How To: Pink Dip Dye

For the past few months, I've been rocking pretty "normal" hair in a bid to restore my locks to their original, natural colour. Doing this meant I had to ditch my beloved purple hair that I had at that time for around 5-6 years straight, sob! I wanted to do this to give my hair a break from dreaded permanent dyes and to give it a chance to grow out naturally and damage free. My love of colour however has been creeping up on me for these past few weeks and I decided a good compromise was to try a little bit of dip dye. So, I scoured the web for the best bleaching kit and got right to it! In this post, I'm going to tell you the products I used as well as my method for achieving my pink dip-dyed hair!

So, after a little bit of research, I found that the Bleach London DIY Dip Dye Kit appeared to be the most consistently popular and best reviewed with customers and so I decided this was what I was going to go with. In terms of the actual dye, I already had a pot of Directions - Flamingo Pink left from my previous dyeing escapades. In the Bleach London kit you get everything you need to bleach your hair including a handy little mixing pot, a tint brush and even a reincarnation mask to give your bleached ends a little love afterwards. 

How I Did It:

So, after following the instructions from my bleach kit carefully (make sure you do the same with whatever kit you use!), I sectioned my hair ready for application. The kit itself recommends splitting your hair into three sections; 2 front sections and 1 back section. My hair is pretty thin and so I found two worked for me.

1. To work with my hair a little more easily and to ensure as precise an application on each side as possible, I split my hair into two pony tails and I pulled the bobble on each one down the hair to the level I wanted the dip dye to begin. After doing this, I applied the bleach starting from the ENDS up as I wanted to a achieve a kind of "fade" effect. I applied the bleach using the brush but altered between my fingers (wear gloves!) too - do whatever works for you to ensure complete saturation!

2. When I came to the start of wear my dip would begin, I used the lint brush to streak the bleach up a little in a random way to achieve more of a blended effect rather than a straight across line of colour. You could also back comb the bit of the hair where the dip dye begins to achieve a similar effect - in hindsight, this is what I would recommend as I didn't really get as much of a fade as I would have liked.

3. Once you're happy with your application, let it formulate! My kit said the maximum time was 45 minutes which would have taken my hair to a light yellow. As I was using a pink, I knew that orange tones weren't really an issue for me so I didn't allow it to process for the full time and instead let it process for around 25-30 minutes. If you're wanting a cooler toned colour like a blue, you're going to want to let it process to the lightest you can within the maximum time frame to eliminate any tones that are going to effect your chosen colour and how it applies to your hair. Pinks, reds and purples however will be fine on hair that's a little orange I've found. 

4. Once your hair has formulated, it's time to wash it. Wash your hair REALLY well - at least 2-3 times to make sure all of that bleach is well and truly washed out of your hair. Go in with a good conditioner or mask to add a little moisture to your hair afterwards. I then let my hair air dry for most of the drying process but did go in with a blow dryer to finish it off. 

5. Finally, it's time to go in with your chosen dye. As I said, I used Directions - Flamingo Pink and applied it in much the same was as I did the bleach - dividing the hair into two pony tails and applying it all over the lightened hair. I again streaked the dye a little bit near where the dip dye began for a bit of a faded effect and made sure that my hair was fully saturated. I then wrapped my ends in cling foil which helps the hair to soak up the dye and waited for around 20 minutes before rinsing it. When rinsing it (if using Directions or a conditioning semi perm dye), I didn't add any shampoo or conditioner as the semi-permanent doesn't require you too. I rinsed with very cold water as this helps to eliminate fading.

And you're done! I'm really happy with my results and the whole process took about 2 hours which isn't bad at all. What are your thoughts on my new hair? Do let me know if you try this out or if you've ever dip dyed your hair before!

Thanks for reading! xo

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