So I have decided to sass myself up a little and change my mane. I thought as a fashion/beauty/lifestyle blogger I should really start being a little more ‘out there’ in the products department and step out of my comfort zone a little. So yeah. After the hens had flown the nest of our Brighton crib (after my sister’s hen do - that went swimmingly btw) my mother and I decided to hit Brighton town for a spot’a retail therapy to cure our poorly heads.
I found a Sally’s Salon Services which I had checked out online before in a desperate attempt to get some Maria Nila Colour Refresh products, which I have STILL resisted the urge to purchase. I felt like before I get some dreamy candyfloss coloured ends on my hair, I needed to brighten up the whole look. SO. I came away with this packet of blonde goodness and the hopes of achieving some kind of dip-dyed dream.
Upon returning home to Kilbo and having a sugary cuppa, my mother and I got glammed up in some sexy home-made bin bag outfits and started the dip dying process.
So the product I used for this was Renbow’s Bleaching Kit by Crazy Colour – inside the pack is everything you need to dye your hair. It contains gloves, a mixing bowl, a wooden spatula, a tinting brush, 2 packets of bleach powder (25g), Cream Peroxide (100ml) and an instruction manual. All this cost me was a mere £5.99. So I mixed the 2 packets of bleach powder with the cream peroxide into the mixing bowl – which is a bit too small IMO and cut up around 30 strips of tin foil, around 5cm wide. BANG, we were ready to go.
So mumma Sanj started with the underneath layer of my hair, and saturated the bottom with the bleach mix, as she went further up the strand of hair she lessened the amount she applied, and at the top where I wanted the dip dye to start she blended it by just doing really light strokes – be careful not to just do a straight line because you will look weird. It’s kind of difficult to explain but I used this Youtube video tutorial made by Rosie to help the old gal out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL9ngEbuqPE - I must have been super trusting seeing as she was probably still drunk from the night before. Anyway.
After working her way to the top layer of my hair I started my timer for 20 minutes and plodded around my flat and tried to bond with Brian the cat, but yeh, he wasn’t ‘avin it. So instead I spent this time worrying I was going to look like I had a bushy ginger afro. As the timer went off, we checked the colour and took the foils out and I jumped in the shaz and did my usual shampoo and conditioner routine. I would have (*should have) used a hair conditioning mask here, but truth be told, I ain’t got one, so I just kept my conditioner in for 5 mins and shaved my legs while I waited. Winning.
So on first glance after blow drying, was honestly: FUCK. What have I done? Sanj’s blending technique seemed less than desirable as there is a few blunt dark-blonde-to-light-blonde sections. I had already promised not to hate her so I couldn’t even blame her. But actually, as I started curling it and styling it, the blunt bits don’t look half as bad and I grew to tolerate it. The only other thing was the colour has a sliiiight yellow tinge to it, but I am going to use some toning shampoo and conditioner that will sort that out a treat and make it look ashier. This Sheer Blonde number has some blinding reviews, so Im'a go for that!
But to be honest, this colour works wonders, and considering it had only a very slight yellow tinge when it transformed my very dark blonde hair to very light blonde, I was impressed. I think next time when Sanj has refined the old technique it will look perfect but yeh. I’m hoping that with the toning shampers (I’ll let you know how this goes) it will calm down slightly and the colour will dull down a bit and will blend the two colours together a little better.
A couple of bad bits about this kit is that the gloves are crap, they are so huge, and they have no grip so they just ride up and expose your skin to the peroxide. They also like to fall apart. I would 100% get some latex gloves for next time. Also the mixing bowl is on the small side. I would recommend buying a proper mixing bowl that can be reused – you can get these here from Superdrug.
Here’s a cheeky before and after for you – I haven’t adjusted any of the colours so you can see exactly how it turned out, though I would have said my hair was lighter in real life in the before photo than the image suggests!
Let me know what you think guys and send me pics of any of your dip-dyed-at-home hair!