What Should You Know Before Jumping On the Unicorn/Mermaid Hair Trend

May 8, 2018

My name is Heather, I have pink hair. I am asked all the time how long it took me to get to this stage and what its like. Unicorn hair and mermaid hair are a huge trend right now. First, let me say I am not a hairstylist. I have been dying my hair for almost 8 years and have had fully pink all over for over 2 years. At this point I have enough experience in several different salons to have a grip on what my hair needs.

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My hair naturally is a medium to light brown or as my grandmother would call it "Mousey Brown". So typically lightening my hair is not a huge challenge. However, when I first set out on my bubblegum pixie journey I had a dark brown box dye all over. 

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The first tip I'm going to share is that it's not recommended that you dye your hair at home especially if you're bleaching your hair.  It will cost a lot less in the long run if you visit the salon for the transition rather than having to go back and and pay for a stylist to fix a mistake (I have plenty of self made hair nightmares that can attest to this). If you have dark hair expect the transition phase to be at least 2-3 visits and for you to have to live in the awkward 'what is my hair' phase for a bit. If you're going to DIY your hair make sure to do a lot of research and consider bribing a friend to help. 

Secondly be ready to put a lot of time/money into the upkeep. It doesn't have to be expensive but if you plan to keep you unicorn hair for more than a month over time the costs do add up. I visit the salon once a month and wash with special shampoos. I do hair treatments 2-3 times a month at home to help keep my hair resistant to damage. Most of the time people skip this part. You will probably see major fade out if you aren't willing to invest in caring for your treated hair regularly. At this point, I have a pretty good idea of what my hair might need but it might take a bit of experimenting or some expert advice from your stylist for you to get a system down pat. 

I don't wash my hair every day. Before you say ew... This is not to be confused with showering & dry shampoo is a girl's best friend. (Also here's a link to an article from bustle about why washing your hair every day isn't necessary). If I'm completely honest I probably wash my hair once a week. This keeps fade out to a minimum with demi-permanent dyes. Here are some tips for getting through the week without washing your hair. 

Another important note is, ask your stylist what brand hair dye she uses. Know what products are being used on your hair. Keep a list and keep your dye brand consistent. I have the best luck when I select several colors from the same line versus mixing and matching. Having your hair dyed the initial time is probably going to take 3-4 hours depending on your hair length and thickness. Plan for a day off or half a day in the salon. The upkeep appointment touch ups can take just as long if you have a lot of fade out. 

Colors that have the highest fade-outs are mostly red-based colors. So pinks, red-based purples, fire reds, and orange are all going to be colors that will fade more quickly than their cool toned friends.