Dandruff is an over self-diagnosed condition of the scalp which nearly none of us actually have. Many people suffer from ‘dandruff.’ Many more people suffer from glitter.
Glitter has been deemed the ‘Herpes of Crafting’ because once you see it in your craft kit, you are likely to never be able to get rid of it. Generally, people who don’t like glitter REALLY don’t like glitter, because chances are, they have had a bad experience. Maybe they have been infected with it against their will (My waiter the other night had a sparkle on his cheek, unbeknownst to him, which glimmered and gleemed every time he spoke.)
Wearing glitter is a great way to unnerve uptight people in social situations, because it makes them afraid that you might get too close and accidentally touch them. It is also a fantastic way to decorate any and everything, especially if you want to disguise small mistakes…….Messed up nail polish, scratch on your car, scuffed boots etc.
I happen to love glitter. Here is why…..When there is something that you really can’t avoid drawing attention to, glitter will always both attract the eye by sparkling, and distract the eye by diffusion. Which makes Glitter Dandruff the perfect way to distract from ‘dandruff’ or grown out roots.
Here is how to get Glitter Dandruff.
Begin by getting some loose glitter, like this kind ( my favorite for crafting and hair.)
Now find a willing friend to glitter-bomb you.
Dump a tablespoon of loose glitter into their hands.
Stand back, lean your head over towards them.
Have your friend go “1,2,3 BLOW!”
Wait a couple seconds for the glitter to settle in.
Now go about your day, shining like a diamond. And if the haters hate, give em a nice big sparkly hug.
Quick backstory….A few weeks ago my daughter Marley asked if I could do this to her hair……Dye one half like a sunset with a city-scape on it, and the other half like the forest, with a little log cabin, to represent her city girl/country girl sides. I was delighted, and absolutely up for the challenge.
We decided to start simple, though, and just do sunset colors. That is what this post about……Mixing colors to create a beautiful pastel water-color wash effect. Which also brings to mind dyed easter eggs. So, I put this little story together about the magic of color mixology.
Easter-egg dying. Most of us have done it, and many of us have double-dipped our eggs in different colors, to get that marbled, beautiful wash of water-colored prettyness….You know what I’m talking about?
Say you start with 3 different egg-dye colors, and you dip different parts of your egg in each color, letting the colors overlap a bit here and there…….You end up with a veritable rainbow of colors on your egg.
And I started playing around mixing colors together separately in bowls, with conditioner. I began with a couple tablespoons of conditioner in each bowl, and I added very small drops of color into each bowl, mixed well, and then started blending. I ended up with 5 pretty, soft colors. Light pink, light blue, violet, yellow, and a nice sunset orange. These colors were perfect for (almost!) 8 year old Marley, because she wanted just subtle hints of color. Nothing too loud, bright or long-lasting.
When it was time to apply the color, I clipped all her hair up, sectioning the sides off and out of the way, and started working with the hair at the nape of her neck. I made a horizontal parting straight across the back, and inch above her hairline.
I gently painted the top half of the section pink, and the bottom half of the section orange. The trick was…… I overlapped the orange onto the pink, towards the bottom of the pink half. The beauty of this method of coloring is that you can get very messy with it, and because we are working with very light colors, if does not need to be overly precise. That first section ended up with 3 different tones on it…..Pink, orange, and pinkish-orange.
I worked my way up the back of the head in one inch horizontal sections, painting different combinations of color onto each section, making sure to overlap the color. Sections that were too wide, I split in half and used a different combination on each half.
When I reached the top of the head, I moved to one side and worked my way up the side section in the same way, and then did the other side.
She sat and watched Karate Kid, I cleaned the house. Then we rinsed her hair, and fell in love with the sunset on her head. We spent the rest of the day at the beach, running around in the rain and attempting a picnic.
Babes, this easter….Instead of eggs, color your hair.
Please enjoy this fun, messy, and intuitive hair coloring technique! Your kids will love it.
