If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I’ve been having a few hair dilemmas recently. Not that it bothers me particularly, but hey… you got to document it right?
In October 2013, I dyed my hair black for a halloween murder mystery. I used Nice and Easy semi permanent, though unfortunately it did not wash out… ever! By January I was pretty bored of being black haired. I wasn’t too fussed it hasn’t washed out, but it was just very dull! I decided that perhaps if I added an ombré effect, it might become a bit more interesting!
Though I originally planned to do the standard dark to light ombré, while in the shop I spotted a red version. I tried this out but to no avail! Now with the bug to do something different with my hair, it wasn’t long before I got the other type of ombré dye and tried that instead. Sadly that didn’t work out either and just gave me the odd ginger and blonde patch underneath! Finally I resorted to a hair dye stripper and while I wouldn’t say it was 100% successful, it did at least shift the majority of the black!
Finally I thought I was finished messing with my hair, but apparently not! My best friend Nat text me, saying she was bored with her hair. Jokingly I suggested she dyed the tips pink and next you know, we’re both doing it!
Dip Dying your hair is super easy. First plait it in low bunches. Place your bobble where you want to dye downwards from (make sure they are level in the mirror!). With a hair bleach/lightener, apply dye to hair under bobble. Make sure you really coat it, being careful to get it all on the insides. Cover with tin foil so it isn’t messy while you wait! (Note: when looking for a hair bleach/lightener, make sure you purchase one that states “x” levels lighter, not just a blonde dye).
When your 30 minutes (or whatever the instructions tell you) are up, rinse the ends very well. You should have blonde ends now, or at least very lightened ones. To really benefit from the colour you’re adding, dry your hair at this stage and apply the next dye to dry hair.
My friend Nat picked the dye and she wanted pink. Sadly you don’t get many permanent pink dyes and at short notice she couldn’t find any. As such we ended up with semi-permanent but eventually when this fades or washes out we can always re-do it. Anyway, apply the colour hair dye, exactly the same way – from the bobbles down. Again wrap in tin foil so its less messy while you wait.
When your time is up, rinse out, use the conditioner etc. and you’re done. This is the finished look! Of course there are ways to vary this and different things you can do, but you get the jist.
I’ve now washed my hair a couple of times since and its actually gone red. However it doesn’t especially bother me and I still like it. I know I’ve messed around with my hair a lot recently and when I bleached it in the first step, it really only lightened a little (and even then was gingery!). The fact the dye was only semi permanent, mixed with my original hair colour, is probably to blame for its transformation to red. I have no idea what colour I might dye the ends next, if I decide to change!