I’ve been rocking my natural hair color for the last five years. In high school I dyed my hair black all the time, but I never did anything fun and colorful. A couple of weeks ago I took some photos of my friend, Amy, she had added a new pink stripe to her brown-green hair. We got the spontaneous idea I should try dying my hair too. Why not? It always grows back! Time for a change! In today’s post I’m sharing you the inspiration and transform process behind my hair transformation. Enjoy!
In collaboration with Dandy Hair Salon.
Finding the Right Salon
It took me some investigating who does the best vibrant color work in Helsinki. I did a few calls and browsed Instagram until I found Dandy. The website and work made a serious impact, if you check out the page you’ll see what I mean. Character, tip top quality, flamboyance. Just what I wanted. The salon was close-by, which was a cherry on the cake. I got to meet Sumi Moreno, one of Dandy’s founders and we booked an appointment.
What I love about Dandy Hair Salon is the style, character, color, je ne sais quoi - whatever you want to call it. I love whites and neutrals in interior, but I felt very comfortable sitting next to colorful painting, plants and the Yoga studio next door. There’s humour in the air when Dandy Stylists work on other clients: from kids with afro to older ladies with root or blonde touch-ups to guys who need an impeccable cut.
Inspiration for Blue Hair
I created a Pinterest board and saved images from anime characters to grunge goth singers who had blue hair or a stylish cut. In the end I left myself in Sumi’s hands. She suggested we would go with brights and deeper roots instead of the worn-in grunge or anime wig look.
Ready to Transform!
So I go in, my own hair all frizzy and unruly - in its natural color. I feel little shy, but Sumi’s fun personality lights up the room. She makes me coffee, always a plus, and we start the process!
First, Sumi used Pulp Riot’s bleach and oxidizer on my hair. Aluminum foil was used in her technique, the roots were left bare and the bleach worked quickly as my hair had its natural color. The roots were left bare while bleaching. After washing Sumi uses Pulp Riot’s Nightfall color on my roots and alternates with Pulp Riot Electric direct-dye. The base of these dyes is a very effective conditioner and looks its best when added to pre-lightened base. At the same time the color ‘closes’ the hair follicles for a vibrant, long-lasting hair color.
I sip my coffee while the dye works on my hair, listen the hair stylists cracking jokes and chill. There was a selection of new magazines, even a possibility to sit outside for a while, but I felt so peaceful and relaxed I mainly just sat there and checked my phone.
(I’ve always wanted a foil hat haha)
Idea for the cut was to preserve my classic bob-style while keep the nape of the neck and bangs very short. I really like short bangs as I think it “opens up” my face more, brings focus to my eyebrows and overall looks very modern. Sumi creates a bit comic-inspired look with very clear lines.
Here’s Sumi’s amazing work and my freshly blow-dried BLUE HAIR!!! The color and cut are so cool, I’m so happy and excited! Everyone has complimented my new look; one blogger even thought I had had a blue or purple hair before - it looked so good on me. I’ve got questions is it hard to do my makeup with blue hair, but not so far. I think blue brings out my eye color and especially red lipstick (such as Tom Ford’s Lips&Girls in Sonia) looks good with this look.
In the very first photo my hair a bit messy after sleeping, but you see the multi-tones of blue, light blue and a hint of turquoise better. Since my natural roots got colored pretty well, we didn’t need to dye the roots darker.
Thank you Sumi & Dandy Hair!
What do you think about my transformation? Have you tried any fun hair colors? If you had to completely change your look, what would you choose?