I’ve been dyeing my hair since 2006 or so, and I usually go to X’pect Studio next to Lido. However, recently I’ve been looking to grow out my hair after I snipped it all off a couple of years ago (it’s taking a while, because I’m not really committed to having long hair again, so I keep going for cuts and trims and stuff) so I haven’t been needing to go to a salon to cut.
I have to admit that the bleached portions of my hair were done by X’pect and Assort (Tokyo, Japan) so that saved me a lot of time. X’pect did 2 segments on my left and 1 segment on my right a couple of years ago, and Assort did the entire lower 1/4 of my hair 2 months ago.
So, if you’re interested in taking a look at the changes my hair has gone through, here are a few shots :
horrible photos incoming alert.
Of course, it was inspired by my friend who did her own hair recently, with dye that I bought for her from Japan!
SO. BACK TO MY OWN HAIR.
I decided to pick out a fuchsia, something like the colour I did at Salon Vim, for the inner 1/4 that was previously purple. I figured the colour will be able to cover, yet blend nicely with the previous shade.
So I picked this one called HB Jewellise by Napla. It’s a fairly large sized tube, and I think I got it for around 15-20USD at a shop in Shinjuku called Okadaya.
So I struggled through one round, trying to do so using a plastic bag around my hands instead of a proper glove.
Lesson 1 : Get a proper glove.
Lesson 2 : if it wasn’t evident enough, you should use a ratty old tshirt that you don’t mind getting hair dye stains on.
Tip 1 : it’s best if you can coat it layer by layer, instead of what I did to save time – I simply tied the 2 portions into pony tails and slapped on as much hair dye as I could.
It came out unevenly coloured and some parts were quite weak.
SO, I did a second round.
This time, I hunted down one glove, for my right hand and I did little sections of hair at a time, instead of one chunk of pony tail.
Then, I clipped it up neatly with the little clip you see in the picture below. I separated the unbleached hair earlier by tying it up with a rubber band.
The colours came out much better!
The right side of my hair is bleached to white, which is why I think the colour came out really really bright pink.
The left side isn’t as white as the right side, so you can still see the brownish shade and the purple tone near the roots.
I was fading at the tips, the bits nearer the roots were still quite purple.
After this, I let down the hair that was tied away with the elastic band, and tahdah! Suddenly I became a kawaii japanese chiobu with pouffy ringlets sitting on top of my coloured inner layer.
Anyway, on to the next part, which is to colour the faded 3 segments on the upper 2/3 of my hair.
I chose purple, because the other colours I have right now are yellow, orange, green and red. I thought that red would probably look too close to the pink, and the rest would be kinda clashing.
I used a gel type hair dye, and this one made my eye sting when it got too close. The pink one either didn’t get to close to my eyes, or it doesn’t sting.
This one is by Iriya Cosmetics, Two Way Colour Coat
All in all, I’d say I’m pretty satisfied with both dyes. They coloured on quite well, (I put the first application of pink failing down to my incompetency) and were as fuss free as it gets. I’m pretty sure it would be even easier if there was someone else who had a paint brush thingy to apply it on for you.
One thing you do need to look out for is that you should try not to let it dry out after you apply the dye on your hair. Usually, salon’s will wrap it up in foil or glad wrap, but I was too lazy to do that today. Salons also will heat it up for a few minutes to help the colour penetrate better, or make the chemicals work better. I didn’t wrap it, but I did heat it a little with my hairdryer (which made it dry out faster). But I left it in quite long, roughly half an hour, so I think that made up for it.
I’ll probably post a nicely groomed shot of myself somewhere, but right now, after washing out my hair like… 4 times, I’M A LITTLE LAZY!