a perfect combination. two people. together. who nobody ever thought would be together, ever.
remember how you were the first girl i ever danced with? or how i had a crush on you freshman year. sophomore year. junior year. remember how you saved my life. remember… remember i love you.
Just thought I’d give some advice for anyone who’s dyeing their hair with semi-permanent dyes like Splat’s crazy pinks, purples, blues, greens, etc.
1. Bleach your hair as light as possible first unless you have really white blond hair to begin with. You’ll get much more vivid color.
2. After you’ve washed out the bleach (or just washed your hair, if you aren’t bleaching), do not apply conditioner. Conditioner coats your hair and will prevent the dye from soaking in as well. Also, you’ll need to blow dry your hair, because it needs to be bone dry when you apply the dye.
3. If you want the colors more pastel than what comes out of the box, mix the dye with some white conditioner until you get the color you want.
4. When you’re applying the dye, make sure you really saturate your hair from root to tip. Rub the dye in thoroughly with your fingers (in plastic gloves, of course) to make sure every strand is fully coated.
5. If you’re doing multiple colors, wrap the lighter color strands in foil so they won’t get adulterated by the darker colors. You can bend the foil or roll it up so it keeps that strand out of your way while you continue to work.
6. Leave the dye on for way longer than the package suggests. I always stick it all under a shower cap to keep it out of my way and just leave it on for about 6 hours. (This is why dyeing my hair is an all-day project.)
7. When you’re ready to rinse out the dye, use water as cold as you can stand. The colder the water, the better the dye will stay in your hair. I always condition my hair at this stage, but if your hair doesn’t tangle too badly you might be able to avoid that, which would be better. The package says to rinse your hair until the water runs clear, but in my experience that’s a joke. I’ve never gotten the water to run clear on the first rinse, no matter how long I stayed under the water. I just got it to run somewhat clearer than the first gush of extreme color and then gave up and dried my hair with a dark towel. The water doesn’t ever run clear the first 10 times I wash it or so.
8. When rinsing out the dye this first time, leave yourself considerable time and energy for cleaning the tub and shower afterward. It might look a bit like a murder scene, with arterial sprays of dye everywhere, and that dye will stain your tub/tiles semi-permanently if you don’t clean it off fairly promptly.
9. Splat dyes (the only ones with which I’m familiar) will stain your skin (especially your forehead, ears, neck, etc.). But make-up remover will pretty much take it all off if you scrub persistently enough. And I use masking tape to try to cover as much of my hairline as possible to minimize this kind of staining.
10. To help the color last as long as possible, A) use shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair, B) wash your hair as rarely as possible (dry shampoo can come in handy to help with this, as it doesn’t affect the color—I use “Perfect Hair Day” from Living Proof, and I highly recommend it), and C) only ever wash your hair with the coldest water you can stand. The warmer the water, the more color will rinse away. In my experience, this makes a huge difference over time.
11. Only use dark towels to dry your hair when you wash it, and only sleep on dark pillow cases, because the color will rub off and stain your linens.
Keep reading if you want to see some photos illustrating my experiments and showing how the color fades with various methods of treatment.
@Regrann from @_kaicealea - my FULL cowash / wash n’ go routine for my short color-treated hair in 1MIN⏩⏩ starring @mielleorganics amazing new pm and honey line! the link to the full video with explanations and the product list is in my bio!❤️🍒
lance headcanon: his hair is always in such short choppy styles cause he dyes it a lot. like, he’s been all colors of the rainbow okay, and every time he wants to go a new color he treats his hair RIGHT and waits for his roots to grow in a good healthy amount, cuts off the dyed parts, waits a bit longer, and THEN bleaches/dyes it again, then trims off dead ends. it makes for a VERY tough time if he’s trying to grow out his hair and resist the impulse to dye it then and there.
THE TIP-OFF: STYLING CURLY HAIR WITH MADAM C.J. WALKER
Celebrity hairstylist Matthew Yates gives his expert advice.
There are names in the beauty industry that are downright legendary, and Madam C.J. Walker is deservedly one of them. She’s the first self-made female millionaire in the United States, thanks to savvy marketing of her hair care products. And now her legacy continues at Sephora. Her reimagined yet true-to-her-roots line offers major curl power. The Sephora Glossy tapped the brand’s mane man, celebrity hairstylist Matthew Yates, to get his solves to all your coil conundrums using the reborn collection. JESSICA VELEZ
THE PERFECT BLOWOUT
“I suggest starting in the front to keep the hair from drying up too quickly. Remember, the faster you move, the smoother your blow-dry. You can use either a comb attachment, round brush, or flat brush, depending on your skill level and the tightness of the curl. Follow the way the cuticle naturally lays, as this will seal in all of the wonderful qualities of the products you’re using and ensure a super shiny, frizz-free blow-dry.”
