DIY Patriotic Dye
I've already expressed my love for the Olympics, but clearly U.S. speed skater Ryan Bedford has one-upped me. The 23-year-old dyed his hair, the little that he has, to resemble the U.S. flag. And if that wasn't enough patriotism for you, he also dyed the five Olympic rings into the back of his head.
I don't need to tell you that this hairstyle is, how should we say it...niche? Basically, don't do it. We will let him slide because he is a man, and, let's be honest, they never really know how to groom themselves properly. If you are looking for a hair color change, follow these tips below:
When going darker: use a semi-permanent formula the first time around. If you like the shade, wait until it fades and then apply a permanent version. Be sure to start in the back and save the strands in the front of your face for last. They will absorb more color than the back and underside of your hair since they are the most porous due to daily wear and tear. Want to become a brunette? Start here.
When going lighter: look for a permanent shade that has the words neutral, beige, or ash in the name to prevent your hair from looking brassy. Again, start in the back and work your way forward so that the pieces in the front are the brightest.
Dont wash for 24 hours. This will allow the color to set. When it is time to suds up, use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner that have UV protection. A good one is L'Oréal Vive Pro Color Vive Shampoo, for Color-Treated Hair That's Normal.
Don't hop on the hair-dye bandwagon. According to this story, Bedford dyed his hair after a senior skater tricked him into getting matching looks. He saw Bedford's finished results and backed out. What did we learn here? If your friend is begging you for matching Rihanna cuts and color, think twice before taking the plunge.