Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Dyeing My Hair
I recently bleached and dyed my hair at home, and I really enjoyed the end result. A few people expressed curiosity, and I will probably want to refer to the process later, so here's a writeup.
On to the hair bleaching & dyeing process!
Bleaching! It's dangerous!
Bleach is dangerous and you should heed the warnings on the package. Do that skin allergy patch test before bleaching your hair - the Bleach, Please instructions explain in detail, but basically, you make a wee bit of bleach mix, apply it to a patch of your skin, and leave it there for 48 hours to test for a reaction.
Here's how I looked after the bleach step!
me smiling with a shock of very yellow hair at the top of my head and shaved sides
And here's how I looked immediately after that last step. One side is indeed more blue and then it shifts into green on the other side. The top of the scalp includes a few pink bits which faded a lot faster than the blues and greens, but since the underlying color was now the bleached yellow, that worked fine as part of the blue-green-yellow spectrum.
From here on out I put a ratty towel on my pillow to absorb bits of dye so they wouldn't stain the pillowcase. And indeed it's tinged with blue now.
me, smiling, with a ruff of dark blue-green hair at the top and shaved sides, in indoor light
I liked it a lot immediately afterwards but I liked it even more some weeks later, as the bits near my face lightened a bit and the blues went more green. (Washing the hair infrequently, with cold water, and using lots of conditioner, helped preserve color and keep the hair soft.)
me, outdoors in diffuse sunlight, with turquoise hair with dark roots, one month after bleaching and dyeing
Many years ago I got my hair bleached and dyed at a salon; it was so cool (and cheap) to do it at home! (Like $40 total, including bleach, dyes, and reusable bowl and brush, instead of like $200+ at a salon.) And safer for COVID risk, too!
While researching this, I read a lot on the Arctic Fox knowledge base: general instructions, general bleach safety tips, what bleach does, how long to leave the bleach in, using heat, the scalp, bleaching tips, re-bleaching, foils and showercap, and dyeing after bleaching. Thanks to Leonard for assistance, and to various advice-givers on the Internet for confirmations and tips that I was on the right track. And I got specific tips from several friends – thanks, Liz, Denise, and Yuvi!
29 Mar 2023, 14:00 p.m.
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29 Mar 2023, 16:59 p.m.
I love that color and all the energy you are bringing to the 'after' photo!
27 Apr 2023, 17:43 p.m.
I was going to tell you at PyCon that I’d been reading your blog, but I guess the fact that I didn’t recognize your hair at first shows I hadn’t been reading faithfully enough!
The results look amazing! It's a delight to see your face.