June 26, 2012

Dip Dye♥

For a while now I've found myself drooling over the dip dyed hair of girls in dreamy artsy pictures like this one: (All images from http://weheartit.com/)
I wish I was her.

First of all deciding how to do it took me a while.  There are a couple options but obviously I wanted something non- permanent which ruled out real hair dye and some stuff involving bleach.  The next option I found was food colouring.  It sounds a little dodgy but after watching a few YouTube video's it looks as though it works.  

Anyway I thought that seeing as though it is the holidays now it should be relatively safe to give it a try so that I have a couple weeks to get it out of my hair if it does turn out to be more than temporary.  I decided that I wanted to have blue tips, like in the pictures below.

Seeing as though I'm a bit of a wuss I just did one small piece of hair as a test to see how long it would take to come out.  I used this video to get the hang of how to do it:

Things you will need:

food coloring
hair ties
hair dryer

1. Braid hair into plaits, tying off where you want the dye to go up to.
2. Add 5+ drops of food coloring to a cup of water.
3. Dip the plaited hair ends into the cup and leave in coloring for about 2 minutes.
4.Take out of cup and towel dry.
5. Add a few drops of food coloring straight to the hair.
6. Put a small amount of conditioner on the colored hair and lather.
7. Leave conditioner in for about 2 minutes.
8. Dip back into coloring and water in cup for about 30 seconds.
9. Towel dry and blow dry the hair.

Because my hair is fairly dark it came out quite quite a lot lighter than in most of these pictures but I still quite liked it.  Also, much to my mom's delight it did come out the next time I washed it.  I would have liked for it to stay in a little longer but I guess it's not that complicated to do even if it's only for a couple days. 

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