July 24th, 2012
It’s one of those days. There’s a lot to do, lots of time to do it, and yet, I find myself more distracted by my hair than my work. As you’ll all remember, I was in the process of growing out my black hair dye, and now, that process is pretty much over. I’m left with copper roots that fade into a sort of burgundy situation. It’s not unattractive, but it’s not as exciting as I’d wanted. So I went into the archives here to the how to make your dye last longer post to see if any of the commenters had any ideas. You guys seem to LOVE that post, and we’ve got an excellent collection of comments, so hooray on that one. Today, I’m using a modified version of Redhair Riot’s tip regarding using peroxide to make a shampoo cap. Usually, a shampoo cap is used to pull dye from the hair. It requires you to mix a low (10 or so) volume peroxide with your shampoo and to leave this mix on your hair for 5 minutes. If you’re a blonde, and you can’t get that last bit of pink out, this might work well for you. Or, if you have dark hair and you just want to open up the follicle to let a semi or demi permanent dye work better, this is also a good option. What I’m doing is not particularly recommended by anyone except for me. I’m a loner, Dottie, a hair rebel if you will. And when hair boredom sets in, I CANNOT BE STOPPED. I’ve already shaved off the sides of my head and cut in Lydia bangs.
And yet, not enough! I am bored! So, I’m doing a little bleachy bleach, albeit a mild one.
When you want to bleach, but you don’t want to go all deer head about it, there is another option. Peroxide streaking. This is the most simple method, yet the hardest to predict in its outcome. Basically, you go with a higher volume of peroxide, 30 or 40, and streak it through your hair and let it sit. If you’re feeling brave, you can apply heat, but bear in mind that can break the hair. You don’t want to SOAK your head, you want to go with something a little more subtle.
See that? We’re not drenching the hair in peroxide, we’re just kinda painting the surface. There’s also peroxide squished into the ponytail section at the bottom. I’m leaving this in for 20 minutes or so, maybe a bit longer, and then I’m going to shampoo that out. Once it’s fully dry, the plain is to squish in some High Octane Orange Special Effects over the whole thing. We’ll see how that goes. What we know for SURE is that it won’t be the same. What we can’t say yet is whether it will be better. Care to place your bets? Lets find out!Back to the Attic