Monday, August 26, 2013

Get Ombre! L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Kit

Ombre hair starts with darker roots that gradually fade to lighter ends.  Here are a few of my celebrity favorite ombre looks.

Raven Symone Khloe Kardashian Keke Palmer Draya Michelle Ombre hair

L'Oreal Feria claims to have put the magic in a box with the L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Kit. According to their site: 
Feria lets you create this dark-to-light finish yourself with an exclusive lightening formula plus The Patented Expert Brush. You can lighten hair lengths in a stroke. So easy! 

L"Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Kit in 060 Medium to Dark Brown

I decided to check it out for myself and picked up two ombre kits in 060 Medium to Dark Brown from my local Target.

I had several bundles of natural (1B) colored Peruvian hair that I decided to try the Wild Ombre Kit on. 
I prepared my work surface by spreading towels and then covering them with a large garbage bag.  I placed each bundle of hair on a piece of aluminum foil.  

L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre: What's in the Box

Now to open the box; here's what's inside:
  • An Applicator Bottle of Shimmering Cream Developer with a separate cap.
  • Shimmering Bleach Powder
  • Shimmering Lightening Cream
  • Conditioning Shampoo
  • Expert Brush 

Also included in the box are directions and plastic gloves.  The components of the box are numbered to make the mixing process very simple. 
  •  Remove the applicator cap from the bottle and add the packet of shimmering bleaching powder.
  •   Replace the cap (not pictured) and shake well.
  •  Remove the cap from the bottle and add the shimmering lightening cream. 
  •  Cap bottle again and shake well.  
That's all there is to it.  Replace the cap on the applicator bottle with the original applicator tip, squirt a little bleaching cream onto your expert brush, and you're ready to brush it through the areas you want lighter.  

Hold the brush horizontally during application for a dramatic look.

I started at the ends of the hair bundles. I wanted the bleaching cream to be on this area the longest  because I wanted them to be the lightest.  I applied the bleaching cream to the expert brush and brushed the ends holding my brush horizontally.  I made sure the flip the bundle over and coat both sides.  

Hold  the brush vertically for a more striped effect like this picture.

Once I coated the ends of all six bundles , I applied bleaching  cream higher up the bundle but this time I turned my brush vertically to get a more subtle effect.  Turning the brush vertically and brushing down the hair makes it a more highlighted look.

Shampooed and Conditioned Bundles being Air Dried
I only left the mixture on the bundles for about 25 minutes because I was afraid to go too light.  I shampooed each bundle with the included conditioning shampoo, and conditioned with Feria Professional Moisturizing Treatment that I purchased at Sally's Beauty Supply.

Here are the results after installation:
New Star Feather Light Peruvian Straight Ali Express
L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Results (Without Flash)

New Star Feather Light Peruvian Straight Ali Express
L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Resuts (With Flash)

New Star Feather Light Peruvian Straight Ali Express
L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre (Front View)

The results were a lot more subtle than I expected.  You can see from the pictures that the back view is a lot more dramatic than the front view which is darker.  

Remember in the beginning I said I purchased TWO boxes of the  L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Kit?  Well after a few weeks I decided to break out the second box and try going a little lighter.

I threw on an old t-shirt, clipped up the top layers of my hair, and combined all the components of the bleaching mixture.

Once again I started at the ends because I wanted them to be the lightest.  Then I began applying the cream mixture vertically, closer to my ear lobes and working my way down to the ends.

I left the bleach on for about 20-30 minutes total including the time it took me to work it in.  I did pull down the top layers of hair and put a bit of bleach in the font to frame my face a little more.  

I shampooed with the conditioning shampoo included in the box as well as Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo. I followed with Feria Professional Moisturizing Treatment.

Here are the results:
L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Review Kit Results
L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Kit Results (with flash)

L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Review Kit Results
L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Kit Results (without flash)

L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Review Kit Results
L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Results (front view)

L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Review Kit Results
L"Oreal Feria Wild Ombre Results Front View with 1" barrel curls.

My final thoughts: 
For those that are not familiar with mixing their own bleach, this kit makes the process very easy.  The components are numbered to insure goof proof results. I like that the cream developer is already in an applicator so that mixing and clean up is quick and easy.  

My favorite part of the kit that made it totally worth the purchase was the expert brush.  It is an amazing tool that can produce chunky dramatic sections of color or subtle highlighting just by the direction you turn the brush.  I washed both of my expert brushes thoroughly and intend to use them when applying color in the future, even if I'm not doing the ombre technique.  

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