semi-permanent vegan hair color

Unicorn Hair



F.A.Q.

What is Unicorn Hair?

Dyed and gone to Unicorn Heaven! DIY-friendly, damage-free color works gently, washes out gradually and fades gracefully. Unicorn Hair is 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free.

Lime Crime’s Full Coverage, ultra-conditioning formula delivers high intensity, magical color results. Full Coverage shades work best with pre-bleached platinum to medium blonde hair and adds a tint of color to dark blonde and light brown hair.

Lime Crime Tints’ ultra-conditioning formula leaves a light wash of color to add a kick of cool to your hair. Tints work best with pre-bleached platinum to pale blonde hair.

What is the difference between Full Coverage and Tints?

Unicorn Hair comes in 2 formulas: Full Coverage and Tints.

Full Coverage contains a higher pigment load and delivers a more saturated color result to pre-bleached platinum to medium blonde hair and adds a tint of color to dark blonde and light brown hair.

Tints are less pigmented and leave a light wash of color - perfect for pre-bleached platinum to pale blonde hair.

Is Unicorn Hair a vegetable-based hair dye?

Yes! The Unicorn Hair formula is vegetable glycerin-based & every ingredient is confirmed vegan.

Is it going to damage my hair?

No! Unicorn Hair color is a gentle, deposit-only dye that is not capable of damaging the hair. Our ultra-conditioning formula is made with only the purest vegan ingredients and no ammonia, PPD, peroxide or bleach. Incorrectly used bleach, however, can damage your hair, which is why we recommend that you seek a professional for help with pre-lightening hair.

IS UNICORN HAIR VEGAN AND CRUELTY-FREE?

Yes! Lime Crime Unicorn Hair is 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free. We are proud to make products that are certified Vegan & Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny and PETA. No unicorns were hurt in the making of this product!

Do I need to bleach my hair first?

That depends on the color result you want and the starting point of your hair. The lighter your hair color is to start, the more vibrant and true to tone your result will be. Full Coverage formula contains a higher pigment load and delivers more saturated color. Get maximum color impact on pre-bleached platinum to medium blonde hair and add a tint of color to dark blonde and light brown hair. Tints are less pigmented and deliver a light wash of color to your locks - perfect for pre-bleached platinum to pale blonde hair.

My hair is only lightly bleached. Will it still work?

For medium-yellow and light-orange hair, we recommend our Full Coverage shades: Aesthetic, Anime, Blue Smoke, Bubblegum Rose, Charcoal, Chestnut, Chocolate Cherry, Dirty Mermaid, Jello, Leeloo, Neon Peach, Pony, Sea Witch, Squid, Strawberry Jam, and Valentine. Perform a strand test prior to full application to determine your desired results. Keep in mind that if you’re starting with a more yellow base, the final results will be more yellow. (Ex: Anime will look more turquoise)

Will it show on dark brown hair?

Unicorn Hair works best on pre-bleached platinum blonde to light brown hair. The darker your hair is to start, the less intense your results will be.

I have another color in my hair right now. Can I use Unicorn Hair over it?

Yes, but it might alter your end result. Since our hair color does not contain bleach, it will not lift the already existing color out of your hair - instead, it will simply lay over it. For best results, go with a Full Coverage shade that is darker/more intense than your current hair color. You can choose from Aesthetic, Anime, Blue Smoke, Bubblegum Rose, Charcoal, Chestnut, Chocolate Cherry, Dirty Mermaid, Jello, Leeloo, Neon Peach, Pony, Sea Witch, Squid, Strawberry Jam, and Valentine. If you choose to use Unicorn Hair over another color, do a strand test first to determine your end result.

How long will it last?

Unicorn Hair is a semi-permanent hair color designed to wash out gradually over time. The life cycle of your color depends on 3 factors: depth of shade, condition of hair, & how often you wash it. To prolong the life of your color, use gentle, sulfate-free shampoos for colored hair, or choose a deeper/more saturated shade. The lighter the hair, the more vibrant the shade will show, and the longer it will last!

Will it look good when it fades?

Unicorn Hair is designed to fade gracefully - anything less wouldn't be worthy of a unicorn! For best results, start with freshly & evenly bleached hair that has no previous color residue underneath.

I've never dyed my hair before. Will it work on me?

