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These dyes do not lighten hair, only products that contain bleach or peroxide can lighten hair color. Generally these semi-permanent dyes will last 2-8 weeks and will gradually fade, depending on how often you wash your hair, the hardness of the water you use, the shampoo and styling products you use, the amount of sunlight your hair gets, and the color of the dye (reds/pinks tend to stay in longer than greens/blues). Hair type, and how damaged your hair is, also contribute to how long the dye will stay in your hair, and how the color turns out. Some hair types will just take colors better than others.

Although you can apply the colors to non-bleached hair, you will most likely be disappointed with the results. Even those with blonde hair can benefit from bleaching first, since bleaching makes hair more porous allowing more color to be absorbed. Some colors will give highlights over non-bleached hair, but this tends to make your hair look grimy. Bleaching is highly recommended Bleaching will damage your hair, but with proper care you can keep your hair in good condition. Be aware that bleaching and dyeing your hair vibrant colors takes time and effort if you want it to look good, but may not be as hard as you think. Just make sure that before you bleach or dye your hair you're ready to experiment - don't do anything you might regret. So you want to dye your hair? Here are some more things to consider These semi-permanent dyes stain, so be careful, and wear old grubby clothes, make sure you have a pair of latex/vinyl gloves on while applying the dye! You probably want to do this on a weekend, so that if you get dye on your hairline and scalp it has a day or two to wear off. You're ready to dye your hair, below are instructions and tips on how to apply the dye.

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Application Instructions & Tips
Here are some things you should have (besides hair dye):
pair or two of latex or vinyl gloves are a *must* - you can find these at beauty supply stores.
Junky towel.
Junky clothes! .
Tint brush (2 - 2 1/2 inch recommended) .
Petroleum jelly .
Now that you're ready to dye your hair funny colors, here we go.
Don't use conditioner the same day you're going to dye your hair.
You might want to lay down newspaper or something around the sink of your bathroom if you are worried about making a mess.
You can put petroleum jelly around your hairline to help avoid staining your skin if you like, do this before putting on your gloves and avoid getting it in your hair.
Put on latex/vinyl gloves before opening the dye.
You should apply dye to clean, combed, bone dry hair (unless your dye instructions say differently)
It is recommended to use a wide tint brush while applying the dye, but if you really want to you can just rub it in with your gloved hands. Since you want to avoid getting the dye on your scalp, it's a lot less messy to use a tint brush and do a strand of your hair at a time, use the tint brush like you're brushing your hair while applying the dye and make sure you're working the dye through the hair thoroughly. If you don't use a tint brush it's pretty much impossible to avoid getting your scalp dyed, but it should only stay on your scalp for a couple days. It's probably going to be easier for you to do it without a tint brush if you don't have a friend to help you.

Leave the dye in longer that the instructions say. Keep the dye in for at least a half hour, an hour should be long enough. Some people say to leave it in for a few hours or leave it on overnight, which seems crazy to me, but whatever you think works best go for it. Your hair will only be able to absorb so much dye.
Rinse your hair and avoid letting it rinse down your face
For maximum staying power don't shampoo until the following day, it is OK to use conditioner, and is recommended especially if you bleached your hair before dyeing it Cleanup

Ok, so now your bathtub, sink, or skin is stained?? Here are some clean tips. For cleaning up the tub/sink - Ajax, Comet, Lysol plus Bleach All Purpose Cleaner, and similar products should do the trick. I use Clorox Soft Scrub with Bleach and it works very well.
For cleaning up your skin - though I've never used this product, Super Smack by Frames is suppose to be great for removing dye from the skin, I recently tried Clean Touch by Revlon for the first time and was impressed! It works much better than anything I've tried before. I've also tried this stuff called Hair Dye Remover for the Skin that I bought from Sally Beauty Supply, and it did nothing for removing the stains from Manic Panic on my skin, so I don't recommend it. Though I've never tried this, you can also use astringents such as Noxzema to remove dye from your skin.

More Tips & Comments - these are things that were submitted by others related to both dye application and cleanup. I know right now it's just kind of thrown together, as I get more of your tips and comments like this I will take the time to organize this a bit better. Thanks to everyone who has contributed, keep it up!
If you want an unusual color without big commitment or damage (or need a more subtle unnatural color), try the Clairol Natural Instincts line, which has colors such as Redwood (a deep cherry color) and Amethyst (plum). They are gentle and last fairly long.
Instead of petroleum jelly, you can use baby oil below your hair line to prevent staining your skin.
Have a tissue handy or an old washcloth to wipe up any spills on the sink area ASAP.