Hi babes. I wanted to post the DIY color consultation success story with you. Zyira purchased her HTHG color consultation, needing major corrective color advice. Her hair was very very pink, and she wanted to get it as close to her natural color as possible. Any hair colorist knows, this is a BEAST of a job. But I helped talk her through it, and she nailed it, DIY!
Here is what she said…..
I’m trying to figure out how to take my hair back to as close to my natural color as I can get.
I’ve been using Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink for a year or so now. I’ve had no problem refreshing my color on my roots every 3 or so months. My hair has not faded barely at all, side for a few tips here and there that go somewhat pastel after a few months of washing. My hair has held onto this color fantastically.
But I’m tired of it on every counter and surface I own. I’m tired of my pink pillowcases and collars on my shirts. I’m tired of it. I’m about to buy a house, and I don’t want anymore pink stained bathtubs. and to be able to shower without having to lean my head over so that my body isn’t covered in pink streaks.
What would be the best course of action besides going to an expensive colorist (as I said, buying a house$$$$) that I could do at home?
I have very fine hair, and prior to the bleaching / manic panic, I have never had my hair dyed any color.
I live right next to a Sally’s and I’m comfortable buying the products and doing it myself. I just don’t want to damage my hair.. my hair has stayed soft as it ever was, despite the bleaching, and I really don’t want to screw it up.
I wrote back….
Hello! Gah! I know what you mean about the mess that comes with having brilliantly colored hair. I will have to say, though, that the pink is stunning on you and it looks as if you have done a great job with the DIY maintainance.
Here is what I suggest, taking into account the fact that your hair is fine and you don’t want to damage it any more than you have to.
Something to keep in mind is that it will be very hard to get the EXACT color that you want, especially at first. I say we shoot for a rich brown color, and know that it will need to be darker than you want it, at first, to cover the pink correctly. Over time, as it fades, there are easy ways to correct the tone as it lightens up, which will get you closer to your natural:)
I am guessing you will want to use an equal mix of 4aa and 5gn. But like I said, send me a photo after step 1 and step 2, just to confirm:)
BTW…..Rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer are the best for removing pink hair dye tub stains, and clothing stains! pour it right on there and let it sit a minute;) Then rinse the pink away.
So I did the baking soda + head n shoulders yesterday, and the vitamin C thing today.. and that was a HECK of a lot more effort than it was worth. I took an entire bottle of vitamin C and an hour of time to grind it up to have enough to cover my head (its past boob length).. so I’m gonna have to go with I don’t really wanna do that again.
Also way more pink water with the first method than the second. Though despite washing my hair twice in two days with these two methods, I am not any less pink than I was to begin with.
I’m going on a cruise in 18 days and my in-laws would very much love it if I were de-pinked before then.
Is there another course of action perhaps I could take?
I came back with….
Just go right for the french shampoo, then color over it with a medium/dark brown would be your best DIY bet.
Just wanted to say thank you! Hair restoration was a success!
I french shampoo’d twice over a few days, one time with conditioner, second time without. Mixed up both the colors you suggested and let it set for 25 mins or so, and voila!
Doesn’t look super fake or anything almost matches the root color I have now.. as well as covered up the leftover pink without so much as a trace (it wasn’t a lot, very pale and splotchy)
Thank you very much! happy mother in law and happy bathroom tub grout!
YAY!!!! Are you a DIY hair colorer? If so, check out this post, and consider a DIY Color Consult with HTHG.xoxo, HTHG
Here is another awesome post from Genevieve Schatz rocker babe/indie frontwoman and killer of the style game, on coloring your brows to match your hair.
When I got hip to the world of colorful eyebrows I felt like my face became the most upgraded canvas for self-expression ever! Eyebrows are one of my favorite ways to communicate- they really set the tone. A furrowed brow, an inquiring brow, a concerned brow, a relieved brow- these are all beautiful and deserve to be any color you’d like them to be!
How to Dye Your Eyebrows to Match Your Hair
The best way to match your brows to your hair color is to bleach your brows.
*Note: if you have not been educated on how to do this safely, PLEASE for the LOVE of the world and yourself and your delicate eyes and skin, go see a professional stylist.
