BRIGHT AND FUNKY TEMPORARY
HAIR COLORING YOU DO AT HOME
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON
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COLOR WHEEL—BASE COLOR.................................................... 7
THE BLEACH SPEECH................................................................. 8
A WORD OF CAUTION................................................................. 9
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE DYEING.................................... 9
THE DYES............................................. 11
BLEACH RECIPE AND TECHNIQUES........................................... 12
HAIR CHALKING RECIPES AND TECHNIQUES............................. 18
KOOL-AID RECIPE AND TECHNIQUES........................................ 23
COLORED-HAIRSPRAY TECHNIQUES......................................... 30
HENNA RECIPES AND TECHNIQUES .......................................... 36
FOOD-COLORING RECIPES AND TECHNIQUES........................... 44
STORE-BOUGHT COLORING TECHNIQUES................................. 49
DIY STYLE............................................ 56
FULL HEAD............................................................................. 57
STREAKS, HIGHLIGHTS, AND LOWLIGHTS................................. 61
JUST THE TIPS.......................................................................... 71
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS..................................................... 86
It’s crazy to think that there are people in this world (tons of them!) who have “virgin hair,” meaning they’ve
never used dye. There are also tons of people who only use dye to enhance the shade they naturally have.
Many of these gals and guys were born with “dishwater blond” or “mousy brunette” hair and get highlights or
lowlights or some mix of the two in order to take things up a notch. And then there’s me.
If you can find the shade on a color wheel, my hair has been there. Throughout middle school and
high school my hair was every color from green to pink to highlighter yellow to purple to black and
every combination in between. I used Manic Panic hair paint and was actually thrilled to find out that
the chlorine in the pool where I worked would turn my hair the fiercest shade of puke green (forgive
me, hair gods! I knew not what I wrought).
I did it because choosing to dye your hair—and in what ways—says a lot about your personality
and the kind of image of yourself you want to project to the world. Much like your fashion choices or
preferred makeup style describe you to those around you, your hair color and the way it is laid out
might say that you’re a fiery redhead at heart or a wannabe blonde.
You don’t have to be quite as experimental as my sixteen-year-old self in order to dabble with
dyeing your hair. No matter where you fall along the spectrum and whether you dye at home or at a
salon, there are hundreds of different ways to enhance your look. Worried about screwing up? Try to
remember that it’s just hair—you can redo it or a stylist can work magic on it, and if nothing else, it’ll
grow back! If I could attend my first movie premiere with (accidental) gray hair, you can overcome
your mistakes as well.
BEFORE YOU START CANDY-COATING YOUR LOCKS,
THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW.
Obviously there are different materials you will need for each specific type of dye and style, but here
are the things you’ll need on hand no matter how you choose to dye:
• Painting clothes, like an old T-shirt and pants (to wear while you dye)
• Rubber gloves
• Hairbrush or comb
COLOR WHEEL—BASE COLOR
If you have blond or light hair, you’ve basically hit the hair-dye jackpot. Any color that you want to use
(purple, red, black, etc.) will dye well right onto your current palette after using a toner. That’s the key.
The lighter your hair color is after using a toner, the more vibrant the color will show up. Dyeing right
on top of gray hair will also get you super-vibrant results.
Think of it like this: You have a piece of white paper and crayons. When you draw red on the
paper, it comes up . . . well, really red! But if you then take a brown piece of construction paper
and put it on the red, you’re not just going to get brown—you’re going to get a marriage of the two!
So, depending on the color you want, you must consider your current color and how the two will
mix. That’s why it’s important to remember the color wheel you learned as a kid in art class. If
you’re trying to go bright red and you put that over yellow, your hair will be orange. If you put blue
on yellow, your hair will turn green.
If you’re a brunette and you want to dye your hair purple, using purple dye directly on your brunette hair will show up as burgundy and might not have quite the effect you want (unless what you
want is a faint, darker tone). For color that is vibrant and lasting, bleach your hair first.
The same goes for those of you who have super-dark hair. You’re going to have to do the most
work to get a really bright shade of any funky colors like red, purple, pink, or green. You will need
to use bleach, not high lift color, and in doing so run the risk of damaging your hair, so use a protein
treatment beforehand. If you’re feeling a little nervous about going blonde on your own, you may
want to have a professional get you there so you have a nice blank canvas to put some bright colors
An alternative for dyeing dark hair is to use a color treatment that sits on top of your natural
color. Chalks and colored hairsprays don’t actually dye your hair. Instead they coat it and will show
up beautifully on any color of locks. The only downside (or upside, depending on what you’re looking for) is that the color will come out in one wash. The upside is you can color-coordinate to your
outfits every day! Much more on these later.
