I love this quote by Lilly Pulitzer: “Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.” Well, a lot works for me too, which is why I had my hair dip dyed bright pink in December 2016.
The colour finally all washed out about a week ago, which is an achievement because if you’ve ever had unicorn hair, you’d know that those types of hues wash away faster than blonde or brunette shades because of the size of the pigment’s molecule.
Since my bright pink hair, many people have asked me how I maintained it, but first things first!
Rainbow hair is pricey to maintain. I had only the ends of my hair dyed, which cost a cool R650. My hairdresser has a salon at her house and I’m a very regular customer (my hair isn’t blonde, it’s white. Think Draco Malfoy with a good toner and regular regrowth) which is why she charged me way less than a commercial salon would. If you’re planning on doing this on the reg, be prepared to fork out the cash.
As I’ve mentioned earlier in this post, it’s difficult to maintain and maintenance will depend on how deep you want the colour to be. You will need to purchase shampoo that is meant for coloured hair and a formidable conditioner. The colour washes out a little every time you wash your hair so dry shampoo will be your new bestie.
I made an appointment. What can I expect?
If your hair is dark, your stylist will have to bleach or lighten the piece of hair you want coloured first and then apply the shade of choice.
If your hair is light like mine, very minimal bleaching, if at all, will have to be done.
The colour takes fairly quickly so you won’t have to sit there for hours playing around on your phone and developing a serious case of text neck. Remember not to wear your brand new shirt from H&M. A dark shirt is better because that pink colour can run from your wet hair onto your clothes and leave a stain.
Expect to be mesmerized when you’re done and expect old people to stare at you. Unless you’re from Centurion. All the ou tannies think they’re cool and have funny coloured hair.
I have pink hair, now what?
For as long as you have pink hair, forget about having white towels. Pink pigment washes out every time you wash your hair and that pigment goes everywhere. Dry shampoo will help a ton especially if you’re a gym bunny.
So exactly how did you maintain that pink shade for so long, Carina?
By doing the following:
- I only wash my hair once a week so less washing = less colour running.
- Dry shampoo baby!
- The darker the shade pink, the longer the pigment will take to wash out. Lighter/pastel shades wash out sooner. Mine was quite bright pink.
- I NEVER scrub the ends of my hair. Be gentle when you sud up.
- Ask your stylist to chop off split ends. Split ends don’t work well with colouring and also, it’s just not cute.
- Condition the ends well. If you’re going for dip dye like I did, conditioning will save the colour.
- Use shampoo that is meant for coloured hair. It helps seal it in.
- Use silver shampoo. This isn’t necessary if you have dark hair, but brassy blonde and pink should just end their relationship before anyone gets hurt.
Would you go pink? Tell me in the comments!