The Dainty Squid Hair Master post - The Dainty Squid

The Dainty Squid Hair Master post

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Orange and pink hair, dyed hair
Manic Panic in Sunshine, Hot Hot Pink, Pillarbox Red, and Pretty Flamingo. Color Jamz in Yellin Yellow. Punky Colour in Fuego, and Purple.

For eight solid years I've been dying my hair bright, unnatural colors. Over this time I've written numerous posts about hair. I thought it might be beneficial to finally create a master post of sorts where I can link to all the important posts involving hair that I've published. I plan on keeping this post updated with links to any future hair posts I write as well.

FAQ about my hair
 ▴ What is your natural hair color? Dirty blonde.

 ▴ How often do you wash your hair? I wash my hair every day.

 ▴ Do you bleach your hair every time you change colors? Nope. I rarely ever apply bleach to the entire length of my hair. I normally only apply it to my roots.

How often do you bleach your hair? I bleach my hair only when my roots are bad. With some colors my roots don't really bother me so much and I can go long periods without touching them up. I'd say average is a little less than once a month.

▴ How do you change colors so easily? Since I don't bleach my hair completely when changing colors I rely on letting it fade. Extra conditioning treatments, soaking in the tub, and the like so the current color is as light as possible. I just deal with the faded hair as long as possible. A lot of smoothly transitioning colors is knowing how colors work with each other. Underlying pigments effect what color your hair will end up so there are certain shades I'm not able to go to easily from some colors since I don't strip my hair completely each time. You can read more about switching hair colors in this post.

purple and pink hair, dyed hair
 Punky Colour in Flamingo Pink, Plum and Purple 

FAQ about products
What bleach do you use? I swear by the Beyond the Zone Radical Bleach Kit. I've been using it since I started bleaching my hair. I do not follow the timing instructions though. After about seven minutes my hair is normally light enough to rinse. I definitely recommend keeping a close eye on how quickly it's processing your hair.

What brand of hair dye do you use? The majority of my dye jobs are done with Punky Colours, which I either purchase at Ulta or on Amazon. I'm also a fan of Special Effects dyes. If I'm in a hurry, or can't find the color I'm looking at the store I'll pick up Manic Panic but in general, it's not my first choice. I've had the worst luck with Ion Color Brilliance and probably wouldn't recommend them at all. That's not to say I haven't seen some gorgeous dye jobs with that dye. Everyone's hair is different so your experiences with brands might not be the same as mine.

 ▴ My hair color bleeds on everything / it's all over my hands. How do you deal with this? I don't. My hair color does not bleed. I don't leave stains on anything other than my hands when my hair is wet and that's only for the first day or so. If you're dealing with a lot of staining it could be one of two things (possibly both): You didn't rinse well enough or you're not using a high quality color. I always recommend Punky Colours. (No, they don't sponsor me but boy, oh boy do I wish they did.)

Punky Color in alpine green, turquoise, and plum as well as electric lizard from Manic Panic

Recommended reading
My five must-have hair products. If I had to choose one product for my hair for the rest of my life it would be Hask Placenta. You need to be using this stuff, seriously!
7 tips for maintaining bright hair color.
▴ Looking to fight fading? Try oVertone haircare! Find my review here.
Two tips for switching hair colors easily.
Bleaching your hair 101.

Punky Colour in Turquoise and  Alpine Green.

As much as I'd love to help people out with their hair, I can't. Everyone's hair is different. How your hair reacts to a certain product or color may be the complete opposite of how mine does. I'm simply sharing as much as I can about what I've found works for me. For that reason I cannot give out any further advice. I can't tell you what brand and color will make a certain shade in your hair but I can tell you that adventure of it is half the fun!

If you have any general questions, or questions about my hair - let me know. I'll be keeping this post updated with relevant information.

Good luck!
xoxo

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  1. I've been dyeing my hair for 10+ years and I too think punky colors is the best, by like, A LOT. The only thing that compares that I have tried is Special effects, but that bleeds for me for at least a week after using it, and stains my shower for a while, haha.

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    1. Yeah, Special Effects is pretty awesome. I think they're fairly equal, SE is just a lot more expensive and harder to find. I like that I can pick up Punky from Ulta.

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  2. Thanks for this great post. I love when you're talking about your hair (does it sound weird? Sorry!). I stumbled into your blog some time ago because of one of your hair color post (I think it was thanks to an article talking about you on the Craft blog) and I have to say that I got more and more addicted to your blog over time (even if I don't bike or don't care for abandoned buildings, even if you can really take beautiful pictures of those!), even if the "hair" posts were getting rare.
    I dyed my short hair for years, but thanks to your hair tips, I got confident enough to dye my longer hair (mid-back) without being scared of ruin them. And it worked :) I always get compliments from strangers on how gorgeous are my hair and it's a bit thanks to you! I can't wait to read the new updated hair posts.

