If you’ve read my earlier post on costumes, you’d know I’ve been thinking a lot about Halloween and how I’ve wanted to emulate Clementine’s unique look from the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Particularly her hair color.
Green and blue are a little extreme for me since I’ve never dyed my hair before, so I’ll be sticking to red.
I read many Yelp reviews and got hair salon recommendations from friends and family. I was told to stick to box dye but I didn’t find what I wanted at Safeway or Walgreens. The red colors ranged from dark auburn to strawberry blond and they were all about looking natural; not the kind of fiery, unapologetically bright red I liked.
It didn’t seem to go anywhere until I checked Youtube and found this DIY video tutorial:
It seemed so freakin’ easy. Then again the Youtuber loopylady11BTS (Big thanks for making the tutorial!) is an expert at this so it’ll be difficult for a first-timer like myself. But I’ll still try anyway.
She also made a new video on how to dye hair without pre-bleaching. Unfortunately, you’d need a license to acquire the right supplies. Since I don’t know anyone with one who could order them for me, I’ll also be bleaching my hair for the first time.
L’Oreal Quick Blue Powder Bleach 1 Lb
- Has two bags of powder and a tiny plastic measurement scooper
Oreor Creme Developer 40 volume
- To be mixed in with the Quick Blue for bleaching
Special Effects hair dye in Devilish Red
- Only 4 fl. oz. so if you have long hair, consider getting 2 bottles
Soft N Style Hair Colorist Tool Kit
- Includes a plastic mixing bowl (don’t use metal), 2 dye brushes, a coloring tool, a jumbo rake comb and 2 hair clips in a reusable tote
Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask, 8.5 ounces Jar
- I kept hearing that hair dye will dry out my hair like crazy so I got a special conditioner
Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
- Rub it over your hairline, neck and ears (Anywhere your hair can touch) to prevent the dye from staining your skin.
Newspapers/Paper grocery bags
I’m not sure if anyone else would find this interesting: I was freaking out earlier when I realized I didn’t have a plastic measuring cup so I used an online conversion website to convert ounces into teaspoons. It wasn’t until I took out the bags from the Quick Blue tub did I find a scooper. I can’t remember the last time I did equations out of my own free will haha.
Just in case I need it, I’m keeping the conversion paper in my supplies box.
Okay, now onto the good stuff:
This was written after I dyed my hair and cleaned the bathroom. I effed up big time by using the shower instead of the sink in the garage so the tiled floor is dyed pink…permanently. I mean, I could stain the towel and old clothes but absolutely not the tiles. I thought I was careful but mistakes still happened — especially this huge one. Imagine how my mom felt when I told her this.
The best we can do is fade the pink into a lighter shade. I scrubbed it with white vinegar and hope to use bleach and baking soda tomorrow. I know my mom’s still upset. Not sure how to make it up to her.
So, just a reminder to keep cleaning products on hand if you’re going to do self-dye. And be prepared to lose the original color of your shower even when you think you’re being cautious.
UPDATE: Clorox bleach freaking saved my life. The floor is now white and bleach-y clean. Thanks chemicals!