FINALLY....the long awaited hair post! - The Dainty Squid

FINALLY....the long awaited hair post!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Hey there! I dunno how you got here but this post has been updated. ...I mean, shoot, it was five years old.

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  1. awww thank you so much for the post! i love your hair. my mom won't let me dye mine *cries* you're inspirational :D

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  2. I dye my hair a lot and completely agree with your advice. Though Beyond the Zone's hair dyes suck, their shampoo for damaged hair works wonders. It one of the few shampoos I've used that doesn't fade my color. I can't paste the link but search Sally's site "Beyond the Zone Last Call". The matching leave in conditioner works nicely as well. I also use Lush's Veganese conditioner and that doesn't fade the color either, but makes it very shiney.

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  3. I've never tried their shampoo! Maybe I'll give it a shot, I'm always in the market for a new shampoo.

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  4. Yay! Your hair naturally sounds like mine. So I'm hoping this will work for me. Although I can't really do anything about it now 'cause most places will not hire me with brightly colored hair. [unfair] But I'll wait the few years 'till I open my shop and work for myself!

    Thanks for this! <3

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  5. My stylist recommended that I put some dye into my conditioner. That worked really well for me and it wasn't enough to stain my hands.

    I found that Special Effects stayed in a lot longer, but I think my hair is naturally much darker than yours. And I only had bleached highlights, so it stuck well to the brown, too.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mirandategan/2487402678/in/photostream/

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  6. I can't believe the stylist teacher told you that! There are tons of stylists in Austin with fun pretty hair. Is it really that unusual in other places? If so, I say "boo" to that.

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  7. Snatchface- yep, that's something i forgot to mention! thanks.
    :)

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  8. Wow the bleach you use sounds way more effective than mine! Mine I leave on for 1 hr 1/2 and it gets my hair kinda orange/yellow. Although I am bleaching over hair that's been dyed black..

    Also I only left hair dye on my hair for like 20 mins, so that could be part of my problem right there!

    I have used Special Effects dye, the colors are awesome & really vibrant, but their blue colors fade reaallly fast.

    Thank you for this, I can't wait for part 2!

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  9. 5 to 6 hours?! Oh my! haha I think manics are semi-perm, so thats logical. Have you ever tried pravana vivids line? I used it in school, its awesome!

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  10. Love all the info! Raspberries to that lady at the cosmo school! :p That's sooo rude.
    I have a question if you want to answer it in your next blog, Do you have a favorite nail polish brand? If so, what? and Do you have a method of painting your nails or do you just spontaneously paint away!
    You have inspired many things in my life and for that I thank you. :)

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  11. Lindsay- haha yep! I've heard lots of good things about pravana but have never tried it. and every time i think about trying it i can't find it, even on ebay.

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  12. WOO! Great tutorial. I just love all your colors. Makes me miss my hair :) I've been wondering whether I could pull off something bright with my oh-so-short fuzz.

    When I *had* hair to dye, I remember Special Effects dye having better staying power than Manic Panic... tho Manic Panic always had the best colors.

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  13. OH! A tip about conditioning. I REALLY fried my hair once bleaching it and discovered Kerastase forcintense treatment and masquintens conditioner. Both are expensive, but it literally saved me from broken hair:

    http://www.kerastase-usa.com/_en/_us/nutritive-masquintense_for_fine_hair.htm

    http://www.kerastase-usa.com/_en/_us/resistance-forcintense.htm

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  14. Great post. I always use Special Effects, and their dyes are really great. Very long lasting! I'll have to try that bleach kit. Thanks for the tips. :)

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  15. Quick question. I'm not inexperienced in dyeing my hair but I would like to know how you would go about this. My hair is dyed black with a permanent dye from walmart right now with about an inch of my red roots showing. I want to go back to manic panic's midnight blue. How would you go about this? Would you strip the color first, and then bleach the roots only? Lemme know. Thanks.

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  16. I just love viewing your hair colours

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  17. i used pravana for my hair the first time it was pink. i found it once on a yahoo store, but it looked too sketchy to buy it from there. i used the bleach kit that you suggested and on super dark brown hair it only took about 30 minutes to lift to white, it was awesome! i was super nervous about bleaching, but after just doing it once, i will do it myself in the future, it was SOOO easy! :]

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  18. I love this post! I was recently thinking about dying my hair a crazy color, I've never really done it, and have been afraid to because I have black hair naturally. I was wondering if you cut your own hair? I can never find a stylist that can cut mine edgy. They always just seem to leave me with the "Rachel" cut (you know like 90s Jennifer Aniston, longish with layers).

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  19. Wow, thank you for this post!
    Next week I'm going to go to the hair dresser for my first bleaching (just some highlights, not all head) and dye (I don't want to do it the first time by myself)
    I was curious to know what brand of dye do you use, and now I know, thank you!

    Just a question... can you remember what colour you used in your second-from-left picture? That kind of light lilac?
    Thank you ^_^

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  20. This is a great article! (I miss the days when I still dyed my hair, lol)

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  21. Oh goodness, so many pretty colours! You're totally brave and amazing, you know that, right? :)

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  22. I think if you really can't go without a bath or want that long time under the hot shower using a shower cap will work. :D

    Oh and there have been a couple of ladies I have meet that were amazing hair stylists. They all had piercings on there face, different colored hair, and tattoos.

