“14 Year Old Me Would Love This!”- Pink Dip-Dyed Hair

You may know by now that I have pretty colourful hair. It has been pink now for almost 4 years with bits of other colours coming in to the fringe here and there. I even blogged about my hair transformations a while ago. I have quite a lot of experience making hair awesome colours so it came as no surprise when my friend Sarah asked me to dip-dye her hair pink. We took some photos along the way and I thought I would share the process with you. I haven’t done many tutorial posts before so hopefully this will make sense!

10841625_670696993048617_1513844423_nOur starting point was dyed black hair so we needed to lift it quite a bit to get the desired base blonde. We used Jerome Russell B Blonde Lightening Kit Med-Dark (5.99) on the tips of the hair. To achieve an even look we sectioned the hair into two bunches at the front and placed hair bands where we wanted the colour to start. When we we happy with the coverage we took the bunches out and let the hair hang loose at the back so we could even out the middle of the hair. We bleached about 3-4 inches of hair using the brush supplied in the pack. To get a kind of ombre, graduated look you need to brush lighter near the top of the section.

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We left the bleach on for about an hour but this will vary from person to person. The key is to keep checking the hair until you reach the desired shade. We then rinsed of the bleach and conditioned the hair with DGJ Organics Argan Oil Conditioner. Then we kind of got distracted and had some chips from the chippy but this step is optional!

Next it’s time for colour! Directions is my personal favourite colourful hair dye brand. Their dyes are kind to your hair, come in a wide range of colours and are cruelty free. We went for Flamingo Pink which is a super vibrant candy pink colour. I’ve used it before and I loved it. (If you are in Falmouth then Just Like This sells directions, tell Jane I sent you!) Now you just need to slap on that colour. You can use a brush if you want but fingers work perfectly well too, although whatever you do, remember to wear gloves to avoid pink hands for days. The tub recommends leaving the dye in for about 20 minutes I would recommend leaving it in for at least an hour, longer if you have the time. I’ve even heard of people putting a plastic bag over their hair and leaving the dye over night. As the dye isn’t damaging to the hair it can be left on for as long as you want. We decided to wash it off after about an hour because we were getting pretty sleepy by this point.

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This is the finished result. It’s much pinker and brighter in person. Sarah loves it and I am so proud of the results. This was my first time dip-dying hair but I think it looks awesome! Dip-dying is a great way to add a splash of colour without going the whole way.

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I hope this walk through made sense, let me know in the comments. I would also love to see any pictures of your colourful hair.

Toodles.

 

 

 

 

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Things I love Thursday

 

❤ Not taking my wonderful Christmas hat off until bed.

❤ Dip dying Sarah’s hair pink and then having a sleepover.

❤ Dying Beth’s hair turquoise (clearly I missed my calling in life…) and spending the day chilling and generally being festive with her.

❤ Taking ALL the selfies, because gosh darn it I am cute!

❤ Giant, glittery hair bows.

❤ Sophie from Crown and Glory being such a babe.

❤ Christmas treats. I got this adorable gingerbread muffin and a cup of spiced apple from Costa the other day and they were both delicious.

❤ Being on top of my present buying and wrapping

❤ Christmas craft markets

❤ My awesome new organiser from Veronica Dearly. I am going to be so organised in the new year. I am going to actually sort my desk out and keep this on there and write everything down including a blogging schedule.

❤ Snuggling up in my knitted patchwork blanket me and my Mum made

❤ Having my first mince pies of the year.

❤ Watching Netflix with a nice cuppa while knitting Christmas presents.

❤ Having solo Taylor Swift dance parties.

❤ Feeling super positive about the year to come.

It’s been a great week full of awesomeness and fun. Life is feeling great right now!

Toodles.

Things I love Thursday

You may have noticed once again I am writing this on a Friday. I didn’t realised I hadn’t done my list until I was on my way out to town and a wee bit drunk so I’m writing it now!

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❤ Cleansing my crystals under the full moon

❤ Getting my new Friday the 13th tattoo 

❤ Finally getting around to dying my hair

❤ The magical sky I saw at 4am from Oli’s garden

❤ 3am Subways

❤ Drinking games with my amazing uni family

❤ Being back in Club I with my friends now they have returned from uni

❤ The fact that we will be living in the new house in 10 days!!!!!!

❤ Spending time with my family

❤ Getting a first for my final essay

❤ Making perfect mashed potato

❤ Feeling like things are finally coming together

❤ Getting back into knitting

Hair Glorious Hair

My hair is pretty damn important to me. It has become part of my identity. Almost exactly 3 years ago, as soon as I escaped secondary school, I dyed my hair pink. Well actually I tried to dye my hair red but apparently my hair had other ideas! I went to my friends house and she bleached my hair for me and boy did I look ginger! I then put the dye on just in time for prom. I used Directions Poppy Red. It came out as a beautiful pinky colour and I’ve never looked back! The below picture is me at prom, rocking the new locks (oh yeah, I had super short hair back then!).

 

My hair had had a few changes since then, mainly me deciding to grow it! I like to play around with the colour of my fringe a lot. The rest will always be pink though, I mean my blog is called Pink Mind Dreams for a reason!

My brief lilac fringe phase was created using Directions Lilac. Although I loved this colour it faded so quickly, I had to re do it pretty much every week. On another note how rad is this photo?! My talented Mum took it and to this day it’s still one of my favourite photos of me.

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For someone who loves having crazy coloured hair I sure do hate dying it. I leave both my colour and my roots for as long as humanly possible before I do something about it! I tend to dye my hair every 6-8 weeks and then I bleach my roots about every 5-6 months. I know, I know! In a dream world where I was very rich indeed I would go to the hairdressers and get my roots done every 6 weeks like they recommend. However I cannot afford that so I make do! Luckily my roots don’t bother me too much so I can get away with it for a while.

I bleached my own roots for the first time the other day. I was a little bit worried about ruining my hair or leaving it mega patchy. However it turned out pretty well! My roots were a good few inches so it was pretty easy to just get the dye on the dark parts and leave the rest unharmed. I have some photos to share of my hair before the roots, when I had done the roots then the finished colour.

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I used Live Colour XXL 00B Max Blonde for my roots. It did come out pretty yellow (although the picture makes it look worse) but bear in mind the fact that my natural hair colour is super dark brown. Then I used Directions Cerise for the main part of my hair. I love this colour because it starts out as a really nice hot pink but fades nicely into a lovely soft candy-floss colour over time. Then I used Directions Turquoise for the turquoise (duh) bit. This colour lasts insanely well! I mean it does fade but much much slower then other colours I have tried. Then on the other side I mixed myself a purple shade. I will add another picture to show you that colour better. The great thing about Directions hair dye is you can mix them with each other to create your own colours! You can also mix them with conditioner to create toned down or pastel versions of the colours. The purple I created is about 2/3 turquoise and 1/3 cerise. Basically I just mixed it and kept testing it on some tissue until I had a shade I liked!

This photo shows the purple a little bit better. Also guest appearance from my lovely beardy one Oli.

1403031610904.2I hope this has been some what interesting to you. Basically I dyed my hair for the first time in ages and just wanted to show it off! If you wanna dye your hair a crazy colour then I say go for it! If you have any questions about dying your hair then feel free to drop me a comment.

Toodle pip!