As promised, I’m letting you in on my until-now secret of my pastel purple hair. At what better timing might I add. As the color has faded out of my hair, it’s time for me to pass the torch and the legacy.
Also I thought I would show you guys another side of me. You know, my many ‘One of Each’ sides. Which happens to be illustration. I think I will start adding more to the blog on a regular basis, so I hope you enjoy them. ;)
Now for the details on my hair color. It’s really semi-permanent which I think is great. You can go from color to color that way, once the last color washes out. What’s that you say? You don’t want your lovely new purple hair to wash down the drain? We’ll don’t you fret, I’ve got it under control. Just mix the hair color into your shampoo and conditioner and use it every time you shower, and presto! No fade outs!
STEP 1: Have your hair professionally bleached. Seriously. I did bleach mine myself, but it’s a risky move. After the 4th time of bleaching my regrowth I got a lot of breakage around my face and my part. So really you have to be careful. If I had bleached my whole head the last time, all my hair would have broke off. So that’s that. Go get your damn hair bleached at a salon. Also make sure to pick up a deep conditioning treatment to keep your hair soft and less likely to break. I use Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream from Sally’s Beauty Supply.
STEP 2: Prep! Time to make your conditioner concoction. It’s more like a toner, to add some life into the purple. To make your toning conditioner you will need; you Manic Panic semi-permanent hair color in Pretty Flamingo, a color mixing bowl, a color extend conditioner, and an extra bottle to put your new conditioner in.
Start with about half the bottle of conditioner in the mixing bowl. Now honestly you only need the tiniest dot of the Manic Panic. (Which looks like a hot pink-ish red color.) Start with a little dab, and mix. Continue adding more until you get a really nice pastel pink. If you add too much color, just add more of your conditioner. One you have your desired shade, add it into your bottle.
STEP 3: Shower! Wash you hair with a purple shampoo. I use GVP Conditioning Shampoo, which is also from Sally’s. I use a lot of shampoo when I do this step. Make sure to get all of your hair saturated, and let the shampoo sit for about 10 mins. Watch out because it’s messy and will look like you murdered barney in your shower. Also try not to lather it too much in the beginning. Wait at least 5 mins before you lather. After the full 10 mins, rinse with cool water and repeat if necessary.
STEP 4: Now I bet your hair looks short of gray-silver-purpleish right? Well unless that’s the look you where going for you’ll want to add your conditioning mixture to your hair. Again, make sure to fully saturate you hair with conditioner. Leave on for 2-3 mins and rinse with cool water.
STEP 5: Style hair as usual. I would suggest air drying though, since your hair is damaged from the bleaching process.
Ta-da! Now you have lovely lavender locks, mesmerizing mermaid hair, a tantalizing tress. Okay Okay you get the picture!