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  23. I cannot believe what a meany head that hair school teacher was.

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  24. Great post and l adore your coloured hair and so many different colours and they all look terrific on you....wish l had been as adventurous as you 20years actually l'm lying there 30/40 years ago more like hehe..keep it up fun and fabulous
    Hugs Suz x

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  25. That was really great! I only dyed my hair a funky color once, and it was purple. Unfortunately when i did it I was oversees and it only lasted a couple of weeks. Looking back on it I should have kept the dye in longer...but i'm still pretty novice.

    It's wonderful hearing from a person with experience!

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  26. Kay, I'm really mad about what that lady said to you. Mainly because I'm in cosmetology school right now. I think body modification is part of cosmetology. Sorry, that just bugged me because I think it's one of the more accepting career paths so that's silly she would say that.

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  27. That makes me sad that the teacher said that to you - I think that's bullcrap - I've seen plenty of tattooed/pierced/dyed hairstylists. It seems like it would be part of the trade.

    On a lighter note, this is such a helpful post! I love your hair color changes and went to Sally's Beauty Supply recently to check out the pink dye... the bleaching aspect freaked me out, lol.

    Thanks for all the info :o)

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  28. Love the photos. Your hair is fantastic.

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  29. AAAamazing post! Thankk you soo much! i recently just chopped mi hair off because it was really damaged from all the bleaching i do but now i shall condition it for hours! :D

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  30. oh i'm sorry someone told you that about hair school. i have a friend with almost all the exact piercings that you have and also has tattoos and she is in hair school right now. that was not true what that person told you. i'd let you dye my hair! thanks for posting all of this, i'm going to try to do some BRIGHT red. eek...hope i dont fry my hair!

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  31. Thanks for sharing you tips & tricks :) I am always scared of using bleach on my hair personally, weird phobia.

    I recommend putting about a tablespoon of your dye in your conditioner (I know it was already mentioned, but it works!).

    Also, rinsing your hair in the coldest water you can stand every time you wash it. This works for all hair dye, not just bright colors and makes your hair more shiny.

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  32. I just want to say, that is is really sad that some woman told you that you couldnt do hair because of the way you look, I had a face Full of metal when i started, and while i did receive some complaint, the reason i started doig hair was in order to not have to compromise who I am.
    Now that i am licensed nearly all of the people in my salon are peirced and tattooed.
    I think you would be a good hair stylist for what its worth.
    Most people couldnt do all of this to their hai without really screwing it up.
    Pravna is amazing! but its hard to find because it is salon color. and is only sold at wholesale beauty supplies.

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  33. Where I live we have a hair studio/piercing shop. The owner has soooo many tattoos/piercing and everyone (besides him) has wild hair there. Come move here!!!

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  34. This was really helpful! I usually just dye my different colors in the back, but I am still just a beginner. I have had Teal, Pink, and Purple. I will definitely look into that bleach set!

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  35. I dno if anyone asked you this yet, but how do you go about doing pieces of other colors? Do you do it at the same time as your main color, and separate the strands with foil or something? Or do you do it at a different time?

    I think that's just lovely when you have diff. colors together. Especially when you had it teal and purple right before your big move! SOOO pretty! Thanks for your post! Looking forward to your next one!

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  36. You're so awesome. I've been following your blog for a few days now. My fiance actually bought some stuff a while back. We've never new you had a blog up and noticed that your style goes perfect with our online magazine that we started less than a month ago.
    Would you be interested in having a feature on our site? We can do link exchanges and at the same time do an article of you and your store. Let me know what you think. You can contact me at vnusdimples.com.

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  37. My personal experience with Special Effects was awesome color, but everything my hair touched also turned that color...-_- Wouldn't be shocked to find out I could have prevented that as I used it earlier in my hair dyeing adventures when I didn't know quite as much. I tried out Splat hair dye recently though and that stuff is AMAZING - and you can get it at places like Wal-Greens and CVS (with more colors available online). I definitely recommend trying it sometime!

    And I think I'll be trying out your bleaching method next time I go all out dyeing my hair - usually my hair takes two rounds of bleach to get to where it needs to be...never fun.

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  38. I love your hair! The turquoise bluish purple is my favorite! I just went from dark brown to blonde and I wish I could dye a few turquoise piece but I can't because of my job. =] Thanks for all the info!

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  39. Just wondering, have you ever tried dyeing your hair with Kool-Aid? Some of the colors fade pretty quickly, but I dyed my (bleached) hair lime green with it (mixed with conditioner, shower cap, left on overnight) and it lasted over a month.

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  40. Oh, and also -- you're absolutely right about leaving the hair dye in longer. It won't hurt anything, and it won't saturate your hair any more than the hair will allow.

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  41. That is such bullshit about them telling you that you wouldn't make it in cosmetology school -- don'
    t listen to them! Some of the best stylists I've ever been to were covered in tattoos and had multiple piercings.

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  42. You have inspired my first attempt. I've never bleached before. Just going to jump in and see what happens! Thanks for all the tips. :D

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  43. When I first thought about getting my hair bleached, I was pretty scared since everything might go wrong. But when I had it done at one of these cool Santa Monica hair salons, everything went just as planned! Also, it is true that having colored hair is an added responsibility - to maintain the color you've applied on your hair. Without proper maintenance, the color will fade and your hair will lose its healthy luster.

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