So you’ve been thinking about dying your hair baby pink? Maybe green, blue or purple? Well, here are some tips on keeping that colour from fading in a week and basically what to expect.
- No matter what colour you choose or what colour your hair is naturally, the most important thing you can do for long lasting unnatural colour is to bleach your hair. It makes your hair more porous and accepts the colour easier. Not only will the colour be more intense, but it’ll help retain the colour longer if you bleach it to the lightest you can go. If you’re afraid of damaging your hair, then do the bleaching process in steps, but the ultimate goal should be as white as you can possibly make it.
- Your hair should be unwashed and unconditioned. Wash your hair the day before and skip conditioning.
- If you really want long lasting colour, do not use Manic Panic. That’s pretty much the go to product for unnatural hair colours, but they’re really not long lasting colour. Special FX is a favourite among many, but I personally like Jerome Russell’s Punky Color. The only problem I had with SPX is that it stains your skin like no other. It’s really hard to get it out. PC lasts just as long, but without staining as bad and the price is more reasonable.
- Demi and Semi permanent colours do stain your skin, and your bath tub, and your sink, and everything. If you get some in places other than your hair, wipe it off as soon as you can. To remove it from your skin, rubbing alcohol is often recommended, but I’ve found nail polish remover to work the best. To remove from the walls and most of the bathroom, use bleach. If you get it on clothes or bath mats, you’ll probably never get it out, so remember to remove bath mats and toilet seat covers and use dark or old towels dying. Unless you’re really careful, you should never dye your hair on carpet.
- To keep the dye from getting on your forehead and ears, put a layer of petroleum jelly on your hair line and ears.
- Let the dye sit in your hair as long as you possibly can. I’ve heard people actually sleeping in it, but you don’t have to do that. You should wait till it dries at least, though.
- Once you wash it out, it’s best to keep your gloves on because it can still stain your hands unless you’ve rinsed it out really well before touching it.
- You don’t have to shampoo or wait till the water runs completely clear, despite what the directions say. I usually just rinse out the excess and dry it as soon as I can.
- Once you’ve finished rinsing with water, rinse it once with vinegar. It helps seal in the colour. Then rinse once more with water. (The vinegar will burn if you have it on open wounds. Heads up if you take a shower and shave)
- After dying it, try not to shampoo your hair that much. You can still rinse out grease with water and condition your hair everyday. This will actually help repair the damage from the bleaching too, but the colour will fade every single time you shampoo.
- You can use a dry shampoo for excess grease. Suave makes a really good and cheap one that’s only $3.
- When you do shampoo your hair, wash your scalp, not your hair. You’re only aiming to remove excess oil, which occurs at the roots.
- After dying your hair, the colour will bleed onto clothes and pillows. It’ll wash out of clothes after a couple washes, but pillow cases tend to stay that colour, so you might want to change your pillow case to a darker colour. I’ve actually had it on my ears and hands if I touched it too much. You can usually wash it off your skin with soap and water, but it’s something to know.
If you follow these steps, you will actually be able to go at least a month between dye jobs. I’ve actually been able to go several months between dying.