Hair Tips and Tricks. Part Three: Miscellany. - The Dainty Squid

Hair Tips and Tricks. Part Three: Miscellany.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Find Part One: Bleach here and Part Two: Dye here.
Making it Last.
If you've bleached your hair, and left the hair dye on for more than two hours you're already on the right track. A few more tips;
• Always, always, always rinse with cold water! (This will also help reduce bleeding if you have more than one color) As cold as you can possibly stand, it'll be worth it!
• Quick showers! No soaking in the tub and no standing under that hot shower for long periods of time anymore. You want your hair to be wet for as little a period of time as possible. Personally I like to hop in the shower very quickly wash and condition my hair in the cold water than put my hair up in a towel and finish washing the rest of my body that way I can still take long, hot showers.
• Use shampoo as little as possible and only use sulfate free shampoos.
• Mix a little bit of hair dye into your conditioner so when you condition you're getting a quick touch up.
• No chlorine! It sucks not being able to swim in pools but chlorine murders hair dye.  



Products I use & love.
Hask Placenta. Yes, you read that correctly, placenta. Made from sheep placenta, which is normally discarded anyways, this product doesn't harm momma sheep or baby. While it might be kind of intimidating to put a product that has placenta as a main ingredient in your hair I highly recommend this stuff. It smells really good and makes my hair oh-so-shiny!

Biotin. It helps promote healthy hair. I've been using biotin on and off (off because sometimes I forget) for about a year and a half and definitely feel it helps my hair.

Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo . I've tried quite a few dry shampoos and this is the only one I've liked. Like I mentioned in part one: bleach I have greasy hair and to maintain such a pretty color I can't wash it every day and this is the perfect product to allow me to not wash my hair but still look great.

The Body Shop Banana Conditioner. This is my personal preference for conditioner. I think it smells really great and it leaves my hair reeeeally soft.

Those are all the products I use in order to keep my hair soft and healthy. I don't have a personal preference for shampoo as of right now.


Other.
Regarding hair dye staining everything-
I use Comet to clean up the sink and tub. It works wonders and normally if the dye is cleaned up within a few days of staining it looks like nothing ever happened. (Don't put off cleaning just because you think it will come up just as easy later, it's always best to clean up hair dye messes ASAP)

I personally, have never had problems with dye staining my clothes, pillowcases, etc as long as my hair was rinsed well after dying. The first few times I used Special Effects it stained my finger nails but for some reason it doesn't do it anymore (...?).

Conditioning Caps -
In between colorings, or if you accidentally over bleach your hair you should do a conditioning cap. All you need to do is wet your hair, towel dry it, slather in conditioner of your choice and put on a shower cap. Leave it on for 3-4 hours then rinse. This will fade your hair significantly and should be done when you're going to change colors, or touch up it.
*Tip: don't bleach your hair, do a conditioning cap then try to dye it. Remember you want your hair to be porous when you dye it.


On having bright colored hair.
Something to keep in mind is how people will react to your fun new hair. There isn't one time I can think of in the last few years where I left the house and didn't have someone mention my hair or stare at me. Sometimes it's a compliment, other times it can be not so polite. I've had people pet my hair, had people ask if it was an accident, and had people yell at me. If you're someone who just likes to blend in, maybe a full head of colored hair isn't for you. Try adding just a few peeks of bright colored highlights. Try to remember that if you love your hair, that is all that really matters.

In closing...
I hope this short series of posts helped, or inspired at least a few people. If you want to dye your hair, even just a few pieces of it, GO FOR IT. You're never too old to have a little fun! ;)
xoxo

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  1. I really enjoyed these posts (: Even though I've coloured my hair for years I'm still coming away with a few more tips, thank you very much! xx

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  2. Your hair is great. I've had pink hair for a long while now... i love having pink hair but you are right, not a day goes past without someone mentioning it. I was asked once if I did it for a dare. people's ignorance is amazing.

    have a great weekend.

