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    For the very first time I am planning to do something wild with my hair. I am fed up with short, back, and sides - and I want to dye my hair, maybe with some blonde streaks (no homo).

    I have watched some video tutorials on YouTube, but is there anything that can go wrong with dying hair?
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    For the very first time I am planning to do something wild with my hair. I am fed up with short, back, and sides - and I want to dye my hair, maybe with some blonde streaks (no homo).

    I have watched some video tutorials on YouTube, but is there anything that can go wrong with dying hair?
    Everything can go wrong.

    Bleaching is risky, depending on your original colour you could end up with bright orange or yellow instead of blonde, your hair can become really dry and damaged, and it can even snap off in chunks if you leave the bleach on for too long. I'd recommend washing bleach off a small section to check that it's worked, and get a hair mask to try and recondition it. You'll also probably want to use a silver toner to take out any yellow tones.
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    Dead easy.I've done my own a few times. The important thing is to use the right strength bleach for your hair colour. If it isnt strong enough or left on long enough and your hair is to dark, it can come out a bit gingery. If you want to colour it, make sure you bleach all your natural colour out first or the dyed colour wont look as bright.
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    Dead easy.I've done my own a few times. The important thing is to use the right strength bleach for your hair colour. If it isnt strong enough or left on long enough and your hair is to dark, it can come out a bit gingery. If you want to colour it, make sure you bleach all your natural colour out first or the dyed colour wont look as bright.
    I have 3 weeks off work - I am going to experiment with dying my hair.

    How many times could I try something new? Every few days?
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    I have 3 weeks off work - I am going to experiment with dying my hair.

    How many times could I try something new? Every few days?
    The way I do mine is permanent. The dye fades a bit with washing but you have to wait for it to grow out or rebleach and redye. Too much bleaching is bad for your hair. I only do it once or twice on the same hair.
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    Everything can go wrong.

    Bleaching is risky, depending on your original colour you could end up with bright orange or yellow instead of blonde, your hair can become really dry and damaged, and it can even snap off in chunks if you leave the bleach on for too long. I'd recommend washing bleach off a small section to check that it's worked, and get a hair mask to try and recondition it. You'll also probably want to use a silver toner to take out any yellow tones.
    I am browny, but I want to dye it a darker shade. Then maybe add some unobtrusive streaks to the longer, messier part of the undercut (see pics below).

    I thought you add the dye, mix it all in, then go in the shower to wash it out. Hey presto!

    But you're saying I could have orange hair afterwards, even though I am using dark dye?
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    I am browny, but I want to dye it a darker shade. Then maybe add some unobtrusive streaks to the longer, messier part of the undercut (see pics below).

    I thought you add the dye, mix it all in, then go in the shower to wash it out. Hey presto!

    But you're saying I could have orange hair afterwards, even though I am using dark dye?
    Dark dye, as you said, is pretty straightforward. As long as it's mixed correctly and you leave it on for the right amount of time (and don't get it all over your face/neck/ears) you should be fine. Worst thing that can happen is it goes darker than you intended.

    The problem arises when you want to put blonde streaks in as this involves bleach. Bleaching over dark brown means you're very likely to get bright orange/yellow rather than the blonde that you're aiming for. It's also very difficult to put streaks in your own hair if you've never done it before, and even then I assume very few people would attempt it themselves.
 
 
 
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