Introduction: Heart Shaped Side Shave

To celebrate Valentine's Day this year, I wanted to try doing something fun with my hair. I've had a side shave for a few years now and I love experimenting with different colors and designs-if it turns out bad, I can just shave it off! I decided to try something new and dye a little red heart in my hair in honor of the holiday.

Step 1: Here's What You Will Need

Here's what I used:

Step 2: Design Pattern Piece

I sketched out a rough shape of where the design would be on my hair and sketched a few different designs. I eventually settled on just one heart since I thought it would stand out well against my hair.

One you have your design worked out, trace it onto the sticker paper or vinyl you're using. I used sticker paper, but I would actually recommend vinyl since the hair lightener I used soaked through the edges a little bit and since vinyl is waterproof, I think vinyl would create more crisp edges of the design. Next time I will deffinitely use vinyl!

Anyways, cut out your pattern in sticker paper or vinyl.

Step 3: Position Your Pattern

Take the backing off the sticky paper and stick it on your hair where you want your design to be. Since your head is round and the paper is flat, you might need to cut, fold, and bobby pin the pattern in place.

Yes, it will hurt a bit when it's time to take the sticky paper off your hair, but it's not too bad!

Step 4: Apply the Lightener

Mix up the lightener according to the instructions on the box, then use the brush to apply it to the hair through the stencil. Leave it on for the amount of time specified on the box, then remove the stencil and rinse out the lightener.

If you have dark black hair, you might need to do two rounds of lightener, depending on what kind you get.

Step 5: Dye!

Next, use the dye brush to apply the hair dye to the light shape. If you have a more complicated design, you might need to apply another stencil, but it wasn't too hard to free hand this heart on my own head.

Cover with a plastic shower cap and leave it in for an hour or so, or however long specified on the dye package.

Step 6: Wear It Out!

Rinse out the dye with cool water until it the water runs clear (or almost clear) and you're done!

I definitely want to try more designs like this, I think very simple designs show up the best, and I will definitely use vinyl next time instead of sticker paper. Also, this design works best on short hair, but if you have really straight hair, it might work on longer hair.

If you decide to try this, please post a picture with the "I Made It!" button!

Comments

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jmyers1 made it! (author)2016-02-11

Too cute! And I think it's so much fun. Especially on a young lady .

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Carleyy made it! (author)2015-08-10

This came out awesome!

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antoniraj made it! (author)2015-02-25

why did you do that shaving off part of your beautiful hair...? Fortunately hair grow back otherwise you will have to live with that style for the rest of your life

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Just for fun. I've had it for a few years now. I have a lot of hair and it's really thick so it makes my head a lot lighter. I have so much hair that I can wear it down and you can't even tell!

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MsSweetSatisfaction made it! (author)2015-02-14

Dawww it's so cute, you look awesome! I got get over my fear of bleaching my hair, too many cool things can be done with it!

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That's why I like having my side shave-I don't feel bad for bleaching it or messing it up or anything, haha

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BayRatt made it! (author)2015-02-13

Looks cute! :-) Never occurred to me that one could dye a pattern or something in their hair. My hair is almost short enough... my hair is more salt than pepper, so the bleaching would probably be minimal, I think my daughter has dye... all I'm missing now is the nerve to do it! LOL! Never know Ms. Danger, I might well do it one day!

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You should do it! If you don't like it, shave it off!

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emilyvanleemput made it! (author)2015-02-14

You look absolutely amazing with that look!

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jessyratfink made it! (author)2015-02-13

Gorgeous!! What an awesome idea. :D

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tstevens-1 made it! (author)2015-02-13

You're really beautiful now.

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Thanks! haha

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audreyobscura made it! (author)2015-02-13

I love it. More side shave art forever!

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I have more planned in the future!

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tinaciousz made it! (author)2015-02-13

What a beauty!

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