Monday, July 28th, 2014
Last week, at long last, I took the platinum plunge and bleached my hair. I’d wanted to do it for a long time, but I’m not a big fan of shelling out a lot of cash for hair services. Actually, I’m not a big fan of shelling out cash for much of anything, re: this blog. But I was dying to rock a white-blonde pixie cut and be able to switch pastel hues whenever I felt so inclined. So to avoid seriously damaging my hair with an at-home bleaching kit, I went to a hair school and got it done. I loved the platinum, but was itching to try out the Manic Panic color library I oogle every time I step into Ricky’s NYC.
I held onto my toe head status for a total of five days. I am lots of things. Patient is not one of them. Other things I’m not: quiet, able to respond to text messages in a timely manner, a good dancer, a fan of the movie Pirates Of The Caribbean (I’m an outlier, I know). But moving on.
I decided to try pastel pink first. I did some intense googling and found that even though Manic Panic sells a pastelizer, you can also use white conditioner to dilute semi-permanent dyes. Being myself (re: re: this blog), I decided not to spend another $11.49 on something I didn’t need. I bought their Cotton Candy and Pretty Flamingo dyes. I mixed the conditioner, an equal part of Cotton Candy dye and a tiny bit of the Pretty Flamingo (for a peachy pink rather than a bluish pink) in a bowl. Also learned on the vast information pit that is the internet that if you’ve previously bleached your hair, the color of the mixture should basically be the color you want your hair to be. How simple! I hate complicated instructions.
I used a tint brush to apply the dye. Every other time I’ve dyed my hair, permanently, I’ve never listened to the instructions. “Divide your hair into four equal sections.” Nope. Too difficult. I’ve never been good at following guidelines. I was the only kid in second grade who couldn’t make a cootie catcher. Hair moves around too much and strands get of place and… just, no. I’ve always slathered the goo all over my head until my hair gets totally saturated. It’s always turned out fine.
That didn’t really work with Manic Panic.
My hair ended up being… multi-tonal. It’s a little uneven. There are sections of my hair that are only slightly tinted, and the ends of my bangs are darker than the rest. My somewhat educated guess is that in mixing 2 different Manic Panic colors with conditioner, three products of different chemical makeup, all of the molecules or whatever may not have been completely, evenly distributed. Maybe using the brand’s pastelizer helps with that. (If you’ve used the pastelizer, I’d love to hear your review in the comments.)
But despite a few inconsistencies in tone, I’m really happy with the color. It’s the peachy, pastel pink I was going for. I styled my hair in a way that covered up the uneven parts, and since the semi-permanent color will only last about a week and half anyway, I’m not stressing about it.
Today when I was doing some fake shopping, (when I torture myself by going into the stores around Herald Square after work despite having no money to spend) I noticed a few other people with pastel colored hair. I immediately noticed how fried and damaged their hair looked, thus confirming that getting my hair professional bleached was a really good call. Using conditioner to dilute the dye also made my hair feel very soft and healthy, kind of like a deep treatment.
I love my pink hair… but I’m definitely doing an ice blue hue next time. #ADHD #thisiswhoIam #whereisthepizza #wut