It was that time again on Saturday. I wanted to change my hair color. I had purchased a jar of Manic Panic Voodoo Blue and one of Purple Haze from Sally’s Beauty Supply a few days previous. I’m going to let you know what I did to achieve my new hair.

Saturday morning I washed with a clarifying shampoo. I really should have done this on Wednesday or Thursday, but I forgot to do it a few days prior to dyeing. Saturday evening is when I dyed my hair. I didn’t lighten the roots or anything, though I’ll have to do that sometime soon. I decided which colors I’d be applying to each section of hair.

For reference, here’s what my hair looked like previously. I had Atomic Turquoise on the underside of my hair and framing my face. I had Atomic Turquoise mixed with a bit of Fuchsia Shock above that, framing the top front section of my hair. The top middle section of my hair was Fuchsia Shock. The bulk of my hair on top and in the back was originally Fuchsia Shock, but then I’d dyed Atomic Turquoise on top of it, making a purple color. So that’s what I started with.

I decided to keep one small lock of pink. I mixed together Manic Panic Fuchsia Shock, Hot Hot Pink and Cotton Candy Pink for a custom pink shade to apply to that lock. Once applied, I foiled it so that the blue and purple wouldn’t get on it. To frame my face in the front, as well as the underside of my hair all around my head, I used Voodoo Blue. For the top middle of my hair and the bulk of my hair in back, I used Manic Panic Purple Haze. I hope the illustration above gives you the idea.

By the way, Sally’s sells these little Colortrak Tools Ear Protector Caps (I call them ear condoms) and I use these whenever I color my hair. It keeps random stray bits of dye from getting on my ears or earrings. I highly recommend these, as much as I recommend gloves, tint brush, etc.

After my color is applied I put a plastic cap on my hair. In this picture above you can see the foil under the cap. You can see the blue that frames my face and the underside of my hair. you can see the purple on top, which really does make up the majority of my hair. I made little circles to represent where I applied the color.

Ok, so my next step is to apply heat with my blow dryer all over my head for a half hour. If you have one of those bonnets that you can attach to your blow dryer, that’s easier and better. To alleviate boredom while I do this, I read on my kindle fire. After I’ve done this for a half hour, I wrap a towel around my head to hold in the heat. I keep it on for 2 or 3 hours. Saturday night I kept it on 4 for hours, because I got distracted. Once I realized that I had it in long enough, I took the towel off and used the blow dryer on it for another 20 minutes. Between the 2 blow drying sessions and the towel, I end up feeling like I bake my hair. Baking is way better than frying :P

I then take a shower and rinse the dye out. I should note that Voodoo Blue made my shower extremely slick. I can’t remember another MP color making it so slick. So if you’re rinsing out in your shower, please be mindful and don’t slip and fall. Anyway, I rinse until the water is clear. Then I used Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Shampoo. Next I used TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Reconstructor and I leave this in for about 10 minutes or more. Dumb blonde is a ph balancer and I think this is essential for whenever you dye your hair. I haven’t come across another one that I like as well as this one and I’ve been using it for years.

After I put Dumb Blonde Reconstructor on, I do a sugar scrub on my body and I shave my legs. I do my normal shower routine. I keep an old Clarisonic Mia brush head around (I switch out my good one and use the old one), which I use on the back of my neck and my hair line if I’ve got any tint on my hairline. After I get out of the shower, I use this hair dye remover stuff that comes in a tube from Sally’s to remove anything that the clarisonic didn’t get off, though honestly, usually the mia or exfoliating gets everything off, and I don’t tend to have much to get off in the first place.

I spritz my hair with Black 15 in 1 Miracle Hair Treatment and I comb through my hair with a wide tooth comb. Then I apply a serum to my face, neck and décolleté. While I’m waiting for the serum and Black 15 in 1 to soak in my hair, I clean my makeup brushes. Once I’m done cleaning my makeup brushes, it’s time to dry my hair!

I grab my round brush and dry my hair. My hair is fine, bordering on thin, and straight. For it to have volume, I really have to lift at the roots with the round brush. Plus, this also makes sure that my fringe drys the way I like it, so that my cowlick in front doesn’t interfere.

This is immediately after I dried it. I took these images with my cell phone under my daylight bulbs at my vanity.

You can see with this image where I applied the Manic Panic Voodoo blue, the mixture of Fuchsia Shock and Hot Hot Pink and Cotton Candy Pink, and the Purple Haze.

 

This was taken under my daylight bulbs with no flash.

I made a little video that shows my hair color in sunlight. Unfortunately between the the noise from cars on the street and the waterfalls in my pool, it pretty much drowned out my voice. I tried correcting for it.

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