Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I Dyed My Hair + Tips For Dying Asian Hair!

   Before I start this blog post, I want to give you guys an idea of what kind of hair I have. I pretty much have what you would consider your "typical" Asian hair: pitch black with some grays, thick, and near impossible to color. My experience with hair dye started about a year ago when I went on vacation in New York. I wanted to get my gray/white hair covered up which was what led me to a salon to get my hair colored. The color I chose was a redish/purplish tint. Ever since then, I have been dying and tinting my hair various shades of red, brown, and last November,  I attempted to go bleach blond. Let's just say, the results were quite different than what I anticipated and while I did like the color, I wanted something more normal for prom which is what led me to my most recent hair color change.

Here is what my hair looked liked before-
Asian Roots

Asian Roots

And now After-
Asian Blond Hair

Asian Blond Hair

While the hair color isn't super even, I am still satisfied with the final result! The dye helped fixed my uneven coloring and hid my growing roots. The hair dye that I chose to use was from John Frieda in the color Light Ash Brown. I have tried many home dyes before and I have to say that John Frieda has one of the easiest applications out of all them. Their dye uses foam which makes it better for people like me who can't tell if they've missed a spot. The dye is kinda like shampoo and you just lather it onto your head. It even smells really nice in comparison to other dyes!
The only negative I have to say about the brand is that it does not cover up gray/white hairs well. This might not be a problem for most of you, but for me, it does become kinda of an issue. 

Here is what the hair dye looks like and the contents-
Asian Hair Dye

Light Ash Brown Dye


The box gives you an idea of what your hair will look like after, however I always find these guides to be quite inaccurate. I think it might have something to do with my hair texture/dark color and maybe the fact that the models had previously bleached their hair? I know that whatever color I choose for my virgin black hair would most likely only look like that color when I am under direct sunlight. So for anyone with Asian hair and who want to dye their hair, I suggest going a full shade lighter than what you want in order to achieve that color. 
The instructions for the dye was fairly simple and hard to mess up on especially since everything was numbered.  
Steps and Instructions

You basically take the bottle with the color and pour it into the bottle with the white foam. Then you replace the cap and flip (not shake) 5 times to mix the color in. For me, I actually had to turn the liquid ~10 times because after 5 flips, I realized that the dye hadn't turned to foam and was still watery =0   

Asian Hair Dye
I probably look a little off here because I have no makeup on... 
After you get the foam/dye onto your hair as evenly as possible, you now must wait ~25-30 min for the color to set in. One thing I personally like to do to help the color be accepted more is to wrap a dark colored bag on my head and blow dry it ever 10 min or so. Heat helps your hair absorb color better which is why I did this or else why would I put a plastic bag on my head haha? 
After time is up, the next step is to rinse your hair out with warm water. Do not use shampoo!! I say this because if you use shampoo, it will wash away your hair dye. You must continue to rinse your hair until the water runs clear. Once that happens, you put in the conditioner that came with the kit, let it sit and then rinse. The conditioner smells delightful and it is also extremely moisturizing... actually it might just be too moisturizing. There was a point where I thought I still had it in my hair even after rinsing numerous times. It did give me sleek and healthy hair after which is nice! 

Asian Hair Dye Wet
Me with we hair.. it looks black but when it dries...
I look like this-
John Frieda Hair Dye

If you guys are looking to dye your hair, I have some tips for you to ensure the best results as well as ways to keep your hair healthy after! 
  • After dying, condition you hair heavily. Don't wash your hair for at least 3 days if possible so that the color can fully embrace your hair stand.
  • Stay away from salt water and chlorine as much as possible!
  • Use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners as they are better for your hair and doesn't cause color to fade.
  • While we are on the topic of shampoo and conditioners, try to use products designed for colored treated hair!
  • Don't over brush or style your hair as your ends are probably quite damaged
  • Don't dye your hair too often as this could cause hair loss
  • Healthy hair starts from the inside so if you find your hair dry and damaged after the dye job, try loading you plate up with more healthy fats such as avocado, nuts, and olive oil. These healthy fats will replenish you hair from the inside leading to healthy hair on the outside! 
Good luck to everyone who want to dye their hair! I think dying you hair can be a fun change for anyone especially since summer is right around the corner. If you want a different color but are nervous about it, I would say to go to a salon and have it done professional. That way you can ensure a good looking hair color!

