One of the most fun, interesting, and colorful trends in the world of hair dyeing right now is the beloved galaxy hair.
If this is a look you are wanting to achieve for your own hair, how should you go about getting it? We are going to take a look at the steps to do it yourself at home, and at a salon. It is a time consuming, costly procedure, and it is important to have all the details ironed out before getting started.
First, let’s talk about what galaxy hair actually is, and then what it truly entails.
What is Galaxy Hair?
So, what exactly is galaxy hair?
Well, it is actually exactly what it sounds like. This gorgeous and creative trend combines different jewel tones like purple, blue, green, and turquoise to actually mirror the night sky in space.
The coolest part of this trend is how unique you can actually make it. People have done it with streaks of red, orange, and yellow to mimic comets, there have also been people who have put streaks of silver and white to look like shooting stars and the milky way. There is no “one way” to complete this trend, so you can be as creative as you want.
Next up, is this something you can try at home or is it better done at a professional salon?
Should You Do it Yourself or at a Salon?
So now that you have decided that you have to have this wonderful new trend, it is time to figure out how you are going to get galaxy hair. There are positives and negatives to doing it yourself or having a professional do it, it all depends on what you prefer.
No matter how you decide to make your hair into a sparkling galaxy, it is going to take some serious time to complete.
It will take upwards of five hours to actually replicate the look, and that is just for the basics. If you do decide you want extra colors or features included, it is most likely going to take a lot longer. Another thing to consider is that because this is such an intricate mix of colors and shading, you are going to have to come back for more touch ups very regularly.
For those of you who want to do this at home, you do have the advantage for this aspect of the process. While yes, it will still take hours and hours to complete, you at least are able to do it in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. If you are at a salon, you are pretty much stuff with their time frame.
Another part of this experience you will want to consider is the pricing of getting galaxy hair.
Let’s be honest, it’s a lot of hair dye – either way it is going to be expensive. However, in a salon, you are going to pay a lot more for the labor that your hairdresser is putting in actually dyeing and styling your hair. At home, you are simply paying for the dye.
However, there is one more step to consider that may sway your opinion if you have already decided for yourself how you are going to do it.
The number one thing you should consider when deciding whether or not you can do this at home is your hair dyeing experience. This is not as simple as just dyeing your hair one color all over, it will take significantly more work.
If you are unsure whether or not you can handle creating the perfect galaxy hair on your own, you should absolutely consider spending the extra cash having it professionally done. That way you know it will be done correctly and you have that peace of mind.
However, if you do have the experience that will help you create it perfectly on your own, we will be talking about how you can do it yourself right at home too.
Steps to Make Your Own Galaxy Hair
So if you have decided that you can handle dyeing and styling your hair yourself for the galaxy effect, here are the steps to make it look great and also some tips to help you along the way.
Before doing anything else, you should know what kind of hair dye you are using. How do you choose?
It is important to do your research. There are a lot of brands that won’t last long, meaning you will have to touch your hair up more frequently. You should also take a look at the ingredients to make sure you approve of everything in the dye.
Need some suggestions? Here’s a great list to get you started.
- 2Hair coloring/dye
- 3Old towel
- 4Hair brush
- 6Mixing bowls
- 7Blow dryer
- 8Plastic clips
- 9Plastic wrap
Let’s start with the supplies you will need for this task. First, you will need bleach, as your hair will need to be lightened for all those colors to be bright. Then you will need all the different colors you will be using to dye your hair – again, you can be as creative as you want with the galaxy look, use what you want for coloring. It would be good to have an old towel you don’t care about staining on your hand as well.
In addition to those items, make sure you have: a hair brush, comb, mixing bowls for each different color, a blow dryer, plastic clips, and plastic wrap.
- 1Make sure you are wearing clothing that you don’t necessarily care about getting stained or even completely ruined
- 2Shampooing, conditioning, blow-drying, and combing it out
- 3Sectioning off your hair with the plastic clips
- 4Do it section by section and go with alternating colors
- 5To make sure your dyed sections don’t bleed together, make sure to protect them with plastic wrap
- 6Give the hair a prolonged amount of time to ensure it will sink in and dry
Next, make sure you are wearing clothing that you don’t necessarily care about getting stained or even completely ruined from the dye. Also ensure that any area surrounding you is protected from the multiple bright colors you will be using. Old towels or sheets, or even plastic tarps are perfect for this.
Now you will want to prepare your hair to get dyed. This simply involves shampooing, conditioning, blow-drying, and combing it out. If your hair doesn’t have any previous dye in it, that is definitely a plus as well.
Next up is sectioning off your hair with the plastic clips you gathered for this. Section off the hair based on what color it is going to be dyed.
For the actual dyeing part, you are going to want to do it section by section and go with alternating colors. Again you can be as creative as you want, or you can use a style that has already been done for reference. It is completely up to you. To make sure your dyed sections don’t bleed together, make sure to protect them with plastic wrap.
Give the hair a prolonged amount of time to ensure it will sink in and dry. Between 45 minutes to an hour is sufficient. Once this period is over, give your hair a cold rinse and then dry it.
There you go, now you have some pretty fabulous galaxy hair.
How to Get Galaxy Hair at a Salon
Now that we have covered how to complete the galaxy hair look at home, let’s get a better idea of what going to the salon for this trend entails.
If you know that doing it at home wouldn’t get you the results you wanted, or you are just more comfortable with a professional doing it, this is the section for you. It is well worth having a trusted stylist complete the job to make sure your hair turns out the way you want it to.
Before going to the salon, you should do some research
If you already have someone in mind for the task, (a trusted hairdresser that you have used before maybe?) make sure to call them or go see them and make sure they are comfortable with giving you galaxy hair. It is a strenuous, carefully done task that they will need to be prepared for.
For those of you who do not have someone in mind, look online for a reputable salon. Talk to your friends or family that have hair you like and see who they use for their hairdresser. Taking the time to find someone you truly trust and like will make the process so much less stressful, even if it takes a lot of time to find that perfect person.
Make sure that whoever you find knows exactly what you want and how you want it to be done. That will make the process so much easier.
Once you have found someone, next you will want to talk about pricing. It can definitely be pretty steep for a hairdo like this, especially if you have a lot of colors involved. Asking this question beforehand and being prepared for the amount before the appointment can save you some shock and/or embarrassment later.
After those tasks have been completed, you will want to prepare your hair for being dyed – this is just like if you were doing it at home.
You will want to make sure your hair is in great condition. Use some hot oil hair treatment 2-3 days before going to the salon, this will do a great job of conditioning your hair and preparing it to receive a whole lot of color.
Don’t wash your hair right before your appointment, keeping the natural oils in your hair the day you go to the salon will help keep the color in longer.
When washing your hair, a day or two beforehand, use a detoxifying or clarifying shampoo to remove any remaining build up from hair products to ensure that your hair is completely clean and ready for a big treatment.
The day of your appointment, make sure to show up a little early to give yourself a few minutes to relax. You are going to be sitting in a chair for quite some time, so make sure you have some coffee or other beverage to keep you awake and aware while in the salon chair.
Also, make sure you don’t plan anything for right after the appointment. You really don’t know how long it is going to take you and you don’t want to rush through something this intense.
Lastly, have fun with it. Don’t stress too much about the process and enjoy your glorious hair once it is finally finished – you deserve it.
Enjoy Your New Look
Whether you decided to go with a professional salon or to dye your hair in your own bathroom, we hope these methods, tips, and tricks were really helpful during the process.
Make sure you are getting regular touch ups for your hair as well, to ensure that you keep that awesome galaxy hair flowing for months to come.
If you tried one of our methods, how did it work out for you?