The easiest and surest way to get dye off your skin is to use Clorox bleach, then rinse immediately so that you don't get chemical burns.
Nail polish remover (preferably the kind with acetone) will remove leftover stains the countertops or sink. It will also clean any stray spots on your arms or forehead but it will dry your skin out - so use with caution
Use old bath towel to cover the counter top and sink. That gives you less clean up time. The same towel can be used for cleanup when rinsing out whatever instruments you used.

It's best to rinse your hair in a sink or over the tub, so that the water doesn't run over your body!
You can add a bit of dye in with your shampoo (use gloves when shampooing then) to help the color last longer.
Do not condition before you color in any circumstance. After you bleach your hair, deep condition it, rinse, and wait until the next day to color. Because if you put a conditioner in your hair before you color, it will repel the color.

Before coloring, take a glass with lots of baking soda in it, and pour it on your head after your regular shampoo, and massage it in. Leave in, and then wash it out. This makes your hair dry yes, but when you color; it soaks up the maximum amount of dye for moisture.

After you rinse out the dye, take regular plain old vinegar, and rinse your hair with it. This brings up the pH level in your hair helping the color stay longer.
Buy a good deep conditioner to use daily after you dye. This helps the color stay in longer, and helps you hair back to "normal" condition. Also, buy a conditioner that is either "Color Enhancing" or "Color Protective" as this will help your color stay in longer.

Semi-perm dyes stain REALLY bad. Make sure you are in a damageable area when you dye, or outside. If you get some on your forehead, ears, or whatever, use soap to scrub good! Or buy this stuff called "GOOP" at a hardware store. It will take it right off, and is pretty gentle to this skin!

Be prepared for an altered natural hair color after it all comes out. This only applies to people who did not bleach before dyeing. "punky" semi-permanent dyes will all permanently stain bleached hair a light shade of the color. And on non-bleached hair, it may leave a different shade to your hair even months after the color is gone, you may want to dye your hair back to a "normal" shade of your natural color if this is the case.

What are you getting into?
In order to achieve a vibrant unnatural hair color, you NEED to bleach your hair prior to any coloring. Bleaching will make hair more porous, allowing more color to penetrate the hair shaft. Bleaching your hair is a big commitment. Bleach is made of peroxides, ammonias, and lightening agents that remove the pigment melanin from the hair shaft by oxidative destruction. This process is permanent, and there is no way for your hair to magically go back to its natural color other than by letting it grow out. You can always dye your hair a color similar to your natural shade as it grows in to make it less noticeable.

Bleaching will definitely damage your hair, but this is considered intentional damage if done properly. The amount of damage your hair will undergo depends on the strength/volume of bleach you use, and the length of time it is left on your hair. It is a good idea to do a strand test to get an idea of how your hair will react to it if you've never bleached before.

It is important to be very cautious when bleaching your hair, don't leave the bleach in too long, and don't bleach more than once in a day - unless of course you WANT your hair to melt off and go bald (you don't). If it doesn't come out light enough the first time, wait at least a day before bleaching again. If you want to be prepared for the worst, buy a bottle of darker "normal" hair color just in case it comes out awful and you are starting to have second thoughts!

Be nice to your hair:
Conditioner is a MUST if you bleach your hair. It is a good idea to invest in a quality deep conditioner, or hot oil treatment. Use strong deep conditioner every day. Take care of your hair!

So you want to bleach? Here are some more things to considerBleach on a weekend and give yourself time in case you mess up. This allows you to rebleach and correct mistakes without having to worry about being seen at work or school with messed up hair. Buy more bleach than you think you'll need, because you don't want to get half way through and realize you don't have enough for your whole head! This will also be helpful in case you missed some spots and need to bleach again.
If this is the first time you've bleached your hair, get someone to help you or get it done professionally - you want the bleach to be applied evenly.

Application & Tips
Here are some things you should have:
Packet of powder bleach or cream bleach of some sort, and (at least 20 volume) developer
A pair or two of latex or vinyl gloves - you can find these at beauty supply stores
Junky towel
Junky clothes
Tint brush
Either an 8 oz. plastic applicator bottle marked in ounces -or- a plastic mixing bowl
Someone nice to help you!

