If you have been following my blog for a while you would know that since I was about 16 or 17 years old, I have wanted purple hair. But something has always stopped me. Either it was too expensive or I was scared of bleaching it and damaging it or I was it wouldn’t look right. This year I decided I was going to do it. In January I brought purple hair wax and coated my hair in it to see how I would look with bright purple hair (And I loved it), then in February, I brought myself some Adore semi-permanent hair dye in the colours Purple Gem and Violet Rage, and tried to dye it without bleaching it. But despite the help of my best friend and YouTube alas my hair was still black with the slightest tint of purple in the sun. When I started at Loreal in June and found out about the free hairdressers on the 1st floor I knew I had to book an appointment. I signed up straight away. I was given an appointment on the 2nd August and in this post, I am going to tell you the Good the Bad and the Ugly about having purple hair.
THE GOOD: The Colour
I’m going to start by letting everyone know that I love my hair I love the colour so much and it is everything I wanted. As I already mentioned I had my hair done at LOreal, this was for their Matrix live stream video and myself and another girl were models.
I showed the hairdressers what I wanted in this picture.
I wanted it too be really bright and for the colour to really pop but I wanted about an inch or two of my natural roots and for it to melt from a darker violet into a purple. I had my hair done by Ashley Hodges and Layla Atkinson and they used the new Matrix Jewel semi-permanent hair tones from the vinyl collection. They added the Bond System into my hair as well which I feel has really helped my hair. By now everyone has probably heard all about Olaplex and Bond is pretty much the same thing. If you haven’t heard about it basically, the formula acts as a buffer for the alkaline agents in the lightening process that preserves the bond while allowing the lightening to continue to happen. According to the website, it has 8 key benefits which are:
1. Helps protect bonds during lightening
2. Maintains expected lift
3. No reformulation needed
4. No additional time needed
5. Helps prevent hair breakage
6. Helps preserve hair fibers
7. Deeply nourishes
8. Hair looks healthier
Having curly hair means it is definitely more fragile and prone to breakage than straighter hair types. My main concern with the whole process was the fact that the bleach would be extremely damaging to my hair, but thankfully this addition to the pre-lightening process has meant my hair is still in one piece and I don’t see an increase in split ends. Overall the whole process started at 9am and finished at 4pm, while this seems like forever, the whole time wasn’t spent solely focused on my hair. Initially, the colour didn’t take as well as I would have hoped, although it was bleached once the purple dye was applied and washed off it honestly looked like my hair hadn’t even been bleached in the first place, it was really dark with a very slight purple hue.
Layla then applied a second lot of dye and that is what really made the colour pop. When I got home I still wanted it a little bit brighter so I whipped out the Adore bottles I had
from when I attempted to dye my hair before and applied it to my hair. This really helped to brighten the purple and make it stand out. Although I wanted it brighter, I really love how the colour turned out because it is really natural, since I work in a corporate office (even though it is LOreal), I still want to look professional, and when I go for future job interviews I really love that I can brush my hair back into a bun and it won’t be that noticeable.
This is how my hair started at the beginning of the process.
THE BAD: The Bleach
Now nothing was really that bad with this whole process. My main fear was the bleach and thanks to the use of the Matrix Bond Ultim8 system, it really managed to ease that. Despite this, adding certain chemicals to your hair in order to change its colour will invariably involve making the hair more susceptible to damage. When the hair is bleached, the cuticle of the hair is forcefully opened in order for the bleach to change the melanin within the hair cortex that makes the hair lighter. This is then followed by the colouring process where the cuticle is reopened in order to help the dyes pigment penetrate into the cortex. Bleaching is the most damaging chemical process followed by perming and relaxing the hair. Knowing what relaxer can do to peoples hair, this scared the crap out of me. Raised hair cuticles are common in bleached hair and are part of the reason that this process can make the hair more fragile and susceptible to damage. I already have high porosity hair but I am able to manage it really well, having my hair at a higher porosity really concerned me because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to manage this change.
THE UGLY: Manageability
This was my hair colour at the end of the process.
I was 100% right to be concerned, managing my hair is a lot harder now as my hair has completely changed. My natural hair would fall into pretty ringlets but now my curl pattern is completely out of sync. Each curl is super frizzy and I am so blessed that I was able to stock up on products at CurlyTreats Fest because boy does my hair need it. I thought that my hair was high maintenance before and boy I was wrong. If I was running late, all I would have to do is hop in the shower and the curls would dry nicely every time, now if I don’t drown my hair in product I look like a poodle which is not the look I strive for. Even though my hair still feels really soft, it gets extremely dry extremely quickly and it has been really disheartening to see how I have damaged my pride and joy. As my hair colour is only a semi-permanent I also feel like I am in a catch 22 situation. The more I wash my hair the faster my colour will wash put but since dyeing my hair I’ve had to increase the number of masks and deep conditioning treatments I use which means it needs to be washed more. Thankfully I know that I can just purchase some of the Adore hair dye to top it up.
Overall, I love my hair! I am so happy I finally took the plunge to be brave and dye it. Although some people think I am overreacting and they dye their hair a new colour every other weekend it was a massive accomplishment for me because I am a complete wimp. I would really urge people to get their hair done professionally if they are bleaching it. I don’t think I would have ever been able to achieve these results had I just bleached it in my bathroom at home. I probably would have had a melt-down. Now I have the beautiful hair of my dreams and even though I am finding it hard to manage at the moment I know I will get there with time.
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