How To Dye Your Hair Purple
I dyed my hair purple! I had it bright red last summer and fall. It then faded to a dull orange so I used a box color to turn it in to a pumpkin gold/red color that I really liked, but then as spring of this year (2013) approached, I suddenly became obsessed with purple hair!
Not the lavender purple, but beautiful dark purple, purple. I discovered in the process of going from red to purple, that purple is a hard color to achieve. There are so many shades in between red to blue that you can get all different shades of purple. Purples that are more pink-ish and purples that are more blue-ish, but I wanted the color that was right in the middle, a true purple. I was trying not to lighten my hair anymore because I didn't want it to get too dried out. So I tried a strand of Ion color Brilliance purple over my pumpkin red hair and it came out GRAY!! like dark gray! So I was like, no. Thank goodness I did a test stand. This confirmed I needed to lighten my hair more :( I went to Vons and I bought Feria Extra Bleach Blonde by Loreal. My hair became super light yellow/orange! because of the red still in my hair, but it got about 5 shades lighter. It really worked for lightening. Then after I washed and dried it, I was going to wait a day to put the purple in, but I had to go to an art show the next night and I didn't want to look like a weirdo. No offense to anyone with bright yellow/orange hair. I only meant I would look like a weirdo with that color because it doesn't go with my skin tone. So I decided to just go ahead and put the purple in that same night. I used two bottles of Ion color Brilliance purple. Because the dye is super thick like tar, it's not easy to spread the color through the hair evenly. It took me like an hour to make sure I got all the hairs. Oh! and I didn't lighten my roots! I left like two inches of my natural hair roots un- lightened, but I did put the purple dye over all my hair.
I also used a darker purple hair dye by Rage. The color is called purple plum and you have to be really careful with it!! It's super dark, almost black and it's undertone is blue! So I fear if I didn't mix this color with a lighter one, it would just make my hair look black with a blue shine. I don't want that so I mixed the purple plum with manic panic's cotton candy pink and lightened it to a lighter purple. I chose a few stands of hair here and there and put that mix in. I also did my bangs with this mixture.
I let it all set for 20 min and the results where....pretty good!
It seems as though the Ion purple doesn't stick very well. It looks like it's going to wash out very quickly and it turns out more of a faded lavender purple, but my manic panic cotton candy pink and Rage purple plum mixture really stuck! I could of did a better job of evenly working the color through, but I was being cautious not to put too much of that Rage purple plum because it's so DARK! and I noticed that a piece on my bangs looks blue gray! because it must of needed more cotton candy pink in the mix. AHH! So you see, it was rather hard to get the color that I wanted to stick. I think when it comes time for a touch up, I'm going to go with the manic panic cotton candy pink and the Rage purple mix and not use Ion. The Ion purple was not strong enough for me. I want a dye that will be more permanent so I wont have to touch it up every week and that Rage really stains! It doesn't even look like it has faded in two washes already! But the Ion just faded to pink/lavender (as you can see on the hairs underneath in the picture below of the back of my head).
So that's my hair color purple adventure story. I know nothing about professional hair color, but since I've been experimenting with hair dyes since the 90's, I've noticed it's pretty much just like painting. If you put one color over another it's going to mix. If you want a true color, you have to start with a blank canvas.
My hair before I lightened it.
Lightener I used.
After I used the lightener, Ahhh!
The purple dyes I used.
End result! Photo shoot!