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post #1 of 21 Old 08-19-2010, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question Dyeing her tail?

Ok so my poor buckskin mare's tail is all sun bleached, so her once nice dark black tail has orange streaks in it. I've tried the horse shampoos (Quick black?) that are supposed to make it darker but they haven't seemed to do very much. Someone mentioned to me to just get black hair dye and dye it with that BUUUUT I have some questions before I go doing that to my very LIGHT colored horsie!

1. How do I protect everything else from the hair dye? I don't want a drop of it to get on her butt or legs because they are so light...

2. How long do I really need to leave the dye in there? Do I honestly have to leave it in for the full 1/2 hour or whatever that they say to with human hair?

3. Are there any certain brands that work better than others, and is there anything I can put in her tail after that to avoid the sun bleaching in the first place next year?

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I have a friend that dyes her greys tail black because it turns into this really ugly reddish brown while the mane stays black. She uses the hair color for men. I'm not sure how she keeps it from getting on the lighter coat though.

Another friend does her palomino's tail, (it gets stained by the red clay) and I've seen her do it, she puts it in a plastic bag while it sets.

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I have a friend that dyes her greys tail black because it turns into this really ugly reddish brown while the mane stays black. She uses the hair color for men. I'm not sure how she keeps it from getting on the lighter coat though.

Another friend does her palomino's tail, (it gets stained by the red clay) and I've seen her do it, she puts it in a plastic bag while it sets.
Oh that is a great idea!! I guess I could even get a huge plastic bag to drop the tail into and apply the color with my hands in the bag to maybe avoid getting it on her butt? I guess worst case I could wipe it off super fast if it happened!! Lol

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I'd rub her butt down with vasoline and then put a sheet under tail, over butt, apply the dye, bag or Saran wrap until done then wash. Moms a beautician, that how she keeps it off of human skin.
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I'd rub her butt down with vasoline and then put a sheet under tail, over butt, apply the dye, bag or Saran wrap until done then wash. Moms a beautician, that how she keeps it off of human skin.
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Yep, vasaline will prevent staining of both hair and skin when it comes to hair dye (I dyed my hair every color but orange and green for a few years). Washes off just with regular Dawn dishsoap and won't harm your horse

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Awesome thanks!! And a regular sheet like for on your bed?
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Or an old beach towel. Something you don't mind ruining.
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Whenever I've dyed a tail black I've just used the cheapest stuff for people I could find. I've only coated the parts that need it and I've never gone down to the roots just in case it's caused a reaction on skin.
After I finish coating the tail I've braided it the whole way down the tail and tied it up in a knot and put a plastic bag over it and then secured it with a small old splint boot so that no tail whips could get it over her bum.
What Cakemom said about the vaso sounds really good, but I've never tried it. I prefer to do things the hard way
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Interested in the Palomino tail? I had asked about lightening my guys tail, since he is dark brown, but his tail is silver...but have been told by numerous people, beauticians included, NOT to do it. Darker is fine, but lighter.....is a no go...turns all ugly and takes forever to grow out. Any hints?

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post #10 of 21 Old 08-20-2010, 08:51 AM
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You are going into totally different territory when you lighten. I'd use bluing shampoo made for little old ladies, it will help take the yellow out. Also, yiu want to wash with a clarifying shampoo on those, mineral buildup shows yellow on light hair.

Was thinking about what sort of bag...get a few umbrella bags from the greeter at walmart, they would be perfect!!!
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