Showing you how to achieve, maintain and care for your brightly coloured hair
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To achieve bright coloured hair, unless you have platinum blonde hair, you will need to bleach it.
I started my hair at a mousy blonde colour and bleached it down to an almost white colour, it pretty much resembled the inside of a banana. This was done over two full head bleaches. After the bleaching is done I used Manic Panic Virgin Snow white toner to reduce any of the yellow-ness. I applied this for around 1hr as it's completely chemical free and conditioner based so great for the hair.
After this you can pretty much choose any colour you want. They colour I have here is Directions by La Riche in Turquoise, which I actually went to from pink. You put the dye on and leave for a few hours as it's chemical free and conditioner based and you have your bright and beautiful colour.
A tip to save money or get a lighter shade is to use a conditioner treatment for hair (not conditioner, I find this too runny) and mix the dye with the treatment and add it to your hair. It's also easier to apply everything when the hair is damp too.
Maintaining the colour is easy too.
Wash with cold water is key, also less washes will help.
Mix some dye with the conditioner treatment and use this in the shower instead of your conditioner just whilst you wash to give a little refresh of the colour.
Get some dry shampoo for in between washes.
For roots, you just bleach them as they come through and pop the dye on top. Bleached hair absorbs the dye better.
Get colour safe shampoo, but you might have to test different brands to find the one that removes the least colour.
Removing the colour can be a little more complicated.
Different colours are different when it comes to getting the colour out. Some tips to help:
Vitamin C tablets crushed into your shampoo, leave it on for about 30mins and wash it out. Use an abrasive shampoo like Head and Shoulders (generally antidandruff shampoos) and wash wash wash. If you want to try a bleach bath where you make bleach and then mix it with shampoo that's a less damaging way to bleach the colour out (bit by bit!). It's not recommended to bleach the colour out in one go.