Back in 2012, Katy Perry ditched her long raven locks for a shade of purple, sparking a trend that would sweep through Hollywood and right into our own kitchens – D.I.Y style that is.
The simple truth is that we just can’t get enough of the purple hue, and with Nicole Richie having recently debuted her sleek purple mane, we’re keener than ever to jump on the rainbow.
So here are some top tips on how to turn your locks into the perfect purple hue.
Dying your hair such a vivid colour requires a lot of preparation – both mentally and physically. Before reaching for the bottle, make sure you are prepared for the attention your new hair colour will bring. Then arrange an appointment with your hairdresser to find out what is possible for your hair condition and colour. They will be able to suggest the best shade of purple to complement your skin tone and to match your expectations. If you want a long-lasting result, pastel purple shades are unadvisable, while bright, deep colours tend to stick around for a lot longer.
Set your base with bleach
For those with hair darker than mid-blonde, you will need to bleach your locks to ensure your new purple hue actually shows up. It is crucial that you have your hairdresser bleach your hair, rather than attempting to do so at home to ensure the best and safest results. If you do not have your hair lightened professionally – and finished off with toner – it could not only wreck your hair but may also leave the purple colour looking blotchy due to uneven coverage. If your hair is already coloured, your stylist will need to strip that out first.
Once your base is set you can move straight on to your purple hair dye and this step can be done easily at home. For a super vibrant colour, why not try the Fudge Paintbox range, which consists of several colourful semi-permanent dyes to suit all tastes.
Before applying the colour, it is recommended that you mix a tiny amount of contrasting colour into your chosen dye to add more depth and vibrancy. For example, mixing a drop of Blue Velvet with Clockwork Orange and a small amount of Red Corvette creates a unique burnt orange colour. Only mix tiny amounts and spend time experimenting – dabbing the mixture onto cotton wool to see what colour you’ve created. Once you have found your perfect purple hue, get creative!
Will you be dying your hair a vibrant shade of purple any time soon? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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