How to Dye the Ends of Your Hair Fun Colors: Tips From a Pro
Want Funky Hair? Let's Do Something Fun: Colored Tips!
Do you always have the same boring hairstyle? Are you looking to mix things up?
So, maybe you've thought about it, and you finally want to take the plunge. You want fun hair; you want funky hair; you want to color your hair with the new "in-style" hairstyle that has been seen all over the place. You want to tip the ends of your hair with fun colors!
Unfortunately, you don't have any clue how to do it, and going to the salon can be a bit expensive. So, what is a person to do?
Fortunately, with a little guidance, and maybe a little help from a friend, you can get some fun hair—and it doesn't have to break the budget!
As a professional hairstylist and a trained cosmetologist, I have been taught techniques for working with hair. Therefore, the user assumes all risk and liability. These tips are a means of guidance. When using chemicals, there are many hazards, including allergic reactions, blindness, and, of course, damaging the hair. However, for the best results, you should always seek the help of a professional.
What You Will Need
- A hair bleach kit (Clorox Bleach and/or peroxide WILL NOT work!)
- A semi-permanent hair color of your choice (We used Beyond the Zone Color Jamz, which can be bought at Sally's Beauty Supply.)
- Shampoo and conditioner
- A brush/comb
- Two rubber bands
- A plastic hair coloring bowl and brush
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic hair cape
- Blow dryer
Now that you have everything you need, it is time to get ready to have some fun!
Step-by-Step Instructions for Dyeing Hair Tips
Step 1: Get Comfy and Put on Safety Gear
Get a comfortable chair for the person to sit in, and wrap them in a hair cape or a towel. Remember, you are working with chemicals. If any of the bleach or color gets onto their skin or their clothes, it can be damaging. Not only can it stain, but it can also burn! Safety first! Make sure you take these precautions so you don't make a mess!
Step 2: Braid the Hair, Bleach It, and Watch It Carefully
- The next thing you need to do is part the hair straight down the middle and braid each side. The amount of hair left at the end is the amount of hair you will be tipping. So, obviously, the more hair you leave at the end of the braid, the more fun color the person will have at the bottom of their hair. In addition, this technique will only work on those whose hair is long enough to braid. Secure the ends of the braid with rubber bands. I prefer to use rubber bands because I can throw them out when I am done.
- Now put on some disposable rubber gloves. I would also suggest removing any rings or jewelry you are fond of, just to avoid possible damage. You are working with chemicals, and you want to protect your skin and your stuff.
- Mix together the bleach according to the package directions and apply to the ends of the hair. Use aluminum foil underneath the hair to keep things clean and protected. Try to cover all the hair evenly with the bleach and do not go above the rubber band. Remember, whatever hair the bleach does not touch will not lift. This means that, if you don't spread the hair out, you will be left with darker spots in the middle of the ponytail. So, be sure to spread the hair out and get every single piece.
- Watch the bleach carefully as the color lifts out. Every person's hair is a little different, so the amount of time it takes for the bleach to lift will depend on how dark the hair was when you started and how strong the bleach kit is. In the photographs, the bleach was left on for about 20 minutes. This was also a professional-quality bleach with a fast developer. Regardless of what you use, the key is to PAY ATTENTION. Any chemicals used in the hair can be very damaging. If the bleach is left on too long, your hair will break—and instead of fun colors, you will be left with a chemical haircut.
Step 3: Rinse Out the Bleach and Towel-Dry the Hair
- Once the bleach has lightened the hair to the desired level, go ahead and wash it out. Keep the braids intact as you will be adding the color next and will want to leave them in to help guide you.
- Towel-dry the hair. The dye I use, Beyond the Zone Color Jamz, is applied to damp hair. However, depending on the color product you use, always check the directions on the product for the best results. There are a variety of different colors out there, and each color will produce different results. My favorite color to use is the Beyond the Zone Color Jamz Raspberry Kamikaze.