Make sure that the instruments you use are non-metallic Now that you're ready to bleach your hair, here we go!
Don't shampoo hair before application and do not apply if skin or scalp is broken or irritated!
You might want to lay down newspaper or something if you are worried about making a mess
Put on your latex/vinyl gloves and mix together your powder bleach with your developer (amounts as instructed on your bleach products) in a plastic mixing bowl and mix until creamy using a tint brush. If you're using a plastic applicator bottle, empty contents into the applicator bottle and put the cap back on, cover the hole and keep shaking until smooth.

You should apply the bleach to dry, combed hair
Use a tint brush to apply evenly to the hair you want bleached, saturate but not to dripping
Start about ¼ to ½ an inch from your scalp and apply to your hair in sections, starting at the back working your way up
Avoid getting bleach on your skin and scalp - it can burn
Be sure to cover all of your hair (except the roots for now) you don't want to end up with chunks of orange or brown hair! This is why it is a good idea to have someone help you, bleaching are more complicated than dyeing your hair and it is hard to make sure you've covered every spot on your head if you're doing this on your own.

Let the bleach set for about 20 minutes and check to see if it is at the color you want, if it isn't, keep checking your hair every 10 minutes or so until you achieve the desired degree of lightness.
Once your hair is at a pale yellow/light blonde stage, apply the bleach to your roots all around and be sure not to miss any spots. Roots bleach must faster than the rest of your hair! If you apply bleach to the roots from the start with the rest of your hair, you will end up with pale blonde roots and orange hair .
When your hair is all the desired color, wash it out being careful not to get it in your eyes
It's a good idea to follow up with a good deep conditioner or hot oil treatment since your hair will feel like straw. If you're in a rush to apply dye right away, you may want to apply the dye and then condition your hair, since it may affect how well your dye takes if you don't wash the conditioner out well enough beforehand.

Another note, if you want white, platinum blonde hair - you will need a toner. This is applied after bleaching in order to remove the goldish color from your hair. Remember: use conditioner EVERY DAY and use deep conditioning treatments as needed!
What to look for when buying BLEACH.

You can buy either a bleaching kit or you can buy developer and bleach separately; they both get the job done. When buying the developer and bleach separately you will not get complete instructions. The brand you choose when buying bleach is up to you; I've only used one brand and have nothing to compare it to. I assume most are generally the same, although if anyone is really impressed by a specific brand of bleach.
Mostly what you want to consider is the developer volume you want to buy. The lowest strength is 10 and then 20, 30, and 40 is the strongest level for normal processing. You probably want at least 20 vol. for good bleach.

Here's a guide that people seem to go by to help you decide what volume to buy: 20 vol. - for blonde, or severely damaged hair 30 vol. - for medium brown to blonde, or damaged hair 40 vol. - for dark brown or black hair
Note!! Please read
The information below is something I learned from a professional hair stylist/salon owner who disagrees with recommending the use of higher volumes of developer:Only use 20 vol. to scalp bleaching (on the scalp and generally all over the head) as any more can cause scalp burns. With darker hair you should
Have plenty of time, it can take up to 30 min. per application.
Reapply, if it looks like the bleach has stopped working wash the hair in cool water dry and do it all again. As you are only using 20 vol. the hair will be less damaged and the risk of chemical burns is much less.

For those who use a higher the volume for the quicker the process, use lower volume and let it take its time since you still want hair at the end of the process. By using a lower volume the semi-permanent dyes will last longer as the cuticle layer of the hair is not blown open while removing the natural color. With 20 vol. you can reapply without waiting as the action is reasonably gentle, and you can reapply 4 or 5 times if needs be (if you notice your hair starting to get a bit tender you should stop!). From their experiences for black hair they've only ever needed 3 applications.

The powder bleach packet should be about 25 grams (1 oz.) to mix with about 2 1/2 fl. oz. of cream developer. Cream developer will most likely be in larger bottle for more than one use. It's a good idea to buy more than one (25 gram) packet of powder bleach as well just in case you don't have enough.

