker method this time.

I picked up Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Crème in the shade #56 Sangria. On the box it shows all the different hair options ending up this cute purple-leaning auburn, which I am down for.

Obviously if you choose to do this, pick whatever color you would like, but try to make sure it is a creamy (or crème if you're fancy) formula because you'll need the dye to stay put where you place it and not drip all over the place.

Brush out your dirty hair and part it where you would normally for the easiest dying experience. Also, throw on a shirt you totally don't mind getting covered in dye, and have a towel on hand to clean up when you get dye all over your face/neck.

Patch test the hair dye if you are prone to allergic reactions, please. And when you know you aren't going to break out in hives or something, mix up the bottle according to instructions.

This Garnier one came with basically a shot of, from what I gathered, just fragrance, which surprisingly made the whole thing smell pretty pleasant.

Here's the part where you need to work somewhat fast and doing it on camera without a mirror can get a little sticky and ruin your socks when you inevitably drop dye on them.

Starting at the tips of your hair, apply the dye and move your way up. I ended up splitting my hair in half down the center-ish and then made three sections on each side.

You want to concentrate the majority of the dye on the ends of the hair and use less as you move up. To make it look less like a dip dye, I staggered where the dye ended on different parts of the hair.

I left almost all the hair from my chin up untouched but did a couple of little globs to add more dimension and to keep that whole it's-not-a-dip-dye thing working for me.

Just stew in your dye according to package time directions (it was 25 minutes for me) and then wash it out (you guessed it) according to package directions.

Things turned out subtler than I was expecting from the box hair examples and considering the fact that my ends were already lighter, but overall, I dig the results.

  • Would you ever give this a shot?

  • Are you a whole head of hair box dyer or do you just apply where you want?

  • Or are you a stringent don't-you-dare-use-box-dye diehards?