Hair FAQ

Friday, December 6, 2013

As it's getting very close to time I rebleach and pink my hair, I thought it would be the perfect time to post a hair FAQ!

I tried to answer the most frequently asked questions I receive regarding my hair, but if you have any more feel free to comment or tweet me and I'll reply to the best of my ability! :)

What color did you have your hair before pink?
A super ugly faded black! Inspired by Louise Brooks era flappers, I had a very short black bob which I loved dearly! Over time, though, I decided I really wanted pink hair. Going from black to pastel pink is the absolute worst, though…! I let my roots grow out for months and months before using a bleach and pink hair kits from the grocery store. There was still A LOT of black at the ends, (see: May 2012 picture!) and I had no idea the pink dye I had gotten would be so vibrant, but in the end I LOVED it!

Bleach
How do you bleach your hair?
After a busy summer where I running around with pretty ugly roots and fading pink hair, I finally was able to get close to the perfect shade of peachy pink when, following Arabelle's advice, I started using Clairol's BW2 Powder Lightener and Clairol's Pure White Creme Hair Color Developer 30 Volume. Both of these products can be found at Sally's Beauty Supply and are a lot cheaper then buying boxed bleach at home kits. However, they are a bit scary and heavy duty, so I HIGHLY recommend getting your hair bleached at the salon if you can!

I usually keep the bleach on for about 20 minutes and then am careful to wash it all out.

Who bleaches/dyes your hair?
My mom, who has a long history of dyeing/bleaching her own hair as well as various family members and friends - so I was pretty confident she wouldn't ruin my hair…!

Will my hair be damaged?
Of course - your hair is going to be pretty dry after and I would recommend looking into various deep conditioners etc after!

Pink
What dye do you use?
I use a combination of Special Effects' Cupcake Pink and plain ol' white conditioner! Adding white conditioner dilutes the dye and even though it looks like a blue pink, diluted it turns a beautifully peachy pastel color! Add as much or as little as you want - though the whiter it is, the faster it will fade.

In order to help it last, I try to wash it in the coldest water I can stand (which, since it's been freezing here lately, I haven't been doing *cough*).

32 comments:

  1. You look so different in dark hair! Love the pink hair, it suits you so well!

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  2. I bleach my hair a lot, but I'm scared to use the pro products from sallys. I almost always put my color in with a conditioner and leave it on for hours. I also add a bit of color to my regular conditioner to help maintain the color. Love you peachy pinky. :)

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  3. I love them all! So great that your mom helps you - I've done a hideous job of dying the back of my hair by myself.

    I didn't know you had a Brooksian-inspired phase! So cute. :-) I almost turned my hair to jelly with bleach. :-/ But the professionals at the local salon were able to fix it right up!

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  4. Wow, your hair from may 2011 was absolutely amazing! You look so different with dark hair, but still just as beautiful!

    I really love your hair now though. It's the absolute perfect shade. If I had more courage, I would try to dye my hair pink, but I'm not that brave! :)

    Michelle
    The Girly Gamer

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  5. FYI any British readers - I use Jerome Russell bleaches, which you can buy separately and in multipacks, similar to what Kailey describes. I use different volumes and different concentrations on different parts of my hair. Best thing to do is just go for it, it's just hair, it'll grow!

    This is also an awesome video for pastel hair, really shows you how to dilute the hair colour down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQgo_hUE4BQ
    xoxox

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  6. this is so so helpful post <3 actually i wish i had pink hair <3

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  7. I love the different hair cuts + colors you've had!!! I adore the pink though!! I really hope to go light pink one day! :)
    PS random question: What is your natural color?

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  8. I have dark black hair so I'm kind of scared to bleach it but hopefully one day I will have the guts to do so because I really want to have pink hair.

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  9. I love the colour of your hair, I would love to go this peachy pink! if i ever do, i will dilute using conditioner to get a light, light pink ><

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  10. You definitely look best with frosty pink hair! I love the length too, it's so beautiful and fresh. I don't know if you've done this before but I'd love to see you with a robin's egg blue dress and a butter yellow bow in your hair!

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  11. ta lindo assim!!

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  12. this is super helpful- thank you!

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  13. I love how you've got the reverse ombre look going-the colors are amazing! I would love to have pink hair someday-yours is beautiful!

