This started with Saly mentioning that she might color Lucy's hair pink for the summer---maybe just the ends, for easy trimming-off before school started. That's when I put the Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink in my Amazon cart. When I'd had enough time to think/fret about it, I ordered it. It arrived in the mail yesterday, and Elizabeth and I started in on it as soon as she got home from school.
Ideally, hair should be bleached before Manic-Panic-ing. Not only does this let you start with a white canvas, it apparently makes the hair more porous and thus more willing to absorb and hold the color. But I didn't want to bleach Elizabeth's hair, at least not until we'd experimented with NOT bleaching.
First I washed her hair in the sink, using a clarifying shampoo and no conditioner.
I combed it and divided it first into two sections as if I were going to do ponytails, and then divided each of those two sections into two sections. Four sections total, if you follow me.
I took gloopy pinches of the color with my fingers and smooshed it into the hair. This is the step I would do better next time: I'd get a brush so I could paint it on, and I might put the hair into the baggies (or onto pieces of plastic wrap) FIRST, rather than trying to cram gloopy hair into the baggies post-glooping with my gloopy hands.
I used about a third of the jar, because I'd read online that people generally use one or two full jars on a whole head of hair, and I was doing just the bottom half of a child's hair. I was glad I'd read that, because it encouraged me to make sure there was a lot of color on the hair.
When the hair seemed gloopy enough, I put each section into a plastic baggie (non-zip type) and then used a hair elastic to make a ponytail that included the baggie.
I'd read that heat helps to set the color, so I used a blow-dryer on the baggies until she complained about the heat---a minute or so on each baggie. We did this three or four times during the waiting process.
The jar says to leave the color on for 30 minutes, but apparently nobody does that: the people giving tips online leave it on overnight or even for a day or two. We left it on for about four hours, until bedtime. Then we took off the baggies and I rinsed her hair in the sink, and blow-dried it so we could see the color right away.
It's SUBTLE, which was a little disappointing and also a relief. If it had been clown-pink, I probably would have felt alarmed. As it is, it's definitely visible but I don't think it would immediately catch the eye of a passerby.
This was super fun and I want to try it again and maybe do a streak in my own hair. I'll be interested to see how long the color lasts, especially since she has swimming lessons most of the summer. I'd also like to try a Kool-Aid dye as recommended by Erica (here's the tutorial Erica linked to: How to Dye Hair With Kool-Aid). We would have started with that, in fact, but our grocery store doesn't carry the non-sugared-already Kool-Aid, and I haven't quested for it at other stores yet.
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