Hi! I actually don’t section my hair off at all haha. I take the most saturated mixture of dye that I want and apply it directly to my roots. I then dilute that mixture with conditioner and apply it in between the dye I just put on and the rest of my previously dyed hair to help it blend in. I blend the layers of diluted dye with the saturated dye with my hands until they are seamless. Quick MS Paint visual:
Went through my archives and tagged all the hair advice/faq text posts and ask answers. If you’re curious about how I dyed my hair or the questions other people have asked about hair care, you can read everything HERE.
Haha my mom was worried about the same thing. In order to get it pastel pink instead of a salmony color, you’re going to have to go pretty light/tone out the yellow colors. I would advise going to Sally’s and getting a separate bleach powder and developer (Instead of going for a box dye). There are different developer ‘volumes’ that indicate how light the hair will be lifted. Vol 40 will lift your hair very quickly and powerfully! Mix enough to cover your hair of bleach and developer following the directions. Some hair cutting scissors from Sally’s are cheap so you might want to pick some of those up too. Before bleaching hair, trim for any split ends which will just travel further up your hair if left and bleached.
If you don’t have conditioner on parts you don’t need bleach (maybe preprocessed hair?) go ahead and put conditioner on them to protect it. The bleach will process faster close to your scalp because of the heat radiating from it, so quickly apply the bleach from the tips of your hair towards the scalp. I use my (gloved) hands and just kind of massage it into my hair. Using a hairdryer will speed up the processing time!
When it comes to timing, you really just have to watch your hair. I’ve had better results with leaving bleach in a little longer than washing it out too soon and having to rebleach later. I have medium/light brown hair and never need to leave the bleach on for more than a half hour. When my hair is light enough, shampoo the bleach out in the shower.
Since you want to go pastel pink, I’d recommend using a toner after bleaching (a little speck of purple dye in conditioner/a silver or grey hair shampoo) before dying it pink. You can also build up the layers of pink slowly with different amounts of pink in conditioner. To avoid it turning salmony, you can also add a dab of blue of purple dye to the pink. I typically leave the dye/conditioner mixture in for 3+ hours so it will stick for 4 weeks because I’m lazy about redying.
I would advise against using hottools when you can do without them to minimize damage :3 If you don’t mind minor roots, you shouldn’t need to rebleach your roots for about 2 months! (dying 2-3 times in between bleaching) Good luck! Let me know how it goes or if you have any more questions!
And even if your hair ends up a little damaged, it shouldn’t be anything a trim can’t help! Hair does grow back :3
How to Dye Hair Bright Colors
Part 2: Color
Dye (Ion, Special Effects, Manic Panic), Conditioner (Aussie Moist), Gloves
I start by mixing up my dyes with Conditioner. I use Aussie Moist. For typical, bright colors, I will use a 50/50 mixture. This will not dilute the dye too much, but really stretches the life of your dye and helps it soak into your hair. To lighten the color a little bit but not quite a pastel, I would use a 1/3 ratio. For pastels, I would greatly dilute the dye, maybe 1/5. The only color I do not personally dilute is Yellow.
The colors I am using in this round of dye:
Light Blue (Ion Aqua and Special Effect’s Blue Haired Freak + varying amounts of conditioner)
Blue (SE Blue haired Freak and Manic Panic purple haze + conditioner)
Green (mix of Ion Teal and MP’s Electric Banana + conditioner)
Yellow (MP’s Electric Banana)
I typically apply my colors in order from light to dark and in a similar order to where I applied the bleach. For ombre type bangs, I will usually apply the darker color, maybe without being diluted, and then dilute it with more and more conditioner as I approach my roots. Once everything is dyed, I will use a hairdryer to speed up the absorption. There’s no real set time I wash the dye out. Normally I will test to see if my hair has absorbed all the color by rubbing a chunk of my hair. If white or pastel conditioner comes off on my hand, I’ll know my hair’s ready to wash out.
This method lasts me about 4 weeks of bright bright hair, 3 weeks of somewhat lighter colors, and pastel hair for over a month after that! I usually end up redoing my roots every 5 weeks so my hair rarely gets to the pastel stage. Hope this answered some questions!
How to Dye Hair Bright Colors
Part 1: Bleach
Vol 40 developer, Bleach Powder, Mixing Bowl, Gloves
I’ll only be doing my roots for this tutorial since the rest of my hair is already light enough from being bleached white previously.
Mix vol 40 developer with bleach powder. This combination will be very powerful and quick compared to supermarket box bleaches so be careful and watch how it develops. I don’t need to leave mine in any more than… 30 minutes or so from when I start applying it.
I start with the most visible areas: my center part, bangs, and nape of the neck (I wear my hair in a high pony often). I try not to get bleach on parts of my hair that have already been bleached, but my bangs grow out too quickly for them to get damaged. A hairdryer once the bleach is all applied will speed up the development.
Try to go as light as you can since that will lead to brighter colors once you dye it. To get rid of a brassy or yellow town if you rinse the bleach out too early, try a toner or a bit of purple shampoo in conditioner.
Wash the bleach out of your hair without using conditioner and let it dry. You are now ready to add dye!
Bleaching in preparation, and actual coloring :3 Just selecting photos and then going to make a photoset~