how to create your own diy ramona flowers hair in blue, green and pink

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Hey all. Hope you're well. Thought i'd create a little how to considering i've spent the last 2 months being Ramona Flowers :D First up was blue:



Ramona Green:


And now...Ramona Pink!


So in the space of 2 months i've been every Ramona Flowers hair colour. Considering hers were all wigs in the movie, i'm quite proud of how i've done! So, for anyone looking to re-create any of the above Ramona looks here's some little London Lipgloss recipe books for how to do it, but please remember i'm not a hairdresser nor a hair specialist so please do seek the advice of your hairdresser, i'm just a girl with balls who isn't afraid to shove any old dye on her hair! This is going from my experience, and the brands featured are the ones that worked for me, always do the strand tests as recommended on the box to ensure it's right for your skin. :)

Blue Ramona

You will need;
2 Boxes of Bleach - I used Schwartzkopf 00A Absolute Platinum
One Pot of Manic Panic Virgin Snow White Toner
One Pot of Manic Panic Amplified Dye in After Midnight Blue (I used this one) or Bad Boy Blue




First assess what colour your hair currently is. If your hair is dyed, you will need to take into consideration the tone of what your hair is. If it is red, you will need to consider that the bleach will make it go orange, and you cannot put the blue on top of orange. If your hair is dyed black it will go ginger, which will have the same effect. If your hair is naturally blonde you may not even need to bleach, and may just skip to the white toner. 
After your hair has been bleached, it should be a light yellow toned blonde. From here you can then put the white toner on the top which will make the blue more vibrant when you come to put the blue on the top. 
After the toner has been on for 30 minutes (don't leave for much longer, it might go lilac!) then you can towel dry the hair and put the Manic Panic blue on. Now with Manic Panic you can leave the dye for as long as desired, just bear in mind that after the alloted time the colour may 'mutate' depending on how it takes to your hair. I left the dye on for 2 and a half hours and it went a very very deep blue.
Things to consider with blue:
1. It is very very stubborn to get out once put in so make sure you're making the right decision!
2. It DOES fade quickly, and it fades to green.
3. I found this to be the only Manic Panic that permanently stained my (boyfriends) bathroom!

Green Ramona

You will need;
2 Boxes of Bleach - I used Schwartzkopf 00A Absolute Platinum
One Pot of Manic Panic Virgin Snow White Toner
One Pot of Manic Panic Amplified Dye - now I used blue and let it fade to green, as this was more convienient for my busy lifestyle but you could use Atomic Turquoise or Electric Lizard


Again, assess what colour your hair currently is. If your hair is dyed, you will need to take into consideration the tone of what your hair is. If it is red, you will need to consider that the bleach will make it go orange, and you cannot put the green on top of orange. If your hair is dyed black it will go ginger, which will have the same effect. If your hair is naturally blonde you may not even need to bleach, and may just skip to the white toner.
After your hair has been bleached, it should be a light yellow toned blonde. From here you can then put the white toner on the top which will make the green more vibrant when you come to put the blue on the top. 
After the toner has been on for 30 minutes (don't leave for much longer, it might go lilac!) then you can towel dry the hair and put the Manic Panic green on. I'd recommend if you are dying it straight green to leave it on for as long as you can, perhaps even sleeping in it overnight as green is going to fade mad quickly, and it'll fade to yellow where it's taken in the blonde. Unless you're going for Gaga yellow i'd definitely try and let your hair absorb as much of the green as possible. 

Things to consider with green:
1. It is better to plan ahead and try and think of the colour it will fade to, i'd recommend dying your hair blue first to let it fade to green instead of dying it straight green - green will fade to yellow.
2. Again, it's semi-permanent so it's going to fade quickly.
3. I had a really, really hard time trying to strip this out of my hair when changing to pink. As as result i've had to use a lot of bleach and my hair is very unforgiving of this. Make sure it's totally the right decision as I will not lie to you, it was VERY hard to get out.

Pink Ramona

You will need;
2 Boxes of Bleach - I used Schwartzkopf 00A Absolute Platinum
One Pot of Manic Panic Virgin Snow White Toner
One Pot of Manic Panic Amplified Dye in Hot Hot Pink (i used this one) or you could use Cotton Candy Pink or Pretty Flamingo









Pink is easier to put in your hair as it will still take quite well to orange/ginger toned hair. However it's also more likely to go purple so if you're after a true pink then i'd ensure your hair is almost white.
After your hair has been bleached, it should be a light yellow toned blonde. 
From here you can then put the white toner on the top which when dying pink is a really key step, as i mentioned above you're more likely to get a true pink the whiter it is. Also when it fades it'll go a cotton candy soft baby pink instead of a orange toned pink.
After the toner has been on for 30 minutes (don't leave for much longer, it might go lilac!) then you can towel dry the hair and put the Manic Panic pink on. Again, how long you leave it on is up to you.
Things to consider with pink:
1. The whiter you get it the truer the pink.
2. Again, it's semi-permanent so it's going to fade quickly.

