Now, I know dying your hair rainbow colours is extremely fashionable these days. It’s also a race to see who can come up with the best style, colour, arrangement. But, whilst magazines, bloggers and others on the internet are quick to show off, create lists of awesome hair and shout about amazing new styles. I haven’t come across the greatest amount of articles explaining things to consider before dying your hair.
Either you’re reading as a valuable previous reader or you have stumbled across this whilst looking at things to consider when dying your hair. Fantastic either way as that is my intentions but this is more a lesson learnt then a do this, do that post.
Let’s go back in time a little to the days when things were much simpler, apparently. I have naturally medium/dark brown hair, I had my first bleach experience aged around 13 with a mobile hairdresser, a rubber cap and a serious amount of pain. This was the beginning of a hair obsession that still hasn’t ended. Sadly.
I’m quite lucky that my hair has never been in a truly dire state. Despite the bleaching, dying, straightening and other heat damage it’s always grown at a stupidly fast rate and managed to keep a pretty good shine. Until now anyway, but the things I am currently doing to my hair is the next post. I’m doing a two parter as there is just too much info to put into one post. It’d get super boring super quick and we don’t want that do we?
Check out your current condition, obviously if you are wanting a drastic hair make over, consider investing in a hair stylist that has experience with that kinda thing. Take me for example, I have blue hair, I bleached the absolute shi*t out of mine at home too may I add, I got off lucky to be fair but that’s not always the case. If you’re not confident or prepared to chop it off seek guidance.
You could also give yourself time to prepare. Invest in a deep conditioning treatment, make sure you stick to regular hair appointments, unlike myself who gets my hair cut once/twice a year if that. At least that way, you’d give your hair a chance at recovering. Especially if it’s anything like the darkness that mine was before hand.
It took my three sessions to get my hair bleached light enough all over to dye it a crazy colour. In fact, if I’d have wanted the pink or silver I’d originally planned I would probably have had to bleach it at least one more time to get it white. Luckily my wonderful husband and his bright ideas meant that I went for Turquoise to begin with so my hair clung on to it for dear life.
On reflection, I do wish that I had gone for a little more reserved colour to begin with. I mean, I love it, I really do but now it’s fading and I want a different colour theme it’s not quite as easy as you think to remove. Even semi-permanant dye. Especially blue semi-permanant hair dye.
I know in this day and age things like hair colour shouldn’t be discriminated on, but it happens. I’m incredibly lucky that I work from home and that I don’t have to seek permission to change my hair colour. Where I used to work was also pretty laid back with hair colour even being a commercial sales office with lots of customers in and out. I imagine that a lot of places won’t find bright blue or purple hair acceptable, which is ridiculous frankly, but such is life.
Of course if you are allowed to change things up and your workplace is happy with that, GREAT. Do it. If not, seriously consider not losing your job or putting your future employ-ability at risk for the joys of a 2 month hair rebellion. It might not be that worth it in the long run.
I was happy enough to risk the dye job at home. I’d bleached my hair several times in preparation, following the exact rules on the label and tips from online forums. I also researched into the best semi-permanant hair dyes to use for crazy colours. I was left with two choices. I went for La Riche Directions hair colour. Mostly because you can get them from the local designer outlet which meant I could pop in and look through them in person first.
As mentioned previously, when I started the hair lightening and bleaching process my intention was to go for candy floss pink coloured hair. So when my husband and I entered the shop and on a whim he suggested turquoise I just threw caution to the wind and bought it. Fast forward 3 months and I topped up my fading hair with a lovely electric blue semi hair dye.
This month I decided to book an appointment with my hairdresser as I wanted to get a new hair style for my birthday. As well as this I want to change the colour, unfortunately it turns out that as I chose blue hair dye, it isn’t quite that simple as the stripping process has started to ruin the strength of my hair and I’m having to rebuild it with regular treatments.
Following on from the fact that I now can’t do anything with the colour of my hair. Well, at least until the blue has faded enough to either dye it darker or do a bleach bath and slowly reduce the blue tint. I’ve been given some great advice on getting semi-permanant hair dye out which I’ll be posting in a couple of days. So if you have also dyed your hair a crazy pastel colour that is taking forever to wash out. Stick around.
The fact that I now want to change my hair means that I am sick of it too. There is nothing worse then having hair you can’t do anything with, I’m transitioning so have a lovely greeny blue coloured barnet right now and I’m wearing it in braids permanently so I don’t think about it and I can’t see it. Not so clever now hey!
How do you prepare for dying your hair?
– Emma Allen –
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