Considering that I personally had been constantly changing my hair colour *likeaboss* for 2 years. By calculations, I have already dyed my hair for more than umphteen times.
Which I guess I can somehow give one or two advice to you guys about things that you should consider before dyeing your hair Katy Perry pink, Leeloo Dallas orange or My Little Pony Rainbow.
( Feeling self-proclaimed but ANYWAY *flips hair* )
I,myself, have experienced about the pros and cons of dyeing my hair in bizarre colours of many sorts and there are a few crucial points that you should really consider before doing it.
I did once wrote about 10 Tips Before You DipDye Your Hair , but this blogpost will mainly be for those who are considering about dye-ing your whole hair from roots to tip.
1. Risk of DAMAGING YOUR HAIR.
There are many ways of achieving that neon coloured hair you desire and sad but true, the most direct way of getting it is to BLEACH your hair.
( Unless you're born blonde, then I guess this isn't something that you should consider at all. )
I cannot deny and I won't lie, no matter how careful it is being done, bleaching will always ALWAYS damage your hair.
Many of you, I'm VERY SURE, will definitely have this thought in mind about it.
And it's one of those things that you have to thoroughly think through because you may not have that soft as silk hair for a period of time before your roots grow!
Will you be able to accept the state of your hair will be in AFTER getting that long purple locks you've always dreamed of?
Are you ready to accept the changes your hair will experience, other than the colour?
I seriously would think of it every single time I bleach and dye.
People always told me, well you don't have to think about it "lah".....
Yes, but true. But it's not exactly what I'd agree on because once you've done it, you'll be able to feel it yourself... and only YOU'LL be able to experience it.
What I did was acknowledge that my hair WILL CHANGE.
Colour AND texture wise.
2. Cost of Maintenance
The other thing you'll have to know that you will eventually turn to ways to maintain or, in other words, "try to make them feel silky smooth like your virgin hair".
Nobody likes frizzy dry and unmanageable hair.
After all the hassle of bleach and dye, sure, you love the colour but soon you'll realise that you'd want the texture to FEEL like before just so that it'll look natural.
Are you financially ready for it?
Be it,a treatment spa at hairsalons or do-it-at-home treatment...
You'd be contributing $$$$$$$$$ !
I, have also thought about it before my first pink dipdye that there will be additional "hidden cost" after that.
Not to mention when the colour starts to fade and it's time for touchups!!!
3. How long do you plan to keep it?
This is, I believe, is another thing you might want to know.
A lot of times, we tend to do it just because we love the colour and the thrill of experiencing it.
But then again, once you have it, how long are you planning to keep up with it?
Having pastel pink/purple/blue/green is, frankly speaking, is costly.
Is it a one time gig? Or for your job?
If you ask me, I honestly never thought about how long do I plan to keep the colour because well, I change too often back then!!
All I knew was that those colours were things that I'd want to try on before I grow old and die.
So, how long will you keep it until you're
4. Hairstylist credibility
It's not really something that you'd simply walk in the saloon and say :
I want PINK HAIR today.
That's not gonna happen.
Well, read what I have to say.
HELL NO YOU DON'T JUST WALK IN LIKE THAT.
I seriously wish your soul well if you dare put an inch of your hair into the hands of a total stranger hairstylist.
Which explains why I'd ALWAYS put the faith of my hair in the hands of the hairstylists in Number76 Hairsalon.
You really need to know whether your hairstylist can do the job for you or not, or MOVE ON.
Well, there's always a battle of trust between your instinct and your trust towards your hairstylist. Then you will have to seriously discuss with the hairstylist who will be dealing with you, whether he/she can be honest whether they can give you what you want.
I'd say go with your LOGIC.
5. Are you ready to accept failure/ short lifespan of haircolour?
Let's face it, investing on those candy pink haircolour is like placing a bet in a game of roulette.
Sometimes you get exactly what you put your bet on, sometimes not.
I have been saying this for the gazillion times that "Everyone's hair texture is different, so you may get a different tone of colour even if the hairstylist used the same type of hairdye".
I know that many of you use PHOTOGRAPHS as a reference for your hairstylist of what tone of colour you want, and please do keep in mind that these can only be as a colour chart guide.
Most of you of course, will expect to get the same tone like in the pictures right?
In general, you might not get exactly the same tone as copy-and-paste.
So what I'm trying to say is that you should also prepare yourself in case the result came out slightly different than what you're looking for. Another thing is when you are aiming for a light pastel colour, you will be reminded that these colours do not usually last very long.
My friends always asks me, how do you know what colour you want?
I used a colour chart as a guide and I gave my trust to Hikky-san to try and get it as close as the colour I want.
I can say, loud and clear, it won't be exactly alike but I can handle the difference.
Well, are you prepared to do it?
6. Hairstyling commitment
To be frank, I had to commit to styling my hair before heading out EVERYDAY ever since my first bizarre haircolour. It's one of those things that you will be stuck doing for at least 20-30 minutes of your time each day.
Pink, purple, blue, orange or green.
As long as your hair was bleached over and over again, it will not fall perfectly.
Of course they look really unique and beautiful but what's the whole point of having really nice looking hair when you're styling it??
( No you won't wake up beautiful like Rapunzel )
Read my recent hair post about my Ombre Styled with Art III , where I strongly insist on the 3E ( Effortless Effort Effect ) for really sharp haircolour.
I'm not trying to be all negative about certain people but I've noticed way too many of these folks who have their hair dyed pastel rainbow, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE A DRY PIECE OF COLOURFUL DEADLAND resting on their head.
Styling your hair is a MUST DO thing, so if you're ready to commit, why not?
7. Makeup commitment
Now, UNLESS, you're born with makeup on your face ( or you think you're too beautiful to be putting on makeup ).... This is also A MUST PRACTICE thing.
Cool colours like blue, green and yellow may tend to make your face looking pale and sick.
So if you're planning to get these colours, you'd better have AT LEAST makeup skills LEVEL 1.
Based on my personal experience, when after I dyed my hair blue, I realised that my face really looked like crap without any form of makeup on my face. Imagine you look all dolled up from the back of your head, and people will be somehow attracted to see what you look like up front.....................
You really won't want people to feel disappointed when you look so pale.
It's either : WOw... look at that person's hair!! * good image *
Or........... : WOW.....LOOK AT THAT PERSON'S HAIR!! *tsk* *bad image*
This, I let you be the judge.
8. Clothing wardrobe
Have you raided your wardrobe recently?
This definitely has affected my wardrobe and apparel choices cause the hair will contribute to dominate most of it.
You will tend to be either totally monotonous ala MODE or HARAJUKU super loud in your choice of clothings.
One of the reasons was because the hair colour itself is already THE attraction.
There's always a time when I find myself being trapped in the limits that I have and that shopping of clothings will be determined by how it will match my haircolour.
To be exact, WHITE & BLACK and BLACK & WHITE.
If you're really have a WIDE range of clothes, and you wear almost ANYTHING regardless of how you'll look like. Which is kinda defeating your purpose to look good with beautifully coloured hair.
HAVING UNICORN HAIR IS LIKE HAVING A PET.
IT TAKES TIME, MONEY,COMMITMENT AND EFFORT.
How well are you prepared up against it?
Hope this helps!