Hair toner is the ultimate in hair revitalization. By putting tons of nourishment right into your strands, it works to correct and heal damaged
hair including split ends, brittle strands, and any scalp itchiness caused
by loads of dyeing or product use. The nutrients create a whole host of
good results, including strength and vitality, promoting hair growth and
getting your hair back to a stage where it can be chemically treated
without doing as much damage.
THE BLEACH SPEECH
The darker your hair, the longer the bleach will need to stay on, and you’ll want to keep a watchful
eye on it. Once your hair is coated in bleach, it will take from ten minutes to half an hour, depending
on how dark your hair is and how light you want to go, for you to reach platinum blond. You’ll notice
your hair turning orange, but don’t freak out and wash it out! Leave it in and it will continue to bleach
lighter. For jet-black hair, you may need to bleach twice to achieve the effect you want. If you do find
yourself needing to bleach twice or rebleach, it’s best to wait approximately thirty-six hours between
If you do make the bleach leap, be sure to wait at least a week after going to the light side before
you throw the purple on top. Hair is fairly delicate, and you want to try to keep it healthy, especially
if you plan to continue experimenting with dye in the future. (See pages 19–23 for instructions on
using bleach with caution.)
Of course, when using something as strong as bleach, you always run the risk that the end result
will come out too orange-y or yellowish no matter what you do. If this happens, your best bet is to
deep-condition and use a semi-permanent color in a red tone. The red will take the orange to mahogany.
Remember that previously dyed hair and virgin hair will usually show slightly different results
with regard to the vibrancy of the shade. It’s also good to note that things like skin tone and eye color affect the overall look of hair color. When you look at a photo of a model and think, Oh! I want her
hair!, simply buying the same shade doesn’t guarantee it’ll come out looking the same for you.
HIGH LIFT COLOR
High lift tint works a lot like bleach, without all the added drying out
and stripping of the hair. Which probably leaves you thinking, If it’s better, why don’t people use it as often? Well, it’s not nearly as strong and
is usually only used on virgin hair. Categorized as a level ten or higher, high lift tint can help you become the lightest version of the color
you already have. If it’ll work for you, use it! It also works as a toner,
which can help eliminate one step of the process. Blondes and light
brunettes, give it a try, especially if you want highlights or lowlights.
Everyone else, it’s bleach for you, my friend. Remember that bleach
only removes color, it doesn’t add anything in. High lift, often seen in
boxed colors, works with what you’ve got.
A WORD OF CAUTION
It’s important to wear clothes and use towels that you don’t mind getting dye on. It’s best to work
with your hair in the bathroom and cover the area with old towels or sheets in case of splattering.
You should also immediately clean up your workspace, so than any errant dye is wiped up right
away, when it’s more likely to come off your counter, bathtub, or sink. Use bleach where needed.
Likewise, if you accidently get dye on your forehead or earlobes while you work, it’s best to tend
to it right away while it’s fresh. For the first few nights after you dye, it’s also a good idea to place a
towel over your pillowcase. Your hair will likely “bleed” until you’ve washed it a few times.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE DYEING
Different colors have different life expectancies, tendencies, and quirks. Here are tips on what you might
get from some of the major hues.
RED / PINK
Note that pink hair color fades fast—even faster than red, which fades to pink pretty fast. You can
keep pink in longer by not shampooing your hair very often and mixing some Manic Panic into your
conditioner when you do wash. Without doing either of these, your pink will quickly fade to a pastel
and then totally disappear within a few weeks. If you want to keep it around long term, you’ll have to
keep on dyeing!
BLUE / PURPLE
Like with many “loud” colors, one of the smartest things you can do to keep blue or purple going is
shampooing your hair less often. You can also try to stick to only conditioning your tips, unless your
hair just gets super oily (in which case feel free to condition all over every 3 days). It also helps to use
a color-refreshing shampoo a few times a week, especially if you have particularly dry hair.
Again, you’ll want to wash your hair less
often and try to use the coldest water possible. For a unique green color, you can try mixing different
shades of green or adding in some blue to the mix. Avoid highly chlorinated pools or high sun exposure, as this will drain the color. To keep your color up, touch up any problematic or light areas
every 2–4 weeks.
YELLOW / ORANGE
So, you want your hair the color most people who spend their time trying to go blonde totally dread.
