Ask The Attic- Quick Hair Dye Q’s&A’s

We’re getting a TON of questions of late about hair dye. The most common questions all involve, not surprisingly, how to make your hair dye last as long as possible. First, we’d like to point you to our original Hair Dye How To Tutorial, that’ll answer a lot of your questions. We realize there are going to be some questions even after that, so here’s some super quick q & a’s.

Q: How can I make my hair color really, really pop? (I want it super bright red/blue/pink/purple.)

A: If you want your hair dye to come out really bright, you’re going to have to give it the palest base possible. That means bleaching. Hair dyes like Manic Panic and Special Effects will show up on unbleached hair, particularly lighter shades, but to get color to really seriously WOW people, you’re going to need to bleach your hair first, and then do the dye. Follow the above tutorial for a step by step of the process!

Q: Should I dye my hair when it’s clean or when it’s dirty?

A: The Attic’s general rule of thumb is to do a chemical step on dirty hair. So, if you’re going to be bleaching first, before you dye, the dirtier your hair the better. If you’re doing a box kit of permanent dye? We recommend also doing it on dirty hair. If you’re doing color like Manic Panic or Special Effects, you’re going to want to do it on very clean, VERY dry, UNCONDITIONED hair. Again, the above tutorial has a great step by step on this process and a more detailed explanation as to why we recommend this!

Q: How can I find permanent purple (or pink, or blue, etc.) dye?

A: Oh, guys, if we had the answer to this, we’d be millionaires living on a tropical island instead of typing this blog post to avoid some day job work. The sad sad fact is that, at the moment, science has yet to find a way to make really permanent dye in super unnatural shades. You can get a sorta purple shade, a relatively unnatural red, and even, sometimes, a blueish, but these tend to oxidize really really quickly and aren’t a whole lot better than surface, demi and semi permanent dyes. Look at it this way, your clowny hair puts you in a club. A special club of hair freaks, and there are dues to be paid in order to be a member of this very special club. What are those dues? They’re regular touchups, pre-bleaching, avoiding sweating in public, and bringing towels with you when you go to a friend’s house to swim or sleep. These dues, while sometimes irritating, aren’t really *that* high and, when they bother you, take a mirror, step out into the sun and take a good look at your glowing corona of gorgeously synthetic locks. This should cheer you up until the next stained pillowcase incident.

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