Have you ever dyed your hair? '
How do you guys feel about blond hair on an Asian? 

72 comments:

  1. omg your hair looks so good! i have to say, i like it better like this c: i've never died my hair but i kinda want to XD btw your skin is so nice o;

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    1. aw thanks! You should dye it especially since you are young and most likely pull it off!

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  2. Wow lovely hair.... great job darling!!!!!
    Kisses

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  3. You look pretty! :3 I also prefer natural hair colors for me ^-~

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    1. haha me too, but experimenting is a lot of fun too! =)

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  4. I"ve dyed my hair once before and I had horrible results - I think it's really difficult to get color to stick on super black Asian hair. You did a great job - thanks for the tips! x, Kat
    Love and Ace

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    1. Your welcome and yes, asian hair is terrible for color!

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  5. Nice hair color but i did not dare to dye byself because scared the outcome is not the one i wish.

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    1. I know how you feel!! Going to a saloon is a nice alt. to doing it yourself

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  6. I like the new color on you, you look lovely!!
    thanks for sharing all those tips - I have typical asian hair too lol
    XOXO

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    1. your welcome! ohh typical asian hair haha!

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  7. This color is pretty, it suits you well :)

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  8. I like the color a lot! I always color my hair with henna.

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    1. thanks and ohh I wanna try henna myself! I heard it was less damaging!

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  9. Nice color!thanks for the test!
    It suits so!
    Have a nice day!

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  10. You did a great job. The color looks great on you.

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  12. ohh i love the shade now!!!

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  13. ow..it came up so well!nice! i once tried diy red hair color but it was not working .. .__. idk it is something wrong with the hair color or my pigment just too strong.lol

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    1. thanks!! ohh I love red hair!
      You could try a lighter/brighter red color next time and that might work!

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  17. Your new hair shade looks beautiful sweety, great tips too!I enjoyed reading your point of view on my Cannes post. Aren't you glad its the end of the week? Have a great one dear!

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    1. thanks and yes!! I love the weekend!!

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  19. I love your new hair colour! My hair is currently like three different shades hahaha - blonde, brown then my natural hair colour which is a darker brown. I want to redye my hair but I don't want to damage it even more eep.

    Louise
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    1. My hair is turning into that haha. I am afraid of the damage, but I have been trying to eat more healthy fats to keep it alive! =)

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  20. These are great tips! I dyed my hair once and only once.... it turned orange and I looked like a crazed cartoon character for a few months until I dyed it back to black hehheehe. If i ever find the courage to dye it again, I will definitely use these tips :) thanks for sharing!!

    Christy
    Sunny with a side of...

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    1. your welcome and that is exactly what happened to me! I literally scrubbed my hair with shampoo when it turned orange in an attempt to get it out (too bad it was bleached) Then I just kinda lived with it for half a year until now haha.

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  21. I love the brassy shine of your new hair. I've only ever had highlights, but those didn't look good enough to warrant a second try.

    Brittney

    anotherbeautifulthing.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks and haha, it's all due to my bleached hair underneath haha

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  22. love your hair color.. I want it :(

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  23. nice color! I wish my hair turned to creamy orange but it's so hard to make it since my original color is black.

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    1. I know how you feel. Lots of trial and error! haha

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  24. Your hair looks very beautiful! :)

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  27. Oh sweetie your hair looks really lovely on your new color!
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  29. it looks so much better now! very natural

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  30. I LOVE the new hair color, and it looks so much better on you!
    I don't really see a lot of blonde Asians, but I think it looks horrible! The color you had is quite popular, I see it all the time here, it's definitely more of a gold brunette, not blonde, and I think it looks nice :)

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    1. thank you! haha, I kinda agree now that I actually tried it out and realized it doesn't quite suit me (although a part of me still wants to try it again ,but this time by a professional)

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