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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review | DIY Dye by Loren Lankford

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I recently went from average dark brown hair to a much bolder shade of deep purple. It was something I'd kind of wanted to do -yes, only kind of- for a while but was just a bit scared. I had all of my supplies, but was lacking the push to just go for it. I ended up going for it with the help of a friend who has just become a hairdresser. Normally all of my colouring is self done, I've always figured that was something I do myself- because I'm awesome, obviously. That said it's usually just a box dye which doesn't really take much skill. For those of you who have been thinking of going a bit brighter or even just that little bit out of the ordinary DIY Dye by Loren Lankford might just be the book for you.

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'Punky colored hair isn’t just for anarchists anymore. These new looks are being rocked by everyone from top models on the runway to regular women on the job. Now, DIY Dye brings together all the latest and greatest ways to create an iridescent ’do into one helpful and handy do-it-at-home guide.'

At 96 pages, DIY Dye is a fairly thin hardcover, but it packs quite a bit of info. A glance over the contents shows that pretty much everyhting you'd want to know about the process of DIY dying is covered- from the supplies you'll need, bleaching tips, what to expect, types of dyes and various styles. The book is also organized quite well, making it easy to flip to the specific areas you're interested in.

The style of writing is casual and light while being informative and highlighted nicely by photos, lists and highlighted areas. I love that the book has photos to demonstrate different processes and techniques- there is little worse than trying to read instructions thinking it would all be so much easier if you could just see someone doing it, you know?

Overall, I found this to be a great book for anyone thinking of trying their hand at an unusual colour. My only complaint would be that there wasn't much information about various types of semi-permanent dye brands. There is a fast mention of Manic Panic, but I was hoping for more information on which brands were available and how well they performed.


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Annnd, the fun part- a giveaway! The publisher has provided a copy for one lucky winner. Entering couldn't be easier- just be a follower (via GFC or Bloglovin') and leave me a comment including a way to contact you should you win. Open internationally and will close on March 31, 2014. Good luck!