Fantasy Color in your hair [a beginners guide]
If you are wondering how to have fantasy color in your hair, you are in the right place.
The fantasy colors in the hair look spectacular, and every day they are more fashionable! But the truth is that these dyes require very specific maintenance so that they can last in the hair.
The most important things you need to know to wear fantasy color in your hair is that your hair must always be previously lightened, the application must be very precise, and you will need to use special products to wash your hair that seal the color.
In addition, all fantasy dyes are different depending on the type of color you choose, especially in terms of duration.
In this article I will show you the most important points that you must take into account when dyeing your hair with fantasy colors, and I will give you tips so that you can get the most out of it!
Fantasy Color Hair: what you need to know
Fantasy dye colors are very fashionable and are very flattering. There are all kinds of incredible colors, from electric blue to beautiful pastel pink.
But there are a couple of things you have to know so you won’t get a surprise or two!
These dyes are extremely high maintenance, and will require a lot of effort and care. There are 3 main things you need to take into account:
- You will need to have your hair lightened to have a good result
- All fantasy dyes require a very specific application
- You will have to maintain your hair with specific products
Let’s see each one of them individually:
#1: You will need to have your hair lightened
In order to have a fantasy color in your hair, you must apply it on a blonde base. This means that if you have dark hair you will have to bleach your hair yes or yes.
Unless you are very blonde already, if you want a fantasy color you should always bleach your hair first. If you apply fantasy dye on dark hair, it will not work.
Depending on the type of color you choose is how light your hair should be:
- Red, orange, and pink tones require less lightening.
- Blue, violet, yellow and green tones require more lightening.
And if the fantasy tone you want is pastel, you will need to apply it on an almost white hair! The more intense and vibrant the color, the less lightening it will require.
You will need to do a a traditional bleaching if you want a powerful fantasy color, either as a full bleaching or just in the areas you want the color to pop in. Take into account that after bleaching your hair you should always avoid dyeing your hair in a while. For fantasy colors you should always apply a demi-permanent color that will not cause any damage to your hair.
Another option is to make a bleach bath in your hair. This will work if your hair is not as dark, and you want to make the fantasy color more vibrant. If you are planning to bleach bath your hair at home, be very careful and buy the best bleach possible!
#2: Fantasy dyes require a specific application
If you apply the fantasy color incorrectly, it will last very little. Maybe just a couple of washes!
My best suggestion is to buy a demi-permanent color in a brand specifically made for fantasy colors like Crazy Color, Manic Panic or similar. These dyes will guarantee you the best results possible. The more specialised the brand in fantasy colors, the better!
On the other hand, semi-permanent colors normally last better than demi-permanent, however in the case of fantasy dyes is less longevity! The reason is because they are based more in natural reflections that in the actually fantasy pigments, so avoid these ones!
Fantasy toners don’t last much in the hair, therefore I strongly suggest you to leave the toner in your hair as much as possible.
Therefore, make sure to seal the color to the maximum with these tips:
- Always apply the dye on dry hair (if you apply it into damp hair, it will not penetrate so much into your cuticle, and it will fall off easier).
- Let the dye act for at least 15 to 20 minutes (although if you leave it half an hour, better!).
- When removing the dye, use only cold water and do not apply any shampoo at all (all shampoos will remove the sealer of the color just applied).
If you follow these tips, you will get the most out of your fantasy dye!
And don’t forget that the better the quality, the longer the dye will last in your hair.
#3 You have to maintain your hair with specific products
Fantasy colors have a very particular maintenance. As they are Demi permanent dyes, their duration is much shorter than a normal dye.
For maintaining colored hair, specifically fantasy dyes, you will need to use special products to wash your hair and avoid hot water as much as possible.
Also, take into account that you probably bleached your hair for accomplishing this results. As bleaching always damage your hair a litte, is important that from now on you use hair products with proteins that will restore the surface of your hair.
These type of colors tend to fade extremely easy! Therefore, you will have to wash your hair maximum twice a week.
If you wash it more than that, I assure you that you will wash off your color very quickly.
Use the water as cold as you can!
Hot water has an intense cleansing power and can discolor up to 30% per wash.
And finally, it is very important that you use a specific shampoo and conditioner to avoid color fading. If you use a supermarket color shampoo, I assure you that the color will not last long. A good professional color protect shampoo can last up to 3 months at home.
The best products you can use to prevent color fading are:
Kerastase reflection range
This shampoo repels the aggressive agents of the water to keep the color intact. It is the best on the market!
This conditioner will seal the color with each application and is not greasy at all. In addition to leaving your hair very shiny!
Use this mask twice a month to repair the cuticle of your hair, seal the color and nourish your hair in depth. It’s delicious!
Now you know all the secrets of fantasy dyes.
Don’t be afraid and add a hint of color to your life.
With proper care, you can enjoy beautiful colors for longer.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments.
Until next time!