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Here are some questions that people recently asked me on my tumblr account at Fuck Yeah Fantasy Hair. These all pertain to lightening hair, toning, or coloring with semi-permanent color.
Q: How does one achieve pastel-colored hair? I have dark brown hair that gets dry easily. I would really like to be able to achieve some pretty pastel colored streaks :)
A: You need to bleach the streaks a very pale blonde, as close to white as possible (ideally you should tone it with a violet toner to get a nice white base) and then after washing and drying, you can apply a pastel color of your choice. I recommend getting the bleaching done by a professional. You can either have them do the color as well, or do it yourself at home, that part is safe. To get any semi-permanent color to be lighter, just dilute it with conditioner until it’s the desired color.
Q: I’m planning on dying my hair a silvery lilac color. I saw a tutorial of a girl who diluted a violet hair dye to make it look like that color, but I was wondering what I could do to achieve more of a silverly look rather than just a lavender one?
A: I think that a blue-violet gives a more greyish or silvery tone (when diluted down and applied to bleached hair) than a middle-of-the-road violet. Look for something with bluish tones or mix a violet and a blue. You’ll need to make sure that your hair is as light as possible first too.
Q: I have brown dyed hair but I want to go blonde, like Barbie blonde… I haven’t colored my hair in about six months and the roots are coming in a dish water blonde. What would be the best way to do it to?
A: As always, I recommend that color corrections and big lightening projects be left to professionals as they can be quite the undertaking. You can try removing the color yourself at home with an over the counter color remover, which will help remove the artificial color but should not affect your natural hair color. Once the color is removed, or is as light as possible, then you can go about bleaching all of it. There are some other (less harsh) methods of fading your hair color in this blog post: How To Fade Your Hair Color And Why You Might Want To Do That.
Q: I know that it’s probably asked quite a bit, but what sort of bleaching/lightener/other method would you reccomend using to go from a dark brown to platinum blonde?
A: If you are trying to use your natural color it is going to be much easier than fi you are removing previous color. I always use Paul Mitchell Dual Purpose Lightener for bleaching. Going from dark brown to platinum blonde is quite a process and I don’t recommend doing it yourself. Your best bet is to see a professional, at least the first time, and then do the root retouches at home if you want to. The way that I would take someone from dark brown to platinum blonde is to “platinum card” their hair, which is a foiling technique in which ALL of the hair is contained in foils. This offers the most control so that you can come out with the best lift and the most even color with as little damage as possible. If your hair is super resistant, it may take a couple of times bleaching and toning it to get it light enough which can be really bad if you don’t have experience.
Q: Just wondering what colour pink you have used in your pic? Thanks!
A: That was either Paul Mitchell Inkworks in hot pink, diluted with conditioner, or Special Effects in Atomic Pink, diluted with conditioner. They come out about the same but the SFX lasts longer. If you’re planning on changing it from pink to something else relatively soon, then go with something less permanent, as the stain that the SFX leaves can be hard to bleach out. However, I had pink hair for 10 years so the longevity of the SFX was pretty ideal.
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Note: The first two photos were found on Pinterest. They are linked back to the pin but I couldn’t find an original source. If anyone knows the original sources for them, feel free to let me know. The third picture is my hair.