Hair dye tips, from someone who dyed their hair green?
Yes, really. I get a lot of questions about the Japanese Hair Dyes, so I thought I’d do a quick post on choosing a Japanese hair dye and also show the gorgeous new visuals from Palty – the shades haven’t actually changed, but Palty do bother to change the imagery every now and then.
I love these hair colours and I love the visuals! Yes they have daft names. What shades would you choose? (tips at the end of the post!)
1. Macaroon Beige:
2. Caramel Latte:
Warmer version of Macaroon Beige
3. Sakura Creamy:
Creamy reddish brown
4. Maple Donut:
Quite a light blonde brown – have tried this it lightens the hair quite a lot
5. Strawberry Macaroon:
A warm red
6. Ganache Tart:
A brown, slight plum tone – have tried this, quite nice
7. Bitter Cappucino:
One of the darker ones, gorgeous brown and would be my top choice for now as I’m looking for something more subtle.
8. Juicy Peach:
Warmer than I like but it’s still very very pretty I think!
9: Honey Peanut:
Really really light, the stripper in me likes this.
10. Beauty Mauve:
Have tried this, it has quite a strong purple tone.
11. Pure Natural:
A mid toned brown with a hint of red – it’s nice and quite safe.
12. Jewelry Ash:
I have tried this – it’s the darkest on e they do, it has a sort of plummy tone to it from what I remember. It does go on DARK.
13. Vanilla Beige:
Have tried this – lovely stuff but it won’t go as light as the picture and it’s hard to maintain if you are dark
14. Caramel Brown:
Have tried this – quite a safe mid toned brown
15. Milk Tea Brown:
I see this one everywhere all the time – it’s very popular – it goes no where near as light as the photo it becomes more of a subtle brown.
16. Honey Brown:
This is a mid toned yellowy brown – so I guess the name Honey Brown is apt!
10 quick Japanese hair dye notes, hints and tips
Colour is truth, truth is colour
1. The only way you are going to go from having dark hair to having the shades as on the above models, you have to lighten it first by using a bleach (Palty do one) formulated so you can prep the hair), THEN dye over it. Obviously this is very very drying on the hair but this is what you do if you want it to look like it does on the models.
The dye WILL lighten your hair, better than most western dyes will, but not by 5 shades!
This WILL make your roots more noticeable when it grows out, as will any dye if you are changing your hair colour a lot.
2. Foam dyes, like the Prettia will go really far and will cover long hair – if you are using Palty or Blythe you will need 2 packs for shoulder length or 3 packs longer hair because I find they give you less that with western dyes.
Don’t do what I did
3. ASH! Be careful – I used an ash dye by blythe and that’s what turned my hair green – I should have known better. Certainly a lot of South East Asian women like myself naturally have a lot of red in their hair – I’ve realised that fighting it with an ash doesn’t always look right – Japanese dyes do tend to compliment the redness that is already in the hair IMO.
4. These dyes tend to come with special applicators, like comb ones. You might not be used to this if you use western brands. Just mix it and use a plastic dish to apply – use a brush or your fingers. You can buy those hair dye bowls from Boots and Superdrug for a few pounds, they can cope with the chemicals!
5. I find Japanese hair dyes are EXCELLENT for not staining. Obviously protect your skin anyway but it is very good for not leaving marks.
6. A few months after using these dyes my hair tends to go quite brassy- in which case you can use a purple shampoo to calm it down and re-dye or I like my Lilac Paint from Fudge – it removes some of the nasty yellowness!
Palty is quite bad for this – Prettia not so much but of course it depends on the shade you use. Anything very light or yellow is going to go brassy!
7. Instructions with Japanese hair dyes do NOT come with English – at least none of the ones I have tried.
There are images to show you what to do and to be honest…it’s not that difficult but bear this in mind and bear in mind you won’t be able to read the ingredients (unless you are Japanese. D’oh!)
8. My hairdresser told me to apply it to the roots, then in the last ten minutes take it through to the ends to even the colour out for the sake of saving my ends from being over processed. I find the roots take the dye really quickly so keep an eye on your timings.
But I’m really thick with colour!
9. Home hair dye challenged?
Thicker than me? Then I recommend going to a salon…
But if you don’t want to, choose a foam dye – like Prettia and there are various foaming dyes because they are so so so so so so easy to use – they are truly brilliant. Choose something that’s not too dramatic and won’t require too much upkeep either.
10. You can buy these dyes from eBay, Adambeauty, Beautyeshop – they’re the main two I would recommend.
Have you tried Japanese Hair Dyes?