Thursday, 30 January 2014

My Pink Hair Story

Sunny pink hair

You may have noticed from recent pictures (or if you follow me on Instagram) that I dyed my hair tips pink before Christmas. Today I wanted to tell you all about why I did it, how I did it & what the results are like 2 months later. Let’s start with the question of why….

During high school I worked part time in a hair salon owned by family friends. They were always looking for people to experiment on, and I was always a willing subject, so for a few years I had orange hair, pink hair, random colourful highlights, strange haircuts & all manner of hair eccentricities. I loved it. As I got older and stopped working with them I started dying my mousy blonde/brown hair with temporary 8 wash dyes (usually in a bright red/purple because I really liked having unnatural coloured hair) which would fade out naturally but slower than 8 washes.

 It wasn’t until I turned 18 and left school for my first full time job that I decided to go a fair blonde colour through the help of my good friend bleach. I went to a hair salon and told them I wanted a change – that I had finished my year 12 exams and I wanted to start fresh with a new hair colour and style. The hairdresser (who was awesome and I visited for the next few years until it became too expensive) cut my long locks into a short, curly style & dyed me platinum blonde. It was a great haircut, and a great feeling.

Sunny pink hair

I have been varying degrees of platinum blonde since that day 8 years ago. Blonde suits my skin tone (fair with redness) well and I’ve since grown my short curls into long semi-curls. I’ve loved being blonde and I can’t really see myself being another hair colour, but the inner rebel in me always yearns for something different and attention grabbing.

 I’ve toyed with the idea of dying my hair a bright colour for the last 3 years… I wanted to go bright or pastel pink or perhaps fire engine red like my sister did. But the knowledge that it would take me FOREVER to get back to blonde has always held me back.

It wasn’t until I realised how long my hair had grown that I decided it was time to do something different. I needed to get it cut soon and I figured dying the tips would be a low risk endeavour. If it looked atrocious then I could always just chop it off!

I bought a box of Schwarzkopf Ultra Bright’s XXL in Shocking Pink from Priceline & watched some YouTube videos. Then I gathered my hair courage and just did it.

Shopwhatyougot challenge ootd
Wearing: Forever New sequin scarf, Supre cardigan, Dorothy Perkins Jeggings, Kmart polka dot flats.

How I did it:

1. I washed my hair as usual with De Lorenzo products. I then towelled it off and combed it out. I tied an old ragged towel around my shoulders and wore old PJ’s that I didn’t mind ruining.

2. I used a comb to separate my hair into two sections using a centre part all the way back and placed each section in front of my shoulders.

3. Wearing the gloves provided I took a small amount of the dye and massaged it into the very tips of my hair. I left this for about 3 minutes.

4. I then took more dye (I didn’t end up using the whole packet) and worked my way up the hair shaft until I had covered the bottom quarter of my hair in dye. I massaged this in really well and left it on for 10 minutes.

5. Finally, still wearing my gloves, I massaged the colour slightly further up my hair – only using the dye already on the hair. I did this so that I would have a gradient effect not just a solid line of colour. I massaged it up about an inch higher and left it on for 5 minutes.

6. Once the remaining 5 minutes was up I jumped back in the shower and rinsed (don’t wash) the hair dye out until the water was clear (this may take a few minutes).

7. Condition your hair and rinse. Towel dry hair (again, on an old towel in case there is any dye left in the hair) and style as you usually would – I used my De Lorenzo The Ends and heat protector before blow drying my hair straight.

Note: I would also recommend using an old pillow case that night just in case you have dye transfer. I didn’t have any, but I know other people who did. Also, be sure to wipe down all your surfaces as the dye may stain if left on the sink/tub/shower etc.

The Results:
The results were brilliant. I LOVED the brightness of it. Luckily for me my bleached hair holds colour like a mofo so it took some time to fade. The pictures I used in this story were taken a week or two later, so you can see it was still pretty vibrant at that point (a maximum of 4 washes later). It gave enough of an effect that I felt like I had changed something, but not so much that it was overwhelming.

2 ½ Months Later:
OK, so let’s talk long term results. I wash my hair no more than twice a week. My tips are still a pale pink and it doesn’t seem they will go much lighter for a while. That is the deal with blonde hair, things stick around for quite some time. Luckily, it faded into quite a nice pink that I’m pretty happy with! If I wasn’t aiming for long blonde wedding hair, I would dye it again now. However, since I am – I will wait until the day after to get my pink tips back – but this time I’m considering dying the WHOLE head a pale pink with bright pink tips!! Let’s see if I can muster up the courage for that J

Panda phone case
In unrelated news - how cute is this panda iPhone case from Colette Hayman??? it was only $5!

Also – If you are nervous about dying your hair at home, most hair dressers are happy to do the application for you for a fee. This might be the way I go in future if I do the whole head!

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