Fear not, unicorn! We all have to start somewhere. Unicorn Hair is used all around the world by newbies and pros alike. If this is your first time trying a semi-permanent dye, we recommend that you watch some YouTube tutorials. Changing the color of your hair is easier than you think!

Is there an example of what my hair may look like?

We know that coloring your hair, even with a semi-permanent dye, is a commitment. To help you choose, we’ve included hair swatches on every product page, as well photos from our customers.

Do I need to tone my hair prior?

We don’t recommend that you use a toner prior to application as toners contain ‘neutralizing’ dyes that can make your color appear ‘muddy’. Best results are achieved on freshly bleached hair with no color residue underneath.

Do I need to mix it with developer or apply heat?

No. Unicorn Hair is ready to use straight out of the jar, no developers or heat needed!

Do you have samples?

Yes! You can purchase Unicorn Hair Packettes on our website.

Here’s how to use our packettes to do a strand test:
 


HOW TO USE:

  1. Wear plastic gloves & protect your clothes/workspace.
  2. Select a 1 inch strand to test on. Hair must be clean, unconditioned, and dry.
  3. Saturate test strand in our conditioning color
  4. Leave Full Coverage shades in for 30 minutes. Leave Tints in for 45 minutes. Rinse clean.
  5. Welcome to the unicorn tribe!

Will it stain my clothing, pillowcases, and tub?

Unicorn Hair is designed to transfer & stain less than other dyes you may have used, but minor color transfer is normal. While applying Unicorn Hair, be sure to protect your clothing and workspace and always wear gloves. Unicorn Hair will permanently stain fabric & clothing. With freshly-dyed wet hair, you might experience some color bleed the first few times you wash, so be sure to use an old towel and don't go to bed with wet hair if you don't want unicorn-colored bed sheets!

How much will I need?

Each Unicorn Hair jar contains a generous amount of product - 6.76 fl oz/200 ml. Use the below chart to determine the number of jars you’ll need.

Amount of Unicorn Hair to use:

Hair Length Thin Hair Thick Hair
Short - bob 1 jar 1 jar
Below shoulder - waist length 2 jars 2-3 jars
Tailbone + 3+ jars 3+ jars

* This chart does not include extensions.

Can I mix colors?

YES! We encourage you to experiment and create your own custom colors. All Unicorn Hair shades are designed to play well with each other, so mix away! Mix any color with Dilute to make it more pastel. And mix any color with On Mute to make it darker, and grungy! Here are some fun combos to try:

Bubblegum Rose + Neon Peach= perfect peachy pink
Valentine + Leeloo = Doe’s new fiery red
Anime + Salad = bright turquoise
Dirty Mermaid + On Mute = slate grey
Pony + On Mute= dark purple

Can I mix Unicorn Hair with other brands?

Sure! If you come up with a cool shade you want us to make, contact us and we just might make your unicorn hair dreams come true! Please be mindful that Unicorn Hair should not be mixed with developers, lighteners, or any permanent colors.

How do I apply it?

How to Use:

You’ll need: gloves, applicator brush, clips, bowl, & an old t-shirt or cape. Cover all surfaces and clothing you do not want to get hair dye on as Unicorn Hair can permanently stain.

  1. For best results, start with clean, unconditioned, dry hair. Full Coverage shades work best with pre-bleached platinum to medium blonde hair and add a tint of color to dark blonde and light brown hair. Tints work best with pre-bleached platinum to pale blonde hair.
  2. Wear protective gloves and pour desired amount into a bowl.
  3. Section hair into 4 even sections (root to tip & side to side) and secure with clips. Work in 1 inch wide strands. Apply color evenly from root to tip with applicator brush. Begin at the root of the hair, applying color evenly through to the ends. Massage each strand with fingers, root to tip, to ensure even distribution of color.
  4. Leave Full Coverage shades in for 30 minutes. Leave Tints in for 45 minutes. No heat/cap required. For more intense, longer-lasting results, leave color in for 1-2 hours. Don't worry, Unicorn Hair will not damage your hair, as it does not contain any harsh chemicals or bleach!
  5. Rinse hair in cool to lukewarm water until hair feels clean. More intense shades may not rinse clear for the first few washes. Do not shampoo. Conditioner optional.
  6. Style to your liking & enjoy your new Unicorn Hair!