You’ll dye the same way you do blonde, bleaching until white and then dyeing on top of that. However, you can worry less if you have trouble getting totally blonde. Skip the toner and conditioners
at first and just dye on however blonde you can get, and then once your dye has set, you can always
tone to sharpen the color if you aren’t happy.
FROM HOME-GROWN TO STORE-BOUGHT, HERE ARE ALL
THE BEST CONCOCTIONS TO GET HAIR “TO DYE FOR.”
BLEACH RECIPE AND TECHNIQUES
Since bleaching may be the first step toward your ultimate new hue, let’s talk about it first. Bleaching
your hair is among the most intense things you can do to your mane. It’s easy to mess it up, and the
components are often harsh and can cause your hair to become super-brittle or damaged. While
bleaching is a common practice at salons and among professional hair stylists, bleaching at home
requires thorough research and a solid skill set to pull off correctly.
While many DIY hair gurus would go ahead and just advise you to head to a salon to go blond
before attempting something on top of your new white ’do, I want to show you healthy-haired
ladies the safest way out there to achieve the look you’re going for at home. Since so many colors
pop better with a blond base (red, pink, and blue come to mind), it’s no wonder it’s a popular technique to try out.
To go the home route, you’ll need a professional-grade bottle of bleach and developer. I recommend going with a 30, as using anything higher can lead to major mistakes. You don’t want to dye
your hair only to find it falling out afterward! Scary, but it happens. I’d also recommend not skimping
on the brands here. You’re already saving money by doing it yourself, so wait until you have the cash
(about $50, normally) to get some good stuff. Ask your local beauty store employee what the best-selling bleaches and developers are, and read the boxes in-store, before purchasing. You may want to
read some reviews online before you go to the store.
I do want to state though, for the record, that if you have “tricky hair” permed, heavily color-treated, super-curly, long, damaged, frizzy, very dark, etc. it probably is better to have your hair
double processed at a salon the first time you go blond, especially if you’re wanting to attain that elusive ice blond. Save those pennies, because someone who knows what they’re doing shouldn’t come
cheaply for this overhaul. Once you’re there and getting it done, you can talk to the stylist about the
best ways to prolong your shade at home and save your dollars in the long run.
Developer is the ingredient that oxidizes your hair color and makes it
stick to your hair permanently. It’s the hair dye glue, basically. It works
by opening the cuticle layer of the hair and allowing the color molecules
to penetrate and color to be deposited into the cortex.
Developer comes in four volumes: 10, 20, 30, and 40. A 10-volume
peroxide is the standard oxidizing strength for permanent, no-lift hair
color. It’s for when you just want to add a tint or color tone to hair of
the same lightness level. Then 20 does the same thing but also lifts
the hair’s color level by 1–2 levels. This works well if you want to go one
shade lighter than you already are. Next up is 30—the most common
developer—which lifts you 2–3 levels and is used by those trying to go
two shades lighter, or more. Finally, 40 should only be used in salons
and by professionals.
Double process is exactly what it sounds like: a coloring technique that
requires two steps. It is sometimes referred to as “two-step coloring.”
Usually, the first step of this process is lightening. The second part is
depositing the new color (if you’re doing a color on your new blond) or
toner (if you’re keeping your new blonde shade). It can also mean coloring your hair one color and then adding highlights or lowlights.
• Old T-shirt and towels
• Rubber gloves
• 1 packet of hair bleach
• Disposable mixing bowl
• Tint brush
• 30-volume developer
• Leave-in conditioner
The best way to prep—especially if you’re starting with a dark base—is to treat your hair with leavein conditioner a few weeks before you plan to dye. It’s especially important to leave your ends saturated. You can also deep condition your hair in the shower about once a week. This way, your hair is in
its most healthy state going into your transformation.
Once you’ve planned which day to dye, stop washing your hair. The longer you can go the better,
but definitely don’t wash your hair for at least three days before.
Tips to Dye For
BLEACHING A BIG MANE
Have a lot of hair to work with? Consider applying the bleach to your
roots last. The roots will develop the fastest because of the heat
from your scalp, and you don’t want bleach sitting on them while you
go around your whole head!
1 Bleach is strong! Prep your space for the bleaching process by laying down an old towel over
any workspace you don’t want to stain. Put on an old T-shirt, drape another old towel on your
shoulders, and put on your rubber gloves.
2 Be sure to follow the instructions on your bleach and developer for mixing the two together.
3 If you’re doing your whole head, divide your hair into workable sections. Four will be good for
short hair, but using six or more on longer hair will be helpful.
