When it comes to dying hair vibrant colors, it takes patience and attention-so that the end result is expected, and the hair's condition is kept as healthy as possible.

Things You Will Need

Manic Panic Lightning Bleach Kit

Desired hair color(s)- Manic Panic has proven to be the best quality in my opinion.

Wide-toothed comb Old T-shirt Old Towel Hot Oil Treatment

Step 1

Start by washing the hair around 12 hours before its going to be dyed, this ensures that its not dirty-yet it isn't just washed and still damp. Avoid putting any styling products in the hair prior to color processing as well.

When its time to start coloring the hair, section the hair off according to where there will be color applied. If you will be coloring the whole head, section the hair into four quarters and secure each with a clip.

Step 2

There are a couple of things to consider when coloring hair, one being the starting shade of the hair. If one has dark hair and wants to end up with hot pink hair-they will have to bleach the dark hair to the whitest possible white and then apply the hot pink color to get a vivid high-contrast pink. However, if one wants a "tint" they can choose to slightly lighten the dark hair before applying color, or simply apply color to the dark hair for a color only detectable in well lit areas.

If one has light colored hair, they can choose to bleach the hair for the highest contrasting color, or they can apply color to their previous color-the intensity of the color will be lost unless they are naturally bleached blonde.

Step 3

If the desired effect is the most vivid shade of color desired, then the best way to achieve this is by bleaching the desired section of hair.

I have found that the best results came from Manic Panic's Lightning Bleach Kit, you can find this at Hot Topic, Sally Beauty Supply, or other beauty salons. Apply the bleach mixture to the portion of hair to be bleached from root to tip. Its important to make sure that the hair is saturated and fully covered-long hair may take two boxes to ensure this.

If hair is not previously damaged, and is very dark, its safe to leave the bleach on alightly longer than the box says-I have never had to leave the bleach on for more than one hour and fourty five minutes however. Keep a close eye on the color of the hair, and be sure to wash the bleaching mixture out as soon as the lightest color has been reached-or if the shade has not gotten lighter after a long period of time.

Wash the hair with a little shampoo, but be gentle to avoid un-needed damage. At this point, towel dry the hair-but do not scrub your hair-squeeze your hair with a dry towel over your hands. At this point its best to let your hair air dry-you can pin up the hair that you won't be coloring so the bleached hair dries faster. If you are strapped on time you can blow dry your hair a little but I highly recommend not doing this unless you are drying damp hair that is almost all dry. You don't have to have completely dry hair, but the amount of color absorbed will be higher if there is no water sitting in the hair strands.

Step 4

Once your hair is bleached, washed, and dried prepare your hair again in sections according to how it will be colored. To color your hair several colors, keep the desired sections seperate. If you are dying the hair all one color, section your hair into four quarters again. You will start with this step if you just want a tinted color as well.

With gloves on, begin by applying color at the roots and working downward in small bunches in a single section of the hair. Once the section is all colored, pull the entire section together and easily massage the strands to spread the color around and cover any lighter spots-be sure to focus on the ends of the strands. If several colors are being used, repeat the previous process for each color on the designated section of hair.

Colors do minimal, if any damage to the hair, so you won't have to worry about any more damage at this point. Leave the color on as long as the directions state, I usually leave the color on for thirty to fourty five minutes with a plastic bag over the hair-occasionally shooting a stream of hot air from a blow dryer on the hair every few minutes as it helps color absorbtion into the hair cuticle.

Step 5

After the color is ready to be washed, get the hot oil treatment ready. Rinse the hair clean, and wash with a little mild shampoo. Do not add conditioner at this point, and ring the hair out really well-do not pull and twist the hair, just squeeze the excess water out. I also pat a towel on the hair to further dry it.

Now apply the hot oil from tips of the hair up-avoid the scalp and roots close to the scalp if the hair tends to get oily quick, and its not necessary because of natural oils on the scalp as well. Focus on the tips of the hair, as these will harbor the most damage. Leave the hot oil treatment on for a minute and then rinse the hair very thoroughly to make sure that no residue is left behind on the hair.

Step 6

While I prefer to let hair air dry the first time after coloring, its safe to let it air dry for fifteen to twenty minutes and then blow dry on medium heat and a low setting. Now that they hair folicle has been damaged, it will be prone to fuzziness when dried with a blow dryer. Simple silicone serums used in moderation on the tips of hair can smooth any trouble spots, however if the hair is conditioned regularly and deeply, the hair should stay smooth. Most women use styling tools on their hair, even colored hair, so be sure to use a heat protectant spray to avoid damage to the fragile hair. It's also beneficial to use a color-protecting shampoo and conditioner, as well as use the left-over hair color(if any remains) for touch ups every month to keep the color vibrant.

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