The London Lipglosses's top tips for abormally dyed hair:
1.  It's ALWAYS better to dye it darker than you want it, it's really going to fade quickly as all coloured dyes are semi-permanent. Think deep blues and deep pinks will fade to bright blues and pinks.
2. The easiest way to think of the results is to think of it like paint. If you paint pink on white paper it will go pink, if you paint pink on blue paper it will go purple, etc.
3. When using Manic Panic dyes, the colours are enriched by heat, so spend at least 5-10 minutes of taking-time with the hairdryer putting heat on the colour.
4. You can use any brand, i've only featured Manic Panic as it's been very reliable for me, and the colours are strong and rich. It's also a vegan dye so it's very kind to hair, and even when your hair has been stripped dry by bleach it will pop moisture back into it.
5. Ramona dyes her hair every week and a half, but hers are wigs. Don't try to jump from one colour too quickly to another, your hair will frazzle. I had to cut half of mine off :(
6. Again, along the same paint strand, do not be afraid to mix colours up. I dyed pink over blue and it created a gorgeous violet. 
7. Ensure you use a really strong conditioner afterwards, i'd highly recommend Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner for coloured hair, it keeps mine in tip top condition.
8. To keep hair bright even when washing (i wash my hair once a day!) get a spare pot of the dye, and pour one measure into your shampoo, this will refresh the colour just enough to keep it bright but not too much to get dye everywhere/ruin your hair. Think 100mls shampoo - 10mls dye.
9. If you are looking to put two colours in your hair, make sure you seperate the colours using non metal pins and salon foils and wash them individually, if you don't the colours will bleed as soon as you wash, and then you will be back at square one.
10. Don't be afraid of colour. I promise you it can be rectified, as long as you follow the above steps and the instructions on your relevant dye it will be just as easy to get out as to put in. 

As much as I sometimes miss having normal hair I also love being individual and with such striking celebrities such as Rihanna, Hayley Williams and Katy Perry just to name a few carving the way for coloured haired girls I am now proud of my hair. Check out www.cyberdog.co.uk or visit the shop in the Camden Stalls and give it a go. 
Here's a swatch chart of all Manic Panic colours if anyone is looking to give it a go and also some photos I found on the net of hair inspirations to get you inspired. :)


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What do you think of what i've been doing with my hair? Do you have coloured hair, i'd love to see. What did you think of my tutorials? Please let me know in the comments,
love Zozo xxx

17 comments:

  1. Woah you look amazing with colourful hair! x

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  2. I love colourful hair but never have the balls to do it myself! x

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  3. can't have a post on ''abnormal'' haircoulours without miss williams xD

    Love the new hairdo!
    xx

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  4. I think deffo on the Rihanna red for next time that will look brill for New Year xx

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  5. I love your crazy hair colours, it really suits your face! I had to give up my wild hair days when I got a proper job, but have you ever tried La Riche Directions? I preferred it to Manic Panic, they have more colours and they stayed brighter for longer in my hair. I used a mid green, maybe apple green, for a year because I loved the colour so much!

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  6. Love this post!
    Your hair looks great now, but I hope you are going to give it a rest now (as a hairdressing lady my hairbrain is saying noooo more!) :)

    xx

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  7. I really like the idea of mixing the hair color with shampoo to keep it bright, sadly I think its works better on darker hair cause I have blonde hair and it would turn my entire head multi shades of pink(i have a section of splat pink hair) *highfive for rebellious unnatural hair colors*

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  8. I love the blue really much! Want to try it out myself one day.
    For now I have red hair since a few years. First I dyed it with manic panic vampire red, I guess? But it didn't work out for me! It faded really quickly.
    Now I'm going to the hairdressers since a few years and it still fades a bit, but it stays longer.
    I wanted to try blue and green aswell, but because my mother pays the hairdresser and doesn't like those colours I stayed with red!

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  9. I love coloring my hair... But three colors in two months, using bleach? Dude, I really suggest switching to fake hair if you want to change it up that much. It looks awesome at first, and doesn't ruin your hair too much. But after years of continuous dying, and continuous bleaching, your hair literally starts to fall out. ._.

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  10. I've not tried manic panic,done all the other brands Directions,Special Effects,Stargazer,Crazy Colour.I find Directions the best out of those cos of the value,Special Effects is really long lasting but expensive, but sometimes long lasting is not good if you want to fade and go another colour. I've just used stargazer for first time magenta its a lovely pinky/purply/red don't half bleed everywhere though.

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  12. Looks awesome! Im not brave enough to do my whole hair,
    but im going to doing turqoise/purple dipdye after exams and im so excited about it!
    Your tips were really useful and ill be sure to get toner as my hair is black naturally so i dont ant it going orange!

    Romina
    ignitingbones.blogspot.com

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  14. Heart skipping beats. That looks wow, you look wow! Will be showing future girlfriends and begging for them to give it a shot.

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  15. "I change my hair like every three weeks." – Ramona Flowers. I just love her addiction to hair color! :D Anyway, here’s another tip when you’re dying your hair: To avoid staining, apply an ample amount of petroleum jelly around your hairline. =)

    Stela Dimitrov

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