THE SILKY HAIR ROUTINE
“When blow-drying curly hair straight, it’s always important to start with great product and tools! Cleanse the hair twice with Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Shampoo (it’s super rich, so a little goes a long way). After rinsing the hair completely clean from all shampoo, proceed to the Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Conditioner and massage it through hair (from root to ends) thoroughly. Also, use a wide-tooth comb for equal distribution. Then, towel dry hair and apply Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Leave-In throughout hair—follow immediately with the Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Blow Out Crème. These are going to set the angle of your hair and give it the slip that’s necessary for a smooth blow-dry. From there, section hair into four parts, using clips to secure each section, and blow-dry. At this point, you can either rock your blowout as is or use a flat iron or wand for added smoothness. Finish with a little oil and some hair spray, and you’re all set!”
THE LENGTHENING TRICK
“Curly girls embrace their natural shrinkage but sometimes want to rock a longer style. Crazy enough, shrinkage can hide up to 90% of your actual length, especially for very tight coils. Curl Enhancing Jamaican Black & Murumuru Oils Loosen & Stretch Gel provides intense moisture while coating strands to help elongate and shape coils into soft, springy curls.”
THE MOISTURE MAGIC
“Fabulous styles start with healthy hair. Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons—from winter cold and wind to summer sun—can be hard on your strands. So, it’s good to get in the habit of using a mask weekly to make sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs. The Dream Come True Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque is great for all hair types and is made with the perfect blend of natural, efficacious ingredients to boost dry, damaged, and color-treated hair. My favorite ingredients are the shea butter (which deeply moisturizes), willow bark (which conditions the scalp), coconut oil (which prevents hair breakage and split ends), and provitamin B5 (which adds luxurious shine).”
THE LIFE-CHANGING OIL
“The Scent & Shine Coconut Oil was my first introduction to the line, and it literally stopped me in my tracks! Coconut oil is full of amazing benefits when used topically. It’s super moisturizing, yet fast-absorbing and lightweight, while adding luster and shine, preventing breakage, promoting scalp health, and adding softness to hair. It can also be used as a booster if added to the Dream Come True Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque or any conditioner. I also like the Coconut & Moringa Oils Curl Refresher Mist, which provides the benefit of a hair refresher in between washes. The formulation is light enough to use on finer textures without weighing them down, but still effective enough to add moisture and shine to thicker textures. And the fragrance is just absolutely luxe!”
THE HOT HAIRSTYLE
“I’m obsessed with a great twist out! It’s such an awesome way to manipulate the texture of curly hair without using direct heat. TheJamaican Black Castor Oil collection is ideal when going for this look.
THE UNIVERSAL TIP
“Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Curls thrive off moisture and curly hair can never get enough! Fortunately, Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture is the answer to thirsty curly hair.”
I get asked this pretty frequently, so I’ve decided to make a list organized by categories including links! (Almost all of these products are things that I have repurchased more than once- I labeled the ones that I have been through many bottles of; these are my holy-grail products! I also tried to incorporate a mix of drug store and high end products.) Just to give a brief description; I have very dry, thick/coarse, naturally wavy, color treated hair and combination skin (very acne-prone & oily t-zone and normal on the outside of the t-zone). And as a side note, I am a little addicted to constantly trying new products. These listed before are the ones that I’ve tried and repurchased/really loved!
Okay so i really need your beauty school advice: which shampoo do you think is best for color treated hair? I’m going back and forth between Kenra and Redken and I can’t decide which to get
Depends on the color to be honest. I like Biolage and Pureology but my best friend who is also in the industry swears by Sexy Hair and Matrix. those are ideal for hair that is dyed a natural color of course. If you have fantasy colored hair, I would splurge on the colored shampoos and conditioners by Matrix that have actual pigment in them to keep your color vibrant.
angie b.’s tips ‘n tricks for dyeing your hair crazy colors:
01: If there’s a Sally Beauty shop
nearby, totes go there to get all your things – they have a beauty club
that only costs $5 to join, you get scads of coupons, and everything is
then discounted. It’s also all the high-grade salon quality stuff! (And
if you don’t have a store location nearby, totes sign up online and
order that way – you will save SO MUCH money in the long run and always
get the highest quality stuff.)
02: I use L'Oreal Quick
Blue Powder lightening bleach with 40 Oreor Developer Creme (you could
probably get away with using 20 or 30 if your hair is a lot lighter
than mine, which is pretty damn close to black – the higher the concentration, the more color it strips).
The very first time you bleach, leave it on for about 45 minutes to see
how it goes. You can always do a second round for 15-30 minutes after
that if it still looks too dark. (I always have to do two rounds of bleaching myself.)
03: AFTER the bleaching,
you wanna use toner to get the last of the yellow/orange out of your
hair – I highly recommend Wella Color Charm Lightest Ash Blonde toner
with 20 Oreor Developer Creme. This step is the secret ingredient to
getting super vibrant jewel-toned hair, otherwise there’ll be too much
yellow/orange left from the bleaching.
