Monday, June 10, 2013

/Hair/ Colored III

this product was purchased by me.

Having been sorely disappointed with the results I achieved when using western hair dye (or, more precisely, just Revlon), I decided to try Japanese hair dye. Through research on hair wiki, ekiblog, and this official "website" I decided to try Palty hair dye because it's specifically made for Asian-ish hair and will actually lighten the color dark hair on the first go. My first choice of dye was actually Liese, but these aren't as easily found in the U.S. stores as I've never seen them anywhere. I happened to find this dye at a local Japanese grocer, Mitsuwa, and one can most likely find them in Japanese beauty stores too (I've seen some Korean grocery stores carrying Palty as well, but they tend to have a smaller selection available; also check out places online). After much debate in the store, I came home with Palty's Treatment Bleach in Natural Brown.

The reason I chose this one was because it has quite a bit of bleach to actually strip away my darker hair color and dye my hair brown at the same time. It's basically two-for-one coloring to me and I anticipated a definite change in my hair color (I'd be damned if my hair looked the same). It's been over a week since I last colored my hair, it doesn't feel damaged at all, and I used this two days ago.


This is yet another color chart for referring to when coloring. According to this, the lighter your hair the lighter the results would be depending how long you left the dye on. Although these have never proved accurate for me, I hoped my hair would at least change.

what came inside: bleach-treated colorant, developer, comb-like applicator, instructions w/ gloves, post-rinse leave-in conditioner

Contrary to popular belief, Palty packages in the U.S. have multilingual instructions rather than being in only Japanese:

You should be good and do a skin allergy test 2 days before you want to dye your hair (as is recommended every time you dye). Anyway, the gist of the instructions depends on whether or not this is your first time bleach-treating your hair. I followed the first-time method, starting at the back of my head and working my way up, applying dye to the roots last. I was worried after mixing the colorant and developer because the concoction remained opaque and white...but I went all in, slathering on my hair anyway. It was a pleasant surprise to discover that this dye didn't smell atrocious, it was lightly floral-scented and, despite having bleach and ammonia in it, my eyes didn't sting during the process. The comb-like applicator was really helpful and made the dye go on easily. The worst thing about this, which I've read about online, is that there isn't too much dye provided in each box. As my hair is rather short right now, I was barely able to finish up the whole bottle to cover my entire head. If your hair is longer than your shoulders, you'll definitely need to get a second box to make sure all your hair is covered evenly. I left it on for the maximum time advised, 30 minutes, before rinsing, shampooing 2x, conditioning, and applying the tsubaki after-conditioner. Here is a reminder of what my hair was like before:

natural lighting

Here's what my hair looks like now:

indoors with natural lighting

indoors with flash

outdoors natural lighting

outdoors natural lighting directly under the sun

It might not look as if my hair has changed too dramatically, except for that last picture where it looks rather orange, but I really like the results. I could immediately see how my hair had become browner. When I see it in the mirror, in an kind of lighting, it's a pleasant shade of dark chocolate. And that packaging is so colorful and cute and it appeals to my girly side... I'm glad it didn't go brassy on me, too .
In short, this dye met most of my expectations. It was easy to apply, didn't irritate my eyes or scalp, and the color actually became brownish. My hair never felt dry or stiff afterwards, even having washed it once already since coloring (the only time it felt that way was post-salon colorings). The one downside is its price. Palty will cost you around $11-13+/box (on par with higher end drugstore dyes like John Frieda and sometimes Vidal Sassoon) and depending of the length of your hair you might have to purchase two at a time. It's expensive, but you will get results. I plan on using Palty (maybe this again or something ashier) in the future to lighten my hair to my liking. I would recommend this to anyone who has voluminous, darker hair and wants to go lighter without completely bleaching then re-dyeing at home. You won't get perfect results, but it's better than normal dyes at drugstores at getting you where you want to be.

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