Like I have said before, I have used this kit about 3 weeks ago and it turned out fabulous! I was really pleased with the results and I got a lot of compliments on how it turned out and how cute I looked being a blonde again. Some of the ends of my hair were looking orange-y though, so I knew I wanted to try this kit again. I gave myself a few weeks before dying it again and thought I would document it for you this time. So let’s begin!
Revlon has made three different kits.
1. Platinum: Light to Dark Blonde Hair
2. Blonde: Blonde to Light Brown Hair
3. Honey: Medium to Dark Brown Hair
I of course used the Honey Highlighting Kit because my hair was definitely brown, and I used another Honey Highlighting Kit the second time highlighting my hair. The picture below shows what the kit will look like when you take everything out. The gloves and the over cap are wrapped up in the directions.
Here are some things other than the kit to help you in this process:
1. Clips!—to section off parts of your hair in the dying process. The more the better.
2. Old shirt—I have a cut off t-shirt that I use every time I dye my hair. Remember we are working with bleach, so do NOT wear anything good or anything you wouldn’t want to ruin.
3. Scissors—to cut the package of highlighting powder. You do NOT want to rip it because it will go everywhere if you do.
4. Timer—this comes in handy so that you have a “buzzer” instead of watching the clock and forgetting the time! I just use the timer I always keep in the bathroom which is a kitchen timer. You could also use an alarm clock, or an oven timer. Whatever works for you.
5. Comb—to smooth out the hair loops when pulling your hair through the cap.
6. Brush—for brushing out all tangles before pulling hair through the cap.
7. Hand Mirror—so you can sit down and pull your hair through the cap. This is the longest process so you want to be as comfortable as possible!
I just want to say before I get started with explaining the process that you SHOULD NOT DO THIS BEFORE AN IMPORTANT EVENT. You should allow yourself a week or more so that if this does not turn out the way you wanted it to…you have time to let your hair relax before dying it again, or allow yourself and a hairstylist enough time to get you booked so they can professionally help you re-dying your hair. I am not saying that this is or is not going to work for you. This is how my hair turned out and now I am just sharing my tricks and techniques with you.
The first thing that you are going to want to do is change into the shirt/out-fit that you will dye your hair in. Like I said before we are working with bleach so wear something old that don’t mind if it gets bleached. I have this old cut-off that I wear every time I dye my hair whether it is going dark or going light.
Next you need to brush out your hair. You do NOT want any tangles in your hair. It will not pull through the cap and it will be so painful, so please make sure you have no tangles. BTW: I was going on my “second-day hair” both times I did this.
After you have your hair brushed out all nice and smooth, you need to part your hair the way you normally part your hair. If you do not part down the center, THEN DO NOT PART DOWN THE CENTER! You want it to look natural when it is all done with you do not want to part your hair the other way and not have any highlights. Since I part my hair both to the right and the left, the first time I parted my hair to the right and this last time I parted my hair to the left. So whichever way you part your hair, part it that way and then carefully put the cap on and tie it around the chin. This helps secure the cap from moving.
Once you have the cap on, you can use the other end of your spatula which comes in the kit to poke through the holes and pull out hair. You want to make sure that you don’t pull out too much hair in each hole and you want to pull out a consistent amount throughout your whole head or just parts you want highlighted—the cap has sections and the directions which come in the kit explain how you can use those guides to highlight which parts of your head you want to highlight. I personally used all the holes all over the cap. I took a picture outside so you could really see my true color. This is what it will look like with your hair pulled through the holes.
The process of pulling your hair through the holes in the cap takes such a LONG time. I wouldn’t recommend standing in front of the mirror and doing this. I used a hand mirror and sat down—even watched TV—and pulled out all the hairs through the holes I could see with the handheld mirror. When I needed to do the back I moved to the bathroom and held the mirror in my left hand and looked in the medicine cabinet mirror and pulled the rest out. You can also ask someone to help you with this step if you needed to.
While pulling your hair through the holes, sometimes, well most of the time, hair will halfway come out forming a loop. I should have taken a picture, but I think you will know what I mean. I used a comb and just pulled it through using that. It saved time and worked nicely. Also I just want to say be careful around your ears. Don’t pike yourself—it HURTS. So be careful and extra cautious and slow down.
After you get all of the hair you want highlighted pulled through the cap, it is now time to brush out the hair with a brush. Do this gently and then use a clip to get it up and out of the way. Next you want to gather all of your hair that you are NOT highlighting and I just tied it in a very low bun at the nape of my neck. You can even take a plastic baggie—like a sandwich bag, haha—and wrap it around it and secure with a hair tie so that you don’t spill dye on it.
Now is the time that all of those clips come in handy! I sectioned my hair off into 6 or 7 sections. Then you need to mix your dye! It is pretty easy. The kit comes with a plastic bowl and spatula. You want to add the highlighting power into the bowl first, and then add the cream developer. Now is a good time to put on your gloves! Once you have it all mixed up you can start putting the dye in your hair. I started with the sections in the back because those were my darkest and then worked my way to the sides and top. I kept my hair in those sections throughout this whole process because after you have applied your dye, you need to wrap your hair up in the provided over cap and secure it. This just kept everything nice and neat and easier to take the cap on and off to check its progress. As you can see I have my hair still pinned in those clips and I have secured my over cap on top.
I started my timer for 35 minutes.
Some things to remember:
1. If you are going from darker to lighter, your hair will turn orange-y in the process. BUT DON’T wash it out if it does. If you do, it will only be orange when you shampoo it out. You need to let it work its magic.
2. It’s going to get warm—I don’t know exactly why, but it will so don’t worry.
3. Finally, if you have really long hair I suggest getting 2 boxes of this and mixing them both. It’s better to have more than not enough when it comes to this.
Once that time was up I checked it and it was looking great so I added another 20 minutes to my timer and let it go. Remember you do not want to leave this dye on for more than 60 minutes. I saved extra time for me to get the over cap off and take out all my clips, grab a towel, and head to the shower. Taking a shower is really the best way to get the dye out.
Tips in the Shower:
1. Don’t think that cap is coming off!—It’s not going to, and if you try, well, it won’t budge!
2. Shampoo with the shampoo that comes with the kit.
3. Then use the conditioner and let it sit for a few minutes…this will smooth out all the tangles.
4. After you have rinsed, you need to then apply a bit of your regular conditioner and then start to work the cap off your head. Conditioner and a wide-tooth comb will be your best friend in this process.
5. When the cap is off, you want to next shampoo and condition with just a normal shampoo and conditioner.
6. Let the conditioner sit and in the meantime you want to wash your body to make sure that all the bleach is gone so it doesn’t harm your skin.
And then you are done! The final step would be just to clean up! I throw my clips in my dishwasher—this makes for a quick, no hassle cleaning. Then of course you can style your hair however you would like. :)
I will add pictures of the finished product probably on Saturday. I tried to take pictures of it myself, but my camera isn’t the greatest and I shake too much! Haha So I will enlist the help of my boyfriend tomorrow to take some good pictures of it.
My hair is a bit orange-y on the ends in the back of my hair, but that is no surprise because my hair was pretty dark and that bleach had probably about 10 layers of dye to eat through on the ends alone. That’s what you get from going dark to light. I think it turned out pretty good.