Friday, April 25, 2014

Dyeing For A Change

I try not to wash my hair but a few times a week; dry shampoo is my Godsend. It keeps my bleached hair from drying out and whatever color I have from fading. Eventually, though, I have to put some more color in. I've done pink and coral for years, and even purple a few times, but it's been well over ten years since I've done anything in the blue spectrum. A pale, Robin's egg blue seemed right, though.

Seeing as my hair was still a little pink/orange/yellow, I got some purple clarifying shampoo to help lift some of it out (without having to do any actual toning or stripping of color). What I'm using here is Shimmer Lights Shampoo for blonde and silver hair. Kinda pretty, right? I was very generous with the product while washing, taking about 3 minutes to do so.

Next I used Beyond the Zone Shock Therapy Bold Blonde booster treatment. I've never used this before, but I wanted to give it a try.

The directions say to mix the power into a foam in your hands, but I think this might have worked better in a small bowl. It just kept clumping up. 

Eventually I got it into a more foamy state and applied it all over my hair. This stuff sits in your hair for 3-5 minutes.

When something needs to sit on my hair for a while, I use my bag hat! I don't want to get a bunch of gunk on my nice shower caps, so I just use plastic bags instead.

1.)  Line up the middle of the bag's opening with your forehead.

2.)  Arrange handles over your sideburns and behind your ears.

3.)  Twist excess bag tightly to your head, but not too tight!

4.)  You want to have room to coil the twist around itself and then tuck it under the bag. Finish situating the bag so all parts of your hair are covered, but your ears remain free. 

Wrap your head up in a towel and TADA! Your head is toasty and deep conditioning thanks to the plastic, but your ears can hear and breathe freely through the cotton towel.

While your hair is sitting, you can mix up your hair dye! 

To make a pastel color, I add two parts conditioner to one part dye. At least, that was my formula for making light pink. I like to use V05 conditioner because it's super cheap and easy to mix with the dye itself.

The thing about using such a dark color is that just a little bit of dye turns the white conditioner into a beautiful pastel shade. 

You have to push through that and keep using more dye, though. If you don't have enough dye particles in your mix, you won't get enough in your hair! Of course, you could just use a pastel hair mix like Ion Color Brilliance who now makes a line of pastel shades, but I think there's more value in mixing the shade yourself. Plus, when you mix your own you can have darker "low lights" or tiny streaks to make it look more like a hair color and less like a wig. 

Speaking of wigs, my hair looks very silly after shampooing and drying sans conditioner. 

Hair should be dry when you start dying! If your hair shaft is full of water, it can't hold any dye! 

I had to add in more blue once I started applying. I could tell the color wasn't nearly saturated enough to get the color I wanted.

Once I got to a color I liked, I just started brushing it onto the front, making a part, brushing on more dye, until every strand was saturated.

Getting the back can be difficult, but having some hand mirrors or a good buddy can be very helpful!

Eventually you just kind of have to start massaging it into your hair. By the way, you can get reusable salon gloves like these at Sally Beauty Supply.

Once you're sure you've covered it all, put your hair in a loose pile on top of your head.

After this, you're going to put another bag on your head and let it sit for as long as you can. If I can, I'll sleep in it! But a couple of hours will work if that's not an option, but use as much heat as you can. A warm towel, heating pad, and a hair dryer (with caution!) can all be used to speed up the process.

Come back soon to check out the results in a special Easter post!


  1. Cannot wait for the result.. :) ! I lol'd at the plastic bag trick - I did the same when I was young and used henna hair dyes. I was sure no one else would do that :D!!

    1. Haha! Cool! I think I learned it from a friend of mine not that long ago, actually, when she used henna dye! It's a very useful trick!