Step 4: Apply the Color
- Now put those gloves back on. I prefer to use disposable gloves because I can take them off in between steps and throw them out. When I go back to rinsing, I can just put on a new pair of gloves.
- Place more aluminum foil behind the hair and apply the color evenly. Make sure to cover all of the hair. If the color doesn't touch the hair, you will have uneven results.
Step 5: Wrap the Hair in Foil, Let the Dye Set, and Wait
- Fold the aluminum foil around the hair and let it set for 10–20 minutes. For more intense results, leave the dye on the hair for even longer.
- At this point, you can even add heat to the color in the foil packets. The heat will actually cause the hair cuticle to open up and accept the dye more easily. Using heat may actually allow the color to stay in your hair longer. Remember, this is a semi-permanent hair color. That means it washes out. When applying the heat, hold the hair dryer at an angle, and blow the hot air up and down the foil packet. The aluminum will get hot, so take precautions when you place the foil packet back down to avoid burning the person. In addition, it gets HOT. Take precaution when using the heat so you don't burn yourself!
- Once the color is applied, it becomes nothing more than a waiting game. Here you can allow the person to sit and read to pass the time or just chat for a while. Just don't forget to set the timer.
Step 6: Rinse, Shampoo, Condition, and Towel-Dry the Hair
- Once you have left the color on for the desired amount of time, it is time to wash it out. Put your gloves back on because the color will stain your hands. Rinse the person's hair until the water runs clear.
- Once the water runs clear, take out the rubber bands.
- Wash the person's entire head with your shampoo of choice, and condition afterward. I prefer to wash the hair with a lukewarm to cool water. The cold water will actually cause the hair cuticle to close, basically trapping the hair color inside. This will allow the color to stay in longer as well, so remember: A cold shower is good for your hair.
- Dry the hair with an old towel once you're done rinsing. Since this is a semi-permanent color, it will stain when wet. Chances are good that, even though the water is running clear, there might still be some color left behind on the towel.
Step 7: Blow-Dry the Hair and Show It Off!
- Place an old towel on the person's shoulders. Put some type of product in their hair, such as a heat protectant, hair mousse, or a smoothing serum. This will protect their hair from any damage from the heat of the blow dryer.
- Now blow-dry the ends of the hair until thoroughly dry. Feel free to leave the rest of the hair damp if you prefer not to blow-dry hair in the first place; just make sure the ends with the color are very dry. The color will stain when wet, so be sure the person keeps their hair off their clothes and furniture while it's still wet.
- Now you are ready to style and show off the new, fun hair colors! Feel free to add a fun flower to bring out the pink tips (or whatever the person's color of choice is). Now that you have a funky new style for the summer, it is time to show it off!
What Can You Expect?
Of course, when you dye your hair, you have to be prepared for the consequences. First off, chemicals can be damaging to your hair. If the hair is not in healthy condition, the person must understand the risks they are taking by using these chemicals. And, once again, I warn you: For the best results, seek out the help of a professional.
However, dyeing your hair can be fun. It can be a welcome change and a great way to really show off your personality! Now, what can you expect after dyeing your hair—other than the obvious compliments from being so bold and doing something so fun with your hair?
1. The Color Is Semi-Permanent
I know, I have said this before, and I am going to say this again! This dye will wash out. In fact, depending on how often you wash your hair, the fun color will begin to fade soon after you have done this and will be mostly gone within 1 to 2 weeks. The results will depend on which color you use, but either way you look at this, it is going to be high-maintenance!
2. It Stains!
Yes—you now have fun hair, but now your nice white shirt is fun-colored as well and ruined. It should not stain if your hair is dry. But, if you do not dry your hair, the color may transfer to your clothing . . . or your couch. So just be careful. You can still have fun. Just don't do it with wet hair, especially within the first couple of days!
3. Bleach Is Permanent!
This seems obvious to some, but while jumping out on a ledge and doing something fun, you might not really think about this. Bleaching will pull the pigment out of your hair. Therefore, the only way to get rid of the bleach is to cut off the bleached part.
