Monday, 28 May 2012

Pastel Dip-dye.

So, I read about it and decided to give it a good old fashioned (ha, accidental pun - the best kind) try. Dip dying is huge at the moment - on heads and clothes and it seems that everyone's giving it a go. Not to be one of  those people but I wanted to try it about three seasons ago but dying is so expensive and high maintenance (and other than a couple strands here and there I do not trust myself not to cock it up, therefore salons and expense all the way!). I read about an inexpensive, short-lasting way to get this effect online - literally colouring in your hair with pastels. The comments section was awash with worries: Will it stain clothes/pillows etc? Will it damage my hair? Will it work for darker hair? Oil or chalk? Dangerous pigments? and so on.

I tried a tiny segment of my hair first and then washed it out immediately in the shower. It washed out easily and seemed to have no ill-effect at all on my hair. I used oils because I needed a new set of oils anyhoo and two birds, one stone and all that jazz. Some people advised against this but it worked fine for me. I had no problem with having brown hair (although, my hair is kinda blonde on the ends) but found brighter, lighter colours easier to distinguish from my own hair colour.

The whole pigments thing is bull - if you don't eat the friggin' pastels, you'll be fine.

The overall effect was quite cute but the smell and texture aren't super-appealing. Therefore, my concluding opinions are that this is fun, something that would probably be really fun with friends, something that a dunce at girly things (like me) can do, inexpensive and a great short-term fix. However, it leaves a lot to be desired. I think I'll take the plunge and just dye the damned thing for reals. Watch this space (i.e. my head).

Hairspiration (Commandeered from other sites, I claim no ownership whatsoever):

My turn:

The ensuing mess...oops..

The results


Camera goes crazy...and I like it!

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