To create an ombre effect in the hair, tease quadrants of hair and pull them into four ponytails. Brush the dye on, cover strands with foil and process according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Tease the hair
Find the hair's natural part. Use a teasing brush to backcomb the hair into four equal sections.
- Make ponytails
Divide the teased hair into four sections, leaving 1-inch sections in the front free. Secure with a hair tie. Pull a few strands slightly out of the hair tie.
- Mix the hair color
Choose a hair color that is up to four shades lighter than your natural hair color. Alternatively, look for color kits made especially to create the ombre effect. Mix the color according to manufacturer's instructions.
- Color small sections of hair
Clip all but one strand of hair in a ponytail out of the way. Lay the strand on a strip of foil. Use the color brush to apply the color, feathering it near the hair tie to avoid creating a straight line. Either fold the foil over or cover with another strip of foil.
- Complete the color application
Repeat the foil application for all four ponytails. For the front pieces, paint streaks starting about halfway down. Cover with foil.
- Process and rinse
Process the color according to the instructions. Rinse with warm water, and follow with shampoo and conditioner made for color-treated hair.