If you like this style and you want to stick with it for a while, then by all means, have some fun. But, if you are attached to your long hair and cutting off a couple of inches doesn't appeal to you, then remember that you will be stuck with the blondish tips long after you decide to stop coloring them!
4. You May Be Breaking the Rules
Your hair is wild and fun and carefree. However, not all employers may feel this is appropriate. Before doing this, be sure that there isn't a specific dress code for your workplace.
Also, if you are searching for employment, you might want to avoid this style for the time being. Potential employers may judge you based on your hairstyle. While it may not be fair, they could potentially use it against you. You should always maintain a professional look when going to job interviews. Therefore, be sure this is something you can do with your hair before you do it!
Want More Fun?
So now that you have pink tips in your hair, you are probably wondering what is next!
How to Refresh Your Color
Maybe you like the pink, and you just want to stick with that for a while. That is fine. When it starts washing out, or you want to intensify the color, go ahead and put more pink in.
- You don't have to braid the hair again. (Unless your hair is blonde. If your hair is dark, the semi-permanent hair will only really show on the spots that have been bleached!) All you need to do is spritz the hair down with some water. (Remember, the color is applied to damp hair—depending on the brand of color you use!)
- Put aluminum foil behind the strands of hair and add more color. Easy as that! (Although if you have a friend to assist you, it will be a much faster and cleaner process!)
- Wait for it to set, and then rinse like you would have when you first put the color in your hair.
But what if the pink just isn't your cup of tea anymore? What if you want something crazier . . . different. How about trying this on for style!
Try Multicolored Hair
After having pink tips for a couple of weeks, pink was getting old. Not that it still wasn't a fun look, but it was just time to try something new.
So, what we did was add a bit of teal here and there, freshen up the pink, and package each chunk of hair in little tiny foil packets. The result was a flurry of color! The photographs of the hair you see at the top of this article and directly above are the results.
Mixing Hair Colors
Just be prepared—the color may not turn out as intended. We should remember from our elementary school days that mixing colors results in other colors. So, if the previous color wasn't entirely washed out, you might end up with something you weren't expecting!
However, if you are open to trying new things, the sky is the limit! Heck, maybe you can color-code your hair for the holidays! Orange for the fall, red and green for Christmas, purple and pink for Easter! How fun would that be?
Hairstyles and Kids
Hairstyles are a great way to express your personality. With children, parents usually choose what is done to their child's hair. As a cosmetologist, I often see a struggle when the kids start to grow older and their personalities start to change. There is often an argument over their hairstyle. Is it up to the parents? Is it up to the person who has to wear it?
As a professional, I find it is better to let the children show their personality through their hair. After all, it isn't hurting anybody, and as long as it is within reason (or dress code, depending on the school), what does it really matter?
Haircut vs. Hair Color
Now, as young girls get older, the issue of color may arise. Haircuts and color are two different things entirely. A haircut can be changed. However, color is permanent, for the most part. That means parents who allow young children to color their entire head or add highlights will also be dealing with the maintenance. This can get pricey.
Dyeing the Tips Is a Great Compromise!
That being said, tipping the ends of the hair is the perfect way to allow a younger girl to have color in her hair but not do the damage that all-over color might do. It can also be more affordable because the color is at the ends, so you don't have to worry about the outgrowth. However, it can still be high-maintenance as you constantly have to re-color the hair to keep it popping.
As you can see, the girl in the picture above with the pink tips is rather young. She is only 10 years old. However, before she was allowed to do this, we had a discussion on what chemicals do to the hair. She knew this was going to be permanent, and when she was done with the pink, it meant her hair would need to be cut. She thought about it and decided she still wanted the pink tips.
In her eyes, this was a great treat. She knew she would be getting a school haircut, so she at least got have some fun for the summer!
What Do You Think?
Would you let your child dye their hair funky colors?
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.