I have used paint brushes, teaspoons, turkey basters, and other devices, but hair dye applicator bottles are my main tools for putting dye onto yarn. Some of them I have had for almost 9-1/2 or 10 years. And over time, many of the tops would crack and dribble dye where I didn’t want it, so I’d have to pitch them. Just recently I noticed I was down to only 6 or 8 tips, which meant the rest of the bottles had to share tips, OR I’d have to wash one out to re-use it immediately for some other color. Neither option was really efficient, and getting worse as tip after tip was getting pitched.
I have been using these bottles for so long that when I want back to Sally Beauty Supply to get more, they no longer stock this model. That’s sad. Many of my color recipes are built on an 8-ounce squeeze bottle. So I got the closest thing I could find. Fifteen of them, in fact.
But now I’m not sure I can tell the difference between the old and the new. Can you?
Seriously, though, the original ones were once-upon-a-time as clear as the new ones. And the markings were MUCH more clear on the old ones. I may have to do some strategic marking with a permanent marker or something on the new ones.
Also, the new ones, being taller and more slender, they are top-heavy and tip easily. Fortunately, a while back I ordered what I thought was a clever thing for making even slices in homemade bread. Turned out the damn thing wasn’t as clever as I thought, and I was disappointed for several reason. But I’m glad I saved it! removing the plastic barriers and the crumb trivet, the box itself is JUST right for holding all 15 new squeeze bottles! YAY, me! I don’t care about the plastic barriers, but I’d like to find a new use for the crumb trivet that used to fit into the box.