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Getting Started | Pre-Lightening | How To Dye | Removing Color | UV Colors


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1. WHY IS ATTITUDE HOLLAND THE BEST PLACE TO BUY MY HAIR DYE?

Attitude Holland (1999) has helped people for over 20 years, in and outside the alternative scene, to express who they are. Hair dye is an important part of this and that's why you will find the most complete hair dye collection on our website. You are sure to find the colour that is everything you are looking for!

We sell over 6 different high quality hair dye brands, including our own brand: Attitude. We have put all of our experience with hair dye into making this brand. From Rebel Red til Moody Blue and Playful Purple til Proud Pink we'll make sure you show your Attitude!

Attitude is (just like all our beauty products) made with non-harmful ingredients and without animal products or testing. On top of that, it is produced locally, right here in the Netherlands.

To make sure you get the best out of your hair dye experiments here is an FAQ for beginners and experienced dyers alike, courtesy of our partners at Manic Panic, to help you get the best results!

Have fun and Dye with Attitude!



2. HOW EXACTLY DO I COLOR MY HAIR?

Hair should be pre-lightened (bleached) to a pale blonde before coloring. When color is applied to virgin (unprocessed/natural) hair, results will vary (according to hair texture and color). Our hair dye should not be used for dyeing eyebrows and eyelashes. If eye contact does occur, rinse immediately with warm water and contact your doctor.

We recommend pre-lightening (bleaching) your hair to a level 9, or higher, for a true color tone. Darker/warmer shades work best on hair that can only be lifted to a darker blonde shade. An even level 10 platinum blonde is required for all pastel shades as well as all shades of grey.

-Wash hair with a deep cleansing/clarifying shampoo. Do not condition.

-Dry hair with a blow dryer to make sure the hair is extremely porous and to remove excess water.

-Apply your hair colour of choice.

-Make sure it is evenly applied and thoroughly saturated in your hair.

-Leave on for the amount of time advised in the instructions.

-Rinse hair with cool water.

-Towel and/or blow dry hair. Style as usual.


Maintain color by washing with a sulfate-free color safe shampoo & conditioner, using cool water. The more often you wash, the faster the color will fade out.

You can mix in leftover hair color into your conditioner for color maintenance.


3. HOW MUCH PRODUCT DO I NEED?

One bleach kit is required for every 10 -12 cm (4-5 inches) of hair, per process. (average thickness)

About 118 ml of hair color is required for every 25-30 cm (10-12 inches) of hair. (average thickness)

More product may be required for thicker/fuller hair. When in doubt, it is better to get more than to run out! Extra hair color may be used for touch ups or to mix with your sulfate free color safe shampoo & conditioner to help maintain color. Extra bleach kits may be saved as long as they are unmixed. Leftover mixed bleach may not be saved and should be properly disposed of immediately after use.



4. MANY DYE BRANDS INSTRUCT ME TO DO A STRAND TEST BEFORE I BEGIN. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND WHY DO I HAVE TO DO IT?

A strand test is one of the most important steps before beginning a hair color or lightening process. It ensures you will get the results you are happy with. A strand test is a preliminary test to determine specifics such as processing times, possible results, and allergies. It is especially important in situations where the hair is damaged, over-processed, or the intention is to attempt a dramatic alteration to the color of the hair.


5. DO I HAVE TO PRE-LIGHTEN MY HAIR BEFORE COLORING?

Applying hair color to pre-lightened hair is the best way to assure that you will achieve the vibrant results that you see on our color swatches. Lightening your hair to a pale blonde (level 9-10) will give the most intense results.



Pre-lightening the hair before coloring is actually the most important step when using hair color, and is why we have listed it at the beginning of all of our instructions. Hair type varies from person to person. Although some people’s natural hair may get a slight tint from some of our colors, we cannot and do not guarantee that the color will work properly unless hair has been pre-lightened. It is the porosity of the hair that determines whether or not natural hair picks up the pigments. The actual color of natural hair alone does not determine whether or not bleaching is necessary. Natural blonde hair may require bleaching to become porous just as any other hair color does.

Our brands are direct pigment hair dyes. It does not contain harsh chemicals, and does not change the structure of the hair. Natural hair is smooth, and is not very porous/ absorbent. Bleaching hair not only makes hair light enough for the colors to show up properly, it also opens up the cuticles of the hair strands so that the dye molecules can be absorbed. When our dyes are applied to natural hair, the molecules will slide off very easily when you rinse or wash. Only natural hair that is somewhat porous may hold onto some of the color in our most highly pigmented shades, resulting in a lighter tint of color. If this color “sticks” to your natural hair, it will normally fade a lot faster than it would on lightened hair.


