So, at twenty-two years old, I finally decided I desperately needed some sort of physical change in my life. I also wanted to do something shocking to surprise my fiance once he gets off his aircraft carrier [soon]. He hasn't seen me in person since October! So, out of all the "crazy" things I could have done, dyeing my hair with semi-permanent dye is by far the least damaging and non-permanent option. My mind made up, I went on a research-quest to find the right dye for me, and decided on Manic Panic. The brand has punky/metal colors, is Vegan and vegetable-based (I'm not Vegan, but I like when products are!), and supposedly washes out quicker than most dyes. Winwinwin.
|I think it's cute.|
|Forgive the duck face--I've been culturally brainwashed. Photo on the left taken by Rachel Kertz.|
MAGIC RITUAL OF GETTING RED HAIR:
- Cover your bathroom (or wherever you dye your hair) with towels. Everywhere. The dye got places I didn't know it could go.
- Cover your face, ears, and neck with Vaseline. You'll thank me later. Also, wear a shirt you don't care about (though the dye washed out of mine).
- Really, have a friend/significant other/SOMEONE ELSE put your dye in for you. You do NOT want this stuff in your sink. SO messy. Make sure they wear good gloves.
- My hair is crazy-long and very thick, but I only needed one jar of Manic Panic. The friend who dyed my hair used a wee bit of a second jar, but it probably wasn't necessary.
- You can let your dye sit however long you want. There aren't any bad chemicals in it to seep into your brain and give you cancer (Manic Panic is rated 4/10 on EWG). The internet says the longer you leave the dye in, the longer it lasts. The jar suggests 20 minutes and I let mine sit for four hours. And it hasn't really gone anywhere in the five days since I dyed it. I expect it to last at least a month. UPDATE: It's been two months. Still red. I've got some roots showing, though. But this stuff isn't budging! :D
- Please, do not get any dye on your scalp. My scalp was covered in dye and it took over an hour to rinse all of it out, and I had to shampoo my head twice to get it off my scalp.
- Rinse your hair in the shower--NOT the sink--if you left your dye in longer than the instructions advise. Even if my scalp wasn't dyed red, it would've taken a good 30+ minutes to get my water to turn clear, and even then it never REALLY turned clear. I just had to give up. Make sure you towel dry your hair really well after getting out of the shower.
- Mentally prepare yourself for all the bleeding that will happen if your hair gets wet. Because it bleeds like a mutha. Rain is now my enemy.
- Also mentally prepare yourself for ridicule from just about everyone!
|I only go outside when driving places, apparently.|
Stay tuned for the funny ways you'll get treated once your hair is an unnatural color!