I was adding pins to my Pinterest boards the other night when I stumbled upon photos of SNSD’s Kim Taeyeon. Needless to say, I instantly fell in love with her pink hair.
Taeyeon is the leader of SNSD also known as Girls’ Generation and regarded as the most popular girl group in Asia.
So this post is a tutorial on how I achieved Taeyeon’s pink hair at home without breaking the bank (yay)!
If you’re new to hair bleaching, please read this post first!
Gather your supplies
☠ Hair bleaching powder
☠ Oxidizing lotion aka Developer
☠ Hair Toner
☠ Bremod Color Conditioner in Red or any pink hair dye
☠ Plastic mixing bowl, tinting brush, disposable shower cap, and gloves
☠ Keratin conditioner
I got a tub of bleaching powder for P200 pesos from a hair salon near our place. I would recommend buying a tub because you’ll definitely need more and it’s more cost effective. You can get individual use packets at HBC which costs P90 each but like what I said, you’ll end up using more bleach especially if you have longer hair.
The developer/oxidizing lotion comes in 10, 20, 30 or 40 volume. I wouldn’t recommend getting 40 volume because it will straight fuck up your hair. 30 volume is OK for bleaching and use 10 volume for the toner. A bottle of developer costs P35 at HBC, the bigger bottle costs P180.
The hair toner I used is Wella T18 Lightest Ash Blonde and a bottle costs P500-P600.
For the pink hair dye, what I used is Bremod’s Color Conditioner in Red and I got it for P250 (what a steal!). You can also try Manic Panic’s Cotton Candy Pink (P750) or Ion Collor Brilliance in Rose (P550).
Brutal Bleaching Process
I am no Hair Professional and I’ve spent hours watching tutorial videos on Youtube and reading articles about DIY home bleaching and coloring, so I highly suggest you do the same! Also, have someone help you throughout this process.
- Mix one part of the bleaching powder to 2 parts of the developer. Go psycho until you get a thick, creamy consistency.
- Section your hair so the mixture will be easier to apply. Taking down each section one by one starting at the back to the front of your head leaving an inch to closest to the roots. Make sure that the mixture is evenly distributed on your hair.
- Cover your hair with the plastic cap and leave it on for 30-40 minutes.
- Rinse with cold water and dry the hair out. Do not shampoo or apply conditioner.
If you have black or dark brown hair and this is your first time bleaching it, you may need to repeat the process two or three more times to achieve pale yellow hair. The lighter the better. You can’t double process your hair the same day so you will have to wait out and bleach it again next day.
Toning (You’re halfway done!)
After bleaching your hair, a hair toner is applied to cancel out the orange, yellow, yellow-orange tones. Your hair needs to be at least on level 10 (Pale Yellow) for the toner to work.
- Mix the hair toner with the oxidizing lotion. Use a ratio of 2:1 – two equal parts of oxidizing lotion to one bottle of toner. I have shoulder length hair so 1 bottle is enough. You may need 2 bottles if you have longer hair.
- Apply the toner to your hair in sections and make sure not to leave a spot. You’ll feel a burning sensation in your scalp but suck it up.
- Once you’ve applied the toner thoroughly to your hair, let it settle and check every few minutes. It’s probably best to leave the toner on for 30 minutes especially if you’re trying to neutralize orangey-yellow hair. I already have pretty light hair so I only leave it at max 10 minutes because if I leave it on longer, my hair will turn out purple/grayish.
- Rinse it out and use Keratin. Leave the Keratin on for 10-15 minutes.
Hair Toning using Purple Shampoo
Purple Shampoo is a cheaper alternative to neutralize the brassiness caused by hair bleaching. I bought a purple shampoo online for P400 from this online store. Use it like a normal shampoo but don’t leave it for too long as it will also make your hair purple/grayish.
Color me Pink!
- After the bleaching and the toning process, your hair should look like this.
- Get ample amount of Bremod Color Conditioner or the pink hair dye, apply all over your hair or if you prefer an ombré look, section your hair and apply the hair dye at the ends.
- Rinse out, apply conditioner or Keratin, leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Dry your hair out and voila! you’re done.
So that’s it! if you like this tutorial, feel free to share it to your friends or leave me a comment below.
Til Next 🙂