Easy Steps for Hair Care:
Stop wrestling with it for pete's sakes - it'll only make matters worse. It's surprising the way some people treat their hair. Instead of giving it the respect it deserves, they tug at it with their hair brush, secure it with plain elastic bands that stick to the hair, lick it, chew it, clean their inky hands with it, stick their pens in it, wipe that excess eye-liner off on it, and while shampooing, rub it, scrub it, pull it and generally bash it around before stuffing it under the full blast of a hair dryer. Phew! It's shameful. Just because they're not going bald in a hurry, they take it for granted. And then they wonder why their hair isn't a shiny, swinging, sexy mane like in the ads, in spite of using the same shampoo! Well, understand the facts of life. Hair is delicate, growing stuff, which need to be handled with care. A lot of care.

Want to make amends with your hair - Get to know itFirst, identify your hair type. Is it normal, oily or dry? So, who's normal? Well, if your hair isn't a constant maze of split ends, doesn't become oily quickly and is fairly well behaved, you could say it is normal. Wash your hair twice a week with a mild shampoo and conditioner for normal hair. Towel dries lightly. Blow dry from at least five inches away, whether your hair is normal, dry or oily. Stress, hormonal activity (puberty, childbirth), thyroid problems and eating too much fatty food and chocolates are what usually cause oily hair. Oily hair needs to be washed more often but don't scrub too hard while washing. It won't get your hair any cleaner or less oilier. What it will do is further aggravate the already overactive sebaceous glands on your scalp, not to mention cause damage to the delicate follicles.

And don't pile hair on the head while shampooing, even though it may look great in the ads. It causes tangling, leading to further breakage. You could add lemon to the final rinse for a great shine. If you don't have time to shampoo every few days or feel lazy and leave it oily, your hair won't just look terrible, but dirt will get lodged under its surface causing breakage and damage not to mention dandruff. This will lead to skin problems such as acne on your chest, back and face. So you need to be careful about washing hair regularly, though you could condition it just twice a month. However, if your hair has been chemically treated, you should condition hair after every wash as chemical strips hair of its natural oils.

Start making peace:
You could start by if your hair is dry; wash it twice a week with a shampoo for dry hair, followed by a conditioner. If your scalp feels very dry and flaky, use an anti-dandruff shampoo. Be very gentle with the ends of the hair, which are the driest parts and tend to split easily. You may be tempted to use styling products to tame the frizz, but avoid it. Frizz is usually caused by the inadequate flow of sebum from the roots, as it is being blocked by the flaky scalp. Give your hair a good oil massage before washing, to loosen the flakes, and rinse hair extra thoroughly.
Types of Temporary Hair coloring
Crayon and Mascara: The primary reason of hair color crayons is to blend regrowth between re touches. Mascara crosses the line between hair coloring and makeup.

Color mousses are the most contemporary ways to temporary color the hair. Offer a wide variety color, fast and easy to apply. They can brighten, tone gray, disguise regrowth lines and blend uneven color as well as create dramatic effects. Color mousses stay put on the hair shaft. They do not drip, run or blow off the hair when blow-drying. This characteristic, and the fact that they do not appear to be a traditional hair color, makes them popular with men. They also give the hair body and volume. Some mousses also have detangling and conditioning abilities.
Spray on hair coloring: is applied to dry hair from aerosol containers. Generally used to create an even tone, such as brown, aubum or more popular for creating special effects.

Color shampoos combine the action of a color rinse with shampoos. These shampoos add color tones to the hair.
Temporary color rinses prepared rinses used to add color to the hair. These rinses contain certified colors and remain on the hair until the next shampoo. Temporary rinses are also known as water rinses. The pigment molecules are designed to attach to hard keratin. Skin and hair are composed of similar types of keratin, with the soft keratin of the skin and scalp even more reactive than the hard keratin of there. Advised to use gloves to protect your hands from stain.

Semi-Permanent Hair coloring:
Semi-Permanent color offers a form of hair coloring suitable for the person who does not want the permanent color change. Semi-Permanent color maybe suitable people who feels they hair is dull, drab or have a touch of gray, but not ready to do a permanent coloring. This method works to blend gray hair in a deeper color without changing the natural color. You can't lighten hair with a semi-permanent color just put a coating on a hair. You won't have re-growth with this method, just will fade out. Usually last about 4-6 weeks. If you have an extremely pours hair or you use heat, the semi-permanent color could turn out to be more permanent. These all depending the original hair color and porosity, processing time and method of use.


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