Hair styling/coloring

This page is all about hair styling and hair coloring! :)

Bleaching & going lighter -

This is something I really get a lot of questions about and I’ll put all the information and tips I have in this section.

To achieve any color lighter than what you currently have, you’ll have to bleach it unless you are only looking to add a tint to your hair. So keep reading in this section if you are looking to bleach your hair.

Before you bleach make sure to deep condition your hair to prepare it to take the damage for a few days or a week ahead of time. Another thing that can help prepare your hair is to try and go without washing it for about 2 or 3 days. The natural oils will help protect both your hair and scalp from damage (it won’t prevent it, only help).

As for hair colors here are the volumes of developer you should be buying. If you are already a blonde/dirty blonde looking to go lighter I’d recommend just using 20 volume. If your light brown/medium brown I’d say either use a 20 or 30 volume. For dark brown/black you should buy 30 or 40 volume developer. After you have the developer volume you need, you should buy the bleach powder. You can get anything you need from Sally’s Beauty Supply (stores and online).

Keep in mind you might not get the exact color you want in the first sitting. If you have orange brassy tones or yellow tones you should either buy a toner or toning shampoo. Something like John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone-Restoring Shampoo works. Be sure to buy both the shampoo and conditioner to get the full effect of toning. This is to use in between and after bleaching to keep hair bright without and unwanted brassy colors.

Deep conditioning hair in between bleaching will help smooth the cuticle down and prepare your hair to be bleached again is something I highly recommend. For deep conditioning products check out my hair care page.

Something to keep in mind: bleaching is extremely damaging to hair. If you take the proper precautions like being patient and taking time in between bleaching and using the right products both you and your hair will be more happy with the result.

Coloring -

There are obviously a lot of different ways to color hair, I’ll just be recommending products in this section and you guys feel free to ask questions about specific ways of dying hair if you have one.

For bright and “crazy” colors I’ll almost always recommend Manic Panic. You can buy Manic Panic products at Sally’s Beauty Supply (both in stores and online) but they don’t have nearly as good as a selection as the Manic Panic website does. They have tons of colors and different types of dye. The website is and you can see what the colors looks like when applied by clicking on the pictures of the dye.

A dye that I recommend for more natural colors is Ion Color Brilliance (which you can also buy at Sally’s). If you want something more simply from the grocery store or drug store Natural Instincts is the best box dye I’ve ever used.