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  14. Great tips and your hair's been looking beautiful. Well worth the waiting you did to outgrow the roots. (Some people would just go crazy and chop off all their hair.) I've been an on and off redhead for years so I'm no stranger to bleach and the wonders of Sally's products. But I've never had pink hair and would some day love the take that plunge. My hair's naturally black though so I'm not looking forward to how obvious the roots would be.

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  15. The dark hair is so lovely on you, but so is the pink. Coloured hair is a lot of upkeep, currently my blue hair is easier than when it was pink. I think I had the hardest time when it was white though, every now and then I would be slightly purple/grey from the shampoo!

    Diluting the hair dye is a great money saving tip too! I buy a much darker blue dye and dilute it down. Also, if you are interested, instead of putting the dye into my conditioner to top it up the colour I put it into a hair treatment instead. That way I get to top up the colour and take some care of my hair at the same time. I find I can't get rid of the dryness with just conditioner alone. I use: http://www.glisskur.schwarzkopf.be/glisskur/be/nl/home/products-solutions/product-lines/ultimate-repair/ultimate-repair-anti-damage-treatment.html

    and just add the dye to it. Also I think I may have linked you the Belgium page, sorry about the Dutch!

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  16. you look so good in pink hair! I've always wanted a cool hair color but I have to wait until I get a job which allows it. also I'm a bit wary to use bleach! my hair is light as it is but not quite light enough. thank you for the tips though in case I ever do go pink!

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  17. you have such beautiful hair, and i love that it's a little darker on the ends, it's a bit different to everyone else's pastel hair i've seen because it really is lovely and peachy and it looks like fairy floss! ^_^

    little henry lee

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  18. I bleach and color just a streak in my hair--blue is my favorite color of choice, though I've had fuchsia as well--and the bleaches available at Sally's definitely to a better job than boxed kits from the grocery store, though if you have access to a pro shop through a cosmetologist friend those bleaches also work well and can be very inexpensive!

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  19. Your hair is so beautiful! I bleached my hair 3 or 4 years ago (it's naturally browny-black) and it got so dry I had to cut it in a bob, it's been recovering ever since...Pink hair is sooo worth it though xx

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  20. I've only been a blog reader of yours from the time you've had this pastel shade of hair and it's never occurred to me that you had black hair in the past. Love your hair history and tips!

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  21. You can reduce the damage by putting coconut oil on for a hour then applying the bleach on top of it. :D I love the bright and peachy pink.. so cute :3

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  22. Love your hair <3 :)
    I do exactly the same, bleach the roots (by myself, tho ><) and dilute straight dyes with conditioner. Using natural (for example Lush) shampoo and conditioners are also good for keeping a bleached hair in good condition since they are really gentle (also the pastel dye lasts longer if you use mild shampoos :))

    Love your blog. A new reader :)

    x, Lara
    http://laralizard.blogspot.fi/

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  23. Again, nice post! I mentioned your blog on mine, I really like your posts. Keep up the good work! The post is here if you're interested:
    http://pinksovereign.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/pink-blog-spotting-sakuranko-marta.html

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  24. gorgeous post! i adore the pink, it really suits you. wish i had the guts to properly dye my hair :)
    you have such a gorgeous blog by the way, love the header and layout!

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  25. I love seeing how your hair has changed over the years! It looks soooo cute right now in this bubblegum pink hue!

    Xo, Hannah

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  26. OMG!! love your hair!!
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  27. OOoooh Kailey I love seeing photos of your hair evolution! All of the different looks are so cute and fun. I'm currently growing my hair down to my waist, but once I'm satisfied with the length - IT WILL BE TIME FOR BLEACH! Hehe. Been black for wayyyy too long. <3

    You are such a darling - I'm happy to be properly following your blog now! Hehe. Best of wishes to your best year yet. :) :) :)

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  28. OH MY GOD you looked so swell in your flapper version, love it! How Gatsby-esque :) x

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  29. Your hair is too gorgeous <3 I'm wanting to go pastel purple or blue and am absolutely terrified of bleaching my hair for the first time. I'll probably end up going to the salon for my first time to make sure I do it right! I've never heard of that hair dye brand before actually, I'll have to check that out!

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  30. Your blog is very informative. Thanks for sharing and response of comments.

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