Always do a patch & strand test to make sure you feel comfortable using Unicorn Hair, & to determine the color saturation you like.

How do I get even coverage?

Coverage depends on two factors: application and the ‘canvas’ itself. Be sure your hair is bleached evenly prior to applying color, as under-bleached areas can make the final result look spotty and uneven. Overbleached or damaged hair will retain color less and might require extra processing time and more frequent touch-ups.

Work in strands about 1”x1”, starting at the root and painting the color through to the ends with a flat applicator brush. Massage each strand with fingers top to bottom to ensure even distribution of color. If you see spots that aren’t taking, re-apply color to those areas only.

How to use DILUTE:

  1. Add Dilute to any semi-permanent hair color until the desired lighter shade is achieved. Add gradually & mix well!
  2. Perform a strand test to ensure the color matches your desired effect.
  3. Apply dye as usual, following full Unicorn Hair application instructions.
  4. Enjoy your new custom hair color!

How to use ON MUTE:

  1. Add On Mute to any semi-permanent hair color until the desired grungy shade is achieved. Add gradually & mix well!
  2. Perform a strand test to ensure the color matches your desired effect.
  3. Apply dye as usual, following full Unicorn Hair application instructions.
  4. Enjoy your new grungy hair!

How do I get even coverage

Coverage depends on two factors: application and the ‘canvas’ itself. Be sure your hair is bleached evenly prior to applying color, as under-bleached areas can make the final result look spotty and uneven. Overbleached or damaged hair will retain less color and might require extra processing time and more frequent touch-ups.

Work with strands about 1”x1”, starting at the root and painting the color through to the ends with a flat applicator brush. Massage each strand with fingers top to bottom to ensure even distribution of color. If you see spots that aren’t taking, re-apply color to those areas only.

How can I control intensity and longevity of my color?

By adjusting the processing time. The longer the dye sits in your hair, the more saturation & longevity you’ll get. For longer-lasting, more saturated color, leave the dye in for 1-2 hours. For less intense results, make the color lighter using our Dilute color mixer or rinse out before the suggested time.

How can I make my color fade faster?

Wash it more frequently with a clarifying shampoo! The dye will fade on its own, but will fade faster the more you wash it out.

How can I make my color last longer?

Wash it less! (This is where dry shampoo becomes your best friend - if it isn’t already)! And make sure to use color-friendly hair products. For summertime, use a UV spray to keep your color-treated locks safe! For a quick refresh between dyeing, mix leftover Unicorn Hair in with your favorite conditioner and use as directed after each shampoo.

What is a patch test?

A patch test is recommended to prevent potential reactions between the hair color and your skin. All new users should perform this test to determine if you feel comfortable using Unicorn Hair. To perform a patch test: with a cotton swab, apply a small amount of product to clean, dry skin- such as on the nape of the neck or near the elbow. Allow patch to dry and leave undisturbed for 24 hours. Monitor area for any signs of redness or irritation; if any irritation occurs, discontinue use.

How do I perform a strand test?

Everyone’s hair is different, so some colors may look a little different on your hair. A strand test is the best way to determine if you like how a color shows up on your hair. Select a 1 inch strand of hair in a less visible area - try 2 inches above the ear, towards the back. Hair must be clean, unconditioned, and dry. Apply color to the strand and process for the recommended amount of time. Rinse out the color to reveal the effect. You can dilute or adjust the color to reach your desired result.

Here’s how to use our packettes to do a strand test::

HOW TO USE:

  • Wear plastic gloves & protect your clothes & workspace.
  • Select a 1 inch strand to test on. Hair must be clean, unconditioned, and dry.
  • Saturate test strand in our conditioning color
  • Leave Full Coverage shades in for 30 minutes. Leave Tints in for 45 minutes. Rinse clean.
  • Welcome to the unicorn tribe!

What is the product size?

Each jar contains a generous 6.76 fl oz / 200 mL of Unicorn Hair color.

Is the application brush included?

No, but you can easily find it at any beauty supplies store.

How do I remove it?

Unicorn Hair will fade on its own overtime. You can speed up the process by using a clarifying shampoo and simply washing it more. If you wish to remove the color completely, please consult a professional.

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