Riot Grrrl Red, DIY

Raise your hand if the Riot Grrrl chapter of the 1980’s and 1990’s shaped you into the human you are today? Hand raised high.

I met my first Riot sister in the 6th grade, and her name was Therese. She was a Riot Grrrl baby with a weak spot for Gwen Stephani, and I was a Riot Girl Baby with a weak spot for Green Day. We shared our love of chick bands, Hard Candy nail polish, and our Converse sneakers, which turned into Dr. Marten boots by the 7th grade. Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 12.23.07 PM Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 12.10.45 PM

Over the years, T and I went to many rock shows together. We saved up our money and bought albums, and we rocked out to them, feeling the angst of the entire world. I became obsessed with Seattle bands like The Fastbacks and Mia Zapata and the Gits. In my mind, Sub Pop was everything. T was partial to L7, Bikini Kill, and Hole.

This is my Riot Grrrl life anthem song, BTW. Thank you Mia Zapata. RIP forever, I can’t wait to die so I can meet you and fan-girl out on you in a big huge way.

 

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Imagine my delight to get a text from T the other day, she was all like ‘I’m want to dye my hair Riot Grrrl red, and you can post the process on HTHG’

Then I was all like ‘Heck yeah!!!! when do you want to do it?’ assuming I was going to do her hair for her.

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 12.24.56 PMShe was like ‘I’m going to color it myself. And document the process.’ Like a true Riot Grrrl. Because we all know that those DIY Riot Grrrl haircuts and colors are the best ones. Just ask Mia, Kathleen, Courtney, Tobey, Kim, Donita, Stephanie and Roisin.

So, Therese went for it, and she nailed it. #riotgrrrlforever

 

 

Here is how T suggests you DIY your hair Riot Grrrl Red.

 

You will need……IMG_5060 Clips, a color bowl and brush, a processing cap, a comb, gloves, Paul Mitchell The Color in 7OR and 8RO (2 parts to 1 part), 20 volume developer, and Paul Mitchell Veggie color in Neon Red and Orange, (2 parts to 1 part.)

 

And, you might want to get a soap dispenser shaped like a pine come;) This color is demonstrated on virgin-ish hair, with some highlights here and there. If you are working with previously colored hair, please refer to this guide to DIY color before you begin.IMG_5059

Mix up your color, 2 parts 7 OR, to 1 part 8 RO and equal parts developer. Put on your gloves, and apply the color to your hair roots to ends, working through it in 4 sections to make it easier.IMG_5061 Once you have fully saturated your hair with color, put on your processing cap and allow the color to process according to the directions on your color. When processing is done, shampoo out color and dry hair. NO CONDITIONER!IMG_5062 Conditioning the hair now would just close your cuticle back up so the veggie dye coudn’t get in!

Now mix up your Inkworks/Veggie dye. Therese mixed Inkworks 2 parts red, 1 part orange to get that perfect Riot Grrrl Red. Once the color is applied, put your cap on and process for 30 minutes.

Now rinse well, shampoo, and condition. IMG_5058Feel that old power coming back to you from those Riot Grrrl days. The Riot Grrrl never dies.

xoxox, HTHG

Jewel Encrusted Hair Color, by Tanya Ramirez

jeweled hairHi babes! Happy FRIDAY!

Today, I am sharing hair color inspiration from Tanya Ramirez of Untamed Instincts.

This look is all about creating a ‘jewel-encrusted’ effect with faceted hair colors hand-painted for multi-tonal dimension. Check out the video to learn how to master this technique, and marvel at the sparkling, colorful results. I can’t WAIT to try this trick. Who wants to let me experiment on their hair????

Tanya, we salute you and thank you for sharing your skill and creativity with us. Keep kicking ass and hair.

 

I recommend checking out more of Tanya’s work ASAP whether you are a stylist of a DIY hair enthusiast. She is a talented creative woman and a great teacher. And if you are in the LA area, visit Tanya to unleash your spirit and discover the transformative power of hair that tells your story. Get untamed!

Tanya is located at:
Untamed Instincts Hair
Salon Republic
West Hollywood, California.

Learn more about Tanya’s work here.

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xo, HTHG

 

 

Glitter Dandruff. The Next BIG Thing for Hair.

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. 7U6A8814

Dump a tablespoon of loose glitter into their hands.

7U6A8784Stand back, lean your head over towards them.

Have your friend go “1,2,3 BLOW!”7U6A8798

Wait a couple seconds for the glitter to settle in. 7U6A8800

Now go about your day, shining like a diamond. And if the haters hate, give em a nice big sparkly hug.7U6A8828

More on glitter here.

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

 

How to Dye Hair Like a Sunset, or Easter Eggs.

Hi Dears.

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.

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 9.27.33 PMEaster-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.

Thank you, BTW, to Martha Stewart for this great post on coloring easter eggs naturally!

 

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Well, the same works for coloring light-colored or bleached hair with a veggie-based dye, like Manic Panic.

To get this marbled pastel easter-egg like color in Marley’s already naturally super blonde hair, I got veggie dye in the primary colors….Red, yellow and blue. I am particularly fond of Electric Banana, Blue Moon, and Cleo Rose. I got myself some inexpensive conditioner, a couple of bowls and color-brushes.  7U6A8426

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. 7U6A8428I 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.

7U6A8433When 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.

7U6A85787U6A8599Babes, this easter….Instead of eggs, color your hair.

Please enjoy this fun, messy, and intuitive hair coloring technique! Your kids will love it.

For more beautiful My Little Pony Hair and pastel hair color recipes, check out this post!

And for a lesson on the color wheel and color theory, click here!

xoxo, HTHG

DIY color consult with HTHG, and removing hair dye stains!

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!new2

 

 

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 oldManic 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 recommend starting off with this. Check out this post.http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Dye-from-Hair

Step 1. Alternate between method 1 and method 3, every day, for a week.

(I don’t think it is necessary to use dandruff shampoo with method 3, btw. Regular shampoo will work just fine.)

After a weeks time, notice if you hair color has lightened any. I would love another picture at this point, before you move on to step 2.

Step 2.

Do a french shampoo to remove more of the pink. Here is how. http://www.wikihow.com/Do-a-Bleach-Wash-on-Your-Hair

This is an easy way to strip out color with bleach without risking too much damage.

After this, you should be in a good spot to use a permanent color ( I would say a level 5 brown, and it will need to be a nuetral/ash/green brown to tone out more pink. Check this one out…..http://www.sallybeauty.com/clairol-haircolor/SBS-320735,default,pd.html

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.

She responded…..
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.

 

Success!!!!

 

1Just 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

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