|Barked: Sat Sep 22, '12 6:16am PST |
|Without the use of pink kool-aid
Anyway. I've expressed interest before about turning Beauty into a Cheetah for Halloween, well I chose Leopard instead and decided to try my ideas before I meant to showcase it and see how they did. Well it's a good thing I did
I used "Black" and "Golden Brown" Henna Hair Dye for humans that I got at the local health food store. This is completely chemical free and contains all organic dyes. I put Beauty on the table with a plan in mind that I would do her brown spots and the black only spots first, and if it took quite a long time give her a day between the coloring of the outside of the spots. But the whole process in total only took about 2 hours.
So we started with the brown dye, and paint brushes:
First, the brown spots
Then as well let those set for 40-50 mins we figured it was set enough to do the black outsides on the same day.
Then, the rest of the black
I'm sorry I don't have a close up of the spotting. The face details were always meant to be done with an eyebrow pencil and not the dye, I also have ides about tying up her ears and making sure the back of them are black with white spots, but since this is not the time, I didn't bother, I was only concerned with testing my coloring theories.
About 30-40 mins after we finished the black outlines it started to rain so we had to take Beauty off the table and bring her inside. And because of that they didn't get very long to set; today some of the black outlines are smudged.
Overall I'm not going to keep this formula or change the way I prepare her coat. Being organic human dye it's meant to absorb into the human hair and "stain" it. Beauty has a somewhat hard water resistant coat so it did not soak in well, a lot of the color came off and what did dye was rather light giving a "washed out" look, I want VIBRANT permanent color. I want this to last 4-6 washes.
I wanted the henna powder color so I could toggle t he water and make it a bit thicker if I wanted, but my local store only had the cream color.
My next thought is to somehow locate, because it appears they don't make "Bashful Brown" anymore, the 2 colors I need in the Petedge gel dyes. I know I can get black, but if I can't get brown too I likely won't get either.
And my other thought was to prepare her coat by washing her in whitening shampoo and warm water. This will open up the follicle and prepare it to hold color better.
This will wash out I'm thinking almost immediately, MAYBE 2 washes. So I'll be trying my next theories sometime after that and before Halloween.
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