Originally Posted by DejaVu
I agree, I'm not sure what fun colors would do.
But, dye that matches the hair doesn't harm their hair anymore than it harms us. Like any chemical dye, after a lot of use, it's not the best, but as long as you keep everything conditioned and strong, it's not too bad.
I've dyed my geldings tail before to get rid of the bleached areas, and it was fine.
I just use the Shapleys show touch up now though. Washes out, and a lot healthier.
I tried Shapleys on my mare's black tail on the orange sun-bleached parts, but I ended up washing it all out right away. It's basically spray paint and got all over my hands when I went to brush it later, AND it made her tail SOOO brittle and dry! I have dyed her tail in the past with over the counter people hair dye and it always made her tail really soft (I used semi permanent dye) but it was SUCH a pain to mess with . Especially since I own a buckskin who was trying to swat flies with her tail and managed to get the black hair dye on my face, arms, and her own beige colored BUTT in the process!
now I just leave it sun bleached...oh well!