Apply a clear mascara to your brows.
Find your desired color of eye shadow!
Use a clean mascara wand or find a disposable mascara wand (at a makeup counter, sample area of a cosmetic store, or you can purchase some but they are very easy to clean so you only need 1 or 2) and gently roll the brush into the pot of eye shadow allowing it to pick up the pigment.
Apply the eye shadow to your brows, gently brushing the pigment upwards and following the direction of hair growth!
*Note, if you are rocking pink or red or some other color that is hard to find in an eye shadow, go ahead choose a lip liner pencil because they are beautiful, bold and stay on even longer! Just gently fill in your brows in the direction of hair growth.
Use makeup remover to clear away any loose pigment that might have gotten on your cheeks or any runaway liner that made you look like Frankenstein’s cousin. No worries.
Experiment with this, get weird! Its already weird enough that you have felt compelled to change the color of your hair and eyebrows, so own it, will ya?
*Fun note, I went through a hot pink phase recently where I used a bright pink eyeliner on my brows everyday and there were some mornings when I left my apartment looking like a muppet. It was glorious.
Here at HTHG, we LOVE chicks who are not afraid to make bold style moves, as a celebration of expression and style. We want to feature these rad people, and keep the inspiration going. With that, we have a guest post from a wildly colorful and cool musician lady named Genevieve Schatz.
So, Genevieve Schatz (the girl from Company of Thieves) is doing her own thing as Genevieve, a super upbeat pop artist who is also psychic (no, seriously).
She’s also been providing us with some major fashion and beauty inspo lately with her neon orange hair and awesome ear piercings from her seriously obsess-worthy Instagram (which features Christina Ricci as Wednesday Adams, vintage cars, and a random astronaut).
Today, she is sharing her tips for how she keeps her hair color bright and fresh (Hello Manic Panic!) Be sure, once you are done reading, that you check out her Soundcloud and Instagram for further inspiration!
Get it, girls.
I have recently written a song called “Colors” about how important it is in life to find and celebrate your unique truth, your unique colors, the stuff that makes you, well, YOU!
One of the ways I like to have fun with color is to wear it on my head and let it blast through my 7th chakra into the great beyond. Yup, I am wildly passionate about rocking brightly colored hair and there are a few tips on maintaining the most vivid hues that I have learned along the way:
Genevieve’s Tips for Keeping Your Colors Bright!
1. Water is not your friend. Water to brightly colored hair, is like you going outside and fetching the mail in
the dead of winter–it is best to keep your exposure to the element as quick and cold as possible so as not
to feel the burn. Did that make sense? No? Oh well.
2. While rinsing out brand new color, use freezing cold water and try to keep the light pieces separate
from the dark pieces. With mine for example, my ends are bright yellow but my roots are red/blue/purple/
orange and my stylist and her assistant will hold the yellow end up in the air and spray the cold water onto
them first, moving towards the root so as to not let the darker colors bleed into the lighter ends. *This can
easily become your next major art project!
3. Dry shampoo is your BFF. Evo makes one called “Water Killer” which is my current favorite because it
has a great scent and doesn’t look like a whoopee cushion exploded all over your head when you spray it
4. Don’t inhale dry shampoo. I repeat: DON’T breathe in while you spray this onto your hair! Instead,
maybe exhale and be careful not to brush it into your eyes when you dump your head upside down to
really shake it off.
5. If possible, use a blow dryer while brushing out the dry shampoo! It helps the whole process go faster.
6. If you feel like your head is gonna explode because it itches and you are getting colored flakes when
scratching your scalp it is definitely time to (eek!) get it wet. COLD WATER ONLY! And a quarter amount
of shampoo with a fancy UV filter for protection! *Try to keep the shampoo at the roots only, then rinse
7. Try to touch up the color no less than every 6 weeks!
8. Have fun! Twists, braids, buns look fabulous with brightly colored locks!
9. Laugh about how high-maintenance your hair is and own it!
10. Beware of birds and bees (yes, actual ones!) because they will be very attracted to your hair. Just