Ok, so you've bleached your hair, its been toned and is the right colour base for your colour... what now??
If you've just done your last bleach and hair is still dripping wet from the shower..GREAT! DO NOT CONDITION!! I know, this is going against every fibre of your being, you've just ravaged your hair with chemicals and it needs the soft silky goodness of conditioner!
Too bad! For optimum results, semi perm hair colours stick better to just bleached, unconditioned hair.
Now by semi perm i mean the true semis such as Special Effects, Manic Panic, Adore, Crazy Colour, Directions, Stargazer, and so on... they wil come in just a tube or tub, with nothing else to mix with, and usually say 'conditioning hair colour' or at least Directions does!
I generally use Directions, or Crazy Colour as i know these work well on my hair and i can guess pretty accurately how much/many tubs ill need!
Now hopefully you will have read this before you'd conditioned! If not, wait a few days then apply.
Remember what i said about getting the right base? Heres why...
Hair before last bleach using XXL Max Blonde HD
After the last XXL, was a light blonde, some yellow still remaining, and a bit darker underneath.
I conducted a strand test of 3 different shades on the darkest parts of my hair, this way id know what colour they would go on the darkest parts and so ensuring i get the colour result i want! I left it on for about 20 minutes.
As you can see Atlantic Blue went a bright blue on the ends where is was lightest and a murky green where is was a yellow/light orange.
Neon Blue went a very dark inky blue, this appeared very purple in the tub, so i believe this one to be purple based. It was a nice colour but still too dark for my liking!
Plum went on perfectly! Full coverage, bold colour and the right brightness! I also sectioned off some bits on the underside to put Flamingo Pink on them.
I left the whole thing on (whilst wearing a bag on my head!) for about 6 hours.
Ultra Violet hair that looks Blue under certain lights!! Im so happy with it!!!
When you first wash your hair a lot of colour will come out, and the water will not run clear. These veggie semi dyes stain like a mofo so ensure you wear gloves, old clothes and be ready to scrub the bath!
You can shampoo straight away of you wish but bear in mind, the more you wash your hair the quicker the fade, and less bright it will be.
Rub off is another issue...ignore this warning and beware! You will wake up the next morning with your ears, face, neck and arms the same colour as your hair!!
To solve this do a vinegar rinse (or vodka rinse, whichever you have handy!). This is 1 part vinegar, with 4 parts water. Use white vinegar, as this is colorless and wont affect your hair. The smell wont linger either, as soon as your hair is dry you wont smell it. Pour this mix over your hair after you have shampoo'd and conditioned, right before you get out the shower, don't rinse again, leave this on as this will stop rub off.
As ive said, to keep hair bright as long as possible, try to cut down on the amount of times you wash your hair. I wash mine once a week and use dry shampoo towards the end of the week to keep hair fresh...sort of!
You can mix these dyes to make your own custom colour too!
Thats about it really! Use the time it takes for the colour to fade to nurse your hair back to full health!!
Good luck and enjoy funky hair!