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Dying Dreads

DreddieFreddy
@dreddiefreddy
7 years ago
30 posts

So I usually dye my hair blond every few months and I know that dying your hair BEFORE dreading helps the process but now I'm wondeing about if how dying my hair post-dreading would work out. So here are my questions 1) is dying hair after dreaging difficult or even possible? 2) is dying dreads damaging in anyway?


updated by @dreddiefreddy: 01/13/15 08:34:33PM
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@soaring-eagle
7 years ago
27,879 posts
dying's always damaging to some extent and dying after dreading is definitely harder u need alot more and rinsing it all outs not easy...if your wanting blond tho u can use lemon juice to gradualy lighten in sun or when blowdrying lemon reacts with heat or sun to very gradualy lighten


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Island Mamma
@island-mamma
7 years ago
530 posts
If you are dying to keep up the color thats there just do your roots.
Spider Feet
@spider-feet
7 years ago
458 posts
Find out if your dye is acidic or alkaline, after washing out the dye very thoroughly use baking soda or apple cider vinegar to neutralize it. I don't think black dye is overly damaging but blond definitely fries hair.
Faelwynn
@faelwynn
7 years ago
362 posts
I dyed my dreads a bright copper red a few months in (I think it was 3 or 4 months in) and while I did an okay job, I'm not sure that it was entirely worth it. I was still getting red dye out of my dreads for a week or better after the initial dye job, and the color was really really uneven. Granted, I was advised to pour all the mix into a bowl and try to apply it with my hands... not a good idea if you're applying dye all by yourself. I about choked on the fumes even though I was in a really well ventilated area. If you're going to try to do something like that, I would try consulting someone (my first thought was Lish from 'Get up, Dread up' another dread forum/livejournal... she's been bleaching and dying her dreads for years with awesome results) who's done it frequently and with a high amount of success and see if they can give you any tips/help you do the job. Personally, I find it easier to just embrace your natural hair color, but I won't lie, I do (and very often) find myself longing for red locks again.
DreddieFreddy
@dreddiefreddy
7 years ago
30 posts
Thanks to everyone that replied, you all helped me out more than u know :) and if anyone wants to know..I'm not gonna risk dying my dreads- the blonde mixed with my root color looks cool anyways

Faelwynn said:
I dyed my dreads a bright copper red a few months in (I think it was 3 or 4 months in) and while I did an okay job, I'm not sure that it was entirely worth it. I was still getting red dye out of my dreads for a week or better after the initial dye job, and the color was really really uneven. Granted, I was advised to pour all the mix into a bowl and try to apply it with my hands... not a good idea if you're applying dye all by yourself. I about choked on the fumes even though I was in a really well ventilated area. If you're going to try to do something like that, I would try consulting someone (my first thought was Lish from 'Get up, Dread up' another dread forum/livejournal... she's been bleaching and dying her dreads for years with awesome results) who's done it frequently and with a high amount of success and see if they can give you any tips/help you do the job. Personally, I find it easier to just embrace your natural hair color, but I won't lie, I do (and very often) find myself longing for red locks again.
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