The Split Dyed Hair Process: Step-by-Step Guide

If you want to add a splash of color to your daily life, a very fun option is to go and get your hair colored. However, you can take it a step further and get multiple colors added to your hair through the split-dye hairstyle. But what do you need to do to get your hair split dyed?

To split-dye hair, the steps are choosing the colors, getting the equipment, adding vaseline to the hairline to prevent staining the skin, preparing and then parting the hair, coloring the hair, waiting for the dye to finish processing, and washing it out.

Now you know that you can do your split-dye hair while at home, which is great because it will save you about $60 every time you do it on your own. You only know the general steps, but don’t worry as, throughout the rest of this article, I will go over each of the nine steps so that you can get split-dye hair without having to go to the salon.

1. Pick Your Dyes

The first thing that you are going to want to do before you even get started on the hair is to choose what colors you want to get. You also are going to have to choose between a permanent or semi-permanent color, with the semi-permanent hair color lasting for about 4 to 6 weeks, while permanent hair color lasts for 6 to 8 weeks.

Semi-permanent hair colors are great for those who are getting their hair colored for the first time, want to find colors they like, and want to experiment with a variety of different color combinations.

2. Grab Your Gear

Next, you are going to need to get all of the equipment that you are going to be using during the coloring and processing timer. Fortunately, the supplies that you need can be found easily in a variety of kits or at a beauty store like Sally Beauty. The equipment that you must have includes:

  • Mirrors
  • Vaseline
  • Hair comb
  • Old towels
  • Hair dye clips
  • Disposable gloves
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3. Prepare The Hair

Next, you will have to prepare to start coloring your hair. One of the more important and helpful things to do before you get started is to make sure your hair is clean and dry. Along with this, unless you naturally have super blonde hair, you are going to want to bleach your hair so that the color shows up.

Getting your hair bleached at home is tricky since it is a difficult process and, for the most part, should be done at a salon instead of at home. Once you have your hair bleached, you are going to want to make sure that your hair is completely untangled, as it is going to save a lot of time and pain later.

4. Vaseline Up

When it comes to doing DIY hair coloring, the secret ingredient that you will need to have is Vaseline. Why is that? Well, vaseline helps prevent the colors you choose from crossing and bleeding together. So, when you are getting ready to apply the color, first you are going to want to section off your hair into two sections with clips. You will also want to put some Vaseline on your hairline, neck, and ears to keep the dye from staining your skin. This will help the cleanup process afterward be easier, too!

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5. Part The Hair

Next, you are going to take the pintail comb and part your hair in all of the areas that you want to dye. So the more areas you part your hair with them, the more areas you have to put a variety of colors.

People typically will go with a very symmetrical look by splitting their hair straight down the middle, but you can really do whatever style or design you want. You don’t have to pin your hair up extremely tight. However, you will want to tie up or clip each section so that each section is separated.

You will also want to split these layers into most layers to ensure that the color saturates all of your hair.

6. The Actual Dying Process

Now that you have gotten everything prepared, you can finally get into the coloring process. When you are coloring someone’s hair, it is fairly simple.

How to Dye Hair

  1. Wear clothing that you don’t care about. Put on gloves to avoid getting color all over yourself.
  2. You are going to part one of the sections of hair; let’s use the right side as an example while leaving the other section pinned up and out of the way.
  3. Now, you will use the color brush applicator to work the color you selected into the right side of the hair.
  4. Once the hair has become saturated with the color, you will want to use a comb to spread the color throughout the rest of your hair.
  5. Now, you will pin the hair on your right side to the scalp. Place a piece of tin foil or ceramic wrap on the hair color that you just colored.
  6. Then, you will repeat these steps on the other side with the other color. If you use another color, make sure to use a new pair of gloves to keep the colors from mixing.

7. Wait

Now, you simply need to wait for the color to process. You will be able to see how long this takes on the side of the package that the hair color came in. It will likely take 20-45 minutes for the color to process. You can move around while you wait and start cleaning up, as hair color is a messing process.

8. Washing It Out

To finish up, you will want to rinse your hair with lukewarm water. You will want to continue this process until the water running through your hair becomes clear. Now, use some conditioner to lock in some moisture, and then you are done and have split-dye hair!

While it may not be as perfect as a salon on your first try, remember that practice makes perfect, and before long, you will be able to do professional-looking split colors.

9. Style and Enjoy

The last step to the split-dyed hair process is to style it however you want after it has dried and enjoy the beautiful look!

Creating a personalized look like this one will make you feel gorgeous and amazing. Enjoy your new look!

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