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Hair Colouring

COLOUR PATCH TEST
A preliminary
patch test should be conducted before the dye is applied.
1. Select a small test area, about the size of a 10c piece, behind the ear or in the inner fold of the elbow.
2. Wash the test area gently with a mild soap and water. Dab dry with a clean towel.
3. Cover the clean test area with a thin coat of hair dye.
4. Allow the test area to dry. Leave it uncovered and undisturbed for 24 hours.
5. Examine the test area carefully. If there are any signs of irritation then under no circumstances should the product be used.

COLOUR STRAND TEST
A preliminary strand test is very important to ensure you are happy with the colour as results can vary from person to person.
1. Choose a hair strand that is behind the ear visible enough to see the results but in a place you can hide it if you are unhappy with it.
2. Pin the excess hair away from the strand.
3. Lighten the hair strand according to bleach instructions but use only shampoo to wash out the bleach, DO NOT USE CONDITIONER.
4. Completely dry hair strand.
5. Apply your dye to the hair strand and leave on for 30 minutes.
6. Rinse hair strand with cool water and dry. 

PRE-LIGHTENING HAIR
To achieve a vibrant colour it is necessary to pre-lighten the hair. Pre-lightening lightens the hair but also makes it porous for the dye to take. If you are going for a lighter colour or a pastel shade, it is essential to lighten the hair to a level 10 light blonde. Lightening hair works best on hair that has not been washed for a few days as your body's natural oils help hydrate the hair. Lighten your hair according to the instructions in the kit BUT only use a deep cleansing shampoo to wash out bleach DO NOT USE CONDITIONER. Make sure you have thoroughly shampooed all of the bleach out of your hair as bleach residue can prevent the hair dye from processing properly. If you are not experienced with lightening your hair or are not sure on what to do it is always best to seek out the advice from a professional hairdresser.

Hair Colour Levels

DYEING INSTRUCTIONS
BLEACH > RINSE / SHAMPOO > DRY > DYE > RINSE IN COOL WATER. For best results do it all on the same day!
Bleach: Bleach hair to the optimum colour for the colour dye you are using. 
Rinse / Shampoo: Remove bleach from hair with warm water and a deep cleansing shampoo (not all deep cleansing shampoos are ideal, shampoos that contain sulfates or lots of oils are not recommended; they will prevent the colour from processing properly), DO NOT USE CONDITIONER.
Dry: Completely dry hair.
Protect: Wear protective colouring gloves. Apply petroleum jelly or conditioner around hair line and on ears to prevent dye from staining skin.
Dye: Perform a strand test stand before proceeding to ensure you happy with results, proceed if you are happy. Totally saturate the hair, for even coverage gently comb into hair.
Processing time: Place a plastic cap on your hair and leave the dye to soak in. Leave dye on for 60 minutes or more, the longer the better! 
Rinse:  Rinse hair in cool water away from the face, preferably in a kitchen sink to avoid staining white tubs and your skin.
**To help minimise the colour from bleeding make sure hair is completely dry before sleeping, it is recommended to wear old clothes etc to bed for the first few days**

CARE AND MAINTENANCE
- Do not wash your hair for one week after dyeing.
- Only wash hair once a week and only use shampoo if absolutely necessary.
- Ensure you use a mild, gentle Shampoo and Conditioner that is free from oil and clarifiers, and contains no sulphur. 'colour safe' shampoos are not recommended.
- When conditioning your hair mix in a little dye to help freshen your colour.
- Use non-alcohol based hair products.

Long Lasting Colour Using Vinegar Solution
Pro trick for making your colour last longer is to rinse your hair with a vinegar solution immediately after you have rinsed the dye from your hair. This raises the pH level of the hair dye and gives it more permanence.
1. Mix equal parts of white vinegar with water, try a half a cup of each and put in a bowl or cup.
2. Pour the vinegar and water mix onto your hair.
3. Comb through your hair.
4. Rinse it out with cold water.

