HAIR DIY | Lighten Ombre Hair





I must admit, I love getting compliments on my hair color, because I get to tell people how I do DIY dye jobs, and it always starts up a fun conversation. A lot of ladies are afraid to take the at-home coloring plunge because of the due to dull/flat results that usually come along with DIY kits, but as someone who has been experimenting with hair dye since middle school, it’s so easy and can look as great as professionally colored hair (not to mention more cost efficient). A few months ago I transitioned back to ombre after a bout with red hair because it’s my go-to Summer hair style. I love it because it lightens up my dark hair, but is still so easy to maintain. Now that we are inching closer to sunny days, I wanted to lighten up the entire look (plus I needed to cover up a few obvious greys on my dark roots). I decided to try Vidal Sassoon Salonist Permanent At-Home Colour in Dark Neutral Blonde (7/0)  so it would to lift my base and also tone down some of the orangey highlights. I was super impressed that the easy to follow, two-step process in one box was able to lighten in all the right places, while still keeping the dimension of my ombre style. The brush gave me a really precise application at the root, and the bowl was key to making sure I used the right amount of formula for each step. The dreaded orange areas were neutralized to a cooler shade of blonde, which I love! If you are looking to lighten up with at-home color, check out the steps and supplies after the break…

PHOTOS BY | Jenna Kutcher


What you need:
Vidal Sassoon Salonist Hair Color – 7/0 Dark Neutral Blonde

What you do:
Start off by doing a strand test on a piece of hair with both your light and dark color, if you get the desired color, keep on reading… Make sure to use the gloves provided before you  begin the test strand as well as the dye process.
Start by mixing the Color Activating Lotion and the Color Cream  in the bowl provided.
Only brush 3/4 of the mixture on to your roots, along your hairline, and down your part. Continue massaging it into your scalp for all over coverage.
Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes depending on your desired shade.
Once the time is up, mix the VS Serum with the remaining color cream in the same bowl until it is smooth. The VS Serum is truly magic —  it adjusts the formula to give your lengths the correct amount of dye, making sure to not oversaturate strands.
Separate out your blondest pieces, and leave those un-dyed.
Use your hands to pull the formula through your lengths.
Wait 10 minutes before rinsing your hair with the Vidal Sassoon Color Preserving Conditioner for the perfect summer style.


This post was created in partnership with Vidal Sassoon, Thank you so much for supporting my amazing sponsors who make I SPY DIY possible!  





  1. Merel says:

    Wow, it’s superpretty!

  2. Emily says:

    Looks really lovey! Great tips 🙂



  3. Noma says:

    So cool! The colour is gorgeous on you!

  4. Jess says:

    Love the look that the dye gave you! I wish I could use an at home dye but my hair is black so it’s hard for anything to show! x

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  5. Paige says:

    Your hair looks gorgeous! You did an amazing job!


  6. Mel says:

    So well done I can’t believe you did it yourself. You look absolutely radiant girl!

    xx, mel

  7. sherry says:

    How brave of you to do this. Your hair looks great.

  8. Your hair looks as though it has been done by a professional. Well done, really brave.

  9. Isabel says:

    It looks really good! Reminds me of when I got my hair done professionally. Maybe I’ll try it myself next time.

  10. sharon says:

    Looks really great , girl.

  11. You look great as a blond. And you did your hair by yourself? Nice!

  12. Wow, Jenny, you did it yourself! My huge respect!
    I used to dye my hair too, but last time I did it was like millions years ago (ok, maybe 10 years ago?). It was very cumbersome, and I absolutely did not like it. But I did not have money for professional dying.
    But it seems that nowadays it has become much easier to do! I must try it! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Christelle says:

    You look so pretty! I’m in a blond mood these days so i just loose your color so much!
    xoxo from France, Christelle

  14. Lilly Sutton says:

    Lovely! It`s summer and it`s time to change, so i will definitely try this. Thank you for sharing !

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