Bleach London were next up in my series of Stitch Academy masterclasses. The session was to teach us how to create pastel coloured rainbow hair. And I’ve learned that dying hair well is a lot harder than stylists make it look.
It was the most fun watching the hair being coloured. It goes on a really dark, vivid colour, but washes out to a really soft pastel tone. And it didn’t look like too much effort at all. Except the need to have really blonde hair to begin with, which I don’t really think I’m up for.
We were advised to always, always do a patch test first. I know it says it on the box but I’m sure most people don’t. But after a few stories about inflamed scalps and weeping ears I’ll be happy to always do a check first.
We got to have a little play with their range of crayons. The colours took to my hair pretty well, so much so I’ve treated myself to Washed Up Mermaid. Although if I’ve ever got the patience to colour in all my hair remains to be seen.
It was just a happy coincidence that I’d managed to coordinate by skirt and my nail polish to the crayon.
While I was faffing about the crayons the dying process was finished. The dye looks so much darker on the hair than the finished result. Rainbow unicorn hair that will wash out after a couple of weeks.
Since they made dying hair look just so easy I had a go with the secret slice and dye kit they gave us. First off you have a very blonde piece of human hair.
Next you dye the top third with one colour.
And then you do the bottom third with the other colour.
The idea is then that you smoosh the two colours together in the middle to make a third colour in the middle third. As you can see I lack considerable skill in this part.
Since there was dye left over I decided to have a play with my own hair. But even though I left it in for the same time as on the slice as you can see it didn’t exactly work… They do warn that it won’t work on darker hair, but since mine isn’t exactly black I thought some colour would take. Hmmm not so much.
But I do know that it works on darker hair too as my friend has her hair dyed pink by them – maybe you’re best off going in and letting a professional do it.
But at least I got my secret slice to play with. What do you think?