TIPS 'N TRICKS
Get the most from your colour
Below are some helpful tips gathered from our personal experience with these types of hair colour and also feedback from customers, so we must say it is all provided at your own risk. What works for some may not work for others, everyones hair is different and it all comes down to finding out what works best for you.
1. Bleach/Lighten hair on the same day as applying the dye
2. Remove bleach from hair with warm water and shampoo, DO NOT USE CONDITIONER, don't worry the dye acts as a great conditioner itself.
3. Apply dye to completely dry hair.
4. If your hair is already blonde you may benefit from a low volume bleach applied for 10-15 minutes, this will open the hair to accept dye but have little effect in altering colour and causing damage, another great option is a bleach bath for your hair.
5. Always perform a strand test prior to full application to ensure you are happy with the results.
6. Leave dye in for as long as possible, you can even sleep with it in but ensure to securely wrap hair with plastic to stop dye from transfering to bedding. I find a plastic bag and a beanie works best.

Achieve Pastel and Lighter Shades
Pastel and lighter shades aren't forgiving and must be applied to hair that is prepared correctly.
1. Bleach hair to a level 10 light blonde.
2. Remove bleach from hair with warm water and a deep cleansing shampoo (not all deep cleansing shampoos are ideal, shampoos that contain sulfates or lots of oils are not recommended; they will prevent the colour from processing properly), DO NOT USE CONDITIONER.
3. Completely dry hair.
4. Perform a Test Strand to ensure you are happy with the colour results.
5. Apply your dye following the above Dyeing Instructions from Apply Dye to Dry Hair.
**Leave your dye on for at least an hour, the longer the better**   

Dyeing Without Pre-Lightening
Yes, it is possible to colour without pre-lightening your hair! Results will vary from person to person so a test strand is a must. For hair that is a naturally level 3–7 darker colours will give a result eg. Manic Panic: After Midnight, Enchanted Forest, Fuchsia Shock, Green Envy, Hot Hot Pink, Infra Red, Pillarbox Red, Purple Haze, Raven, Rock’n’Roll Red, Shocking Blue, Vampire Red.
1. Wash hair with a deep cleansing shampoo (not all deep cleansing shampoos are ideal, shampoos that contain sulfates or lots of oils are not recommended; they will prevent the colour from processing properly), DO NOT USE CONDITIONER.
2. Completely dry hair with a blow dryer to make sure the hair is extremely porous and to remove excess water.
3. Perform a Test Strand to ensure you are happy with colour results. This may take a few try’s to achieve the colour you want.  
4. Apply your colour following the above Dyeing Instructions from Apply Dye to Dry Hair.
**Leave your colour on for at least an hour, the longer the better** 

REMOVAL OF COLOUR 
The removal of hair colour and fading results vary from person to person. Some darker colours may leave behind a slight tint or take more time to fade than some of our lighter colours. Consult with manufacturers of any outside lightening and colour removal products before attempting to use to ensure compatability. It is always best to seek out the advice from a professional hair salon.
- Hot Oil treatments
- Use alcohol based hair products such as hairspray, gel, or mousse
- Wash hair with harsh shampoos such as Anti-Dandruff, Clarifying, Deep Cleansing or All Purpose
- Swim in a swimming pool, the chemicals in the water will help fade the colour
- Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda into your shampoo, gently knead in to your hair then rinse with warm water.

Last Resort Soap Cap
When all else fails here is a trick that will remove that last bit of unwanted dye. It is always best to seek out the advice from a professional hair salon.

Mix in a colour bowl:
3 Tbs Developer
2 Tbs Lightener/bleach
2 Tbs clarifying shampoo
2 Tbs conditioner for dry hair

Directions:
1. Put a pair of colouring gloves on.
2. Apply mixture to wet hair stopping about 1 inch away from your roots.
3. Work quickly and begin kneading the mixture into your hair starting from the ends to your roots,
4. Work mixture in to hair for 5-10 minutes.
5. Rinse mixture out with warm water.
6. Shampoo and deep condition
Remember to check hair frequently; while a “Soap Cap” is diluted a person’s hair is most fragile when wet and the processing time can vary from person to person