6. WHICH COLORS WILL SHOW UP THE BEST ON HAIR THAT IS NOT PRE-LIGHTENED? 

For hair that is naturally level 3 or higher, colors that will give the best results are: reds, pinks, dark greens, blacks and purples.

Please note: Results on natural hair will not be as intense and will normally wash out faster. The dyes will show up more like a tint or “glow” of color that can be seen best in bright sunlight.


7. I PUT BLUE DYE IN MY HAIR, BUT IT CAME OUT GREEN? WHY???

There is a perfectly reasonable explanation for what has happened:

Attitude and or other brands of hair dyes are a semi-permanent stain for your hair. They are not opaque, but a somewhat transparent layer of pigment that sticks to the outside of your hair strands. Whatever color your hair is when you dye it will show through the dye. This means, whatever color your hair is when you dye it will affect the outcome of the color.

Basic color theory tells us that yellow + blue = green, right? This is the same for hair and hair dye. If you apply blue pigment on top of yellow blonde hair, the results will be green. It is the same concept as writing on a yellow piece of paper with a blue highlighter - the ink will appear green on the paper. If you take some of that blue hair dye that you have and smear it on a white piece of paper, I assure you, the dye will be blue. It works the exact same way with hair. The whiter the hair, the truer the color tone.

As a visual aid, here are some examples of some of blue dyes from Manic Panic on different levels of blonde:




One of the steps in our instructions is to first dye just one small strip of your hair with the dye before dying your whole head. This is called a test strip. This test will show you what the dye will look like on your hair before you dye your whole head (and end up with unwanted results.) If a blue comes out too green in a test strip, this will tell you that you need to lighten and tone your hair more.

8. I HAVE NEVER USED LIGHTENER BEFORE. SHOULD I HAVE A PROFESSIONAL STYLIST COLOR MY HAIR?

Yes. We always suggest having a professional stylist color your hair for the first time. If your colorist is not familiar with our products, we will be more than happy to educate him or her. If you are not able to visit a professional stylist, you can always call or email us, and we will walk you through the process. 

9. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT RESULTS WITH HAIR COLOR ON BLEACHED VS. NON-BLEACHED HAIR?

If you want your hair to be as bright as the color swatch, YES, you will have to bleach your hair to a pale blonde. Below are examples of Hot Hot Pink from Manic Panic. In the picture on the left she bleached her hair until it was a pale yellow and let the dye process for 30 minutes. In the picture on the right, with the unbleached brown hair, left the color in for two hours. Both got gorgeous results.



10. HOW CAN I KNOW IF I AM ALLERGIC TO HAIR DYE?

Our brands are PPD FREE! (although you should always perform a patch test). Here’s how to perform one:

Select a small test area, about the size of a quarter, behind the ear or in the inner fold of the elbow.

-Wash the test area gently with a mild soap and water. Dab dry with a clean towel.

-Cover the clean test area with a thin coat of the specific shade of hair dye desired.

-Allow the test area to dry. Leave it uncovered and undisturbed for 24 hours.

-Examine the test area carefully. If there are any signs of irritation then under no circumstances should the product be used on the person tested.

-Should you have any further concerns, please consult a licensed dermatologist.


11. CAN I USE HAIR DYE TO COVER GREY HAIR?

Our darker colors may tint grey hair and eventually fade to a nice pastel. Our lighter colors may add a nice hue of color. Results may vary based on the natural porosity and shade of your hair. We recommend using heat from a blow dryer during the processing time. Grey hair can be very resistant to any hair color. Even though grey hair is light in color, it often needs to be pre-lightened or otherwise processed in order for hair color to work best.


12. IS IT DANGEROUS TO COLOR MY HAIR DURING PREGNANCY?

You can still dye your hair while pregnant, but it is recommended that you refrain from bleaching or using any harsh chemical products. We strongly recommend contacting a licensed obstetrician or doula regarding this matter.


13. WHAT KIND OF SHAMPOO SHOULD I USE AFTER I COLOR MY HAIR TO HELP MY COLOR LAST?

Traditional "color safe" shampoos are not recommended unless they specifically state that they are SULFATE FREE. It is also a good idea to avoid shampoos with high levels of sodium chloride or oils. Be sure to use a deep cleansing/clarifying shampoo to wash your hair before you color it (and only before). Never use any conditioner in your hair before coloring.


The more often you wash your hair, the faster your color will fade.


14. HOW LONG DO YOUR COLORS LAST? IS IT THE SAME FOR ALL THE COLORS?

The way hair dye fades varies from person to person, as well as from color to color. Darker colors will last longer than lighter colors.

Most brands can last up to 6 weeks on a level 8 - 10 blonde hair. Expect more vibrant results on lighter hair. Duration of colors depends upon a variety of factors: condition of hair, depth of color, frequency of washing, use of styling aids or heat tools, exposure to sunlight, salt, chlorinated water, etc.



