I am finally dyeing my hair this weekend. I say finally because I bought some Manic Panic dye about four months ago (or whenever we still had snow) and it is still sitting in my bathroom unopened. I was intending to dye my hair sooner, but I procrastinated since I was worried about doing a DIY dye job/I pretended I was too busy reading Game Of Thrones to do much else. There was one time I was just about to dye it (I swear) then one of my friends dyed her hair, not just the same color, but the exact same shade. Awkward.

After seeing Sam’s awesome dye job, I am committed to dyeing my hair this weekend, but I’m still nervous about botching things up. I have dyed my hair once at home, and that was with a L’Oreal Feria Wild Ombré kit. The dyeing process was fine, and I really liked the look. What worries me this time, is that I am dyeing my entire head, so things are a bit more complicated. I have to make sure that I cover my hair evenly, and not miss any pieces.  I have long-ish, thick, medium brown hair and I’m also convinced I’m going to run out of dye and that I’ll need two boxes. Sorry if that sounded like a humble bag, but it is a stupid irrational fear I have. It makes no sense considering my hair is just past my shoulders, not my butt.

I don’t want to say what color I’m dyeing my hair, but *teaser* let’s just say I’m going to be joining the crazy hair-colored group soon. Don’t worry, I’m not attempting some drastic transformation at home. (Though I would love to try Kesha‘s pistachio green color.) I’m trialing a color that is supposed to last 48 washes, that will give me a touch of rainbow hair without going full-on pastel.

So after my long-winded essay, what I’m in need of are some tips for dyeing my hair at home. I’m already planning on doing a patch test, and I’m going to wear crappy clothes/my PJs, so I don’t risk ruining anything I like. I’m going to wear gloves and put Vaseline around my hairline so I don’t get a dyed forehead (that’s not the look I’m going for). I was debating about whether I should use a brush a la a professional hair dresser, or use the applicator and disperse it with my gloved hands? What do you recommend? Any tips and tricks would be appreciated.

Stay tuned for the before/after photos next week. I promise I will post them, no matter what my hair turns out looking like. Wish me luck!