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I always dye my hair bright colours, I’ve been pink, blue, green, orange, turquoise, peach, red, magenta, purple, lilac and all shades and tones in between. I’ve been dying my hair for around 20 years, and over that time I have had lots of questions about caring for coloured hair so, as todays Blogging From A to Z letter is H, I thought I would share a bit about my hair, dying it and caring for it afterwards.
***I am in no way a “hair expert” and these hints/tips are what I have learned through research and my own trial and error.***
***Please always read any dye or bleach instructions fully before attempting any home colouring and ALWAYS perform a skin and hair test at least 24hrs prior to using.***
When I decide to dye my hair I like to start with a base tone as light as possible so I always start with hair bleach. I use Jerome Russell Bblonde Powder Bleach and 40 Vol 12% Cream Peroxide from the same range to lighten my hair. I add the peroxide to the powder and stir through using a plastic tint brush in a glass bowl. Before applying to my hair I add a generous amount of cheap hair conditioner to the prepared bleach. I find that adding this in stops my hair from getting overly dry during the lightning process. As my hair is naturally dirty blonde it doesn’t take long for the bleach to start working its magic and I find that after around 15 minutes it is ready to be rinsed off. I would recommend checking on your hair every few minutes to see how well it is processing and never leave it on for more than 20 minutes. Always follow the manufacturers instructions.
Once the bleach has lightened my hair to the desired level I then rinse off the bleach with cool water. I towel it dry and then apply Bleach London white Toner which helps to even out the tone of my hair to an almost platinum shade. Once this has been left on for the time stated in the instructions I rinse it off, again using cool water and then towel dry.
Now comes the fun part, putting the colour onto your hair!
I tend to use Bleach London Super Cool Colour dyes as it comes in an array of colours and take well to my hair and last quite a long time too. They are semi-permanent colours and will fade over time but I have found these to fade evenly all over and the colour still remains pretty. I have also used a few Pick & Mix Colours from Superdrug which also fade down really nicely.
The easiest thing I have found is to squeeze an amount of dye into a glass dish and apply to the hair-line with a dye brush before adding more dye directly to the hair using gloved hands and working through. Once your hair is saturated with dye then get a length of cling film and wrap it over your head and hair before covering with a towel. Leave it to sit for as long as is recommended in the manufacturers instructions before rinsing off with cool water.
Once you have rinsed and towel dried, apply a deep conditioning treatment such as Bleach London Reincarnation Mask or a hair oil like Superdrug Coconut Oil with Argan and leave to sit on the hair for as long as you want. Personally, I aim to deep treat my hair for around an hour. This step will ensure that your hair is soft and manageable and will retain the colour for longer.
Tips to make your colour last.
- To make the colour last longer I recommend always buying a second bottle of colour and each wash, add a bit to both the shampoo and conditioner as you use it.
- Deep condition your hair once a week, again, adding a bit of dye to the conditioner, this will prevent your hair looking dry and becoming unmanageable.
- Dry shampoo is your friend, where possible, use dry shampoo instead of washing. I try to wash my hair twice a week when it has been coloured.
- Use shampoo and conditioner formulated for coloured hair or use baby shampoo.
- Try to avoid styling products. I have found that hair spray especially, seems to suck colour from my hair.
When you want to change your hair colour it is important to fade your hair as much as possible before bleaching or re-dying. In order to fade the colour you will want to wash your hair as much as possible, anti dandruff shampoo is really good at helping to fade dye! By fading the colour as much as you can it will mean that, should you use bleach, you shouldn’t need to leave it on your hair for long.
If you want to change your colour without bleaching then think about what colour your hair is now and what colour you may want to end up with. Transitioning from similar colours can be fairly easy and I have gone from pink to purple to turquoise without any need for bleach.
Here’s a few pictures of my hair over time!