Thursday, 23 March 2017

5 Tips For Dying Your Hair


For the vast majority of my life, I've had long, black, straight hair due to the blessing of my mother's Asian gene. I've never had to worry about straightening it, or it going curly in the rain, or even about damaging it because it had always been just fine in it's natural state.


Now, being a typical teenager, I forgot how lucky I was and began to get bored of my perfectly healthy locks, and decided in 2015 that I'd make the radical decision of bleaching my whole head of hair, and dying it purple and blue. Yep, purple and blue. I'd spent hours and hours researching the process, it's pros and cons and, thankfully, it paid off. I got the colour(s) I wanted, and the bleaching hadn't ruined my hair! (Yet...) With this being said, my first tip for dying your hair would be:
  1.  Do your research. If you're considering dying your hair any colour, especially with home dyes/bleaches, I'd definitely recommend doing lots of research first, as not only is it assuring to know all possible outcomes, but it also means that you can be confident in your decision to jazz up your appearance. Trust me, there's nothing more terrifying than washing bleach out of your hair expecting bright blonde, and seeing a brassy ginger mess!
  2. Be prepared for maintenance. Having bright hair was fun for a while, until it started to fade. Commence quick, freezing cold hair washes and a rapidly depleting bank balance. With unnatural dyes, I found personally that they faded very quickly, particularly the area around your face where you might touch your hair frequently to move it out of your way. Because of this, I found myself investing in bottles of dye just to top up my colour to avoid it looking faded and a bit naff. It never bothered me that much so I never spent a ridiculous amount on dyes, plus the fact that the Arctic Fox bottles, despite their size, go a long way. But I'd say especially with reds/red based colours, be prepared for a bit of a battle!
  3. Investments are important. I know that £20 for a bottle of colour-preserving shampoo is kinda steep, but at the end of the day, it's a quality product. Not only will it save you money in terms of topping up your colour, but higher-end shampoos also often contain nutrients for your hair to keep it healthy despite damage caused by bleach or dyes. However, you don't always have to invest in pricey oils to keep your hair soft and shiny. A personal favourite of mine is coconut oil! Cheap and versatile, it's a beauty must-have.
  4. Don't expect it to look perfect all the time. When stripping your hair of its natural colour and putting something 'alien' on the top, you cant expect it to go perfectly all the time. I went through a phase of having weird brown/green hair because I didn't have the money at the time to re-bleach and dye it, so I just had to accept that I'd look like the Grinch for a month or so. (Luckily it was over the Christmas period, so I kiiinda got away with it) Your hair will fade, frazzle and frustrate you endlessly, but the more you learn about the mechanics of your hair, colour correction, and the right way to care for it, it will become a LOT easier to manage. Plus, when it does go right, it looks cool as hell and you feel like a qualified hairdresser!
  5. Be confident! Whether you're dying your hair red or green, black or blue, you need to make sure that you are confident in your decision to switch up you hair. I was suuuper nervous about dying my hair, but I knew it was something that would keep bugging me if I didn't do it, so I just went ahead with it! Because I chose such unnatural colours, I'd get compliments from strangers 95% of the time that I went out, and that in itself gave me such a confidence boost!
If you're thinking about dying/bleaching your hair, I'd definitely recommend doing it. Its a fun way to express yourself, and you can switch up the colour as many times as you like!

- Ashia

10 comments

  1. Great interesting read. I have NEVER died my hair.. well once my mom gave me highlights, but I just do not care to dye my hair due to the maintenance like you said! I have a friend who changes her hair color practically each week! It takes work, I can't imagine!

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    1. It is an awful lot of work! Props to her - I know I couldnt change my colour that often! X

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  2. These are great advice. I have recently dyed my hair copper blonde and it was not what I expected. Luckily, I love the result. True that I didn't have any preparation and do any research. xx Corinne

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    1. Thankyou! Ooh, that sounds lovely, im glad it turned out well! X

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  3. Some great tips here! I've gone red, then purple, and now regret doing either of them because I miss having lighter hair! Just need to wait for it to wash out fully and get my hair into the sun... xx

    Katie | www.lifewithktkinnes.com

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    1. Keep washing it with warm water and i'm sure it'll come out soon! I looove your colour choice though! X

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  4. I've never dyed my hair before but these are great tips!

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/jackson-reece-baby-wipes-review.html?m=1

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  5. I've been wanting to dye my hair for a while now-thanks for the post!

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