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Green Hair?!

So, Sunday was an interesting day in this curly household! My mini-me decided to take her blue fringe game up to the next level by bleaching her hair… and inevitably dyeing it green!

It all started around 10am after I awoke from my lesson-plan-induced coma from the previous evening. As I sat, peacefully eating my cereal, I was startled by the rumble of the floorboards as Mini-me descended down the stairs with a box of hair dye.

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Now I’m not a professional hairdresser, but after dyeing a few of my friends’ hair I think its safe to say I’m an expert when it comes to home hair dyeing (…I’m half joking). So, even after a hard week of teaching in school (yes it was a 4 day week, and NO I don’t feel like the two week Easter Holiday was enough!) I decided that rather than watching Mini-me struggle by herself, I would help (aka take over everything) like the loving, curly sister I am.

I started by reading the instructions like everybody should when using new products or handling chemicals. I then put on my gloves and began mixing the ingredients of the dye as directed in the instructions. IMG_0384I may not be a science teacher, and I’m certainly no Picasso, but I was pretty sure that the mixture of faded Crazy Colour blue hair dye mixed with Dark and Lovely honey blonde bleach was sure to create more of a Kermit shade than I personally would desire. However, Mini-me insisted we dyed her fringe with the hope that it would lighten her hair enough for the next layer of Crazy Colour to really ‘pop’. So, with the knowledge that I was inevitably going to be able to scream ‘I TOLD YOU SO’ I smiled and nodded, and continued with the dyeing process.

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We sectioned off the hair, and Mini-me tied her trusty bandana around her head to ensure that none of the bleach touched her skin. I applied the bleach to the ends of her hair, and then rubbed it in. we then covered the hair with a plastic bag, and let the dye do its work for the next 30 minutes.

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Fast forward half an hour, and we took the bag off to discover… seaweed. Yes, we weren’t very impressed either. But never one to be beaten, I whisked Mini-me upstairs to wash the last of the bleach out.

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Now, you’d think that the bleach would be enough trauma for her hair to handle in one day. However, Mini-me had other ideas. She quickly reached for her Crazy Colour hair dye in ‘Peacock Blue’ and shoved it into my hands. Reluctantly, I rubbed the dye through her fringe with my gloves.

Disclaimer: I do not advice you bleach and colour your hair in the same day as it is too much manipulation for the hair to handle.

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After 20 minutes, and a lot of nervous pacing on my part, I took Mini-me back into the shower and washed the dye out of her hair.

IMG_0494FINALLY I was given the OK to slather conditioner all over her stressed tresses. Surprisingly, the hair didn’t fall out in clumps like I had envisioned, and it didn’t feel like straw! Dreams really do come true.

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After gently distributing the conditioner through her hair, I twisted it up so that it was out of the way. Having left the conditioner on to do its work for a few minutes, we washed the conditioner out and I left Mini-me to style her hair.

‘THE END RESULT!?’ I hear you cry. Well…

IMG_0532IMG_0602Definitely not the Peacock Blue we were expecting, but actually pretty cute! Mini-me insisted that she would be re-dyeing her hair with a darker shade of blue that evening, but thats when I stood up for the curls in my care and shouted ‘NO’ loudly and clearly in her face. The things we do for love.

With love from London,

Davina

 

 

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