Hi Darlings. I want to share today a technique that I have played around a bit with recently, beginning here……. The concept is adding a pop or kind of a watercolor wash of color in the hair by mixing your direct veggie color ( I used Manic Panic for this:) with water and applying it in the hair with a spray bottle. Hair Color Misting!
What I have found is that it creates a great marble-y sort of effect, and is a perfect DIY for either brightening up your existing color on the fly, or just adding some fun temporary shade to rock for a few weeks.
As I have been experimenting with color recently, I have found that the veggie dyes, when applied to pre-lightened hair, really lock in nicely to the hair, in many cases rinsing almost clear as if the hair has swallowed up all the pigment and left only conditioner behind. This, to me, shows that we have come a long way in formulating color that lasts longer without bleeding!
This technique works best on pre-lightened or very light natural hair, but can be used on darker hair too, to create more of a cast of color and less of a pop:) I found that the pinks and purples show up much more than the blues, when sprayed in.
As you can see, I used this technique on level 8 natural hair, with slightly lighter ends.
I encourage all to experiment with the Color Mist technique and make it your own!
How To Color Mist
- For this DIY, I mixed a tablespoon of pure color (Manic Panic Cleo Rose, Pimpin Purple and Bad Boy Blue.) to each 5 oz spray bottle, and then added about 2 oz of water, and shook the hell out of it.
- Then, I sectioned off a rectangle of hair on top of my models heads, just isolating the hair around their natural parts, about 3 inches wide, from the front hairline to the back of the head, so that their natural color would fall evenly over their misted color.
- Brush the rest of the hair straight down into natural fall, and make sure to have a cape or towel over your/your model’s shoulders:)
- Begin to spray your selected color directly into the hair, starting with you mister a good 6 inches back to get the feel for the amount/distribution of color that each mist gives.
- Continue spraying the color into the hair with one hand, using the other hand to work that pigment into the hair. Use your artistic eye and intuition to lead you in continuing to spray in color where and how you want it.
For this tutorial, after working in the color with my hands, I allowed it to dry naturally in the hair without rinsing. Because there wasn’t much actual saturation with the color in the hair, just a light misting, it didn’t seem necessary to rinse the color out.
The end result was lovely, and it was so easy to do. I totally encourage you brave hair color DIY-ers to try this option out this Summer when you want a little low maintenance/commitment color in your hair. I was so pleased with this fun process!!!!!
And, because the color it watered down, it’s really hard to botch it, so great for color experimenters.
Also, I posted a quick video of the Color Misting technique on my Instagram, so check it out for a visual:) It is under the hashtag #colormist
May your hair be bright and colorful!