The Dainty Squid hair master post

Punky Colour in Spring Green + Alpine Green.

For nine solid years I’ve been dying my hair bright, unnatural colors. Over this time I’ve written numerous posts about hair. I thought it might be beneficial to finally create a master post of sorts where I can link to all the important posts involving hair that I’ve published. I plan on keeping this post updated with links to any future hair posts I write as well.

FAQ about my hair

  •  What is your natural hair color? Dirty blonde.
  •  How often do you wash your hair? I wash my hair every day. Yes, seriously!
  • Do you bleach your hair every time you change colors? Nope. I rarely ever apply bleach to the entire length of my hair. I normally only apply it to my roots.
  • How often do you bleach your hair? I bleach my hair only when my roots are bad. With some colors my roots don’t really bother me so much and I can go long periods without touching them up. I’d say average is a little less than once a month.
  • How do you change colors so easily? Since I don’t bleach my hair completely when changing colors I rely on letting it fade. Extra conditioning treatments, soaking in the tub, and the like so the current color is as light as possible. I just deal with the faded hair as long as possible. A lot of smoothly transitioning colors is knowing how colors work with each other. Underlying pigments effect what color your hair will end up so there are certain shades I’m not able to go to easily from some colors since I don’t strip my hair completely each time. You can read more about switching hair colors in this post.
Manic Panic in Sunshine, Hot Hot Pink, Pillarbox Red, and Pretty Flamingo. Color Jamz in Yellin Yellow. Punky Colour in Fuego, and Purple.

FAQ about products

  • What bleach do you use? I swear by the Beyond the Zone Radical Bleach Kit. I’ve been using it since I started bleaching my hair. I do not follow the timing instructions though. After about seven minutes my hair is normally light enough to rinse. I definitely recommend keeping a close eye on how quickly it’s processing your hair. You can read more about my bleaching process here.
  •  What brand of hair dye do you use? The majority of my dye jobs are done with Punky Colours, which I either purchase at Ulta or on Amazon. I’m also a fan of Special Effects dyes. If I’m in a hurry, or can’t find the color I’m looking at the store I’ll pick up Manic Panic but in general, it’s not my first choice. I’ve had the worst luck with Ion Color Brilliance and probably wouldn’t recommend them at all. That’s not to say I haven’t seen some gorgeous dye jobs with that dye. Everyone’s hair is different so your experiences with brands might not be the same as mine.
  • My hair color bleeds on everything / it’s all over my hands. How do you deal with this? I don’t. My hair color does not bleed. I don’t leave stains on anything other than my hands when my hair is wet and that’s only for the first day or so. If you’re dealing with a lot of staining it could be one of two things (possibly both): You didn’t rinse well enough or you’re not using a high quality color. As mentioned above, I recommend Punky Colours.
Purple. Blue. and Green Hair
Punky Color in alpine green, turquoise, and plum as well as electric lizard from Manic Panic

Recommended reading

As much as I’d love to help people out with their hair, I can’t. Everyone’s hair is different. How your hair reacts to a certain product or color may be the complete opposite of how mine does. I’m simply sharing as much as I can about what I’ve found works for me. For that reason, I cannot give out any further advice. I can’t tell you what brand and color will make a certain shade in your hair but I can tell you that the adventure of it is half the fun!

If you have any general questions or questions about my hair – let me know. I’ll be keeping this post updated with relevant information.

Good luck!


Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • Thank you for putting this together, I have just touched up my dark hair with Manic Panic Emerald Forest and I have a couple practical questions if you have any advice:
    Any tips on not staining bathtubs (if so how do you clean them out?)
    How about keeping the color from rubbing off on sheets/pillowcases (currently I sleep with a towel over the pillow)

    Either way, thanks for keeping us informed.

    • Hey Melissa,
      Funny thing is I’m actually just finishing up a post that covers both those questions! It should be up in the next week. 🙂

  • I have a question for you! I used a hair color I purchased at ulta to take my dark brown hair to violet. I bleached it first. I’m not thrilled with the results. I have ordered ALL of the products you’ve recommended. I ordered Punky Colours in violet. My question is would you bleach your hair before putting the same color over it? I am thinking no. I am thinking I will put the color on without bleaching. and let it set for hours (I believe you said you do that.) what do you think?

    • So you’re asking if you’d bleach your hair before putting more purple on your already purple hair? If so, no.

  • I love your blog and hair!!! I just recently had my hair done at a salon 2 weeks ago. I had it done purple on top, blue in the middle and teal at the bottom. I was told not to wash my hair everyday because the color will run. So for I have washed it twice and it does run everywhere mostly purple. I read that you wash your hair everyday??? I would just like to know how?

    • I think rinsing with cold water and using the best quality hair dye are key. Cold water makes a world of difference!

      Also, it wasn’t good planning on their part to do a darker color on top. I always try to do my darker colors on the bottom so that way there isn’t anything for them to run into.

  • Great stuff! Discovered you today well done, fun and appropriate to my hair journey. Stoked to try punky colours out. I’ve used 4 different brands this year and not in love with any of them. Thanks, DC

  • I love your hair & started using Punky Colour last year. I took the hair color to my stylist & she did it for me, but I really want to be able to do it myself. I have really short hair, so it shouldn’t be too hard! I’ve read all your advice, but what I want to know is how you do your multiple colors? Do you start at the bottom & use foil to separate your colors, & then rinse all at once? I’ve never had multiple colors (& my stylist doesn’t really like to do them), I really like the green & blue hues. I got so many compliments on the alpine green!

    • Yep! Start at the bottom and work your way up. If I’m doing similar colors like blue and green I don’t even both foiling in between but two very different colors I’d use foil in between layers. I always rinse all at once but always with very cold water.

      Good luck! 🙂