15. WHAT IS UV OR GLOW COLOR?

We have a variety of hair color shades that are UV reactive or Glow Under Black Light. Specialized UV lights such as black lights cause fluorescent substances like some of our hair colors to glow. Think of the psychedelic posters from the 70's! Please note that hair must be lightened to a level 9 or higher for the UV reaction in the dyes to show up and work properly.


The model below wears a mixture of Electric Lizard, Electric Banana, and Pretty Flamingo hair colors from Manic Panic under a black light.


16. DO I NEED TO PRE-LIGHTEN MY HAIR EVERY TIME BEFORE I COLOR MY HAIR?

Yes, but ONLY the new growth! Be careful not to overlap on hair that has already been lightened, this can cause breakage and damage the hair.


17. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEMI-PERMANENT AND PERMANENT HAIR COLOR?

A semi-permanent direct dye does not contain any harmful chemicals and relies on natural vegan dyes that mostly sit on top of the hair. The dye partially penetrates hair shaft with smaller color molecules than the permanent hair color. Permanent hair colors contain ammonia and require peroxide to penetrate and bond with the hair shaft. Our product is gentle and does not require a developer.



18. I START SCHOOL SOON. HOW CAN I REMOVE HAIR COLOR FROM OF MY HAIR? (…OR, WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT WILL CAUSE THE HAIR COLOR TO FADE FASTER THAN I WOULD LIKE?)

Tricks for removing color from the hair:


-Hot Oil treatments

-Alcohol-based hair products such as hairspray, gel, or mousse

-Washing hair with shampoos that contain sulfates such as Anti-Dandruff, Clarifying, Deep Cleansing or All Purpose. Traditional color safe shampoos are not recommended for color maintenance with our dyes unless they specifically state that they are sulfate free.

-Exposure to water and sunlight will result in a gradual fading of your hair color

-Chemicals in the water of a swimming pool or hot tub will fade hair color


Fading hair color:

-Salt water from the ocean will fade color from your hair

-To help fade color, sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda into your shampoo, gently kneading into your hair, then rinse with warm water.

**Some darker colors may leave behind a slight tint/stain or take more time to fade than some of our lighter colors.

**The removal of hair color and fading results vary from person to person.

***Consult with manufacturers of any outside lightening and color removal products before attempting their use or get the advice of a licensed hair stylist.


Last Resort Soap Cap:

When all else fails, here is a trick that hair stylists use to remove that last bit of unwanted color. It is always best to seek help from a licensed Hair Stylist rather than doing this yourself.

Take these instructions to your stylist and ask him/her to:


Mix in a color bowl:

-3 tbs Developer

-2 tbs Lightener/bleach

-2 tbs clarifying shampoo

-2 tbs conditioner for dry hair


Then:

-Put a pair of coloring gloves on.

-Apply mixture to wet hair stopping about 1 inch away from your roots

-Work quickly and begin kneading the mixture into your hair starting from the ends to your roots

-Work mixture in to hair for 5-10 minutes

-Rinse mixture out with warm water

-Shampoo and deep condition


** Remember to check hair frequently; while a “Soap Cap” is diluted a person’s hair is most fragile when wet and the processing time can vary from person to person. It’s always best to seek out a professional hair stylist for color removal**


19. DO YOU SELL WHITE HAIR DYE? FOR EXAMPLE VIRGIN SNOW FROM MANIC PANIC?


No we don't sell white hair dye. Virgin Snow from Manic panic but also White Toner from Lunar Tides and Directions are Toners. It is not a white hair dye. A toner works to neutralize unwanted pigments left behind after lightening hair. The pigments in the toner will cancel out unwanted shades that are opposite each other on the color wheel:





Our Toners a light violet toner that helps to neutralize unwanted pale yellow pigments. When applied to hair that has been pre-lightened to the necessary shade (very pale blonde level 9 or 10), the end result will be white hair. Applying heat with a blow dryer during processing time will help your hair absorb the toner better.


20. CAN I USE A LIGHTENING KIT TO BLEACH MY PERMANENT COLORED BLACK HAIR?

It is very dangerous to apply a lightening kit to hair colored with a permanent black color. Do not attempt to do this without the advice and direction of a professional stylist who can evaluate the condition of your hair. Lightening dyed black hair can be extremely damaging and result in major breakage!

If your hair is dyed black, some darker dyes will give a subtle highlight (like Vampire Red from Manic Panic for example) and will not damage the hair. On NATURAL black hair, a bleach kit in 40 volume strength is recommended.



