In At home beauty, DIY Beauty, hair dye, Women on December 23, 2008 at 8:54 pm
For those of you who have been reading my blog you know that I have had my fair share of at home hair dying experiences. For those of you who don’t I refer you to some of my earlier posts. I have tried many brands of hair dye and have dyed my hair many colors. Recently I went back from being blond to a reddish-brown I used loreal preference and it was a great experience. The dye was extremely easy to use, just mix the color and developer together and voila masage it into your head and you are done.There are many hair dyes out there some are better quality that others. I have found that loreal makes a great product as does clairol. If you’ve never done this before you’ll need a few tricks:
- Put some face cream, or vaseline around your hairline and the nape of your neck to prevent any staining of the skin.
- Wear ratty clothes that you could care less about and have a ratty towel or two.
- Make sure to use a timer and start it as soon as you are done applying the hair color. This is extremely important because without you may over or underestimate your time and end up with bad results because of it. Kitchen timers work great for this.
- I have a white bathroom and at the corner of my doorway is a brown stain. If your bathroom is white find another place to do it, or cover surfaces with newspaper, because hair dye always splatters.
- A way to really have the color set is to pat a plastic shower cap on your head. The heat helps the color sink in.
- Most importantly monitor the color, each type of hair is unique some take the color faster some take it slower. Don’t be afraid to leave it on for an extra few minutes.
- When dealing with bleach don’t freak out if some pieces get really light, thats ok they’ll blend. Don’t wash the bleach off before you’ve bleached the whole head properly.
- Make sure to use color safe shampoo and conditioner. Blondes and redheads especially should use color depositing shampoos between colorings as well to keep color vibrant.
Last but not least if you end up with something you are not happy with, remember hair color fades give a few days you might love it. If not wait a few days and try it again. If anyone has tried perfect 10 by Revlon let me know I hear it’s really great.
Here’s to being a blond, brunette or redhead by choice. You don’t have to be born with it to work it.
In beauty, Uncategorized, Women on November 18, 2008 at 8:40 pm
Since I am about 6 years old I have been on a quest for hair of more glamorous shade than my natural medium brown. At 6, I remember my mother saying my hair was a mousy brown, a comment that always stuck with me. When I was around 13 or 14 I began to use Sun-In turning my hair a weird shade of reddish-auburn; I did this for a few years. The summer before I turned 17 I dyed my hair for the first time. I wanted a reddish tint I ended up with eggplant-purple hair. I was working upstate as a counselor and my friends and I were bored. We decided that to assuage our boredom, we would die our hair. One trip to the local CVS/ Walgreens/Eckerd later we had hair dye in our hands. I had only Sun-Ined my hair previously. My friend had bleached hers and wanted to go back to her natural brown. Neither of us ended up with what we expected. She ended up with hair the color of a fire truck and I ended up with hair the color of an eggplant (even more fun was when I came back to school and my roots were noticed and I had to dye it back) and so began my life long fascination with hair dye and changing my look.
I am one of those people who does not believe in rocking a single look but rather many. Some days I want to be glamor, some days I want to be goth and some days I want to just be plain old jeans and a t-shirt. It’s one of the reasons I love fashion. Every year it evolves; what was old is reinvented and made new, dying your hair can do the same for your look, how you feel and even how you look at the world or rather how the world looks at you. When I would change my hair color somehow I could be totally different. Being a redhead made me feel sexy and different. Being raven haired made me feel like a goth/punk/ bad girl but it wasn’t exactly wonderful for my pasty sallow complexion. I looked more Morticia Adams than Elvira, my goth inspiration. Being blond has had various incarnations for me. Right now I am between blond as I call it. Half my hair is blond the other half needs to be bleached and I’m too cheap to pay so I’ve been doing it on my own and screwing it up, which is a fun learning process in and of itself. More on that later.
My first foray into blond ambition was right after high school. I wanted to be blond but was afraid to bleach it. The colorist suggested effesol a color remover and a few highlights on my limited budget. I ended up cat orange. When the time came to do my roots I was too cheap to go to the salon and tried an at home bleaching kit. I ended up spotted like a leopard and having to get color correction back to my old shade at a salon. The interesting thing was as a blond I got totally different sorts of attention. No matter how many men say they love brunettes there is still a certain blond allure. A je ne sais qous that the fair tressed posses, that leaves brunettes in it’s elusive wake.
Don’t get me wrong some of the most stunning women in the world are brunettes. It’s not that I dislike brown hair I just have never felt glamorous having it. Recently when I was feeling down this summer I decided to lighten up. The compliments were astounding people loved it. The problem was again maintenance. I’m now realizing that learning to dye your hair is a process that I’m just getting started with.
Funny enough even though my husband frequently drools over blond celebrities he tells me quite often he wishes my hair were still long brown and curly instead of short straight and blond. For now I’m gonna keep playing with the blond but I may just find that next week I’ll want to be redhead.
Change your Look. Change your Life.
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