How To: Dip-Dye Pastel Pink

Hey guys! Hope you've all had a fabby weekend - I apologise for not having done an outfit post in a while but I really haven't worn anything that deserves a post of it's own! Soooo anyway, apart from watching an unhealthy amount of Friends this weekend I decided to finally dip-dye my hair pastel pink. As most of you will know my hair is already dip-dyed but I sort of feel like it's a bit overdone now so fancied a change. This is sort of a step by step guide to doing it but I will just say first that mine is in no way perfect and I need to do it again as I will explain laterz.

Step 1 - Bleach

 
The first thing you're going to need to do aside from wearing a fetching binbag is bleach your hair if your hair isn't already dip-dyed. There are plenty of tutorials online and I believe L'Oreal have just brought out their own dip-dye kit which should make life a little easier! Like I said, my hair was already bleached but to get it any sort of pastel colour it needs to be Platinum Blonde (nearly white) to begin with so I bought Schwarzkopf's Live Color XXL in Absolute Platinum. If this is your first time bleaching your hair I would advise you leave it a week or so (or as long as you can) before re-bleaching it to a Platinum colour.
 
 
Step 2 - Toner
 
After all the bleaching is done you still might find that there are some yellow/brassy tones in the hair. You need to get rid of these so that the hair doesn't turn out patchy so I bought the La Riche Directions White Toner to knock out as much of the brassiness as possible. This stuff doesn't have any bleaching agents in it, it's just a lilac dye which works in a similar way to Silver Shampoo and just strips the hair of any yellow tones. You can buy it for under £4 from loads of places including eBay.
 
Step 3 - Pastel Dye
 
Now you just need to pick whatever colour you fancy doing your hair. I chose Crazy Colour in Candy Pink which you can get from eBay here.
 
 
The dye recommended to leave this on the hair for 15-30 minutes but I decided to leave mine on for about 45 minutes to get the full extent of the colour. After I washed it off I was pretty happy with the results but as my hair dried I realised that it hadn't took in a few places. This was an error on my part as I concentrated the majority of the bleach at the ends when I should have really applied a little more at the top as you will see in the pictures. Not to worry though I plan to apply another toner concentrating on the upper dip-dyed section and then reapply the Candy Pink dye. The pictures aren't that great as they were taken at night on my iPhone but you get the jist..
 

 
I completely love it and when I've gone over it again I think it'll be perfect. The only problem with these sorts of colours is that they fade so quickly - it really is a case of doing it every week or so depending on how often you wash your hair. I think a good tip is to stock up on the dye, you can do this cheaply and easily by using Amazon or eBay (for four bottles of mine it's £10 on Amazon!) and then use a bit each time you wash your hair by mixing it with your conditioner. On the plus side you can have as many colours as you like as they do fade quickly. I think Bubblegum Blue will be the next goal after I get bored of pink!
 
I hope this has been helpful in some way. If you have any other tips and tricks for making it last longer or just about the process in general then make sure you leave them down below. Oh and before I go, if you haven't entered already I'm having a Christmas MAC Giveaway so check that out here to win yourself some nice treats.
 

15 comments :

  1. Aw your hair looks gorgeous! I dip dyed mine purple for Leeds Festival last year and loved it!

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    Megan xxx

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    1. Aw thank you :) I had mine purple once and really liked it! xx

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  2. Your hair looks gorgeous; I absolutely love it! And a nice little reminder that I need to do my own dip dye again :- ) I personally love Directions dyes- they have such a range of colour, and (from what I've tried) they're so vibrant and lovely

    Xx. Emma @ ever—so.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you :) I quite like Directions too but fancied trying something new - I like them both equally! xx

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  3. absolutely gorgeous! my hair is a light brown and its dip-dyed blonde! kate x x x

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    1. Aw thank you :) your hair is lovely! xx

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  4. Love how subtle the pastel pink is, it really suits you!

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  5. I really love it, I wish I had the confidence to do this and also the fact they don't last very long puts me off (since I'm so lazy haha!) but I really love the way it looks!

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    1. Haha aw no you totally should do it! I'm pretty lazy but I've kept it up somehow - I tend to do it on a Sunday every week so I've got into a routine :) xx

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  6. This looks gorgeous! I wish my hair was longer as I don't think I could pull it off with the shoulder length it's at! I'd love to try pastel/sky blue. My friend bought one of the loreal kits, and has darker hair and didn't bleach it first, so it's come out as brown/red ends but I still love it!

    Would love you to take a look at my blog as i'm relatively new! It's all fashion/ beauty!
    http://beautyandablogger.blogspot.co.uk/

    Thanks! Becky xx

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    1. Aw I'm sure you could pull it off! I quite like it on shorter hair :) Yeah my friend has also used the kit but I think she got the lighter one of the two and it worked really well! I will take a look :) xx

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  7. I really wanted to try dip dye too but I was worried it would damage my hair. I got these instead - 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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    1. I think there is a possible way of getting your hair light without using bleach. I think it involves a lot of toners! xx

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  8. Lovely. I dip dyed mine with pastel pink recently but it looked a bit different - I like the candy tone of yours! Plus you have awesome matching lippy ;)

    You can see mine here: http://marketofeden.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-dip-dye-your-hair-pastel-pink.html

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