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    1. Thanks C! I would love to blog about hair more but honestly don't know how to go about it. Giving advice is weird, and I can only share so many photos of my own hair so that leaves me kind of stuck. But I am definitely looking forward to re-writing the old hair posts with new info!

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  3. I love your ever changing hair color. It's one of the reasons I started reading your blog. Soooo cute!

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  4. I just love all the colors! Every shade looks great on you!

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  5. I did the ends of my hair hot pink, at a salon, and had them bleach first and it FELL OUT. Sorry, like the color was just GONE. In less than 2 weeks!! SO bummed. Have you had this happen with Manic Panic? Someone told me the dye just wasn't right but the salon said it's because my hair is curly. Not so sure about that :\

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    1. Sometimes when hair is so damaged it just refuses to hold color. They may have just damaged your hair a bit too much, especially if they're now blaming it on your hair. Manic Panic isn't the best color but it should still definitely stay longer than two weeks.

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    2. Yup. Your hair probably was too damaged from a hasty bleach job. Salons sometimes do amazing jobs, but one thing they don't often explain is that with certain hair (especially dark), it takes some time - not just one visit - to bleach it effectively down to the right level without ruining it entirely. In trying to do so in one visit, I'm betting they used a higher volume developer, literally leaving your hair "holey" and unable to hold onto the dye.
      Now, that said, I have also had one jar of Manic Panic that utterly failed to do anything. I was after the apparent holy grail of unnatural colors, Apricot Peach, and thought this might be my ticket. Lots of people had problems with the Pretty Flamingo, before it was discovered that this particular dye is sensitive to long storage and light and can break down before it is purchased. They claim to have changed the formula, but I haven't tried that color again.

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    3. Reeeeeeeally? That makes so much sense. I bought two containers of Pretty Flamingo. One online and one in person and they were INSANELY different colors! They both worked normally, just completely different colors.

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  6. Your color combos are always the prettiest. I love seeing how it's evolved!

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  7. I could stare at your hair all day every day. (I promise that's not as creepy as it sounds.) I sooo wish I could rock rainbow hair. Every hue looks gorgeous on you!
    xoxo

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    1. Haha! Nah, it's not creepy at all! Thank you!!

      PS. You can rock rainbow hair! Anyone can, it's just a matter of owning it. :)

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  8. Wow ! I love these happy colors on your head! My sister used to have a blue bangs and it was so impressive! I believe she would love all these useful advices

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  9. I love all these bright colors! I wish my work would allow me to have my hair colors like this.

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  10. Love your tips and info. My daughter had burgundy then a purple that she loved, wants to go blue, but the beauty school still wants too much money, so we're going to give it a go at home, since it's just bleaching her roots. How close to the scalp do you go? The box says a half inch, but her hair grows so fast that seems too much. She's never had any sensitivity issues. I understand if you don't want to give this kind of advice, though.

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    1. Depends on what you're using, I guess. This probably is a risky thing to give advice on since the directions say otherwise so I'll just say that I bleach all the way to my scalp. Sometimes it is REALLY itchy, other times it doesn't bother me at all.

      Maybe just do a little test patch?

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    2. Thanks. I did some more searuching and saw where someone recommended the 1/4-1/2 away and the rubs it i to the roots a bit at the end. Glad to hear it both ways.

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  11. Sorry, two more questions: how much dye do you add to your conditioner, and she just had a deep conditioning treatment at the beauty school; how long should we wait to dye? Don't want to negate the conditioning effects and don't want the colour not to take. Thanks for any help!

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    1. I usually do 2 parts dye to 1 part conditioner, sometimes a little more.

      Dye right after bleaching (I usually let my hair dry after bleaching but always dye the same day)

      Good luck!

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  12. I adore your rainbow locks!

    Are there any particular types of conditioners to avoid mixing with the punky colours? Or ones maybe you would recommend?

    I recently mustered up the courage to bleach and dye my mid back length natural hair, blood orange/red. My hair seems to be just as strong and healthy but a little thirsty haha I read your blog and thought I might try mixing conditioner with the dye when I reapply.

    Thanks for sharing all your advice! xo

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  13. I know everyone always asks how you DYE your hair, but could you do a post on how you style your hair? Your hair is always looking fierce!
    My cut is about the same length as you keep your hair, but I just don't know how to get my bob looking perfect like yours. I especially love when you throw just a little bit of curl in there!
    Do you have a special blow-drying technique? Do you style with unicorn dust? There has to be some secret! Haha.

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  14. Hi! Thank you so much for your blog and posts about your hair! It has really helped me make the leap into the world of vibrantly colorful hair. I'm looking into the Hask Placenta hair and scalp treatment and I was wondering when you put it on? Do you use it regularly while your hair is colored?
    Thank you so much!

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    1. I spritz it on my hair after towel drying, and of course! :)

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  15. Could you do a tutorial on how you style your hair currently? It's so perfect, totally have bang envy!

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    1. Yes! I'm working on it currently! It'll be a few weeks but I got ya! :)

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