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Armpit hair dying adventures.
by Holly-Chan (holly_chan)
at January 17th, 2008 (09:18 pm)

Feeling: creative

Hey everyone, below the cut is my advice/instructions on how to dye your armpit hair safely and efficiently. :)

First off, you need to know what sort of dye you're using. Is it semi-permanent or permanent? It will say on the box/bottle. I do not recommend permanent because of the chemicals in it, plus it's designed for your head hair and not supposed to go on skin!

Any color you can imagine (natural and unnatural) comes in semi-permanent. Semi-permanent does not bleach and is usually conditioner based. You can find this kind of dye at Sally's Beauty Supply (http://www.sallybeauty.com/) or other beauty supply retailers.</p><p>
Bleach: when using a semi-permanent dye you must pre-bleach or have naturally light blonde hair. To bleach buy a low volume developer (10-20) to mix (if you know what you're doing) or just get some facial hair bleach (I recommend Sally Hanson brand). Mix your bleach solution and apply to clean deodorant free pits. If using facial bleach it's pretty safe to put your arm down, the heat actually speeds up the bleaching process. If you have very sensitive skin I recommend holding up your arm so it doesn't touch your skin. Only keep it on for 10-15 minutes at most. If your armpit hair is dark (dark brown-black) then you will have to do two or three treatments to get it light enough to take the color. Rinse it with cool water and wash with a mild shampoo if desired.
Dying: first off you need clean, dry, deodorant free armpits. Open up your bottle/jar of dye (if it has to be mixed then it's permanent or demi-permanent and shouldn't be used). Dip your finger (gloved or not, semi-permanent will come off skin but not clothes) into the dye and get a glob. Apply to the hair and smooth it through. Once it is saturated leave your arm up (you can put it down but it gets all over your skin and it takes a few washes to get off skin) and let it set for 15 or more minutes. The longer you leave it on the longer it will last. Semi-permanent will not damage your hair and is way less likely to cause skin irritation. Rinse the dye with cool water and condition it to lock in the color.
TIPS: Do NOT apply deodorant right after bleaching, this can cause skin irritation.

Do a patch test to make sure you will not react to the chemicals (put a dot in the crook of your arm and leave it there for a while).

The dye will fade quickly because of deodorant, heat, and sweat, so don't expect vibrant colors for more than a week or 2.
If you want to use an unnatural color go with reds or blues because the pigment is usually stronger. Purple seems to fade quicker for me than red or blue.

With unnatural colors I recommend Manic Panic for sensitive skin and RAW or Special Effects for skin you know won't get irritated.

Make sure to have alcohol handy to clean up any dye spills. Alcohol will get it right out especially if the dye is still wet.

Expect your armpits and the hair to be the same color for a day or 2 after dying.
Disclaimer: I have studied cosmetology and I have been a guinea pig for this armpit dying fun. I can't guaranteed beautiful results and am not liable for any irritation or chemical burns that result from attempts to dye armpit hair.
HAVE FUN! Tell me who tries it :)


Posted by: jee/jeri/mommy/daddi (lizardjee)
Posted at: January 18th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)

pictures? :)

Posted by: Holly-Chan (holly_chan)
Posted at: January 18th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)

I guess I'll take pictures next time I do it. My skin is super unhappy right now because of the cold so I don't think its too safe to rebleach it at the moment.

My purple armpit pictures are like two or three posts back in this group.

Posted by: Holly-Chan (holly_chan)
Posted at: January 18th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)

picture, not plural. :p

Posted by: Frau Doktor Clams (_totschlagen)
Posted at: January 18th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)

Have you had any problems with semi-perm dye staining the pits of your shirts? Whenever I use it on my head hairs it stains my pillowcase like crazy.

Posted by: Holly-Chan (holly_chan)
Posted at: January 18th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)

I haven't noticed, but most of my shirts are black. I've never had problems with color transferring onto my pillow though either.

Posted by: _tzigane (_tzigane)
Posted at: January 18th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)

Awesome. Too bad my hair is black like the night and I way too lazy to bleach it first

Posted by: Emily (__nopanuru)
Posted at: January 18th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)

i have a question.
does the dye wear off when you sweat? as in, staining clothes?

Posted by: Holly-Chan (holly_chan)
Posted at: January 18th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)

I haven't noticed any staining, but as I stated in a reply to an other comment I wear mostly black shirts.

The dye will naturally fade quicker because of sweat heat and chemicals from deodorant.

Posted by: Emily (__nopanuru)
Posted at: January 19th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)

oops. ha. shows how well i pay attention.

Posted by: recuntulous (recuntulous)
Posted at: January 30th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)

Hey! I attempted to dye my armpit hair purple with that same color of Manic Panic a few years ago. I bleached it first with what I think was the Sally Hanson facial hair bleach, because it just seemed like the most logical thing to do if I had to get bleach near my pits.

I was left with a slight gray twinge to the pits for a day, and after that they were just bleached white. I left the dye on for ages, but didn't get any results at all. :( I tried a second round with the dye even a few hours after I rinsed the first one out, and that didn't help either. I'm glad yours worked, but mine just didn't. I've strangely never had the urge to dye my head hair, so I still have a mostly full jar of ultra violet manic panic somewhere. I guess brightly colored pits aren't for everyone.

Posted by: omg riri (teh_riaz)
Posted at: February 6th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)

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