I’m not too sure how others do it, but when I dye hair for a reroot I dye it before I root it. Makes total sense for a single color, all-over dye, right? I do it for ombres too.
It’s easier to control where the color goes, you can measure how far down the hair you want the color and you don’t have to worry about getting dye on the scalp or anywhere else you don’t want it.
Dye tends to crawl up the hair and can sometimes end up higher than you plan for, which is mainly why I do ombre colors this way. I think it also looks more “natural” if you bundle and dip–the hair doesn’t have a strong straight line of demarcation between the colors and it ends up with a gradual deepening of color.
I got a fantastic request from Liz for a Marceline inspired reroot! I was really excited to do this one, it was a challenge since Marceline’s hair appears to have 4 different lengths. I wanted to leave the ends wispy to keep that slightly wild look Marceline’s hair always has, so cutting in the layers after rooting the hair wasn’t an option. Instead, I measured each plug I made, trimmed at the ROOT end and then did the old “knot and glue” routine. I’m really proud of how it turned out! Very rock n’ roll, eh?
I also found out that “Jet Black” dye has brown undertones I wasn’t expecting. Turns out if you want a true deep, blue black, you’re better off using Sapphire Blue at the end to get that good inky darkness! Totally worth all the effort in the end. Hair color is always a tricky widget, it’s so unpredictable. That’s why I like doing it so much
Ok guys, it’s the big push for Blythecon Dallas and I’m up to my teeth in hair trying to get ready! I’ll be offering mohair and alpaca scalps, as many as I can manage to get done in time.
Meanwhile, I’m going to go ahead and add those of you who have been patiently waiting to be added to my list in advance of reopening commissions in September. I will also be allowing people to sign up for commissions at Blythecon, so I’m going to update the list today so y’all are at the top and Blythecon sign ups will be added afterward.
As always, I will contact all people on the list 2-3 weeks before your turn arrives so that we can coordinate the supplies and allow time for shipping.
Thank you all for your persistence and patience, I appreciate it so very much!
I can’t believe I only just started rooting 7 months ago and here I am already at 19 (counting the one in progress right now). I hope to round the year out with #20 complete, so I can start the new year actually on schedule.
Thank you to every one of my friends and customers who have supported me and come back for second, third and fourth reroots! Y’all have been amazing and I am truly grateful for all the success I’ve had in 2011.
This reroot was a real labor of love! Keelie asked me if it was possible to do a rainbow reroot, and I figured, sure, no problem! Of course, I was thinking she meant individual streaks of different colors, until I got her concept drawing.
I was down for the challenge! I figured the worst case scenario would be that I’d run the risk of ruining some test strips and us having to go back to the drawing board…imagine my joy when I figured out how to dip the hair just so to get the colors lined up and flowing into one another!
My next concern was how to dye the entire batch so that the colors were evenly spaced and would line up when rooted. I measured the first time, then eyeballed it from there on out. Turns out I’ve got a pretty decent eye for that, because I think the colors lined up beautifully.
This reroot took me longer than any other I’ve done, mainly because I was really cautious throughout and wanted it to turn out perfectly for Keelie. It was worth every second, it’s my masterpiece!