How to be bold and vibrant…

The bit where I give away my secrets… well at least the ones involved in creating amazing coloured hair … and keeping it that way longer.   The way my children seem to recognise me now. :)

Required items are:

Hair dye/s – Our brands of choice are Manic Panic® and Directions, depending on the shade or colour required.  We have been known to mix our brands as well at times… well not literally but different colours by different brands.  Just to be a rebel. :mrgreen:
These dyes are semi permanents!
White vinegar (we use half cup mixed with the same of water)
Cape/covers for clothing whilst dying hair.
Gloves to protect hands from being dyed – unless you don’t mind have rainbow coloured fingers. :)
Applicator brush and bowl
A wide toothed comb
Hair dryer (and power outlet)
Shower cap or cling wrap (if you prefer)
Plenty of old towels you don’t mind being dyed… possibly.
Natural hair conditioner

*You should do a skin patch test prior to dyeing in case of an allergic reaction.  If you react in any way, please do not use the dyes and seek medical advice. Yes, I am serious. *waggles finger*

1. Have your natural hair colour lightened as close to platinum blonde as you dare.  I strongly recommend you have a qualified professional do this job to avoid any near disasters, like melted hair or worse.  Yes, it really IS a thing. :P   The lighter the hair, the stronger the depth of colour.   Mine is usually still rather yellowy (due to those wonderful Asian genetics of mine :roll: ) and we still get a fairly good coverage of dye.

2. Rinse hair with vinegar and warm water.  This makes the hair follicle as porous as possible!

3. Towel dry hair as much as possible until hair is only just damp.

4. Cover your clothing etc as much as possible to prevent being accidentally dyed. :)

5. Preferably have a friend, partner, teenage daughter (if she is trustworthy ;) ) or such to help with applying the hair dye.

6. Carefully apply enough dye to the lightened area/s with an applicator brush.  I have never found any reason to actively avoid the scalp with the dye, it seems to come out easily and is gentle enough that it doesn’t irritate my skin.  And that says a lot. Comb through the hair until the dye noticeably froths. :-)

7. Rinse bowl, brush and comb for each colour.   Repeat for each area to be coloured.

8. Use a hair dryer on medium to heat the dyed sections of hair evenly for a short period of time.  Please use the appliance as recommended.

9. Place a shower cap over the dyed hair (or wrap the hair with cling wrap) to keep the heat in. Leave for as long as possible.  Usually we manage an hour or two but longer will give better lasting effects.   Less than an hour and our results tend to be short lived but still eye catching.

10. Remove shower cap and rinse hair under warm water until the water runs clear.

11. Towel dry as much as possible and apply a small amount of conditioner to all of your hair by hand.  Massage into the hair thoroughly.  Do not panic if you think there is a little too much, all will be fine!  Do not rinse out the conditioner.

12. Dry hair again using hair dryer and style as required.   Yes, with the conditioner in your hair.  It’s all good.  Really. :D

13. Apply conditioner every couple of days.  I find an application like this can withstand one or two good washes before reapplication of dye is required.

Using these tips means my hair is extremely hard to miss.  Be prepared for endless smiles and compliments from others.  In the least expected situations and times.  Sometimes, you’ll even wonder what is going on but you’ll work it out quickly because you will certainly stand out from the crowd!

It’s certainly fun to be different.  And it makes it darn near impossible to get through a day without smiling.

*My usual combination of colours is:  Shocking blue, Atomic Turquoise, Ultraviolet and Purple Haze.

That’s about the limit for me and the Things I know today and am sharing with Miss Cinders.


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Lydia C. Lee (9 years ago)

I like the sound of Purple Haze – I too change colour on whim…while I’m not working I figure I can indulge a little…and it sure beats the blues that those ever increasing greys cause….
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Definitely a favourite for me! And greys? What greys? ;) xx

Janet @ Redland City Living (9 years ago)

LOL whenever my dad phones one of his first questions is: what colour is Miss 16′s hair this week?! Although her colours are usually pretty tame compared to yours!

Mr 19 dyed his hair green on one side and black on the other to celebrate finishing school – it looked AWESOME!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    I confess to being no worse than I was at 16. ;) x

Miss Cinders (9 years ago)

I am NOT showing Gravel this post! She’ll be straight onto me! lol

I seriously have to do mine again – thanks for the brands you use btw ;) – I have grey/white roots going on all over the place! I swear I am going to be TOTALLY grey and white by the time I hit 40!

I loves the Things you know Miss C :D

MC xxx

P.S. I FINALLY remembered to check that bloody box! I am human FINALLY! lol
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Chicken! ;) So glad you are human hon! xxx

Josefa @always Josefa (9 years ago)

I am currently Chocolate Velvet – like the name (and the colour) so much I’ll be doing it again! What an incredible routine you follow! I just throw it on, wash it out and hope for the best xx
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    I used to be a lot slacker but the benefits of a little extra effort are definitely worth it! :) xx

Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right (9 years ago)

I am curious – who is the “we”? A family who dyes together stays together? :)
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Absolutely Rachel! Although Miss 16 is staying her normal dark brunette for now! It’s most unnatural! ;) x

Trish (9 years ago)

thank you Carmen – great advice.
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    Anytime Trish. xx

Lisa Wood (9 years ago)

I never thought to use vinegar before dying my hair! I have so many greys at the moment…but not sure what colour to go to next. I like to try the “Natural” brand from the Health Food store – never thought to combine them before.
Regards Hair Falling out…that happened to my cousin one year – she had her hair coloured at the same time as a perm. It fell out :)
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    I sometimes wish my hair would fall out Lisa, it’s so thick it drives me crazy when it gets longer. xxx

MultiBlogging Mum (9 years ago)

Hmm I’d love some purples in my hair .. I have had pink …
Colours tend to take well to my hair!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    They take very well to mine so I guess I’m lucky. I’ve had every colour under the sun in my hair since I turned 14. :D x

Kaz @ Melting Moments (9 years ago)

I wish I was brave enough to colour my hair. I’ve had the same colour and style since primary school – boring much?
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    I’m still wondering what the brave part is? I love brightening other people’s days… and how can you be sad when you see that reflected back at you? :D x

Judy Thornton (9 years ago)

you go girl! I know of a women who comes into the hairdressers I go to and she gets her hair died bright purple every time. I found out she is a nurse and its her way to have some fun in her life and share that with others.
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    That’s my philosophy as well Judy! Having spent as much time in hospitals as we have, it’s always about making the most smiles out everyone – even our oncologist! Welcome to our world! :) x

    CJ (9 years ago)

    I’m failing to see the issue here… ;) xx

Grace (9 years ago)

Love it! Now, I want to see photos, please!!!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    There are heaps on my facebook profile every week Grace. ;) x

Emily @ Have a laugh on me (9 years ago)

It takes a certain sort of awesome to pull this off I reckon! x

    CJ (9 years ago)

    Damn, how do I manage it then???? :P xxx

Alicia (9 years ago)

I used to dye my hair a lot when I was younger. I was only thinking of doing it myself again just the other day, because lord knows when I will get to the hairdresser again! It’s been almost a year!
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    CJ (9 years ago)

    And it’s FUN too! Go for it! :D xx

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