Two things that I absolutely love to play with is make up (nothing is permanent and with a quick swipe of a baby wipe, the makeup is gone) and my hair (if it looks bad and I hate it, I’ll just cut it. It will grow back. If I don’t like the color, you can dye over it). All of these things are fixable and in most cases it is easily fixable. Maintaining this standpoint life has led to pretty scary mishaps in the quest for a new hair color. I tried to bleach my whole head blonde but I was in a hurry and didn’t let it process no where near long enough so the outcome was me walking around for 2 weeks looking like a Duracell battery since I was sporting a copper top. Thankfully after the two weeks were up I was able to repair that color mishap and became a rich medium brunette babe once again. I also tend to be open to playing with my make-up, especially eye shadows in a variety of colors as well in a variety of drama. The only thing that really stinks when you screw up your make up past just needing to wash it off would be if you purchased a new product in order to try out the new look and hated the product so now you are out a little bit of cash (or a lot depending on where you shop for make-up). Because I find the possible consequences for being bold in changing up hair and make up, I tend to dive in without hesitation.
Last week I shared my dive into my make-up box and tried out a new rocker eye look using Raving Beauty Cosmetics using the tutorial I found on Pinterest.
This week I am sharing my dive into purple hair! I have had these images on my hair pinboard for quite some time.
I looked at these pictures and drooled for months! I tried doing a couple purple peekaboo streaks but that still got me the stink eye in the office. Since I am trying to find all of the silver lining of being out of work and fighting for disability, I realized that I am able to FINALLY do something about it!!! I have never done unnatural hair color before that didn’t come out of a spray cans they sell at Halloween. Brace yourself for the story that follows – when I was in college, the theme of the homecoming pep band float was music of the century and I had just cut my hair into a pixie for the first time and for some crazy idea, my friends were able to talk me into being Pink. Yes I was pink. Hot pink hair, white crop top, and pleather pants. At a football game. I was like a third of the weight I am now so I know that I rocked the look but pleather pants at a football game people is not a good idea! I thought I was going to pass out from a heat stroke! Crazy time. Truly a crazy time. I’ll have to look and see if I can find that picture somewhere!
Anyways, back the point of the post – I was finally able to embark on the quest for purple hair. My bloggy buddy, Jia from Untypically Jia, is the resident pro of sporting lovely shades of pinks, reds, and purples so she gave me some good ideas and off to the store I went!
I had issues the first time around with quick fading so I changed some things up some this time and it seems to be holding a little better. I used Manic Panic in Violet Night this last time around and like the color much better as it is a little darker. I mixed Purple Haze and Ultra Violet the first time around and it was a little brighter than I had hoped for! The first time I did my color I bleached also it before hand (used the Manic Panic bleaching kit) but I am not sure I will do it the next time around. I want a darker, richer color but if you want a bright color and have dark hair, bleaching is definitely necessary.
The direction on the jar suggest leaving the dye on 30 minutes but if you want the color to last, I recommend leaving it on much, much longer if you want the color to last any length of time. Manic Panic does not contain any harmful or toxic ingredients like a lot of other dyes so you are not going to damage your hair by leaving it on longer. Some have recommended leaving it on overnight (using a cap and protecting your pillow of course) but I haven’t gotten that brave. Typically, I put the dye on in the morning when I have no where to be, slap a plastic cap on, and go about my day. I usually leave it on at least 6 hours (or as long as I can stand).
Using a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner is also a must and honestly going between washes as long as possible is also a way to keep your color vibrant. I’m not for being gross or anything but I shampoo every 3-4 days and use dry shampoo in between when necessary. I also have a pixie cut and dry hair (versus oily) so I may be able to go longer between washes than some people but you get the point. Using cool water versus hot will also help keep the color in during washes.
These types of hair dyes are only semi-permanent so they are made to wash out. To keep my color the shade I like I need to reapply color every 2-3 weeks. With the length of my hair, I use about a half jar each application so cost-wise I am only looking at $12 a month.If you have long hair, especially if it is thick, you will definitely need at least one jar, maybe two, for each application. Purple as well as any unnatural color is high maintenance so if you do not want to commit to recoloring your hair every few weeks, you may want to reconsider going this direction!
I absolutely love my color and it has most definitely given me a boost in confidence (even when I get the side-eye in public)! I definitely plan on sticking with the purple for awhile! Hopefully my tips will help you out if you are considering taking a trip to the wild side 🙂