I have had pink hair for almost 2 years now and I still love it. I am not thinking of changing it back any time soon. But it does require maintenance. My hair grows fast so I need to touch up the roots every 6-7weeks. I used to have it done at the hairdresser which I have blogged about before here but however nice 4 hours of me time at the hairdresser was I just can’t afford the luxuary any more so I do it at home now which is surprisingly easy.
People ask me a lot of questions about my hair so I hope this post helps to answer some of those.
Remember I am no professional and I am just sharing my thought, please check with your hairdresser if you are worried and no one is allowed to be cross with me if all your hair falls out.
First where do I get the dye?:
I get it from the UK, from a company BeeUnique my sister bring it out for me when they visit, if I am running short I have also ordered from Amazon as they will deliver to SA whereas the company I use in UK does not post to here. They have a great gallery on their site so you can see what different colours look like and a great review section to see how long the colours last and how people found using them. You can get anything pink, red, orange, yellow, blue, green and all in lots of shades too.
What dye do I use?
I use Special Effects Atomic Pink I have tried other pinks but they wash out in between 2 washes to 2 weeks this one lasts the full 6 weeks and I need to redo it becasue my roots are showing and not so much becasue the colour has faded. Please excuse my no make-up cell phone pics, not very glamourous
How often do I redo it?
every 6-7 weeks
I have some help at home but they would like to remain anonymous 😉
How do you get it that colour?
First unless you have naturally very blond light hair you need to bleach your hair first. I used to have it done at the hairdresser and I would recommend for the first time to try have it done there as you are not sure how your hair will handle it and what strength you need. I used Volume 30 for mine and it works in 15-20minutes but my own hair is lightish.
Once you have had it done once or if you have really short hair, or you are willing to risk it, then you can do it at home. I use a highlight refill kit which has gloves, and the 2 bottles of stuff you need to mix to put on your hair. You need something that is a bleach and not adding colour, so the normal blond kits that dye it blond are not quite right, look for a plain highlight kit
I have these nifty pink mixing bowl and brush that I got from BeeUnique but if you buy the full bleach kit I know you get a brush in it, I am not sure about the bowl but you can use a normal tupperware that you don’t want to use for anything else again. The bowl and brush are really essential, you can’t get the stuff onto the roots properly without it.
Start at the front and separate the hair across the top in small sections at a time, if you have been to the hairdresser watch what they do so you can copy the basic idea. You need to paint the bleach on the roots that are showing but not overlap down the hair that was bleach before otherwise it gets weak from being over bleached. I see from my hairdresser pictures that they used to put it on a lot thicker, I find the way we do it works as well and that my head is not as itchy afterwards.
Bleach can leave you scalp a bit itchy and dry for a few days afterwards.
If you have never done it before do a strand test before to see how long it takes to get your hair the colour you want. Mine is fine going yellowish as the pink covers it well, if you are adding a very light colour you might need to leave it longer to get more of a white colour but remember the longer you leave it the more change of damaging your hair.
I leave mine for 15 minutes from the time we are finished and we work quite fast during the time we start putting it on.
Next paint the pink all over your hair, starting at the roots like you did for the bleach, divide into small section to make sure you have all the roots covered and then work what is left of the bottle into the tips as they have had colour before and you need to make sure the roots get the longest time with the colour on. This dye I use is cool as it is a semi permanenant dye that is supposed to even be Vegan friendly. So you can leave it on for quite long without it doing any damage. In fact I leave mine for 1-2 hours and it is actually conditioning so my hair is super soft afterwards
2 hours later I rinse and add LOTS of conditioner. Note you may want to wear gloves for the rinsing stage and the dye may stain your grout in the shower. A lot comes out when you first rinse and it will also come out in smaller amounts each time you wash your hair.
I tried to get a pic of that shows the real colour afterwards but it is actually really hard as it was night, these I guess sort of show it. Sorry some of a bit blurry
Looking after your dyed hair
Use a good conditioner
Bleaching will leave your hair drier so you don’t need to wash it as often, I used to wash mine every day to every 2nd day now I try to do it no more than once every 4-5 days and longer if I can. I less you wash the more than natural oils can revive and your colour will last longer.
Use a treatment in your hair. I use a intensive conditioner and then just leave it in all day on the weekend when I know I am not going anywhere. You can also use almond oil on your scalp too. Most of all have fun and experiment