Experimenting With Dip-Dyed Hair

woman with dip-dyed hair

Dip-dye and ombre colored hair have been quite popular for a few years now. The looks can be seen in both hi-fashion and street-style, and now you’re ready to give the trend a try too. You may be wondering what the difference is between dip-dyed and ombre colored hair; some of you might not have even known that there was a difference. Well, ladies, there is indeed a difference between dip-died and ombre hair! The easiest way to differentiate between the two is recognizing that ombre-colored-anything is the gradual process of once color smoothly blending into another. So when you look at ombre hair, you will notice that the chemically colored ends of the hair get gradually get lighter and lighter along the strands. Dip-dye, on the other hand, offers more of a solid transition from one color to the next – almost like a color block.

If you’re interested in dip-dyed hair, but aren’t ready to call your stylist and take the plunge at the salon that’s totally understandable. This bold look can be…well, bold. Which is why we’ve put together this step by step tutorial for you to experiment with dip-dyed hair at home. In doing so you should be able to get a good idea of how you feel about the look and if you think it’s something you’d want to consider more permanently.

  1. Before you go coloring your hair all shades of the rainbow, take the time to get inspired and figure out the color that you want. Even though this tutorial is only going to give you temporary color, it’s still going to stay put for a few weeks, so you’ll want to make sure that it’s a color you’ll be happy with.
  2. Once you’ve settled on a color, you’ll need to purchase a product that is labeled as “semi-permeate.” This will ensure that the color doesn’t last for months.
  3. In addition to the coloring product, those with darker hair may need to purchase a  lightening or bleaching product. The reason being that light colored tips is the key to achieving the actual color that you want; bleaching out the dark color from your hair allows the colored dye to set.
  4. When preparing to dip-dye, you should purchase more color than you think you need. It may seem silly, but the last thing you want to do is run out of color before you’ve completed coloring your hair. You should also purchase a pair of gloves, to avoid skin irritation and some sort of plastic cover-all for your counters.
  5. Be sure that you’re wearing an old shirt that you wouldn’t mind throwing out. Additionally, wrap your neck with an equally old towel to protect your skin from stain and irritation.
  6. Brush or comb hair that it already completely dry and set up all your products in front of you on the countertop. It’s easiest to do this in the bathroom that way you have a mirror right where you need it.
  7. Section by section, bleach the hair where you want the finished color to be. Because every bleaching product is different, it’s best that you follow the instructions for the product that you purchased.
  8. After you’ve rinsed out the bleach, repeat the same process with the color, directly on top of the bleached hair. You can either use a brush and paint it on, or you can literally dip each section of hair into the dye bowl and use your fingers to spread the color.
  9. After you’ve applied the color to each section wrap it in foil. This will help the product cure faster. Again, to ensure the best possible results from the product you purchased, follow the instructions on how long to let the product sit on the hair.
  10. Once the product has had enough time to color your locks, remove the foil wrappings and rinse the product out of your hair until the water runs clear. After the product is rinsed out wash your entire head of hair with conditioner only. Keep in mind that the more frequently that you wash your hair, the sooner the color will fade.

Hair Trend Report: Tie Dye Style

Lionesse Hair Trend Report: Tie Dye Hair

With all trends in fashion, what goes around, always comes back around! The same goes for most hairstyles and when you combine fashion AND hair, you end up with this hot new fad that may not be the longest in history but is definitely the brightest! The next big thing in amazing hair effects has been showing up in all the hot spots. The once-trademark symbol of the Woodstock generation featuring multicolored clothing and fabrics that appeared first among the first hippies has been successfully expanded to include hair and nails. While the dominant “thread” of continued appreciation for the effects by which Tie dying is characteristically defined has been primarily restricted to tees, hair designers have found a way to carry the ambience of the tie dye effect over to a establish a new form of hair coloring. And judging from the looks of things to come, the instant appeal of tie-dyed hair effects seems to have opened the windows widely to expose a new range of many more possibilities for hair color design that will surely follow.

It’s All About the Colors
With hair as the canvas, the form of art that at one time was the product of spin art and customary tying off and dipping tees in various colors makes the grade among fashionistas, everywhere. The conventional tie dye colors of red, orange, yellow, turquoise and purple are being challenged by new and fun color combos that rock any look and identify the real artists among us. Being that this trend involves laying down of color, the best “canvas” to begin with (following the time-honored method of tie dying tees,) the best way to get the most true color requires light colored hair, with the ultimate foundation being hair that is bleached, Knowing that not everyone wanting tie dye effects will be OK with such a drastic preliminary step, there are ways to get enhanced color by using temporary methods like pressing eyeshadow pigments onto the areas of hair strands that would traditionally be dipped in a tie-dying process. One thing to remember as with all coloring – no matter what your hair color or type, condition and moisturize before and after dying hair to keep it in tip-top shape.

Why the Tie Dye Surge
Today’s technology gives us an advanced appreciation for colors, due to color enhancements seen everywhere. There’s a certain digital attractiveness we attain, in a high-def manner, whereby we can become the art of our Instagram pictures. As hair is one of the first aspects that others notice about us, it’s a form of personal power to know that we can affect the image we portray. Hair color, unlike most other feature-altering measures, is relatively easy to change, and also easy to change back. And in a world where it continues to become more challenging to create a unique appearance within the sea of humanity, tie dye becomes an all the more attractive choice among the zillions of brown shades in the world. And now, society no longer judges people by the strict standards of our forefathers. Go for it!