Monday, February 7, 2011

Colored Hair How To

Getting the perfect hair is a challenge for any girl but, this becomes twice as difficult when you want bright, amazing, colored hair!
Color that bleeds & gets on everything. Dye that is brighter on your pillow case then it is in your hair. Color that needs to be redone every week just to look half way decent.
But, I am here to tell you that bright, vibrant, amazing color is achievable.
I get asked daily how I get my hair what ever color/s it is at the time.
All it takes is a lot of patience & all the right tools.
Step one is the bleach. Now this is a task all on it's own. With a million choices it can be difficult to choose the right one. And unfortunately, a wrong choice can lead to disaster. I have been there before & it is devastating. No matter how much we say "oh it's just hair, it's not a big deal", all you want to do is curl up in a ball & cry till your hair grows back.
When going blond my preference is Loreal Feria Extra Bleach Blonde. It is the only product that I have found that only needs one aplication to get my hair the perfect shade of platinum blond. No frying & no toning!
When I am simply bleaching my hair out to put color over it (yes this is ALWAYS necessary in order to get wonderful lasting color that is bright as hell, I don't care how light your hair is bleach it!) I prefer Roux Violites Bleach with a 30 developer.

Now for the dye. The dye makes the hair. I don't care how many people have told you "oh, bla bla brand works just fine on me" (we all know the one I'm talking about); it sucks. Plain & simple. You will never get lasting results & you will never be satisfied with your hair. I have tried many, many brands & have only found one that has never failed me. It's always bright, always lasts forever, & always comes out the color I expect it to. Every single time!
And the magic product is Punky Colour!!!
This product is my godsend & every time I use anything else I come crawling back with my hair under a hat.
While it does not come in as many colors as other brands, it mixes quite well & is easy to come up with your own custom color. 
It will bleed when wet for the first 2-3 washes & on your pillow case for about a week or two but, does bleach out extremely easily. So just buy white or black pillowcases & towels for that time. 
If you are doing separated colors or streaks of any type, this is the only dye I would suggest. All you need to do is separate the section that you want to dye, put the dye on it, & tilt your head when rinsing so not to get it into the other section. You can put conditioner in the portion you don't want to dye to be extra sure it doesn't bleed but, I never did & my hair has always looked just fine. After you rinse, wash, wash again, & again; you will have no problem washing your hair like normal & not having to colors bleed together.
Now, while this is a miracle product, it does still take a few tricks to make it perfect.
First & foremost, wait at least 24-48 hours between bleaching & dying; this is vital. After you dye your hair you have to leave it on for at least 2 hours. If you are doing all over dye, I suggest putting on a shower cap & warming it every 20-30 minutes with a blow dryer. Then rinse with water till it's almost clear. Wash with shampoo (anything will do) & rinse till clear. Repeat & then follow with Ion Color Brilliance After Color Treatment. Leave this in for about 30 min, rinse, & then condition. I follow up the next day with Ion Demi 00 Clear dye with a 10 developer, just to keep the shine.

So there it is, the trick to amazing color that will fade over months not days & still look amazing.

freshly dyed
after 2 month

(PS- the color in my hair for these pictures is the plum)


  1. The purple looks amazing~ I've always wanted to dye my hair purple, but I never found a purple dye I liked. This one is so pretty though.

  2. This is the plum. They also make purple & violet that are beautiful.