Last year I had green & red hair dyes & wanted to add them to my hair for a Christmas-themed dye job. But alas, I did not.
I’ve dyed teal accents to the front of my hair, blue stripes, teal stripes, red stripes, but I’ve only ever done one color at a time. Most colors lasted 4-6 months, but the red lasted for a YEAR. If I died my hair red & green for Christmas, I thought it would be weird to have red and green hair in July.
I said as much to BT after he encouraged me to go ahead and dye my hair for Christmas this year, and he thought for a moment, then said, “Do it in November. Then you have one month before and it’s like…and then the month of, and then …4? months after? Not too weird.”
With his encouragement I planned on planning to plan to go ahead with it.
I did go ahead with it! I don’t know what it was, but suddenly all the other reservations were dealt with and dispensed, and the day after Thanksgiving BT and I dyed our hair – played Clue with our family while it set, and washed it out.
His dye sadly washed out entirely, mine was apparent even before my hair fully dried. (The next day he tried my dye, and while not super *SHING* bright, it was evident – now we know.) The next day I debuted my hair to a waiting public (ahem, the two people in my life that they said every other sentence the night before ‘Show me in the morning! Make sure you show me when it dries'”) the result. While I’d nitpicked that morning in the bathroom over various things about the dye job result, together we did decided we not only liked how it looked, but also where and how I’d added the dye.
The next day, I decided I liked it too.
So now I have Christmas hair!! 😀 I still need to add the glitter extensions I got for Christmas last year, and I think that will be some great overkill frosting on the cake!
[I took some great “LET’S BREAK ANONYMITY ON THE BLOG!!!” pictures, but as per usual, I’m not going to. Doing so would not just put me at risk, and so I must yet again decline.]
- Ion Color Brights Semi-Permanent dye in Red
- Ion Gem Stones Semi-Permanent dye in Jade
- Hair Foils
- Shower Cap
- Hair Dryer
- Ion Color Brilliance After Color Treatment
A towel you don’t mind being dyed
Dawn Dish Detergent
- Take some foils – maybe 8-10 – out of the packaging.
- Line the counter with the papers that separated the foils.
- Strategize. Where do you want this dye? I wanted to hide it at will, but also wanted it visible if my hair was down – so I did under-dye.
- Clasp any sections of hair you want to leave undyed, up. I clipped the upper layers of my hair into bun-ish thing, but left two “wingy” bits of hair so that even as an underlayer, the dye *might* be able to be seen from the front — Hmm.. I can’t find any pictures of what I’m talking about, but the hair that’s close to your ears – if that’s not dyed, then your hair dye is going to be very, very selectively seeable. If you leave it out of the bun, you can decide later whether you wish to dye it or not.
- Separate out the section of hair you wish to begin with and squeeze a goodly but starter amount of dye onto your fingertips – about 1/2 an inch.
- Work it through the section.
- Work it work it.
- Squeeze more dye. Massage it through.
- Now your hair should be getting globbed up by it. And now more dye. You’ll probably use 3-4 1/2 inch globs on a 1/2 inch section of 2 foot hair… That was a lot of statistics at once, sorry. The goal is that you “see” the color on the outside of your hair, but when you pull apart the section, you don’t want it to be dry.
- When you can feel the whole section, and the hairs in the “middle” of the section have some liquidyness on them, and you’ve really like massaged it in….
- …then wrap the section around two of your fingers and grab a foil.
- Lay the foil against your head under the coil of hair.
- Lay the coil on the foil.
- Holding the coil of hair and the foil, use your hands to fold the foil in half over the hair – like a hair taco.
- Fold the open left and right edges of the foil closed, squish it all together (optional) and let sit.
- Move on to the next one.
You can do all one color at once, or alternate as the inspiration strikes, but if you are using the aluminum dye tubes from Ion be aware that the dye likes to slowly escape from the tube when you’re not looking. 🙂
How I planned out the highlights:
I alternated red & green on the lowest section of my hair (I dyed around 4-6 sections on this part). Then I went up one layer, (but still on the lower sections of my hair), and dyed about 1/2 as many segments, alternating green and red again. This helped with the “seeingness” factor – I wanted it to be possible to be seen so as to spread the max amount of cheer without starting to miss my real hair color 1/2 through the fading process. (It still is, as has happened with most of my dye jobs, less obvious than I’d expected or hoped. But if I do a twist and flip the bottom of my hair to the top, it’s quite evident and visible, just not as obvious everyday as I’d planned for.)
Check the sink, and bathroom environs for dye that might have found its way out – we found it on the bottom of the outside of the medicine cabinet once… and cleanse with alcohol or dawn detergent depending on which the surface reacts best to. (In my experience, plastic is convinced to release its hold on the dye by alcohol, and ceramic by Dawn detergent. Alcohol really works wonders – so before you freak out about it having landed irreversibly on an item, try rubbing it on it for a few minutes and you might see it go away or fade to an indistinct shadow.)
- Wrangle your hair into a shower cap (this keeps your hair in one place, preventing accidental spread of dye, and prepares your hair for the heat treatment later).
- Let sit for 3-4 hours, applying heat at some point (by hair dryer – maybe 5 minutes).
- Rinse, baby rinse at the end of the hours.
- It should start to feel less slick and stop casting off copious amounts of color into the water you see going down the drain. At this point apply the after color treatment.
- Let it sit the instructed amount of time. (Mine says.. 3 minutes? … I think.)
- Let your friend hold your hair & towel while you stretch out the kink in your neck.
- Rinse gently & well until hair is soft but not feeling of excess conditioner in it.
- Place hair in towel (that you don’t mind getting dye on.)
- Check the sink & faucets and counter for stains & dye. Clean as needed.
- Once it’s not dripping, part your hair, and then re-place in towel.
- Sleep on towel or pillow case that, again, you don’t mind getting dyed.
- Wake up and survey your masterpiece while gleefully sharing with friends & family.
You might find that your hair is pretty amazing after the after-color-treatment. I had side-bangs the day after that I didn’t even know existed, because my hair was so slippy. My hair is usually super soft, afterwards, too. But yeah, it’s pretty cool that first few days when your hair is uber conditioned, soft and slick – not the feel I expected after dying it.
Have you ever done anything you felt was crazy to celebrate a holiday?
What’s your favorite or must-see holiday movie? Why?