Beauty Project DIY

The DIY Dip Dye

April 18, 2012

I don’t trust hairdressers. My previous experiences with hairdressers have gone something like this: I tell them exactly what I want // They do the exact opposite // I don’t have the balls to tell them I hate it // They charge me the earth for it // I pay with a smile // Then go home and cry

But I decided to treat myself to an actual  professional treatment, as I’ve been DIY’ing for the past few years . So off I trotted to a swanky Salon. I told them I wanted the blonde dip dye look. I even took pictures with me. They sat me down, distracted me with tea and magazines and used hairdresser jargon on me, with confusing words like ‘Balliage’ and ‘Toner’ (!?!)  Before I knew it, I was leaving the hairdressers with some pathetic ginger tint. My flatmate’s reaction said it all “Why didn’t you get your hair done?” It cost me over £85 and I didn’t even get a cut – disgraceful.
Lesson Learnt: Hairdressers still suck (and I still need to grow a pair)

So! Last week I decided I would give the dip-dye a go DIY-style. I researched quite a bit on the net, I also watched a few tutorials on YouTube. I found @fashionrocksms to have the best tutorial. And here is how I did it:

** FYI: I did a patch test on my skin first (behind my ear) to make sure that I wouldn’t have a reaction to it // For safety reasons I wore the plastic gloves provided at all times during the process // I tied a towel around my shoulders so not to get bleach on my clothing **

1)      I used L’oreal Perfect Bleaching kit as advised by @fashionrocksms (see image below for contents of pack).

2)      I followed the instructions to create the bleach – when mixed properly, it comes out like a thick blue paste, yup, slightly scary.

3)      I split my dry hair into two pigtails and then pulled the bobbles down to where I wanted the dip dye to start. I didn’t go any higher than the bobbles.

4)      I literally covered the two bunches of hair with the bleach, making sure to smooth the paste across all the hair evenly. You could see it start to work within minutes. Once complete I left on for 20 minutes.

5)      I removed the hair bobbles when the 20 minutes was up and dabbled a little bit of the paste where the bobbles had been tied, so that the colour would look blended in. I then left for a further 10 minutes.

6)      Finally, I rinsed off, and applied the L’Oreal Perfect Conditioner. I left that on for about 2 minutes, and rinsed again.

7)      So not to damage my hair, I let it dry naturally and didn’t straighten it until I had rewashed and dried the following day. Below is the final result.

I was pretty chuffed with my DIY work. £85?? Pfft. I don’t think so; the bleaching kit cost just £6.99 and is available from Boots.

Big Shout out to FashionRocksMySocks for a nice and simple tutorial. Click on her name to check out her YouTube channel, or visit one of her blogs below:

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