We all love to see a strong female character on our cinema screens, don’t we? The one name on everyone’s lips right now is Harley Quinn, from the Suicide Squad movie, which is being released on the 5th of August, 2016. Just to celebrate the look Margot Robbie wore so well, we’ve put together a few options how to create Harley Quinn’s infamous pink and blue hairstyle with the things you can find around your house.
Harley Quinn’s hair
If you look at the comics and film where Harley is pictured, her hairstyle stays the same most of the time. The only part that changes is her hair colour. She’s known for having a pink-and-blue ombre style pigtails, black-and-red ombre style pigtails (she also wears just black and red pigtails without the ombre), and lastly blonde pigtails.
Therefore there’s several looks that you can portray as Harley Quinn, the choice is all yours. You could also give it a twist of your own, and come up with an unique hairstyle that symbolizes Harley Quinn.
Dyeing natural hair
The most important thing you need to keep in mind when dyeing your natural hair, is that when you hair is light by natural tone, then the pigment is most likely going to stain your hair. If you’re iffy about doing this, then we don’t recommend dyeing your natural hair.
But if you’re okay with maintaining the colour for a bit longer time, and letting it wash out within a week or two, then go right ahead.
Using a cosplay wig
Getting a blonde wig, tying it into high pigtails and dyeing the ends is most likely the best idea. You can just tuck your own hair under the cap and put the wig on it. By the end of the day, you can take the cosplay wig off and pay no commitment to it at all.
It’s a brilliant way just to have fun for a few hours, and at the same time save your hair from all the dyeing, straightening and heavy styling.
Using and dyeing hair extensions
If you’ve got blonde hair, but they’re too short then why not go for hair extensions? You can make two high pigtails with the extensions, and dye the tips of the extensions.
Dyeing hair with chalk
Using chalk to dye your hair is the easiest way to do it, not to mention also least time demanding.
- A cup of water
- Fine tooth comb
- Old shirt
- Colourful chalk
The best way to do this is in the bathroom, because it’s quite a messy procedure. Divide your hair into half, and tie one half into bun.
Tie the other half into a high ponytail, if you’re dyeing a wig then I wouldn’t recommend you to wear the wig at the same time.
If the wig that you’re dyeing is synthetic and heat resistant, then you shouldn’t worry about staining it with the pigment from the chalk.
Wet the chalk, and apply it to the area of hair that you had made wet before, then let it be until it dries. With a wig, you should use a straightening iron right away when the wig is wet, to seal the color in for about 3-5 hours.
Once done, repeat the process with the other bun you had tied up.
Dyeing your hair with chalk is brilliant, because it shows brightly even on dark hair tones without making you commit to the color.
Dyeing hair with food colours
This way to dye hair is fun and very easy to do. All you need is:
- Food colouring that you will dye your hair with
- A towel
First things first, pick your scenery! Doing this in the bathroom would probably be the wisest decision, but it all depends on you. You could also lay out some old newspapers on the table and do it there.
Pour some hair conditioner into the bowl and add a few drops of the food colouring into it until you get the tone that you wanted.
Tie your hair into high ponytails, if you’re going for the ombre look then use two extra ponytails to tie your hair where you want your ombre to start. This helps you to keep the dip dye hair effect even, without you going too high or two low.
Paint on the mix! Make sure that all sections have been equally covered.
You can wrap them in plastic, to keep the heat in the dye, and also to avoid the dye getting all over your clothes.
Keep the dye on about 30 minutes if you want a low density colour result. For a deep colour you should keep the dye in for about 3 hours.
When you’re washing your hair, use cold water. And NO SHAMPOO NOR CONDITIONER because that washes the results out straight away. Try not to wash your hair for 1-2 days after as it let’s the hair set and the pigment sticks to the hair better.
Dyeing hair with temporary hair dyes
The best temporary hair dyes that you can use to achieve a vibrant Harley Quinn hair is with Manic Panic or Kool aid hair dye and we’ve listed a few simple ways to do it.
Dyeing hair with Manic Panic
When you dye your hair with Manic Panic, you should be aware of how strongly their colours stain. If you choose not to wear gloves or old clothes, then be ready to have colourful stains on your clothes that don’t wash out. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should use cold water to wash your hair, because Manic Panic hair dyes tend to fade very quickly if you take frequent hot showers.
To dye your hair with Manic Panic colours, here’s what you’re going to need:
- Manic Panic dye (if you’re doing more than an ombre look, you will need more than one tub of the dye)
- A mixing bowl
- A brush
- A towel you can stain, or an old t-shirt
- ½ cup of conditioner
- Plastic wrap or a shower cap
Take about 4 spoonfuls of the Manic Panic dye and half a cup of hair conditioner, then mix them together into the mixing bowl. Once you can see the colour that it shows, you can add more of the Manic Panic hair dye if you want to amplify the tone. It is true that on some cases the tone stays in your hair very lightly, so I would definitely advise you to not be greedy with adding the dye.
Tie your hair in two high pigtails like Harley’s, put on your gloves and the towel/t-shirt, then paint the dye onto dry hair.
If you’re going for the ombre look, then you can use hair bands to tie the ends of your pigtails, where you want your ombre to start. This makes it so much easier and also makes the dye job look even.
To make the dye work even better you can wrap food wrap around it, and let it take effect for about 30 minutes. If you want to be sure about achieving the tone you want, you can let the dye be in your hair for a bit longer.
You can also check if they dye is working by combing trough it with your fingers or with a wide tooth comb. If the hair is foaming or bubbly during the combing, it means that the dye working and the pigment is being absorbed into your hair.
For lighter tones you can keep the dye in your hair for an hour or more. Condition your hair to keep the moisture in, and you’re ready!
Dyeing hair with Kool Aid is very simple and fun because the fresh colour will wash out within a week. Here’s what you need:
- 2-3 packages of Kool aid powder
- Hair conditioner
- An old t-shirt or a towel
- Food wrap
Pour the Kool aid into a bowl, and add a spoonful of water in it, then mix. After about 1 minute, add a few drops of hair conditioner in the Kool Aid and mix it until it achieves a thick consistency.
If you’re going for the fully dyed hair Harley Quinn hair look, then divide your hair into two pigtails, and tie one up into a tight bun, so it won’t get in the way. Proceed with applying the dye onto your hair and once you’re done, wrap the food plastic around the hair. Repeat the process with the other pigtail that you wrapped up,
You should let the dye be in the hair for about 1-2 hours, but if you want to achieve a stronger looking tone, you should let the dye be in your hair overnight. The issue with dyeing your full head with two different tones is that the colors might mix when you turn your head and rub it against the pillow. Fortunately Kool Aid does not damage your hair, so you can sleep safe and sound with the dye in your hair.
When you think you’re ready, wash the dye out with colder water, but don’t use any shampoo. The shampoo tends to wash the colour out immediately, so you should only use a conditioner.
Hope this helped you to find the best way how to give yourself a make over. Have fun trying them out!