Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What You Need to Know for Funky Hair Dyes


About 2 years ago, I recorded a time lapse of me dying my hair with Special Effects, because several (or more like 3) people asked how I did it. 

So see below for lots and lots more detailed information.

General information:
Please avoid straighteners, curling irons, or other heating-type hair products. If you’ve bleached your hair, this will only make it worse. I recommend braiding overnight if you want to curl it instead. Hair blow drying is ok. There’s also a chance that your hair will fall out more than normal. Of course, that can be attributed to stress and/or malnutrition instead, but do be aware, especially when you’re washing your hair and a huge chunk falls out. Try not to panic. 

Here is also the hair color diagram:
Source: How To Hair Girl
Ranking of hair dye brands that I have personally used:
  1. Special Effects: Virgin Rose, Deep Blue, Cyber Purple - Unfortunately it’s only a temporary color, but the bright magenta (virgin rose) lasted around 3-6 months before fading into (and staying) this vaguely red/pink color (due to the magenta mixing with my bleached hair). See Breathe (May 2015 when recorded) then Rotten Heresy & Chocolate (June 2015) then Ring Ding Dong (June 2015) then Catallena (Nov 2015 when recorded)
  2. Schwarzkopf Professional-
    "Permanent" color that lasted same color 1.5-2 years, but the “purple” was not vibrant at all, more like a bland burgundy. The bleach was also strong (see the image) but not as damaging as Splat.
    See UEA Dorm Tour (April 2013) then Before the Dawn (September 2013) then Super Nuko World (June 2014).
  3. Manic Panic - Similar to Special Effects, but it washes out much faster.
  4. Splat - 
    I put this on the list to warn you NOT to use it. This will seriously damage your hair. It is the most vibrant hair color, but does not last very long at all.
    See I Am The Best then Bad Girl Good Girl.  Both were filmed in May before Fanime, so yes, it faded that fast.
I’ve heard these 2 are also good, although you have to spend quite a bit more money:
Shampoos! These are important because you hair will get greasy obviously, but when you wash your hair, the semi-permanent colors will wash out over time. The key is avoiding sulfate shampoos
  • Suave Dry Shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo, or Dove Dry Shampoo: I recommend dry shampoo in between full washes to keep your hair fresh feeling and looking.
  • Kirkland Signature Sulfate-free Shampoo - It feels more refreshing and the color wash out was considerably more gradual than the other shampoos.
  • TRESsemme - Not the best, but it works for a drugstore brand. One thing to be aware of is that it kicks up scalp flesh, making it look like you have dandruff.
  • Nexxus- If you're willing to shell out money, this is what other people have recommend. It's a dollar per fl.oz. 
  • Hairstory Studio New Wash- Willing to shell out even more money? It's ridiculously expensive, but multiple professionals recommend it.
I personally am on a hunt to find an affordable sulfate free shampoo that works for Asian hair.  Let's work together on this.

Places to get all these things:
  • Sally’s
  • Beauty Store Depot
  • Your local salon store (for example, I have 2 beauty warehouse stores in town)
  • Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, etc for the drugstore brands
  • Amazon
Let me know if you have any other questions! 

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