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  3. Wish I could dye my hair like this! Unfortunately, I have a job that doesn't allow pink or blue hair, so I'll just have to settle for some cheapy extensions. I'm inspired by that pinky-purple color in the picture...it's exactly what I want!

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  4. Oh no! The last hair post! :P Thank you so much for doing these, they're just wonderful!
    I think I would go with highlights, I don't think I could cope with all the attention...
    I'd love to know what someone yelled at you though, that's terrible!!

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  5. Wonderful helpful tips...this is great stuff. I think I am inspired to get rid of my pink and orange dew and give pink and blue a try. Cross your fingers!

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  6. Thank you for doing these! I've been dying (heehee) to dye my hair since getting it cut and I've been debating on whether I should go tame or all out there with the color. Seeing these posts has inspired me to try the one color I didn't get to do as a teenager, blue! I love blue hair but never got the chance so I think I will now.

    I have to ask, what colors did you use for the blue in the first photo and the fuchsia/purple in the second? They're super pretty. :)

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  7. I work as a swim instructor so I can't dye my hair at this time. It bums me out, your hair looks awesome!
    But I think I'll try the hash placenta since the chlorine kills my hair!

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  8. your hair amazes me! i love the blue :)

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  9. I may be getting a job at a starbucks so I can't do anything to my hair right now, but I had it an awesome bright red in jan-feb.

    You've had someone yell at you about your hair?
    Like a random person?

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  10. I loveee that bottom picture of you! It's so pretty!

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  11. I've been using Hask for awhile, and somehow, I never noticed the "Placenta" part of the name... Wow... I feel smart... It DOES really work great, though :)

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  12. thanks for all the hair tips. i've been taking notes. :)

    this weekend, i'm going pastel pink, and i cant' wait! i live in portland so i'm not too worried about weird looks.

    xo

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  13. I've been using Unite shampoo(sulfate free) and Moroccan Oil brand, not sure if that one is or not but it smells good :) Have you tried the beyond the zone protein packs? I have once and really liked it.

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  14. I had really bright purple hair for 3 months earlier this year, but eventually I couldn't take the stares and comments anymore and went back to brown. I wish I was more confident and didn't care what people think, because I loved my hair.

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  15. i LOVED your hair posts!
    i'm going to dye my hair purple in sommer and your help was just AWESOME.
    thank you

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  16. Thank you for these posts, I am inspired to finally dye my hair again and my 4 year old daughter keeps telling me she can't wait till she's old enough to dye hers too. : )

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  17. Thank you so much for these tips!
    I had no idea about rinsing with cold water OR putting some dye in my conditioner, I will definitely be doing both of these!!
    Manic Panic Vampire Red dyes my hands and fingernails when I'm rinsing so I just wear the gloves I had on while dyeing in the shower for the initail rinse, no problems afterward though!
    Thanks again!!!

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  18. Amazing hair. Thank you so much for the tips, I didn't realise that putting dye in conditioner could help.

    Sarah
    x

    http://dollydotgirl.blogspot.com

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  19. Yay! Thanks for the hair posts, Kaylah! I am seriously considering getting more orange dye and leaving it in a lot longer... my mistake last time was leaving it in for too short a time frame and lack of a shower cap, so it dried out (I had orange helmet head! Awkward). Thanks again for the advice and tried and true insights! You're the best!

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  20. To the workers, I know it's a dare move but I actually have a wig for the months I want to do something "too" off the wall with my hair, like teal, or a mohawk. When the mohawk's longer, they let me part it and they actually allow BRIGHT red right now (I think they just love me and let me get away iwth murder cause i also have 7/8" plugs that aren't allowed)

    BUT back when I was still scared of them, I just sported the wig to work, picked it up cheap on ebay and noone knew the difference!

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  21. This series was so informative! Unfortunately, I'm afraid to dye my hair myself since I have dreadlocks :( But this definitely makes me want to find someone to do it for me.
    Totally unrelated, I never knew "miscellany" was a word hah.