21. HOW CAN I LIGHTEN MY HAIR BEFORE APPLYING HAIR DYE?

We have different brands sellling bleach kits. Most of them offer a kit wth 30 VOL. Directions and Manic Panic also offer a kit with 40 VOL. 40 Vol is a super strength bleach kit, more powerful than the 30 vol. All bleach kits will help you lighten your hair according to the instructions in the package.


22. DO I NEED TO USE THE FULL CONTENTS OF THE BLEACH KIT?

YES. Our bleach kits are prepared with the perfect ratio of bleach powder and developer to give you consistent results every time.


23. HOW IS BLEACH APPLIED?

The bleach mixture should be applied to dry, unwashed hair using a hair dye brush like the one provided in our bleach kits. When applying bleach, make sure to spread the mixture evenly and completely saturate all strands using the brush or gloved fingers. Not saturating the hair enough or uneven application can lead to spotty results.


24. HOW LONG DOES BLEACH STAY ON FOR?

The length of processing time depends on the color and condition of your hair, but we don’t recommend leaving bleach on for longer than 50 minutes. While processing, make sure to check your hair every 10 minutes after application to evaluate how much color has lifted. To do so, wipe away some of the bleach in the area you want to check. If your hair is not as light as you’d like, reapply the bleach and continue processing.

25. DO I SHAMPOO MY HAIR WHEN REMOVING THE BLEACH?

YES. Thoroughly shampoo your hair after you are done processing your hair. This may take multiple washings to ensure the bleach is completely removed. Some dyes require you to dry your hair afterwards before applying color, always check the instructions.


26. WHY IS MY HAIR ORANGE!?

When bleaching dark hair, it may take more than one processing session to lighten your hair to a light yellow. After the first time bleaching, your hair could be orange or darker yellow. We recommend waiting two weeks before lightening your hair again.


27. MY CREAM DEVELOPER IS WATERY. DID I GET A DEFECTIVE BLEACH KIT?

No. The developer and bleach powder get thicker once mixed together. If it’s still thin after mixing, let the mixture sit for a few minutes and it will become thicker.


28. HOW CAN I ACHIEVE A PASTEL SHADE?

In order to achieve any pastel shades it is absolutely necessary to lighten & tone your hair first to an all-over even level 10 platinum white blonde. Any residual tones in your hair can (and normally will) affect how well the color shows up in your hair. Please keep in mind too that pastel colors contain less pigment than our normal shades and will fade from your hair faster. (Different brands sell pastel colours, but it is also possible to make a pastel shade out of a darker colour. You can blend it with our Attitude dye Sensitive or use Manic mixer/Pastel-izer from Manic Panic or Arctic Mist Diluter from Arctic Fox).


29. IS THERE A TRICK TO HELPING MY COLOR LAST LONGER?

Yes, there is! A Pro trick to making your hair color last longer is to rinse your hair with white vinegar immediately after dyeing. This raises the pH level of the hair dye, and gives it more permanence.

Here's how:

-Rinse out hair color with cool water until the water runs clear.

-Mix equal parts of white vinegar with water, try a half a cup of each and put in a bowl or cup.

-Pour the vinegar and water mix over the hair.

-Comb through your hair.

-Let sit for a couple minutes.

Rinse it out with cold water.


30. HELP! I ACCIDENTALLY STAINED MY SKIN! HOW DO I GET THE DYE OFF?

-Rub Toothpaste on the stain with a toothbrush and watch it disappear.

-Mix equal parts of baking soda and dish soap, rub on the stain with a toothbrush or fingers.

-Rub Dish Soap on with a sponge.

**Try to stay away from rubbing alcohol because it can dry out your skin, but if you don’t have a choice, just apply a small amount to a cotton ball and dab on. Make sure to apply lotion to skin afterwards!


31. ON NO! I ACCIDENTALLY GOT DYE ON MY BATHROOM SURFACES… HOW DO I GET IT OFF?

Hair colors can stain anything that is porous (just like your hair!) so it is best to cover your work area with plastic bags, plastic wrap, tin foil, newspaper, etc. to ensure you do not get any unwanted staining on your home surfaces. Always rinse your hair under a faucet and away from your face. We do not recommend rinsing your freshly colored hair in the shower, as this can cause the color to splatter and stain your shower walls & tub. Some bathroom surfaces are more porous than others – better to be safe than sorry!

If you do get some hair color on anything, here are a few tricks to get it out:

-Bleach or bleach-based cleaning sprays

-Rub toothpaste with a rag or old toothbrush in circular motions with a little warm water

-Mix equal parts of baking soda and liquid dish soap into a paste


Getting Started | Pre-Lightening | How To Dye | Removing Color | UV Colors



Please feel free to reach out to us with any further questions or concerns by emailing us at hello@attitudeholland.nl. We are always here to assist you with your hair color journeys!