So I have decided to get a Tumblr. Why? Well, I’ll tell you why. Because it’s free space to talk at random passersby. My first couple of entry things on here will be about dyeing my hair, because I did some googling and just found a bunch of people bitching about not getting vibrant lasting color from Beyond The Zone Color Jamz. Well, fuck you, you’re just not doing it right.
Okay, that was a little harsh. But you’re still probably not doing it right! I have referenced a site I found once when I wanted to dye my hair blue. I found some of the information quite helpful, but I couldn’t quite follow everything she does, because of lack of funds and zero willingness to bleach my hair. I refuse to bleach my hair, partially because its terrible for your hair, and partially because me being that blond would make babies cry and small children go blind (babies are more resilient to visual trauma). But some of the information was quite helpful.
Let’s get some background, shall we?
Natural color in artificial light
I have been dyeing my hair since I was about 17. The first time didn’t go so well (not enough coverage, because I had super long hair and didn’t buy enough) but after that I did very well.
This is maybe two weeks after a dye job I did for prom in April 2006.
I tried to to dye my hair blue three times. The first time, it was the August after the above dye job and I was in college so why not dye my hair blue? Anyhoo, I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply and bought one of those 2-in-1 kits, the kind where it supposedly lightens and dyes your hair in one step. Well, not only did it not dye my hair blue, but it stripped out all the color that had previously been added. I do not recommend these things.
Next I tried the Beyond The Zone Color Jamz in some light blue shade. I had a friend apply the dye and I only left it in maybe an hour, definitely no longer than two. A lot of it combed out during application. It was a light teal, with a bit of green. The color lasted maybe a week, but it got progressively lighter as time went on.
Then, on Halloween of ‘08, I dyed it red with a normal peroxide/ammonia containing dye (those are dumdums in my hair)
And a few days later (early November), I put in the darkest blue Color Jamz they have, and I slept in it, via advice from the Blue Negative site.
You can’t really tell because it’s a crappy webcam picture, but it’s actually pretty purple. This was probably a few days after dyeing it, its really old. You could tell there was purple til probably about the end of January (I know this because we were discussing the chorus concert in February around then and I was concerned about my hair being purple) maybe the beginning of February. February 8th, I threw in some red Color Jamz (probably wild red mixed with candy apple red) and slept in that.
This is after it dried when I got out of the shower. The following picture was taken on April 2 of the same year without any additional color applications
Still fairly red, right?
Since then I had only dyed my hair one more time with the same stuff in the same way, and I am currently sitting here typing with wild red dye in my hair, which I plan to rinse out sometime tomorrow, probably around noon.
Now that that whole long story is out of the way, here’s how I do this, and this is how you should do it if you want extremely vibrant colors from this dye. WARNING: This is written from my experience using Beyond the Zone Color Jamz dyes. Unless you know people who have successfully kept other dyes in their hair for at least 12 hours, don’t use that other dye. If it has ammonia or peroxide in it, do not keep it in for extended periods of time. I don’t know how long you can leave in Manic Panic (though I don’t advise using it at all because it is the worst dye ever) but I know for a fact that you can leave in the Color Jamz for a really long time without burning or having your hair fall out or break off. It actually feels like you’ve conditioned it once you rinse it out.
Get everything you need: Dye, gloves, maybe a plastic wide tooth comb (I rinse mine after dyeing and reuse it. I’ve had mine since 2007), plenty of paper towels, a wash cloth, a trash bag to use as a drop cloth (maybe one for the floor and one for the sink), hand sanitizer/sanitizing wipes (to wipe off the counter, floor, tub 2 feet behind you, something. Something is going to get dye on it) crappy clothes you don’t mind ruining, maybe another trash bag to turn into a poncho, plastic wrap/plastic bag/shower cap (I currently have my hair wrapped in plastic wrap with a shower cap on over it), and something to dump the dye into. I just take off the entire lid and pour it into my hands, and when it doesn’t want to come out anymore, I take a plastic bathroom cup and set it upside down while I start on the other bottle. Pick an evening hour, around 5 or 6 is good, unless you feel like sitting around for an entire day with it. It all depends on you, I wait til around 6 and then wake up around 11 or so the next day and rinse it out then.
