So yeah...it was time.
I battled between doing it myself and going to my loctician but honestly, y'all...I save SO much money doing my own hair. And yeah, a loctician can do it better but whatev...I'm not that bad. Despite not distributing the color as well as I would have liked to, I still think this is by far the best color job I've done. My hair was left ridiculously soft and the color took better than I expected.
Here's what I used...
I went to Sally's and scooped up the following:
-Clairol's Permanente Deep Conditioning color in 8RN (light red-neutral brown)
-A hair dye brush for mixing and application
-Clairol's Developer in 40
-Proclaim Neutralizing Shampoo
-Clairol's Jazzing Sheer Hair color in Racing Wine
-Plastic shower cap
I spent less than $30 on everything. The entire process, however, took a good 2 hours. Don't think that this is something that you can do in an hour or so. You really need to take your time. In fact, I wish I would have taken MORE time when it came to application. Because I didn't, a few of my roots didn't get the color. Is is noticeable? Only if you're realllly up in my scalp. It doesn't bug me too much but I know that if I would have invested a few more minutes, I would have gotten everything.
Although that bleaching experience scarred me, I am kinda grateful for it. Because my hair is so light at the top, I can deposit color without any problem. Eventually the bleached locs will grow out but for now, I kinda dig 'em.
I did equal parts of the color and developer. I kinda just plopped it all over but I wish I would have been more meticulous with distribution. Kept the color on for a good 40 minutes, rinsed it out and washed with neutralizing shampoo a good 7-8 times.
The biggest hair crime you could ever make would be not rinsing all of the hair dye out. This is especially crucial for us loc rockers. Trapped hair dye can continue coloring/eating away the loc and you're left with damaged locs that eventually pop up off. And yep...I know this from experience. After 7-8 shampoos and rinsing, my locs were super crunchy. I've been testing (and loving) Uncle Funky's Daughter Rich and Funky moisturizing shampoo and used that to put some moisture back in the locs. This is one dynamic shampoo for color treated hair. It left my locs so soft that I didn't even feel the need to follow up with a conditioner. Also, I've been washing my locs with cold water. A veteran loc rocker told me to give this a try and my locs feel 10x softer than when I wash them with warm water. I followed up with Jane Carter's Leave-In Conditioner. Theeeeen I retwisted the roots without product, sat under the dryer for 30 minutes with heat and 10 minutes on cool and was done!
See how I've got one spot that's super brown and the other areas near my edges aren't AS brown? Poor color distribution. I'll do better the next time I color. I just had to DO something because the dark roots were driving me nuts. Oh! And as far as the faded pink locs...I only did that to a few of them. I always require some kind of pop and that Racing Wine gave me just that. I want to re-dye those locs again as I don't think I left the the dye in as long as I should have. The color should have taken a little better. I digs 'em nonetheless.
I've come along way with my dye jobs. I've learned a lot. Oh another note...I think I'm going to go back to semi-freeforming. I miss the afro roots. A lot. There was something special about these...
I want them back. Back they will come.