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post #11 of 33 Old 08-07-2011, 01:28 AM
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Yup the dying is a quick fix for sure...to keep it dark though and to help prevent it from sun bleaching again I've heard putting them on a suppliment high in copper helps keep their hair dark and helps prevent it from bleaching. My black bay gelding had an orange tail for a while...the copper thing def works...I wont buy a mineral lick without copper in it now and I suplimented for a long time.


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Yup the dying is a quick fix for sure...to keep it dark though and to help prevent it from sun bleaching again I've heard putting them on a suppliment high in copper helps keep their hair dark and helps prevent it from bleaching. My black bay gelding had an orange tail for a while...the copper thing def works...I wont buy a mineral lick without copper in it now and I suplimented for a long time.
Oh that's cool, I've never heard about supplementing with copper before.

I might also go out and buy a summer cover with a really big tent-style tail flap on it , I think my worst nightmare would be to have a horse who is completely sunbleached, especially before/during show season.

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I dye my bays tail as well. His tail is the only thing that fades, so I didn't have to do the mane or forelock which stays a gleaming dark black.

You can cut a small lock, from the middle where it won't be seen, (and also where it's not faded) and take it into a hair store of some sort, and start comparing on the color swatches until you find the dye that matches.

Also, I discovered not the leave in the dye as long as you normally would. I left it in about five to ten minutes less then you would on human hair depending on the dye. It easily starts coming out if left in too long, same as human hair.

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My friend has a black mare, and to keep her from getting bleached she keeps her in during the day and out at night. She also dyes her tail to match her body. She looks stunning at shows. I never realised how popular tail dyeing is!

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I dye my bays tail as well. His tail is the only thing that fades, so I didn't have to do the mane or forelock which stays a gleaming dark black.

You can cut a small lock, from the middle where it won't be seen, (and also where it's not faded) and take it into a hair store of some sort, and start comparing on the color swatches until you find the dye that matches.

Also, I discovered not the leave in the dye as long as you normally would. I left it in about five to ten minutes less then you would on human hair depending on the dye. It easily starts coming out if left in too long, same as human hair.
Mitch is the same, so far anyway. It's only been his tail that's faded.

That's a good point, never even thought of that one. I think I will go do that.

Wow, thanks for that tip.. I can't imagine Mitch with no tail, it's short and thin enough as it is.

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post #16 of 33 Old 08-12-2011, 09:16 AM
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Just dyed Sandie's tail, here are some "before and afters"

First photo is before, all nice and sun bleached! And then a couple photos of right after I dyed it yesterday (kinda blurry and dark but you get the idea!)

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That looks much better... Looks like i'm going to have to go out and get before pictures though... You wouldn't believe how sunbleached his tail is O.O
I haven't had time to go and get dye yet though, grrr.

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I always thought of dying my daughter's (now deceased) arab's tail when he started getting gray hairs but never did. Thanks for the photos, lets me know you can indeed do this. I have a breeding stock paint that is chestnut, and a loud chestnut paint, wonder if they would look good as blondes, maybe add some blue streaks like I had done in my hair???
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I always thought of dying my daughter's (now deceased) arab's tail when he started getting gray hairs but never did. Thanks for the photos, lets me know you can indeed do this. I have a breeding stock paint that is chestnut, and a loud chestnut paint, wonder if they would look good as blondes, maybe add some blue streaks like I had done in my hair???
Your kidding right......I assume you guys are buying pharmacy brand color too...

OK here we go, Do NOT dye your horses mane tail forelock etc.... with human hair dye ESPECIALLY BLEACH! Yeah yeah yeah it's on the shelf people use it to dye thier hair how bad can it be right? Ever see those old ladies with patchy, balding, straw like hair? Or the middle aged ladies with greenish tinted, balding, and or straw like hair? That's what you get from using pharmacy brand colors.

The hair dyes sold in a pharmacy have 3 to 5 times the amonia content and 2 to 3 times the peroxide content then salon brand colors. So your oh so inoccuous black instead of it being a 10 or MAX 20 volume is probably a 30 volume peroxide with triple the amonia content and that ladies = nasty hair. If you insist on buying hair dye, go to your locoal bio store, and buy ALL NATURAL hair dye or better yet, invest in a sheet or keep your horse stabled during the day and out at night.

This reply to all your posts is not intended to sound rude, it is meant to educate. Color is a chemical and should not be used by people with no training, as to the side effects that pharmacy brand color, ANY form of a color process can cause they are indeed numerous.

Going to the salon and getting your color done by a professional colorist is expensive for a reason girls, that 10-15 dollar box of hooey is cheap for a reason
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Oh boy I'm having deja vu now with that reply, I believe you were the same one who went off on someone in a similar thread.

Ok, so the dye I used was about $3 from walmart and is ammonia free. I've dyed my mare's tail three times now with the stuff and she's alive and well...with a shiny soft tail I might add ;) just sayin...
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