Either its Super Sculpey clay baking in the oven – not pleasant – or its hair chemicals – arguably even less pleasant.
I cooked two fairly non-standard things this week:
1) A clay dragon
2) My hair
The clay dragon was going to be prop for my Steampunk costume. I had purchased a birdcage, and was making a dragon to go inside. Here are the bits of the dragon prior to going in the oven:
Nevermind that one arm has toes and the other doesn’t. Frankly, I decided I didn’t like his arms anyway. I might make new ones. I used the gears that I bought at Michael’s; I had leftover after making the second boot 😛
All of the other pieces came out well, though. I did have another problem however … I didn’t measure properly. While the base of the dragon fits inside the birdcage, the wingspan does not. Doh. If I decide to make more arms for him, I will also make more wings.
I do only have a little bit of time left before my husband and I leave for DragonCon Wednesday evening. And this prop would be easy to just leave off the costume. We’ll see. If I don’t use him as a prop, he will just sit on my shelf. He is too cute not to do so.
As for my hair? Well, I really love bright colored hair. And in general, I like changing my hair color. I have had it three different shades of natural colors (at the same time – red, blonde, and brown). I’ve had it black, I’ve had it dirty blond for a short time, red, bright red and black, purple and black … I decided it was time to try out blue.
So Friday night after work, I came home and bleached my dark brown hair – hence the “cooking” or maybe “frying”. I have never really seen my hair get to a light shade of blonde when I bleach it. It stays in the brassy, very bright yellow phase for me. I have done a lot of reading online, and have heard that blue is a pain in the neck. I wasn’t even sure if the blue dye would turn my hair blue or blend with the brassy colors for something close to green. I found these two things very helpful during my reading: The Dainty Squid and this.
Here I am in my brassy bleached hair state. Shudder. I am not a fan. The middle shot was possibly the worst picture of myself ever (seriously, my paint egg head cover up is prettier), but I didn’t have another showing the line of dark brown that I left in my bang area. I left the bleach on for between 60-90 min. This irritated a few parts of my skin a bit (puffy and swollen neckline), so I stopped at bleach on Friday night. I did not want to put more chemicals on my puffy head.
And then I went to volunteer at an annual work event with my hair looking like that. Sigh ( to my hair looking like that, not the volunteering part ).
Saturday afternoon, I added the blue dye. I used two different blue shades of Punky Colors that I purchased on Amazon a while back. I was hoping for a deep, teal color. This is the process I used for the dye:
1) Mix the teal and deep blue colors together in a mixing bowl. Add a small amount of conditioner to the mix to help protect your hair a little.
2) Apply the dye mixture to your hair, using rubber gloves, fingers, and a little dye brush like they have at the salon.
3) Have husband come check the back of your head since you can’t possibly see all the blonde pieces you are leaving without dye.
4) Try with minimal success to remove the blue stains from your neck / face / hairline / ears.
5) Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap.
6) Leave dye in for 4-6 hours. I went with the 6 hours. I have read that with the dye I used, you can even leave this in overnight, but I was not about to try that this time around.
7) With the shower cap on, apply heat to your hair (with a hair dryer) for 10-15 min at a time, every 1-2 hours. Supposedly helps seal the dye in.
8) When you get in the shower to rinse out the dye, first use some white vinegar as a rinse for you hair. Like dyeing Easter eggs, the vinegar should help seal the dye into your hair. I must say this was not a pleasant experience, the vinegar was cold and it did not smell good.
9) Rinse vinegar and dye out of hair. Condition hair. Don’t wait for the water to run clear because with bright colors it just doesn’t. Use cold water to rinse your hair (or lukewarm at best, hot is bad for bright colors).
10) I intend to keep the color up by adding a little bit of blue dye to my conditioner ever time I shower, to freshen it up a bit.
My results? See below. I left my bangs and the tips of my hair brown as I planned to dye them black after putting the blue dye in. I might still do that, but I wanted to see if I could get a cool multiple shades of blue effect first, which I did. I am pleased with the outcome, and so the black dye may wait for a while 🙂