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I am not finished with the process yet, there are still a lot of blonde undertones in my hair, but I am getting there, and that’s what counts. I also acquired a homemade undercut with side fringe on the go because what is a homemade dye job without an attempt to badly shave the back of my head by myself?
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:
At the tender age of 13 she decided to dye her hair black with a box dye, despite her mother’s many protestations, and Kit’s fate was sealed.
Throughout her youth, she experimented with every pot of Manic Panic she could get her hands on, growing a blue Mohawk. But her rainbow hair was short-lived when her parents found one-too-many dye stains on their bathroom tile. She then turned to cutting and coloring the hair of anyone she could get her hands on.
“this demon will be summoned from your painting if you mix the wrong colors..” “wella demon, just because my face is ugly doesn’t mean my hair should be…” “buuhh!!” “is he greenish or blueish..??” “paintcrawler?” I did this inspired by the art of the great Park Tae Jun and the divisions are inspired by GinoGino Call him his names: Tinhoso Sete Peles Belzebu Pé cascudo”
Tonight I have learned that if I was willing to do multiple rounds of bleach, spaced out over a few days, the infamous Wella Color Charm T18 toner would probably make my hair platinum. After bleaching about 4″ of my streaks to a mixture of gold and pale lemon yellow, I tried out the toner. Sure enough, the lighter strands turned white. Of course, now it’s all been coated in neutral protein filler and pale pink dye, but it was interesting to see the white strands.
And now I know that if I ever feel like cosplaying Narcissa Malfoy, the hair can be achieved.