To Dye For

Are you looking to add some spunk to your hair? So am I!

For the past few months, I have been putting all sorts of strange colours in my hair, and I love it. I have gotten nothing but amazing compliments since I started, and I relish being so unique and apart from the others. At first I went subtle with two strips of red in the under layers of my hair; but now I have graduated to the full show, dying my bangs and the adjacent strips of hair turquoise. I am proud to be totally different from anyone around, and to stand out in such a unique and individual way.

But how do I get my hair my teal colour? Today is the day I spill my secrets!

Dying your hair a unique shade can be a bit laborious, but the results are stunning. You need to bleach your hair at least once, if not twice. If you do need to bleach twice, please space out the time and deep condition after each time. I dyed my hair a platinum blonde in 2010 and I bleached it twice in the span of a few hours. Needless to say, my hair was breaking off in clumps! But if you remember to space it out and deep condition afterwards, you’ll be golden (literally). Learn from my mistake!

Also, you may encounter some brassiness, which is common. In order to avoid this, I recommend using a product called Red Gold Corrector Plus by Ardell. They have a powder form as well as the drops, which I use. When you deposit it into the bleach, make sure you get it to be a eggplant purple colour. And NO, it will not dye your hair purple! If you look at the colour wheel, you will notice that yellow/orange is exactly opposite of purple – the purple then helps to cancel out these tones. There is a science behind all of it!

Also, make sure you do your research when you pick up your developer. I use a 40 developer, since most of the hair I bleach is near my roots and healthy with no colour, and I can bleach it once and be good to go. However, if you have damaged or dry hair, I would go with the lowest level developer as possible. I would say to ask your stylist or a knowledgable worker at your local beauty supply store for help deciding which level you should go with. I also just dye a section of my hair not only for the cool look of it, but also to not have all of my hair fried to bits! Keeping it at small sections like I do minimizes damage to your entire hair.

After allowing your freshly bleached hair to dry, next is to apply your Adore hair colour. I have used Adore on my hair since I started putting unnatural colours in it, and it is a fabulous dye that lasts a long time before needing a touch up. It is also vegetable based, so it is great for rehydrating your hair after the bleaching; my hair is always silky soft after using this dye. And they have quite the range of colours as well!

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They have even more colours besides these! I currently am using 112 Aquamarine, which is a rather self descriptive name LOL.

What you need to do is apply the dye rather generously, and wrap the hair soaking in dye with plastic of some sort. I have used saran wrap as well as plastic shopping bags for this, so there is no need to go on an all out hunt for some professional wrap. The directions say to let it sit for 15 minutes and use heat, but since this is a vegetable dye you can leave it longer. I leave it for about 30 to 45 minutes, and I blow dry it for about 10 minutes. After that, just wash out (no shampoo or conditioner), and you are set!

Your hair will have a great vibrant colour for a good while. I went two plus months before I needed to reapply, and even then it wasn’t horribly faded. Adore costs about $4 in beauty supply stores (not at Sally’s), and the amount will last for a while as well. It is a great investment for some great looking hair!

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