Yes I hope I’m going to blog a bit more regularly. I’ll be in Manchester soon where Lodz has moved and I’ve sent him a list of things I need there for the month I will be there until I have to go back to my uni hole.
Since I got such a great response to my hair dying post, I thought I could blog about how to go about dying your hair using products that dont necessarily come off the shelves. I had never done this before, so I was so nervous the first time around when I had to brave doing it myself.
And recently when I did my hair, the b*tch that sold me the holy grail L’Oreal Majicontrast products sold me one right color and one wrong one, so that my hair color was a mix of red and pure copper. But I wanted pure bright red and nothing else.
So when I redid my hair, I had to change the setup slightly and only use one tube and a less strong developer.
What you need:
- plastic or ceramic mixing bowl
- plastic brush ideally with pointy end
- 2 pairs of latex gloves (the kind from a first aid kit)
- 1-2 tubes of L’Oreal Majicontrast or Majirel depending on hair length
- 1-2 small bottles of 6% to 12% cream developer
- lots of bin bags
- dark towels
Cover your entire bathroom floor with bin bags. These dyes stain like hell so you don’t wanna ruin anything. Plus its convenient cuz then you just need to open one bag and shove everything else into it once you’re done.
Put on one set of the latex gloves. You will need the 2nd one later when you wanna wash the product out of your hair.
Empty the L’Oreal Majicontrast or Majirel tubes into the mixing bowl. Since my hair was already massively dyed and I just wanted to get rid off that orange tint, I only used one tube.
Add the according amount of developer to it. Per tube you need 75ml of developer and the developer’s strength depends on how dark your hair is and how bright you want the color. Since my hair was already dyed I only needed a 6% developer, not a 12% one like I used when I dyed my hair for the first time
Mix until both products look perfectly mix and until its a paste-consistency.
Apply. Now I focus on my top hair first. Being short makes people see the top of my head before everything else, so I care about it being the right color there. I focus on my roots and then use the pointy end of the brush to part my hair. And then I focus the strands and ends. And then I just go to town with it. I’m not the patient kind of girl and my hair is not long enough to part it into nice sections and whatnot. But that’s obviously recommendable.
Take off your gloves and bin everything, besides the mixing bowl and brush.
Leave in up to 35min. I left the product in until 35min because I wanted the brightest kind of red. But if you just want a hint of it, then wash it out sooner.
Put the 2nd pair of gloves. Wash out. Now be careful ‘cuz as I said this stuff stains like crazy (not as badly as the Directions dyes, but still massively), so when I washed out this and also the other stuff I lay down the wrong way around in the bathtub so that my head is by the drain. Shampoo. Rinse. Shampoo. Rinse. Until it’s all out. Which wont happen, because after 10min of washing your hair you get bored. Dont forget to condition
Grab your dark towel and towel dry. DONE!
|before. with a slight orange tint.|
|after. the perfect red.|
I would recommend not putting any products into your hair for a couple of days. Your hair won’t be massively damaged from this process, even if you use strong developer, but still, you are doing something unnatural to your hair so give it a break. Maybe 2 or 3 days later try putting your hair through a 15min oil deep treatment, that works wonders.
Ms drifted Snow White