If you are considering dying your hair a bright color, you’ll definitely want to take a look at these important things to know before you dye your hair purple – from what to expect, what they don’t tell you and how to maintain your new look.
I had been wanting to do it for a while. I hemmed and hawed. I’m a pretty low maintenance girl.
I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve rocked a minimal partial highlight in the last decade, so committing to 4 – 6 hours in the salon chair and touch-ups every four to six weeks seemed like a huge commitment.
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So I decided, baby steps. I would go with a tri-toned purple Balayage – it’s a term. Trust me. I arrived at my colorist (the amazing Brookelyn) wielding the results of an exhaustive google image search and unrealistic expectations of brevity.
And so it began, the bleaching and toning and painting and butterflies. Then, the reveal, and I fell madly in love. It was when I got home the real lessons began.
Turns out, purple hair comes with baggage. A lot of it.
Important Things to Know Before You Dye Your Hair Purple
1. It will look like you murdered blueberries. Everywhere.
A peek inside my bathroom revealed the remains of what one could only guess was a blueberry massacre. A splatter of light purple residue cascaded down tiled shower and along the basin of my sink. Smears of it ran along the towel rack.
The scene of the crime extended to my bedroom where purple stained my pillow cases and the collars of my shirts. Even the towels were caught in the crossfire.
I didn’t think my bathroom would ever recover.
But eventually, after the 3rd or 4th wash, things returned to normal.
2. You Will Become Obsessed with Extending Your Dye Job
You will experiment with skipping wash day, taking cold showers and even the risky business of adding dye back into your hair in an effort to extend the time between settings.
Fun fact, in the summer the cold showers weren’t too bad but they would be miserable in the winter.
Tip: Wash your hair right away in cold water. Then put it on top of your head and switch the shower to warm.
2a. Skipping Showers Isn’t Worth It
For the first three days after you dye your hair, it shouldn’t be washed. At first I was like, a legitimate excuse to not wash my hair for three days? Mark that one down in the win column. However, in an effort to extend my time between visits to the salon I attempted to forgo washing my hair for 3-4 days on a routine basis.
Now, this might not be an issue for those of you with straight hair. But for us curly haired girls? By day 3, I was running on caffeine and dry shampoo. Even still my tightly wound greasy bun was the only way to look decently presentable. And then I discovered these easy travel hairstyles…
And so the cycle began. Eventually, I decided that extending the time was no longer worth it and opted to wash my hair by day 3 at the latest. What good is spending hundred of dollars on gorgeous hair if I can’t show it off?
2b. Dye Conditioner IS Worth It
Or, for the adventurous type, you can pick up actual dye from your local salon supply store and add a bit to your conditioner.
You will repeat “It’s just hair” over and over
While silently flipping people the bird.
There is something about dying your hair purple (or any other non-traditional color) that makes people feel they have the right to question your life choices. From “what will your boss think?” to one of my personal favorites “what did your husband think about that?”
Some people will act as though the process of dying your hair purple is a desperate cry for help.
“Is she depressed? Is it because her husband is deployed?” They whisper.
It’s just. hair.
You say you’re never doing it again
At some point, the mess of purple on your favorite top, the stains in the shower you don’t think will come out, and the oil in your bangs will make you convince yourself you’re never doing this again.
But you will. Because, I mean your hair is already bleached. And purple only gets prettier as it fades.
Plus, you have a Groupon so…