Beauty · Hair

Dying my hair Purple and a lesson in being content

This past weekend I went from brown hair to purple hair with a cheeky bit of diy hair dying.

If like me, you’ve made Instagram your home it won’t take much to notice the bright unicorn/mermaid colour hair trends that are all over the place. It didn’t take much for me to get sucked in, especially with my roots growing out significantly. It was either I had a touch up of my high lift colour or just go ahead and bleach my hair to achieve a colour close to the blue or purple creations that I’d been admiring and and saving screen shots of.

In my quest for brighter hair I even had a consultation with a couple hair stylists to see what the process would require. However, the combination of the price tag, my impatience and my diy creative bug had me running down to Sally’s to buy lightener, toner and Crazy Color semi permanent dyes to achieving the look I’d been longing for.

So I went from this

(Starting with freshly washed and conditioned hair, I blow dried my hair to make it easier to work through as I was going for and ombré effect. I prayed my hair into 6 or 7 sections and applied the lightener starting from my ends and working up halfway through my hair trying my best to create a subtle blend. The whole process took me 45 minutes. I rinsed the lightener all out with cool/cold water and shampooed my hair with Keracare Hydrating Shampoo twice and my purple shampoo once. After that I deep conditioned overnight with Shea Moisture Fruit Fusion Weightless Masque because it’s super hydrating. After rinsing it out the next morning I allowed my hair to air dry.

This is what it looked like before I proceeded to the final step

I then smoothed the Crazy Color Hot Purple dye in my hair working form the back to the front and let it sit in my hair for just under an hour before rinsing it out with cool water.

I wish I took a picture straight away but I was rushing out with my family so the pictures I have are the faded colour. The purple came out really dark but glossy. I liked it. However, by the next day I was over it. I began to wish that I mixed the burgundy that I also bought with the purple to make a more red purple shade. I started to set my mind on the next colour I would do to get over the disappointment of not liking the colour turn out. So I decided to start fading it to see how soon it would come out of my hair. I’ve since used Kinky Curly Shampoo to strip some of the colour and followed up with Mielle Organics Babassu protein and moisture balance deep conditioner which did and amazing job at leaving my hair soft and moisturised. I have also co-washed my hair with As I Am Coconut Cowash for a moisture boost, surprisingly it also helped stop a little bit more of the colour.

This picture is what the colour looks like at day 5 of having dyed it.

Now that I’m fading the colour I’m missing my brown hair and I realise that my colour sweet spot it within the brown/blonde family that my hair was already in. I’ve already made an appointment with the stylist that initially dyed my hair brown to get it back on track to brown so we can gradually lightning it seasonally as we already discussed. I’m going to keep stripping the colour with shampoo every couple of days and see how much it can dad before my appointment next week. I’ll update on how it all goes and the treatments I use to keep my hair in tact, as well as he process I go through with the stylist to get my hair back to brown.

Another pic of how the colour looks currently but I’m different lighting.

I think I’m liking it more now that it’s faded.

Here’s a couple of pictures of what I want now

Have you ever been disappointed in a hair colour change? Or do you have any tips on fading hair dye quickly and safely?


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