Step 1: DO A SKIN TEST! Unless you’ve used these dyes without issue, do a skin test. You might have some super weird allergy that you don’t know about and then all the lymph glands in your head will swell up and you’ll get dizzy and may even get hives and barf. Have you ever had an allergic reaction? It’s not fun. They recommend that you put a spot of dye in the crook of your elbow (because it’s so sensitive) and don’t scrub away the dye for 48 hours. Sounds like a plan to me! If you don’t die, congratulations! You are ready for the next step!
Step 2: Suit up! Gloves (unless you may need to slip them off, get gloves that fit. Otherwise, get the vinyl ones that are a bit too big for your hands so you can slip them on and off), trash bag poncho, crappy clothes, whatever. Also place your trash bags that are protecting the surrounding areas (like I said, dye is going to get on SOMETHING) and get everything ready. Is it safe to drop dye now? Good, let’s move on.
Step 3: Prepare your dye. Dump it in a bowl, do whatever. Those little nozzles have teeny tiny holes and this dye is thick, so don’t expect to get anywhere with it. I had a plastic cup to put the bottle in upside down to get the remaining dye out. Waste not, want not! Put Vaseline around your hairline if you want, but I never bother.
Step 4: There is no step four.
Step 5: Slather that crap on! I worked around my hair line first because it’s the easiest place to miss. You can section it if you want, but the only time I ever bothered with that it was too time consuming and just not helpful. I got dye all over my arms. Get your roots good, I guess new hair doesn’t receive dye as well or something because when I dyed it blue and it actually worked, the first two inches of my hair were just dark red (which looked AWESOME, by the way). I use nearly a whole bottle on the first two inches of my hair, though some gets down to the tips because I comb through it with my fingers while applying the dye. My hair goes a couple inches past my shoulders and I used two bottles. You need less dye at the tips than in the middle. If you aren’t quite certain how much you need, get another bottle. If you don’t use all of it, save it and throw some more in there when your color starts to fade or if you need to touch up your roots. Every now and then it helps to comb through it a bit to make sure you’re covering everything. You don’t want spots of your natural color if its not super close to the new color. Saturate your hair, you’re gonna have to try real hard to put too much in, so dont’ worry about it. If your hair doesn’t look like its been dipped in Elmer’s glue the color of your dye, there isn’t enough. Since mine is red and medium length, it looks like bloody dreadlocks. Once you’re certain you’ve covered everything and have enough dye, pile it all up on your head, remove the gloves, and wrap up your head in whatever plastic you’re going to use. More than one kind is a good idea (plastic wrap and shower caps). Feel free to add heat, but it gets boring.
Step 6: Clean up. Wipe your forehead, your ears, and the back of your neck. This is what the washcloth is for (and maybe those sanitizing wipes, alcohol removes this stuff pretty effectively). Wipe up any dye that got on the floor, counters, wall, whatever (told you, didn’t I?) and throw away the drop cloths. Make sure to put a towel over your pillow when you sleep (I have one around my shoulders because I didnt bother covering up or changing this shirt) because the plastic moves and will not keep your hair covered all night. Keep it in as long as you want. Like I said, I put the dye in my hair in the evening and then go to bed and rinse it when I wake up. Unless something is wrong with your scalp or hair, you’ll be fine. I get amazing color and it lasts pretty long and my hair feels just fine (no negative change in my hair)
Step 7: Rinse! They say it works best to rinse in cold water, but unless you can do that without having freezing water run down your body, I say screw that. Do not shampoo. Conditioning is okay, but shampoo will wash out a lot of color. Rinse until the water is clear, or until you get sick of being in there, and then wash up because you got some dye on you!
I suggest not really washing you hair for a couple of days. Condition it, but the longer you take to wash it again with shampoo, the better your color will stay in. They have dry shampoo to soak up oil, or you can just use baby powder. Go at least one day without shampooing and it shouldn’t be too much of a problem for you.
That’s pretty much it. I will post pictures of how the color turns out and how it fades as proof that this dye doesn’t suck, haha. Hope I was helpful!