Going Blonde…Getting the Perfect Touch of Ombre with L'Oreal

I was invited by L’Oreal to discover my perfect ombre look using their at-home haircolour kits. I had been wanting to change up my haircolour, so I was very excited about this opportunity!

Product review Superior Preference Ombre Touch in OT5
Photo Credit: Elaine

Eric Del Monaco (Official Hair Artist & Colourist for L’Oreal Paris) provided me with a personalized consultation. He recommended creating a subtle blonde ombre using Superior Preference Ombre Touch in OT5 (Light Brown to Medium Brown Hair).

The application process was super simple – it only took 10 minutes. My top layer was sectioned off, and Daniel (a stylist at the Del Monaco Salon) used the thimble applicator from the kit to comb streaks of colour through the middle layer of my hair. He then unclipped my top layers, gently placed it over my middle layers, and highlighted a couple of face-framing strands. I waited 30 minutes for the colour to develop – just enough time to chat with Elaine and take a salon-selfie!

After 30 minutes, Daniel washed my hair with the conditioning shampoo from the kit. He then applied L’Oreal Color Radiance Precious Oils and blow-dried my hair. When it was dry, he used a curling iron and L’Oreal Elnett Satin Stronghold Hairspray to create voluminous curls.

L'Oreal Color Radiance Precious Oil

Can’t believe it only took 3 products to create my new hair style! I’m amazed at how light my hair got with the ombre kit – it’s very powerful. There
are definitely some gold strands in my hair, but because it’s in the
middle layer, it just peeks through – so it doesn’t look choppy or
shocking. Although I’ll be able
to recreate this colour at home (with the ombre kit) – I wish I had Daniel’s talent so that I
could recreate my style too…I can never get such perfect curls
myself! Here’s the end result – with the 2 people responsible for my look: Eric and Daniel:

Photo Credit: Elaine

In between the colour and consultation, I got the chance to catch up with some other Toronto Beauty Bloggers – which is always my favorite part!

With: Emily, Elaine and Tess

My outfit for the event:

Shirt: H&M, Necklace: J.Crew Factory (this season’s version), Jeans: Garage, Shoes: Old Navy (similar from Target), Bag: Balenciaga




Not only did L’Oreal ombre my hair – they provided me with all the products I need to keep it looking shiny and healthy – look at these massive bottles of Color Radiance shampoo and conditioner! And a bottle of Precious Oils of my own – so excited!

Would you ever try the ombre look? And if so, would you ever use an at-home kit?


Linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express.

27 Comments

  1. Elaine Atkins
    April 9, 2014 / 1:37 pm

    Looks so beautiful! I actually stopped mid conversation when I saw your final result – it was THAT GOOD! Loved hanging out with you as always 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2014 / 8:12 pm

      Thank you Elaine – I'm so glad you came – and thank you for taking such great pictures – you rock!

  2. Ashley
    April 9, 2014 / 1:40 pm

    You look so beautiful!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2014 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks Ashley, you're so sweet!

  3. Anonymous
    April 9, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Your hair looks so healthy and bouncy! They really styled it well! And I love how the ombre is subtle, its a great way to change things up without being too drastic and keeping it classy! xoMD from http://byourbself.blogspot.ca/

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2014 / 8:13 pm

      Thanks MD – I'm SO glad I got to give the ombre look a try, while staying in my comfort zone 🙂

  4. Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos
    April 9, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! The ombre is the perfect gradient!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2014 / 8:14 pm

      Thanks Skylette – I'm surprised my hair took the colour so easily – I always thought it would be a long process 🙂

  5. priincess emily
    April 9, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    LOVE YOUR LOOK! 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2014 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks Emily – it was fun seeing you and getting our hair done at the same time 🙂

  6. Jessy T
    April 9, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    Your hair looks amazing! It suits you very well. : ) I use the Color Radiance conditioner!jessydust.com

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2014 / 8:15 pm

      Thanks Jessy – good to know you love the Colour Radiance conditioner too – can't wait to give it a try 🙂

  7. Beautygirl24
    April 9, 2014 / 7:50 pm

    You look so so pretty my dear! I love the ombré on you, and it looks perfectly natural! If I did ombré, this is how I'd want it 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 9, 2014 / 8:16 pm

      Thanks Noelle – I'm so glad they had a subtle option of ombre to try – while I love how the bold ombre looks on others, I don't think I could rock it LOL!

  8. Schnelle
    April 10, 2014 / 2:32 am

    You are stunning! I love the new hair, it's the perfect way to brighten things up for spring/summer. I really hope this look never go out of style because it's really the only way I can pull of lighter hair.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 12, 2014 / 5:08 pm

      Thanks Schnelle – you're right, ombre is a great way to go light, because it's so low maintenance and subtle 🙂

  9. Daily Express
    April 10, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    What a cool experience! The color turned out great and I love the soft waves style they created after the color was done. Like you- I think the professionals always make things look so easy, but when you try it yourself…different story!Gina – On the Daily Express

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 12, 2014 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks Gina 🙂 Yes – with the curls – I also think it's the angle…it's much harder to curl our own hair 🙂 As for the ombre, it's true that the stylists have years of expertise…but after watching them do my hair – I kind of feel like I can do it myself since it's such a simple process (no foils – just finger combing the colour onto strands)…although if I were to do it at home, I'd definitely enlist someone I trusted to help do the back!

  10. Anonymous
    April 10, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    It looks so good! It was wonderful meeting you at the event!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 12, 2014 / 5:12 pm

      Thanks – it was fun getting the chance to chat 😉

  11. Lena!
    April 12, 2014 / 5:11 pm

    Simply gorgeous!!! Suits you perfectly, and what a wonderful shade for spring!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 12, 2014 / 5:14 pm

      Thanks Lena – I was a little nervous going in – but I'm so happy it turned out the way it did 🙂

  12. Julie Martinson
    April 12, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    I love everything about this! The hair, the outfit, the super cute gems in your photo! The ombre suits you really well too. YAY!

  13. Tara Leinen
    April 14, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    Looks amazing and simple to do!xoxo, Tarawww.pookasfamily.com

  14. Carylee
    April 15, 2014 / 1:17 am

    So beautiful! As if you needed to be more beautiful! I love this color on you! Kind of jealous!!Carylee | morepiecesofme.com

  15. Darcy
    April 15, 2014 / 2:43 am

    Your hair looks amazing on you!! I have been wanting to try out the hairspray you showed for awhile now!!www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

  16. Kelsey Lenay
    April 16, 2014 / 3:45 am

    Your hair turned out gorgeous! I want my hair ombre'd so bad!Xo, Kelsey

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