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How to Dye Your Hair Wild Colors With Splat

Updated on March 13, 2012

Colorful hair is all the rage, and especially seems to be taking off in 2012. And why not? Who says you have to let your hair sit dull and normal-colored? Why not try something electrifying out?

Step 1: Prepare

Before you get started, you're going to want to purchase your chosen color of hair dye. I mostly use Splat Hair Dyes, and have had good results. You're also going to want these items:

  • An old t-shirt you can throw away
  • An old towel you can get stained
  • A disposable comb or brush
  • Orange Clean Hand Scrub
  • A hair dryer
  • A clock

Once you have everything, put on that old shirt, open up your orange clean so you don't have to fight with it when you're hands are wet, set your towel down near the shower for later, and get ready to begin!

Step 2: Allergy Test

ALWAYS make sure to do an allergy test before you dye your whole head. It is not overly common, but some first time users who didn't do allergy tests, found themselves with a whole head of hives, rashes or itchiness that lasted for weeks. It's simple enough to just try out a small area of your head first, and it only takes about 15 minutes to see if your allergic or not.

Trust me, it's worth it.

Step 3: Bleach

Now, if you're just hoping for a hint of color, you can leave out the bleaching. Though you certainly won't get the loud effects of a full head of shocking color that way. If you want to go full color, you need to bleach your hair.

Most bright hair color comes in a kit these days, complete with bleach. If you got one of these kits, go ahead and read the directions to mixing your bleach. If you purchased bleach on the side, then go ahead and mix it if needed.

Once you're mixed and ready, get yourself in front of the mirror and start applying that bleach. The best way I have found to do this is:

  1. Part your hair from the middle and first apply the bleach in the middle and work your way out to the tips of your hair.
  2. Then you want to comb your hair over to one side and do the same. Apply the bleach where you parted your hair, and then work your way out.
  3. Continue until you've thoroughly saturated your whole head with the bleach.
  4. Take one last glob of bleach and run it over any areas you think might need it. If your hair is long, the longest parts will need more bleach then the rest.

Depending on how dark your hair is, will vary how long to keep the bleach in. My hair was a dark to medium brown, and I kept the bleach in for 1 hour and 20 minutes. If you're hair is darker or lighter, you can go by the kit instructions or vary it for your own needs. Either way, you are going for as pale a blonde as possible.

Step 4: Rinse, Wash, Dry

Once you've let the bleach set in, it's time to wash out whatever is left on your hair. Make sure to use shampoo to get any left over residue off, but DO NOT use any conditioner. When you're done, dry your hair. You can use your hair dryer to speed things up, or just let it air dry. Either works.

Step 5: Dye It!

This is the exciting part, and the point of no return. Especially since once you apply the hair dye, there are not a lot of things that can remove it short of shaving your head.

So prepare yourself, feel the rush! Then start applying that hair dye the same way you did with the bleach, combing your hair in all angles and getting your head COMPLETELY. Make sure to work it in, and don't be afraid to be generous with the dye.


Rinse, Dry, Show Off!

You want to leave the hair dye in for at least as long as the bleach, if not a little bit longer. That will help ensure that you get your hair as deeply colored as possible. Then, once you've passed your time and your feeling confident that it's all dyed, get in the shower and rinse off the excess.

Be careful at this point though, because the dye can get EVERYWHERE. Try to keep your head right of the drain, as that is the least likely area to stain with there being so much water running there constantly.

Don't get out of the shower until your hair stops rinsing in the color of your dye. You want to the water to run clear, otherwise you run the chance of rubbing off that dye on your clothes, pillow, hat or other items that get close to your head.

When you're done, dry off and take a pic! Then share with everyone, and smile as you walk around town with your ultra-cool new color.


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