Step 2: Find the right hair dye
Since my hair is untreated, I could buy a lightening treatment. However, if you have recently dyed your hair a permanent dark brown or black, using store bought dyes might not work. You may have to go to a salon to have your hair stripped.
I found that Clairol: Born BlondeÂ ($11.29) was the best choice. It read, Maximum blonding for even the darkest hair. Even though the box claimed it would turn my almost-black hair a platinum blonde, I knew that was probably not going to happen. Also: this does contain strong chemicals, so make sure you’re not allergic and that your hair can handle it.
Now, I know with ombre hair, the roots stay dark, but I still wanted them to be a little lighter than their natural color, so I decided I’d lighten my entire head and then re-dye my roots. I chose Clairol: Medium Brown (BUY IT HERE) to use for the second part of the process. If you’re happy with the color of your naturally dark roots, you obviously don’t have to lighten your whole head. I REPEAT – IF YOU ARE HAPPY WITH YOUR HAIR COLOR THEN YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS STEP. JUST LIGHTEN YOUR ENDS.