How To: From Dark Brown to Pastel Purple Hair
How I went from dark brown hair into a pastel purple in a few months. Tips for before and after bleaching, how to apply the fantasy color and take care of your new awesome colorful hair so it always looks vibrant and soft.
Less than a year ago I started dying my dark hair different colors. I went from blue, green, pink to pastel purple.
Before I start to tell you my story, I want to emphasize that back then I had no idea how to do it. I watched lots of Youtube videos to learn more about the process and asked a few friends that already did it with their hair. It looked kind of easy so I decided to try it myself.
One day I heard one girl saying in a video that “Having colorful hair was more than a style, it was a lifestyle” and she was so right. Having colorful hair implies patience and a time investment. If you want to do it, you need to really want this change, because the results will be dramatic and you’ll need to invest in some products and spend a few extra minutes a day to make it look great and not just messy.
If you go to a hair salon make sure they know how to work this trend. Read reviews and ask for pictures of their work just to make sure you are in good hands.
I decided to do it myself because I had a bad experience in a hair salon. A few years ago I went to dye some of my hair in blue. It was a huge mistake. The color looked ok, but they literally burnt my hair. Horribly, it fell off in small pieces the days after the process. I was so mad.
Even after that horrible experience, I really wanted to dye it again. I waited a year or more until my fear subsided. I decided that this time I was going to do it myself to be able to control the damage and the way it look. Happily I made it work, and in the journey I learned so much about the process.
So I want to share some tips and important facts that I’ve learned. These tips are just based on my own experience, I hope they help you make better decisions if you are planning on dying your hair yourself and even if you decide to go to a hair salon, also they will help you have an idea of how to take care of the fantasy color and how to keep your hair as healthy, soft and bright as possible.
Tips for Bleaching your Hair and Applying the Fantasy Color
If you have no idea about the process of dying your hair with fantasy color, here is how it works. You basically need to bleach your hair to have a “white” or “yellowish” base. After your hair has been bleached, you apply the fantasy color. This fantasy color is not permanent. You can get rid of it washing your hair everyday. It normally stays in your hair for a few days or weeks, depending on the color and/ or brand of fantasy color that you choose. When the color is out, you can bleach the hair again, in case you want your hair more “white”. You can also start using a new color to have a new look. That’s why it’s so easy to go from pink to green and vice versa. You wash it all and can apply a new color again.
If your hair is too dark, the first time you bleach it you will get a “yellowish blond” tone. This “yellowish blond” is actually great if you want dark hair fantasy colors like red, navy blue, green (that was the first color I tried!) or purple. If you want a pastel hair fantasy color, your hair should reach the ultimate level of discoloration, almost white. But to get that white, you’ll need to bleach your hair a few times for a few months, waiting at least 15 days between each process.
To bleach your hair you’ll need bleach powder, crème developer and a pair of gloves. I also recommend that you get a shampoo special for bleach blonde hair, a conditioner mask and coconut oil or argan oil. You can go to the beauty supply store and ask for the best brands and products for your hair.
Here are Some Tips to Protect your Hair from Damaging While Bleaching and Coloring:
- A lot of people and places recommend using 40 volume crème developer to bleach dark hair. I find that this 40 volume is too aggressive and damages your hair a lot. Instead, I used 30 Volume Crème developer. My hair didn’t look “white blond” at first, but every time I touched the color, I was getting that dreamy white blond that was great to get a beautiful pastel violet hair.
- Never never leave the products more than 40 minutes in your hair. The reality is that after 40 minutes you hair is just burning. The best thing to do is to remove the product 35 minutes after applying. If you want to bleach again, to get the “white blonde” tone, wait at least 15 days.
- Use a shampoo made for bleach blonde hair. Ask in the beauty supply store for one that is best for your hair.
- After you apply the fantasy color, do not shampoo, just add a conditioner mask so the color stays longer. You can start shampooing two or three days after you apply the fantasy color.
- Use oil, it can be argan oil, coconut oil and even extra virgin olive oil to protect your hair before your bleach it. Apply a significant amount of oil at night and wash it in the morning. Do this at least for a week before you dye your hair again.
After you Color Your Hair. Take Care of Your Precious Colorful Hair with These Tips:
- After bleaching your hair, it will feel dry. I strongly recommend spend a few minutes every day you wash your hair to leave the conditioner mask. Also, brushing your hair gently makes a big difference so it doesn’t get mistreated.
- Look for the most natural products for hair repair in the store. Also, apply argan, coconut or olive oil once or twice a week, to make your hair softer.
- This is very important. Never, never iron your colorful hair without a heat protectant spray, the hair can burn, literally.
- Trim the split ends of your hair every two weeks at least. I do this myself too, but I’m extra careful not to trim too much.
- Keratin deep conditioning masks are the best ones. I have tried many brands, and all of them seem to work great, just check out that they contain keratin. I really like this one.
- Here is a little trick to keep your hair bright and colorful. Add a few drops of that fantasy color in your conditioner, this will keep the color in a bit longer.
- Try not to wash your hair every day. Every time you use shampoo, you wash the fantasy color out. One option is to start using dry shampoo. These will help to prevent odor and that dirty or greasy look in your hair.
I hope these tips help you through the process of transforming your dark hair into that dreamy pastel purple hair you’ve always dreamed of!
Have you ever used fantasy colors in your hair?
If you have any extra tips, please leave in the comments, I’m always looking for more ideas.