Hair Tips and Tricks. Part Two: Dye. - The Dainty Squid

Hair Tips and Tricks. Part Two: Dye.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In case you missed it find part one: bleach right here.

So your hair is bleached...now what?
When to dye your hair? 
As soon as your done bleaching it! I like to wait for it to dry before dying it but it isn't necessary. There is no need to wait a week, or a even a few days before using any of the four dyes I'll talk about in the next paragraph...

What kind of Dye?
The question I get asked the most regarding my hair is "What brand dye do you use?" It all depends on what color I'm trying to achieve. I don't think there is one brand that is absolutely perfect in every color.  The four brands I use the most and that I'll recommend are Special Effects, Manic Panic, Beyond the Zone and Punky Colours. There, of course, are other brands but these are the ones that I've used with success and feel comfortable recommending (Punky Colours especially!)

You shouldn't write off a whole brand because you didn't like one color.  For example, a lot of folks bash Manic Panic claiming it doesn't stay long. In my experience their shades of blue have never last long in my hair but when I dyed my hair Electric Banana and Electric Lava it lasted for such a long time. The photos below span from the time when, on the left, it was fresh to, on the right, when it was two months old.

Special Effects, on the other hand, has completely impressed me with their blue shades. Their blue lasted me nearly two months with no touch ups and could have lasted longer had my roots not been so darn long!

Dyes like the four brands I mentioned above do NOT hurt your hair. It's absolutely fine and I recommend leaving the dye in for much longer than the bottles direct you to. Leave the dye in for a minimum of one hour but if you have the time and don't mind - leave it in for longer!

When dying my hair I use one part conditioner for every three parts dye. It's a good way to help repair any damage done after bleaching and your initial rinse will almost be clear. After I'm done applying the dye I throw all my hair up in a shower cap and leave for around three hours.  (This is with Special Effects, using Manic Panic I normally leave it in for anywhere from 4-8 hours) Sleeping with the dye in is also fine as long as you have a shower cap on so it won't dry. Then rinse! Despite what the bottle says it doesn't have to rinse clear and it most likely won't! Use your best judgment, just like when shampooing, if it feels like all the product is it out than it is.

Pastel Colors.
To achieve a light, pastel color mixing conditioner and hair dye is also the answer.  (A mixture of half and half or more depending on what color you're trying to achieve) I will admit I really have little experience in dying my hair pastel colors, the majority of the pastels I've ended up with were a result of fading.  (But boy, oh boy, they were pretty!) Below is my absolutely favorite color which was a result of diluted Beyond the Zone's Not So Shy Violet that was applied over (a very faded dye job of) Manic Panic's Atomic Turquoise

Mixing Dyes.
Can't find a color you like? Want a 100% unique color? Mix a few dyes yourself! I personally always do this. Use an old bowl you no longer care about and put a little bit of a few colors of your choice in and stir, simple as that!

Mixing dyes is also fun because when you mix two dyes of different brands one will most likely fade quicker which will leave your hair a bunch of different beautiful shades of that color. But mixing two brands is also something to keep in mind if you're trying to maintain a solid color.

How to do to different colors? 
To get two different colors in my hair like the pictures below I separate the pieces I want to be a the accent color, apply the dye, wrap them in foil and then finishing dying the rest of my hair the other color. Easy peasy!
*Tip: Make sure to consider the fact that when rinsing the darker color will bleed into the lighter so putting darker colors on the bottom makes the most sense!*

Next week I'll post the conclusion of this short series which will include some tips to making color last, products I love and more!
xoxo

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41 thoughts

  1. Ah your hair is so cool! I think the blue is definitely my favorite shade on you. These are really great tips! I've always wanted to dye a pink or blue streak in my hair...maybe someday I will! :-)

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  2. when you say you dye with conditioner and dye, do you literally mix the dye with the conditioner? or just conditioner right after you dye? i got a little confused with that because conditioning was a big problem for me when I dyed....

    Thanks!

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    1. You mix it... That's what I've learned :)

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  3. this is awesome. that pretty pastel hair that you said was your fave is definitely mine too! it is so pretty. i hadn't thought of mixing conditioner with hair dye. what a great idea!
    you know when i had white, blue and pink hair? i actually washed all 3 sections separately every time i shampooed cause i didn't want the colours to mix. it was a pretty high maintenance dye job, haha.

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  4. Oh, you are making me want to take the plunge. And the pastels are so awesome!

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  5. awesome!:) I love your hair, really much. YES, they're awesome!)

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  6. Yay! Another hair post! I'll be sad when they are done!
    I wish all these wonderful hair dyes were readily available in Australia, but the results are so amazing it looks like it's worth all the trouble of getting them here!

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  7. This is great advice! Thanks for posting it!

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  8. I've heard bad things about Manic Panic, too, but it's actually my favourite! I almost always dye my hair pink and even though it doesn't last a super long time, I find it fades nicely and I prefer their shades better. But I do often end up mixing different brands together to get a Frankenshade. This is awesome! Even though I've been dyeing my hair for a while, you have a lot of great tips that I'll end up trying.

