This time last week I received a couple of vibrant neon pink semi permanent hair dyes from Smart Beauty 🙂
Smart Beauty are a company that specialise in hair dyes and products but are probably best known for their aray of colour choices and great bleaching kits for going blonde.
Anyhoo, I received my package and I couldn’t wait to get started!!!
As per the instructions provided though it is vital that you perform a strand test on any dye you receive. (This is where you mix a teaspoon of your development cream and powder together to make just enough mixture to coat a strand of hair to see results before completing a full head.)
With strand test completed. My results
weren’t quite so neon pink but more of a neon red. I had totally expected this though due to the amount of red pigmentation and previous dyes I’d performed on my hair.
People must do a strand test … mainly for allergy reasons but furthermore, because if you don’t really know the ins and outs of home dying you need to grasp the length of time needed for colour to react if not stated but also and more vitally because colour is determined by the colour which is already on the hair.
With all the above tried and tested and me completely satisfied with the result proceeded to the whole head.
The how to?
Home dying is pretty straight forward but for the complete novice out there here’s my easy step by step picture sequence of instructions of Smart Beauty home dying;
1) Firstly, you must wear the gloves provided. Peroxide is the equivalent to bleach of the hair world and can irritate skin. (The colour would also get you messy too so best to wear them.)
2) Mix pouches 1 & 2 together in a small bowl or a colour mixing bowl if you have one. These are the peroxide (liquid) and colour (powder) form that will create a thick liquid dye for your hair.
Once mixed you will have a cross between a paste and a liquid thick enough to stick to hair without dripping like water.
3) With the brush provided if creating highlights, section the hair and coat the hair with the paste you made earlier. Thick chunks, thin streaks, tips … be creative, daring, timid or imaginative as your personality let’s you 🙂
In the end I decided to more or less coat the hair with the thinnest streaks of my natural hair peeking through and also my tips with the dye provided.
4) After coating the areas it is advised that you conceal the highlights with clingfilm or foil. This is both to protect the natural hair uncoated from colouring but also to capture the heat and help devopment time.
5) As per the instructions provided they stated that you leave development time to your own personal time that the colour had developed. (Usually that’s around 30-40 minutes on standard dyes) but no longer than
6) After your colour has developed rinse your hair with warm water until water runs clear or as near.
7) Dry, style and completely rock your new look!!!! 😁😁😁😁😁