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24 Jan 2009 - 22:2410049
Hair colouring advice
Ok, for the MCM Expo in May this year, my boyfriend is hoping to go as both Buggy the clown from One Piece, and Felix from Golden Sun. However, he doesn't want to wear a wig for either.

For the second day, he's hoping to just use a wash-in dye for Felix (Felix has brown hair, he has blonde.) And for Buggy on the first day, I suggested using a blue spray.

Does this seem like the best plan? Or would anyone suggest something different?

Also, can any recommend a decent colour spray? I've only used it once, and it was cheap crap that just sprayed matted knots into my hair, at attempting to remove them just brushed out the colour.

Lastly, does anyone have experience with temporary dye? Can it just be put in quickly in one night and be perfect for the next day?


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24 Jan 2009 - 22:4310050
Smak dat bitch and make him wear a wig.

Sorry, it is just so much easier! Dying it will take a couple of hours, and it probably won't even look right at the end of it.

A wig you just put on and it's done. And at the end of the day you just take it off again. Unless there's a huge reason that he can't wear one then a wig is your best option.

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24 Jan 2009 - 23:4210051
I'm currently pushing a wig for Felix, found some great cheap ones.

I still want to know if anyone has any info about coloured spray though - Buggy wears a hat, and all you can see of his hair is a bit at the back and the sides, really not enough to warrant buying a wig.


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25 Jan 2009 - 10:5510055
One thing about temp/wash out dyes is that they never really wash out if you're putting it on very light hair. We dyed Jack's hair for May last year and it's still not washed out. He had very light brown hair and we put a v dark brown/black on it.
I have the same issue when I dye my hair blue. It's only a temp dye but it only fades and doesn't completely wash out.
I'd really push him to go with a wig unless he wants to keep his hair that colour or he wants to start bleaching it out afterwards.
I'm not sure how the hotel is going to feel about dying his hair in the room either. No matter how hard you try to keep it tidy it always flicks when you're washing it out. There's also the risk of it staining the costume the next day as it never fully washes clean especially the first time. Remember to put towels on the bed if you do it or it'll stain the bed sheets at night too.

For the blue it'd be worth asking MangaChild/Mike as he's used blue spray before and it worked really well. Unfortunately a lot of the sprays work like hair spray so it could just sit on top until you brush it out. I've used gel in the past just to top up roots but it is just a gel and did flake out. One option is to just get some wefts instead of a whole wig and sew them into the hat if only a little shows.



Last edited by SephNoir (25 Jan 2009 - 11:03)
25 Jan 2009 - 16:0410065
Quote SephNoir:
One thing about temp/wash out dyes is that they never really wash out if you're putting it on very light hair. We dyed Jack's hair for May last year and it's still not washed out. He had very light brown hair and we put a v dark brown/black on it.
I have the same issue when I dye my hair blue. It's only a temp dye but it only fades and doesn't completely wash out.
I'd really push him to go with a wig unless he wants to keep his hair that colour or he wants to start bleaching it out afterwards.
I'm not sure how the hotel is going to feel about dying his hair in the room either. No matter how hard you try to keep it tidy it always flicks when you're washing it out. There's also the risk of it staining the costume the next day as it never fully washes clean especially the first time. Remember to put towels on the bed if you do it or it'll stain the bed sheets at night too.

For the blue it'd be worth asking MangaChild/Mike as he's used blue spray before and it worked really well. Unfortunately a lot of the sprays work like hair spray so it could just sit on top until you brush it out. I've used gel in the past just to top up roots but it is just a gel and did flake out. One option is to just get some wefts instead of a whole wig and sew them into the hat if only a little shows.


Thanks for all the info. We've actually found a wig for Felix now, so it's just Buggy we have to deal with. His friend Jamie used a green spray for when he cosplayed Zoro (http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v364/25/86/1253896787/n1253896787_1585404_1841.jpg - second guy on the left) and I think it looks pretty good, so we're gonna ask him what he used for it.


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25 Jan 2009 - 17:2310070
I've found the best way to keep coloured hair spary in is to use a coat of basic hair spary first. then use the coloured one and then a final coat of a fine hair spary. It will mine that his hair will be solid buut as least it won't go everywhere. I did this when I sparyed my hair from white blone to black and it worked.


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25 Jan 2009 - 18:1710077
Quote Sephirayne:
I've found the best way to keep coloured hair spary in is to use a coat of basic hair spary first. then use the coloured one and then a final coat of a fine hair spary. It will mine that his hair will be solid buut as least it won't go everywhere. I did this when I sparyed my hair from white blone to black and it worked.


Ah, I'm going to have my hairspray with me at expo anyway to keep my wig topped up, so that should work out fine. I'll let him know all this info, thanks to everyone for the advice!


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25 Jan 2009 - 18:3310079
I’ve heard that building up colour in thin layers, and combing through each time can prevent it going all solid and nasty, so that might be worth a shot.

I do like the sound of ordinary hairspray as a sealant - I was going to say that even if you can get spray-in colour to look good, it’s still likely to rub off and stain the costume, so keeping it safely on his hair will be the main concern!

Definitely be sure to experiment and give it a good trial run before the con.


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