4 Take one section at a time and paint the front and back of the hair strands, from the root
down to the very ends, saturating each section. It’s more time consuming than just slopping it
all on, but it’s worth it!
5 Once you’ve covered everything you want, wait the amount of time suggested on your developer,
though I wouldn’t suggest going even a minute over one hour. A lot of times with hair dye, you
can try to keep your hair saturated for ages before washing it out in hopes of really getting the
color to stick. You don’t want to do that here! Additionally, while your head will burn a little, if
you feel like your scalp is on fire, wash the stuff out immediately. It’s not worth damaging your
hair or scalp! The right hairstylist can fix or advise on any horror-story hair situation, though I
can’t promise they won’t slap your wrist for frying your locks!
6 During your wait-a-thon, you can check on your strands and watch them lighten or “lift”. Don’t
freak out if the color isn’t exactly the color you wanted. It’s normal for the shade to be a bit off
(and yellow-y, sometimes called “brassy”) pre-toner. If your hair is orange and remains orange
even after the full hour, wash everything out right away and either head to a salon or try again in
a week. Might I suggest wearing an adorable beanie in the meantime?
7 Finally, you’re ready to immediately shampoo and condition your hair. After that, you’ll also
want to apply the leave-in conditioner according to the instructions on the container. Your
strands need all the nutrients!
You might be happy with your results right off the bat—congrats, you’re done! Or you may not
yet have reached the shade you were going for. In that case, you can repeat the process. However,
you should wait at least three days to do this and you shouldn’t wash your hair during that wait
Once you’ve got the look you’re going for, you can use a toner to even out the shine and shade. I
love Manic Panic’s Virgin Snow, but you should research what color you’re looking for and use what’s
best for you and your hair.
If blonde was what you were after, congrats, you’re done! Shampoo your hair daily with a blond-specific shampoo and conditioner. You can retone if any discoloration happens (hello, creeping yellow-y
hue), but if you were going blond only as a base color, you’re now ready to apply color.
Tips to Dye For
WANNA GO WILD?
If your style is to keep very short hair that gets buzzed with a clip down
to about a half-inch or so, you can have a lot of fun bleaching patterns
into your hair. All you need to do is cut out whatever shapes you like
from some thin cardboard, like an old cereal box. You can do stars,
polka dots, or even some leopard print.
Hold the cardboard stencil against your hair until the hair pokes
through the shapes you cut. Then paint the bleach on and remove the
cardboard. Rinse after the allotted time and you’re done!
Didn’t turn out like you hoped?
Shave it off!
HAIR CHALKING RECIPE AND TECHNIQUES
Of all of the temporary ways to dye your hair, hair chalk is the best option for those who want to
experiment without much of a commitment. Because it’s super-trendy right now, there are tons of
hair chalks on the market in every color imaginable that you can easily apply for a one-day use
and wash out. Most of the hair chalks out there are very similar to art pastels used for drawing,
and a lot of people just use those because they’re so easy to find. But if you love DIY and want to
make your own custom colors that work best for your hair, you’ll probably prefer to make your
The brightness of the shade will of course depend on your starting color, but even those with
dark hair can achieve a tinting effect with hair chalk. It’s easy to apply and very easy to control, making it a perfect choice for someone who wants to apply a color only to their tips or as highlights but
doesn’t want to fuss with the messiness of actual hair dye.
You can buy chalk that is specifically made for your hair, or you can use regular soft pastels
found in any art supply store.
First you have to decide where to chalk. If it’s your first time out, you may want to begin by just
doing your ends or one chunk of hair near the front of your face. Once you’re used to the process,
you can get more creative with how you apply it. One of my favorite looks is pulling half your hair
back and just doing the hair underneath to achieve a peekaboo effect.
• Old T-shirt and towels
• Rubber gloves
• Spray bottle filled with water
• Flat iron or curling iron
LOOK WHO’S CHALKING!
1 Begin by prepping yourself for application. Cover your workspace and your shoulders with a
towel, or wear an old T-shirt that you won’t mind staining. Put on gloves to protect your hands.
2 Using the spray bottle with water, wet the part of your hair that you’d like to chalk. If you’re
doing multiple areas (or all of your tips), start with one section at a time. You want to really saturate the hair without leaving it dripping wet.
3 Support the piece of hair you want to chalk in your palm. Hold the hair away from your head and,
with your other hand, drag the chalk along the hair where you’d like the color to appear. You’ll
want to really rub the chalk in, going up and down and putting pressure against your other
hand. No need to hurt yourself, but really get it in there! Move slowly to avoid crunching up your
hair as you move up and down.
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