DIY Dip Dyed Hair

7:40 PM

Me, along with some friends, finally took the plunge. (No not marriage). We dyed our hair! Well just the ends. We figured that if it doesn't turn out we can cut it off and plus we're not allowed to have unnatural hair at school so it'll get cut off at the end of summer. 
First off you're gonna want to take some before pictures.
Here's my friend:

 Here's me:
Here's my other friend. She came late and missed out on the mug shot pictures infront of my new basement walls! We've been a bit busy with all of our DIY stuff going on around the house. Anyway, you can see that her hair was really dark.

Unless you have incredibly blond hair, you're going to want to bleach the tips. Get some bleach and activator and mix it up according to the instructions.

Be sure to properly cover your clothing...

 and your work space... 

Apply bleach to the tips. We went for a thumb length on the tips. You'll want to section off the hair and use a small amount of hair with a large amount of bleach. The darker the hair, the heftier amount of bleach you'll want to use. Wrap the hair in foils as you apply the bleach.

 Leave the bleach in for the amount that the package says. We left ours in for around 30 minutes. As you can see, it didn't do that great of a job lightening on one of my friend's hair. If the package tells you to wash the hair, obviously wash it. Ours did and we washed and blow dried the ends.

 On mine it was a lot better. Probably the best out of the three of us.

 Due to lice treatments that had to be happening in the laundry room, we moved outside. Anyway, section of the hair and carefully paint the dye onto the bleached tips being sure to get FULL coverage. You'll probably find some missed spots! Check a few times. Pull the hair apart. Don't be afraid. Really get the dye in there! When the tips are all covered, wrap a plastic grocery bag around the hair. We just used a pony tail to keep it in. Let it sit for as long as the dye calls for. The longer it sits, the brighter the color.

Wash the dye out in a sink that can get dirty. As in a laundry tub or maybe use a hose. Some dye will wash out and get all over.

Just blow dry the ends or let them air dry. Wait until they're 100% dry to take off your protective clothing. The wet dye can still stain clothes.
When you're done, you'll be left with gorgeous hair or as my friends have said "Mermaid hair"!
Here's one of my friends:
 Here's mine: 
  Here's my other friend.
As you can see in my hair my friends missed some spots with the dye and I'm now left with awkward blond patches. Oh well. It'll all have to go before Summer ends!

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  1. VERY cute!! I have been thinking about doing mine pink or purple.

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  2. Well that looks like you girls had lots of fun!!

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  3. That is so cool, and she looks so happy with her hip and trendy hair! Sweet...I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2012/06/sweet-saturday-link-party-v42.html

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  4. Your hair looks great. That is great way to have the best of both. You get to have fun with colour over the holidays and then trim it off before school returns. I have allowed my teens to have holiday fun with their hair too - after all it grows back and is a safe way to explore / express yourself.
    A tip on colouring. The darker the hair the more times you may have to bleach the hair before colouring. If you do a bit of research you may be able to determine how many times to bleach the ends of the hair. Bleach is very drying to the hair and sometimes damages it, so be careful. If you know a hairdresser he/she may be able to advise you.
    enjoy your summer holidays.
    here in Australia we are about to commence our winter holidays, My 19 yo has just commenced a 4 week break (tertiary) and my 16yo has exams this week (senior) and then a 2 week break.

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  5. Super cute! My nieces have pink dip dyed hair this summer and I am almost tempted to join them ;) Thanks for all the tips! And for sharing this at the {what's shakin' link party}!!

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  6. This is awesome! What a fun way to change up your hair! Cute blog too BTW! :)
    http://www.rolleduppretty.com/

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  7. Looks like you all had fun with this! I think your mermaid hair looks fabulous!!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  8. What a very fun idea to do over the summer. It looks like you had a great time!:)

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  9. Perfect for summertime! Love the color! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

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  10. Super fun! My hair is super dark. I finally took the plunge and out bright red streaks in it, but it's so dark, it doesn't really stand out. Love the mermaid hair.

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  11. This is really cute, I showed it to my 14 year old daughter who likes messing around with hairstyles, etc, and now she wants to do it. Thanks for the post!

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  12. it truly does look like Mermaid hair- beautiful! Do you think I'd get away with it aged 33?

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  13. Your hair looks so cute!! You did a great tutorial too! Thanks for linking up - I featured you today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/06/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-54/

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  14. Such a fun idea! I featured you today at Sunday round Up! come grab a button! http://www.kaylascreationsblog.com/2012/06/sunday-round-up-14.html Have a wonderful week :)
    -Kayla

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing. I loved this so much, I featured it this week: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/06/will-craft-for-fun-46.html

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  16. I love the dip dye too but I’m worried it will damage my hair. I got these instead - I&K dip dye hair extensions They’re available at Hairtrade.com and there's some gorgeous colours. I got the turquoise one! Kate x

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