Bleached tips to blonde. Randomly applied pink, teal, blue, and purple haicolor. This is not chalk or hair mascara, btw; anyone claiming it is, is making fraudulent claims.
And since this is one of my most viewed photos, I will do a FAQ here.
1. What brands do I use?
Everything I can find - Manic Panic, Special Effects, Pravana, Redken, Chi, Ion, Joico, N'Rage, Directions, Framesi, and probably others that I'm forgetting.
2. Isn't this bad for your hair?
Eh. Not any worse than standard highlights and color. If you see or hear about people with fried/falling out hair "because of too many/too bright of colors", then they're doing it wrong. I'm a professional with 15+ years experience, so I know what I'm doing. A lot of those people are bleaching out old color to put in new color, and that's a big no-no. Combining bleach with semi-perm colors can lead to extremely unpredictable results, and is guaranteed to maximally damage your hair. If you want to do a new color, you can fade old color or layer new color on top of it or any number of other tricks that don't involve bleaching. Hair is not infinitely structurally sound; every process affects the bonds of the hair at the molecular level, while also lifting and destroying the outer cuticle and inner cortex. Once this damage occurs, it its cumulative, and not reversible. That is, you basically put holes in your hair every time you process, and eventually, there are more holes than hair.
Also, if you do process your hair, you simply have to get regular trims (you should get them anyway, but processed hair especially needs it). That's all there is to it. It makes an enormous difference, believe me.
3. Won't the colors bleed/isn't that really high maintenance and/or a
lot of work and/or really expensive?
I understand color theory, placement, and bleeding and use it to my advantage, so what you see here is often colors that have already bled. However, knowing the basics of taking care of your haircolor makes a difference; I advise all clients to use color safe products and to use cold water when washing to preserve color (this applies to regular color, too). With proper care and quality dye, haircolor can last for several weeks or months, although it does vary a bit from person to person. I leave the level of maintenance desired up to my clients, but I would say most average 6-8 weeks in between color. It can take a little bit of time, but again, this varies. Some people only take a couple of hours, others have taken me as long as 8 hours to complete. And no, it's not as expensive as it looks; I live in a rural area that has a VERY low cost of living. It's extremely rare for a client to pay me more than $90 for a cut and multi-process color.
4. Your hair looks so healthy! What do you use on it?
Hardly anything; that's probably why it's doing ok. I only heat style about once a week. That's a huge one - girls don't realize that using their curling or flat iron every single day is often worse for their hair than processing it. DON'T DO THAT. I also only shampoo it once or twice a week. My natural texture is very coarse, curly, and thick (see here: www.flickr.com/photos/uggoff/6497889779/in/set-7215762367... and here: www.flickr.com/photos/uggoff/5841637524/in/set-7215762367... ), so those factors, combined with the processing, make it extremely dry, so I don't need to wash it that frequently. I don't really use any product on it, either, except for leaving my conditioner in it when I do wash (either TIGI Colour Goddess or Biolage Strengthening), and then coconut oil when I get out of the shower. I don't recommend that for anyone except those who have hair texture similar to mine or ethnic hair; otherwise, your hair will be extremely greasy/oily. Most people can shampoo every other day, every two days. Use dry shampoo in between if it bugs you.
5. Where are you located?
South central Kansas. I don't give out much more information than that anymore due to some stalking issues.
6. EW!I don't like this/I think it's ugly/you'd be so pretty if...
I don't care.