Anyway, my question: Anybody know anything about dying hair sideways? I'm tempted to do something really funky involving horizontal stripes, but I have no idea how I'd go about it and there's no way I'd pay whatever a professional would ask. Some picture-examples:
My sister and my co-worker both have this going on. Basically, you do it in panels, like house siding; keep in mind that it will all overlap and what you'll see is the bottom of that, or the ends of your hair peeking out and making that stripe. You will probably need it cut like that anyway in order for it to be a clean line. It's a really hard technique, so I'd get someone who's done hair before to help you out, if you don't go and see anyone. Look around your area and see if there are any hair schools. They usually offer supervised student services at a discounted price, and the students are usually a little more adventurous and progressive. There's an Aveda school near me, and they offer color for like $20.
Basically you will divide your hair by drawing a line horizontally around the back of your head with a chopstick or hair pick and laying that on top of foil and painting the dye onto it, and making sure you do it evenly all the way around, like a one-inch high stripe. Fold the foil carefully over everything so it doesn't get onto other hair, and when you rinse, rinse fast! Again, this is a really hard technique to get clean and right without a professional, so even a really cheap one could do it better than you probably could yourself, and this is me speaking from my years of doing my own and my sisters and all our friends hair, and you mentioned you are new to dyeing.