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April 22: Cheap-ass guide to funking up your hair at home.

on April 22, 2012

Todays blog is for those of you that get bored with your hair and want to spice it up a bit but just cannot afford to. No, I’m not a hair dresser, I just like to save money where I can. I rarely have “normal” hair and if I do, it doesn’t last long at all, much to my grandparents chagrin…

Me with normal hair

I wanted to spice things up a bit, having been so down lately. I thought it would make me feel better, and it did :)

You need:
Bleach powder (about $9.99)
Bleach liquid, 9% (about $7.99)
Fudge or something similar (about $9.99)
Gloves, a comb, an old towel and shirt
Long clips or bobby pins

I had these things around the house, but they can be purchased from Priceline, and they last for ages so it works out about $4.00 per time.

To Start:

Mix up the powder and liquid bleach until its a smooth paste. I dont have a set formula for this, I just keep adding until it is smooth. There is no set amount because the length of everyone’s hair differs. Start with two tablespoons of powder and slowly add the liquid. Keep going along this vein till you have judged if you have enough. You need to use a plastic bowl for this part, NEVER use a metal bowl!

Get your fudge ready, either in a bowl or just the tube ready.

For how ever many streaks you want done, get that many pieces of foil ready. I used three as I was only doing my fringe and two small sections either side of my head.

Remember, when you’re going for this look, less is more. Unless you’re wanting an all out shock fest of course, but that is when I would recommend going to your hairdresser.

Next step:

Section your hair out then put the rest up with either a clip or a hair tie. Make sure the rest of your hair is out of the way other wise you will have it died as well!

Brush these out well so there are no knots or anything.

Next step:

Put your gloves on and get ready to get messy. This will be a messy task, make no mistake.

Using either a pastry brush or just your fingers, paint your hair liberally with the bleach mixture. Make sure it is evenly spread out.

Fold the hair up in foil, and clip or bobby pin it out of the way.

Repeat with the remaining sections.

You will need to wait up to 45 minutes, depending on how dark your hair is. If you have waited the 45 minutes and you want it lighter, rinse out the bleach well and repeat. You can do this twice with out ruining your hair too much. (I had to do it twice)

Next step:

Rinse the bleaches out thoroughly. It is important that you rinse it really really well!

Get some more foils ready and put your gloves on again. This part is potentially messier and is where you are really grateful for the old shirt you should be wearing!

Using your fingers or an old pastry brush, paint the hair with the Fudge dye or similar. Fold the hair up into the foil as you did with the Bleaches. Make sure you don’t get the Fudge on another section of hair, unless you’re not caring and can make it part of your overall look

Next step:

After about 15 – 20 minutes, the Fudge will be ready to rinse out. You can leave it in longer if you want to, but sometimes that doesn’t necessarily make it brighter.

Wash your hair as normal, and be prepared for some colour to come out. It’s completely normal and is just excess dye.

And Voila! You have now got some funky coloured chunks in your hair! I always choose to dry my hair with the hair drier at this stage in order to make sure it sets properly, but you may prefer to leave it dry naturally.

I do apologise for the dodgy photos, and my hair is actually a lot brighter than what it looks: Damn Dodgy Webcams!


2 responses to “April 22: Cheap-ass guide to funking up your hair at home.

  1. Maddison says:


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