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  22. Im one of those "lucky" girls who have been blessed with gray hairs since high school. Ive always wanted to dye it something pretty, but have never a). known how to do it properly and b). had the guts to actually do it. I just wanted to say thanks for giving me the confidence to finally make the plunge^^
    And i cant believe people have yelled at you....i mean really?????

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  23. just found your blog for the first time and i LOVE your hair! i have had many colors of hair (not as many as you unfortunately!) anyhoo, great three part hair series, such good info!! love your photos and directions!

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  24. You all are very welcome! I'm really glad to share my insights!! :D

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  25. I can't bleach my hair any more - too many terrible bleaching mis-haps over the years, which have resulted in lots of dry-as-branches hair :( I've just started getting into wig purchasing though and for the first time I'm going out in the colours that I've been yearning to sport for years!! I have a pink wig and the looks and comments do make me feel uncomfortable (and it hasn't even been super negative responses yet!) but I'm hoping I'll just get used to it!!!

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  26. Oh my. I just stumbled across your blog and you are just too adorable! I used to have bright, dyed hair too, in all colors of the rainbow (but my favorite was bubblegum pink). You wear it well!

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  27. Thank you for such a complete set of hair coloring tips! I'll be using it as a reference guide in the future. Fun!!

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  28. This series of tips has been so great :)
    I had pink hair for a while and absolutely adored it. Whenever I come to your blog I always think 'I should totally do that again!' but then I remember the upkeep of it all. I didn't mind the hundreds of stares or the negative comments (i work as a librarian in a conservative area of NZ) but I got sick of the upkeep pretty damn fast.

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  29. I LOVE your hair, it is so beautiful and interesting, I have colored my hair almost every color under the sun but not like yours! It looks awesome! I am a new follower and am really excited about reading your blog!

    http://behindtheleopardglasses.blogspot.com/

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  30. Lol - an accident. That's hilarious. What are people thinking? Yes, my hair is blue and purple on accident. Lol. I could see asking that about chlorine-green hair or accidentally-orange-should've-been-red hair, but obviously two-toned vibrantly colored hair? That cracks me up. Some people...

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  31. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous! LOVEEE

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  32. you're hair is SO LOVELY in that last picture! :D

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  33. I really enjoyed reading this series, it's not something I have come across before! I love your vibrant hair colours & how they work with your style :) Make me want to do something new to my hair now!!

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  34. As an almost 36-year old mom of 2, I really enjoyed reading this series, especially the last line. :) I've been wanting to do all over bright colors for quite some time, now, and was recently inspired by ♥elycia's blog. Still not sure I want the maintenance of a full head of bleaching, I decided to bleach out my bangs and possibly try doing unnatural hues there for now. :) Thank you so much for all the great advice! Definitely subscribing! Keep up the awesome posts!

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  35. I've only dyed my hair once before. The part where it has been dyed is grown out quite a bit, but I loved it and was planning to do it again. I think your guide will be extremely helpful in doing this!

    There was this one kid who came up to me once and asked me if it hurt to have my hair dyed. xD

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  36. Thanks for this! I've had blue hair for a while now and it keeps losing it's vibrancy. Hopefully this will help.
    oh and I know what you mean, every day people stare and ask about it. It's always positive though which I'm veyr happy to report.

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  37. YOU ARE ADORABLE! I bleached and colored my hair yesterday and found this today! I am loving my multicolored unnatural hair but definitely didn't leave the dye in long enough. Are the dye brands you mentioned available at most stores? Thank you so much for sharing - you and e are both delightful. :)

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  38. YOU ARE ADORABLE! I bleached and colored my hair yesterday and found this today! I am loving my multicolored unnatural hair but definitely didn't leave the dye in long enough. Are the dye brands you mentioned available at most stores? Thank you so much for sharing - you and e are both delightful. :)

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  39. I just ordered some hask placenta for my hair. At what point in your color process do you use it? Does it affect the color?