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  9. Manic Panic.. I were so exited dying my hair blue with it and oh my, it was a disappointment.. The website I ordered it said it would last 4-6 weeks, and it lastet not 1 week at all.
    I tried so many colours- Stargazer, Directions, Manic Panic, a discounter- colour.. the best were Stargazer and Directions, but they're allso bad. :D
    Now I'm exited trying Special Effects- but I live in Germany, what a disaster :( I try to order it through ebay, but its damn expensive :/ I hope, it'll be worthy it :D

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  10. So pretty, especially the blue - it's so bright! You make me want rainbow hair.

    xo,

    Sarah

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  11. Thanks for all the advise. I tried putting in pink a few weeks ago and only kept it in 10 minutes and now I know why it didn't stay in. lol I will try again! :)

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  12. aww i LOVE your tutorial <3
    i live in austria but i'll order special effects from the US one day, i think :)

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  13. great tips! i should see if any of those companies make a brown..i am trying to dye my hair back to it's normal color but i don't want to damage it.

    you look so great in every shade of hair color there is! my favorite is the blue and then the purple pastel! what is your favorite?

    xo,
    cb

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  14. I've been absolutely inspired by pastel hair colors lately, and I'm actually dying my hair lavender (hopefully) today, so I'm super-glad you posed this just when you did!

    I've been planning on cutting my purple dye with my standard conditioner, but recently I read some things saying that conditioner "closes up" the hair, which will prevent the color from taking at all....buuuuuut...I'm going to trust your advice more than what I found on Yahoo Answers!

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  15. Special Effects is the best dye I've ever used. It lasted for a long time and when the purple finally started to fade after about 2 months it started turning bright pink! It was really cool. It probably would have lasted over 3 months if I hadn't decided to change the color and dyed over it.

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  16. I need your help! I was silly the last time I bleached my hair and left it on wayyyyy too long. Now I have that weird gummy texture you described in your first post. I have since dyed my hair dark which helped with the damage a little bit but I still have the weird gummy ends :( I trimmed a smidge but it didn't fix the problem! Help! Could you maybe do a post about how to undo damage done while dying?
    Thanks!
    Julie

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  17. I'm lovin' this series. I'm in the process of going to a pastel color pretty soon (and from RED no less). I appreciate all the helpful tips and tricks!

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  18. i now use manic panic for the yellow/orange/red shades which is my favorite color on me. at one time i used this loreal mousse/foamy dye and it worked SO well! hardly left it in at all and lasted a long time but they've discontinued it. i managed to pick up a few of the orange on amazon. it was my favorite dye ever though! short-lived. ha

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  19. I love your hair in the picture where you're wearing the red plaid coat. So pretty!!!

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  20. I never thought about mixing the conditioner with the dye (1:3 ratio, huh)! That does make a lot of sense. Next time I dye my hair, I will have to try that. Also, I will be leaving the dye in a lot longer and I will invest in a shower cap (makes sense... once the dye dries out, the active ingredient kinda dries up too). I love your hair posts so much! Thanks, Kaylah! You're the best!

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  21. i'm so in love with your blue!

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  22. Sarah, yep! I put them both in a bowl, mix then apply to my hair!
    :)

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  23. I love this post! We are getting ready to color my girl Hope's hair blue for Elsie's wedding, and I've been wondering about brands and whatnot. Thanks for sharing!!! <3

    P.S. You are beyond lovely. :)

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  24. i just recently dyed my hair blue with purple streaks! i'm thinking about doing a tutorial about hair color....but anyways i love all these amazing colors for hair:)


    mylifefullofwonders.blogspot.com

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  25. I used Manic Panic when I dyed my hair hot pink and it stayed for 4 months! It stayed on even when I dyed a light brown over it, I ended up having to cover it with a medium-dark brown for a conservative job interview :(

    Your post is totally making me want to put some color in my hair and maybe buy a wig to cover up for work.

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  26. So cool! I wish I had the guts to dye my hair! ;) I love the blue w/ pink underneath.

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  27. Your hair looks amazing, wish mine would grow as long as yours!
    I find mixing colours to create new ones is also great for the cheapskates among us - I'm super skint at the moment, so mixing my blue and pink dyes and diluting with conditioner saves me from having to buy a new bottle of lilac dye!

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  28. "it seems fate is not without a sense of irony" i happened to stumble across your awesome blog and awesome post just after purchasing manic panic's ultra violet. it's good to know what to do and what not to do when i'm doing this for the first time. your blog is as inspiring as it is beautiful. thank you.

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  29. Oh man. I used to dye my hair lots and lots and was really into multiple shades at once. Special Effects was my jam! I really dug being know as the girl who ha the really fun, creative hair. You've inspired me to re-dye it after my November wedding this year.

    Cheers!

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  30. dear the dainty squid:
    thank you a lot. this is way more helpful than that lady on youtube.
    sincerely, suzy

    ps: i've never done this before! yikes!

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  31. This is awesome! thanks for posting it. I am thinking of putting pink streaks in my hair, but I don't know what bleach to use... suggestions?

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  32. oooh kay,
    i might have some hair dying questions for you in the future, as you appear to be a pro. I'm bookmarking your blog like i should have done 10 minutes ago

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  33. The blue and purple looks gorgeous on you! I had pink hair once but now that I have a corporate job I cant experiment with bright colors or facial piercings :(
    xx
    http://junebiswas.blogspot.com

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  34. I wanted to thank you for this! I've been dying my hair pink/purple/blue/etc for 15 years now and had no idea about the cold water washings. I'm definitely going to start trying this! Thank you so much! <3

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  35. I like your tats and peircings. I want lots of both

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  36. u really know what u're doing! those hairs all look AMAZING! btw, i've just done the same thing as ur last one, just only that the colours are the other way round :)

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  37. Excellent post.I want to thank you for this informative read, I really appreciate sharing this great post. Keep up your work.
    Salon

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  38. Love the pastel colours, I did something similar with Stargazer Baby Pink and Coral Blue diluted with conditioner. I agree that you shouldn't write of a brand because of one colour, Stargazer's foxy red didn't work for me but the others I tried were great.

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