Hair Dye Chronicles

Heyo! It’s Adi again.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen quite a number of people with funky colored hair walking around recently. Curious to try something new, I started this adventure! I did most of the dyeing by myself, at home. I’ve gotten my hair bleached once professionally, and the rest was DIY. I did my research on what to do, read tutorials, watched YouTube videos. I am not a professional. There are dangers to doing this yourself!!!

Warning: This post contains a lot of pictures of my face. Hopefully, this doesn’t throw you off from reading the rest of this post.

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So, like most people, I have dark colored hair. Then one day, my friend tweets about getting her hair bleached, and getting it colored turquoise. Intrigued, I talked to her about. She linked me to this site. And that was the start of my fascination with semi-permanent hair dyes. I ordered myself a pot of Punky Apple Green, and Platinum toner. I then got my hair bleached at a place along Maginhawa street.

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I’ve read that to get the best color from your hair dye, you should get your hair bleached to a pale yellow color. I don’t think I got to tell this to the people working on my hair so I ended up with a head of orange hair.

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I asked them to bleach it again, although I knew you weren’t supposed to bleach your hair twice in one sitting, and I walked away with hair that was still a bright yellow. I didn’t mind the color, thinking that the toner I bought would be able to make it less garish. I slathered the hair toner onto my dry hair, as stated in the instructions, and wrapped it with plastic wrap to keep the moisture in. I waited two and a half hours before washing it out. And it looked like this.

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Content with the color, I kept the blonde hair for a week or so, before finally opening my pot of green hair dye and trying that out. I read online that you could dilute and pastelize semi-permanent hair dye with white conditioner, I tried it out. It was my very first time dyeing my own hair, I put too much dye and not enough conditioner. Or maybe my hair was still too yellow for the green to look pastel. I put the mixture of conditioner and dye in my hair, wrapped in plastic wrap, and waited for another two hours. After washing it out with cold water, it looked like a clown’s wig, or fake grass, or anime hair. Call it what you want.

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I loved it. It was great. I finally had green hair. I kept the hair for a few weeks, and on my friend’s birthday decided to change it up a bit. I got my hair shaved on the sides and the back, and dyed the rest of it with undiluted hair dye. And it turned really green. This was even better than the first.

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But, I was just getting started then. I grew out my hair, and let the color fade.

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And I tried the ombre hair dye thing that seems to be really popular. And it turned out pretty nice. Could’ve been better, but hey, what could I do with one color of hair dye.

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After a month or so of having that hair color, I had to get my driver’s license. Scared that they wouldn’t give me one with unnaturally colored hair, my dad asked me to get my hair cut. So, I did what I did, and I experimented. My sister bought herself some hair bleach a while back, and with nothing left to lose, I asked for some and died the front part of my hair. And it turned out like this.

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I read that you could also dye your hair with Kool-Aid or any powdered juice, and we just happen to have some around the house… Here’s what it looked like the following day.

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I went and got my hair cut, that day too. Although, the hairdresser insisted that I color my hair instead of getting it cut. And that’s what he did, despite me declining the offer. So, back to black hair for me.

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A few weeks later, I got my driver’s license as well as hair bleaching supplies, and I got busy. Apparently, you’re not supposed to bleach hair that’s been dyed black. Don’t do it. Just, don’t. But, I was itching to get color back into my hair. This time around, I bought Sparks Electric Blue, and Purple Passion from Funky Streaks again. Let me just say that the Sparks dye is super pigmented. I barely put any in two tablespoons of white conditioner, and it still looks really bright. Please bear with me the horrors of what my hair went through the next few pictures. I bleached my hair on my own for the very first time. And it was not even. The tips were lighter in some areas, while the roots remained orange. I blame the black dyed hair on this one. But, what could I do.

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I tried toning it with diluted blue dye, and it turned grey and brown. It wasn’t that bad. It actually looked pretty cool . But, I wasn’t going to settle for this color. I wanted pastel blue this time.

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A few days later, I bleached my hair again. It still wasn’t even. Some parts were light enough, while some were still really yellow.

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I didn’t mind it and, again, slathered diluted blue dye on it hoping for the best. It turned a weird shade of green. I mean, the ends of my hair turned green, while the roots stayed golden brown. My hair wasn’t light enough.

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A few days after that… I bleached my hair again. It looked promising. It was quite a light yellow. But, I wasn’t sure if it was light enough.

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To tone it, I diluted some purple dye, and put that in my hair. And it worked… somewhat. Some parts were grey, mostly purple.

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I thought I could fix it by adding blue to make the grey parts mix in with the purple. I was wrong. It looked really weird. Now my hair had three colors. And I missed a few parts the back of my head. I didn’t have plans to leave the house, so it didn’t matter as much.

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I left my hair alone to recover for a few days. I then did a bleach bath, which is hair bleach mixed in with shampoo. It’s less damaging, but still very drying to the hair. I ended up having this light green hair. Cabbage hair. Everything was cool.

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I didn’t do anything to my hair for several days, and the hair dye faded into this weird grey green color. It wasn’t bad though.

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A few more days and I bleached it one final time.

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It looked light enough, so I mixed conditioner and purple dye and boom. Grey hair. Another hair color I can check of my checklist.

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It wasn’t a pure grey though. Some parts were yellow, some were purple, but I wasn’t complaining.

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I left that for a week, or less, and decided to finally mix some colors together. And here’s what happened. I put the darkest blue where my hair parts on both sides, and as I got to the middle, I diluted it more and more. Beside the deepest blues, I mixed in some of that green dye from before. And that’s how I got my sea hair. And I kept that hair for the longest time.

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But, as semi-permanent hair dyes do, it faded. And I got my light blue hair.

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This time around, my mom asked me to color my hair for some other personal business. I didn’t want to pay big bucks for someone else to do it, so I bought myself a box of black hair dye from a drug store. By New Year’s Eve, I had black hair yet again.

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I attended to said business, and went back to going wild on my hair. I got my hair cut, although, I don’t think I got it cut short enough to get rid of all the black dyed hair. I still haven’t learned my lesson. I tried out the bleach on the newly dyed hair and it didn’t react badly, so I continued on with it.

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This time I just bleached once and continued to color my hair. I was planning on doing a blue purple ombre from both sides and this is how it turned out. Some parts were too yellow to be affected by the super diluted dye, so it turned green where I applied the blue, and it turned brown where I applied the purple. It turned out pretty rad.

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And again, I haven’t been touching up on it, so it has faded. It’s faded pretty nicely too.

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Congratulations! You reached the end. That’s it from me for now. I’m planning to buy a few more colors of dye soon. Any ideas? Favorites? Don’t be afraid to leave comments or questions below!


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