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  40. oh man. wish i'd known about this before i got rid of my pink hair :( could have prolly kept it longer. but i'll be coming back to this in case i decide to turn pink again.

    hugs

    http://whimsicalaccordance.blogspot.com/

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  41. thanks so much for this, kaylah! i recently dyed my hair purple (with manic panic purple haze) and your help. it's only been a few days, but i'm already addicted. i can't wait to change the color again once this starts to fade, and now i know i won't damage it, thanks to you!

    sarah anne

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  42. I know this comment is eons after you wrote the post... but I just had to say, when I read that someone actually yelled at you about your bright hair, I giggled out loud. Not because I think that is okay, by any means, but because the idea of someone being offended enough by someone else's HAIR to actually yell at them was so ridiculous. I, too, have sported various bright hair colors over the past few years and gotten plenty of stares. It took me a little while to realize that it probably wasn't something wrong with my outfit - they were staring at my hair. Well, whatever! People can think what they like. =) Thanks for the informative post!

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  43. So this is the greatest thing i've read so far. I dye half my hair turquoise and it fades so fast but this post has inspired me to try other dyes than just Manic Panic. I'll never have the guts to get rid of my natural hair color on top so I'll keep dealing with all the people petting my hair saying "Oh my god it's like ombre" haha.

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  44. hey im 43 and dyeing my hair rainbow for the first time! 40 plus women keep telling me im too old!!!! pish pish and a little more pish!!!!!you are never too old for anything you love! also using it as an excuse to fundraise for my beautiful kiddies over at kalionovka, an institution in remote Ukraine that houses special needs orphans...i spent last February there and we are building them a second happy home to give them a chance at life! xxxxx loving your blog, loving your hair, loving your style xxxx thank you xxxx

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    1. My Mom is in her 50s and dyed a streak of her hair fushia (she also has a day job and because she's older was able to get away with it). You're never to old. :P

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    2. I'm 50 and bleached mine and am putting pink and purple in. Way better than grey!

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  45. I'm dying my hair pink today so thanks for the tips! :) x

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  46. This tutorial was beyond helpful for me. I've been thinking a lot about dying my bottom hair blue, but having pitch black hair for quite a whole now I was always too anxious to bleach. But thanks to you I finally did it :) Thank you!
    Oh yeah and by the way - your blog is amazing.

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  47. Hi there! I have just stumbled across your blog and I LOVE it!!
    These tips are fab!! My hair gets terribly dry between dying and I've decided to do a conditioning cap.. Do you blow dry your hair afterwards though or let it dry naturally? Thanks x

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  48. I have been dying my hair for 10 years and didnt think there was anything else to learn but your tips are brilliant thanks so much ! xx

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  49. Finally after 10 years having black hair, I bleached it and coloured it with Directions Plum. How I have awesome purple hair fading into black. Can´t wait to cut out the remaining black and try out new colours.
    Thanks you for the tips, they were super helpfull and pushed me over the line.

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  50. I once had walk up to me, point at my hair, say "what the hell" and walk away. People are incredible.

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  51. Thanks so much for these! I would really love to see how/where you put different colors in some of your multi-color hair posts too!

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  52. Thanks so much for these posts! I'd really love to see how/where on your head you put different colors for some of your multi-color hairstyels too!

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  53. This really helped- thank you for the tips! I usually dye my hair every second wash (I wash it twice a week) but now hopefully I can make it last a lot longer.
    xx

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  54. I love your post! Esp. on the hair dyeing part. When you said "I've had people pet my hair" -- I actually agree. I experienced that too. It's as if they see my hair as very weird yet they want to touch like it's from out of this world :D

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  55. Are these tricks good for darker colored hair as well? I just dyed my hair a dark strawberry color, and I do not want it to fade quickly!

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    1. Here are some tips:
      http://www.thedaintysquid.com/2014/09/7-tips-for-maintaining-bright-hair-color.html

      Also oVertone hair care is MAGIC!
      http://www.thedaintysquid.com/2015/04/overtone-haircare-review.html

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