ombre hair

UKCurlyGirlieUKCurlyGirlie Registered Users Posts: 23
Hi all,

I want to have my hair subtley ombred (see pic attached) but my hairdresser friend said the only way to apply the dye is if my hair os straightened first. Has anyone else had an experience of this? Or is straightening not necessary? I haven't used heat on my hair for about 3 years, and even then i only used heat sporadically.

I have also attached a recent pic of my hair :)

3a/b super short, curly
dry hair :(
co-wash, yes please!
been natural all my life :thumbright:


  • NYCgirlNYCgirl Registered Users Posts: 236 Curl Neophyte
    I've never heard that before but some stylists do things differently. I have ombre and highlights in my curly hair and my stylist never straightened my hair first. She does blow my hair out to trim it but that's pretty much it. In looking at the photo of model Jourdan Dunn maybe your stylist feels the best way to make sure the ombre is consistent leaving the same amount of darkness at the root is to straighten it. Just guessing.

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  • MsPMsP Registered Users Posts: 116
    This really is not a big deal. If you want your hair straight without the heat, just dry it in a top knot bun then take it down and wrap it around your head in a "wrap". Look up videos of how to wrap the hair on youtube. Then go in with straight hair to get your procedure done.
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  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Registered Users Posts: 2,075 Curl Neophyte
    Straightening isn't necessary at all.

    Lots of curly folks have ombre and don't straighten it first. I don't see why it would need to be straight. When you brush dye on your hair you kind of wet it anyway which drags the curl down. Unless she thinks it'll look crooked if she does it on curly hair? If that's it, then she's probably just not experienced enough with curly hair.

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  • TashiMarieTashiMarie Registered Users Posts: 3
    I have my hair ombre'd and I never had to straighten it. I feel as though some stylists are very particular in how they like to apply the ombre and that may be the way that your stylist is most comfortable doing it, but I certainly don't think it is a must do. If you don't want to use any heat on your hair I would just wash it at night and tie it up in a bun or braid it to straighten your curl pattern out :) Excited to see your results!! I love my ombre. Make sure you Moisturize a TON and prep your hair for the process, and do expect some dryness afterwards
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  • sixelamysixelamy Registered Users Posts: 4,157 Curl Novice
    I can't speak for ombre, but I can speak for particular stylists. Some can only see what they are doing when the hair is straight. Others it doesn't matter. If you don't want your hair straightened, either do what MsP suggested or find another stylists who can do it with your hair curly. It's probably easier to see when straightened, but I think this really shows the laziness or lack of education/experience that the stylist has. Or maybe the fact that the ombre might be completely uneven when the hair is straightened after doing it curly - because, you know, everyone wears their hair straight. ..eye roll..
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  • freshmintcurlsfreshmintcurls Registered Users Posts: 21
    Honestly, I would not at all be worried about whether or not she straightens your hair.

    The chemicals used to give you an ombre will dry you hair out like crazy and most likely wreck shop on your current curl pattern. I know because I did the very same thing last week. Personally I did it with the express intention of growing it all out and going to my natural color, so I accepted that I'll be rocking a beach wave instead of curls for the rest of the summer or however long it takes me to get some semblance of moisture back in my hair.

    If you aren't comfortable with the idea of applying a little heat (even though to answer your question, no, it's not necessary. Mine was done without prior straightening, although in the interest of full disclosure she backcombed the bejeezus out of it), you probably will not be happy with the price you pay for bleaching it. And don't let a hairstylist lie to you. Yes, it's bleach, and yes, it will damage your hair.

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