04: After this point,
it’s a good idea to do a deep conditioning treatment so your hair
doesn’t get all dry and frazzled. I usually use the Ion brand
conditioner; slather it all over, slap on a shower cap, and let it just
sit and percolate for a half hour or longer before you rinse it out.
NOW TO DO THE DYEING! With Manic Panic, you just brush/comb it through
towel-dried hair with a dyeing brush, making sure to get all the layers.
But be careful along your ears, neck, and forehead-line – Manic Panic
tends to dye skin pretty quickly. I recommend putting a little line of
Vaseline at the top of your forehead and over your ears so the dye
doesn’t stain your skin. I tend to leave the dye in for an hour or even
longer and put on a movie while I’m waiting – just slap a shower cap
over your head so it doesn’t drip or get onto clothes/furniture. The
longer it sits, the deeper the dye sinks in and the better the color. (NOTE: I’ve recently switched to Ion Color Brilliance Neon Brights, which is also semi-permanent, and thus far I’m enjoying it even MORE than Manic Panic. MP is vegan so it’s probably actually not as bad for the environment/your hair, but it does wash out/fade relatively quickly, whereas the Ion Color Brilliance shades last significantly longer and don’t bleed as much onto pillows and towels.)
06: Before you wash the dye off, blast your head with a hair dryer for a couple of minutes. The heat will help “seal” the color.
When it comes time to rinse the dye – and every time you wash your
hair here on out – be sure to use cool water. The colder the water the
better, actually. Warm water opens the follicles in your hair and the
dye will wash away much quicker as a result. Cold water is actually
better for your hair in the long run anyway.
08: And as
for shampoos/conditioners, avoid anything with sulfates (the stuff that
makes shampoos foam and lather), because that stuff’s really hard on
your hair – especially after a bleaching/dyeing treatment – and will
make the dye wash away quicker. I use this REALLY FUCKING AWESOME stuff
from Biotera Ultra Color Care that’s, like, FIVE THINGS IN ONE: shampoo,
conditioner, deep conditioner, shine treatment, and detangler. I
slather it on at the beginning of my bath, let it sit while I wash all
the other bits, and then rinse it out with cold at the very end and it
leaves my hair a lot smoother, shinier, and softer than color treated
hair typically is.
08: Couple of last suggestions: I use a
spray leave-in keratin replenishing conditioner (Ion brand) every day
after my bath to keep my hair strong and frizz-free, and do a deep
condition on it every week or two just to further combat the usual
frying bleaching and dyeing does. These steps are hardly necessary, but
may be helpful if you find your hair feeling crunchy or if you’re afraid
too much is coming off on your brush every day. :D
this is mainly for @murderpartridge, but i’m posting publicly in case any of y’all wanted to know how to get super cartoony hair like so:
Hello Miss Ebb, for many years I've been questioning how you make your hair so flawless. You never seem to have a bad hair day! My jealousy is that of greatness and I was wondering if you'd be so kind as to maybe reveal some of your mystical space hair secrets? Thank you and safe zooming!
Greetings, fellow traveler! For someone with heavily color-treated and frequently heated hair like mine, styling products are a must for getting and keeping desired texture, taming flyaways, adding a little extra shine, and keeping frizzy tips in check. My favorites:
Even armed with all of the above let me assure you: I have bad hair days like everyone else, I just avoid cameras when it happens. Usually.
Here is my number one go-to remedy for when my mane decides to misbehave, I hope you find it of some use: oil masks! Once a month if at all possible. I’ve used Jojoba oil, coconut oil, almond oil and even olive oil for this and all do good work.
Jojoba oil also helps with fungal issues and olive is good for extra moisture and dandruff, but coconut oil is king for replenishing protein. Right now I get mine at the local Asian market, but coconut oil can be found in the baking section of many grocery stores.
This will get messy, so put on something you don’t mind trashing, or, better yet, get naked! When not near open fire, of course.
Wet your hair with hot water and then towel-turban it.
While the towel sucks up extra moisture, boil two cups of water on the stove.
Turn down the heat to low, put your oils of choice into a lab glass container and leave that in the water for 5 minutes or so. The oil should be very warm but not hot and certainly not boiling.
Get it all up into your (damp, not wet) hair and scalp.
When that’s done, wrap it up in a shower cap, then a towel over that and let it sit for about 20 minutes. You could apply some moderate heat over the towel for extra umph, or let your scalp’s own heat do the work.
This is messy business, so take advantage of all the drips to moisturise your face, neck, arms, butt, and whatever else you want. (In general, all these oils are magic. I put them into my bath water and slather them on after showers, too.)
Shampoo and style as usual and be amazed at the shiny, healthy, fluffy results! I let my hair air dry whenever I have the time for extra-health.
A quick alternative that’ll get you some decent results is to get your hair nice and wet in the shower, then squeeze out the water and plop some oil on there for 5 minutes before shampooing as usual.