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Old 27-07-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Hair dyeing advice- trying to get purple but keeps turning out plum

I have tried to have it dyed the hairdressers 3 times, two at one place and one at another. Washed it twice and now looks like it's just going plum again. My hair is naturally hen I went to the second place I explained the problem of it coming out a reddy plum and they said they could get it to go a dark purple. This time when I came out of the hairdressers it was almost black looking with a slight glimmer of very very dark purple. I have a mid to dark brown colour naturally, it is extremely long and thick; which is part of the reason I don't want to try doing it myself. The mess is another, it going wrong is another and I would have no idea how to just do the roots once they start coming through. I want a dark purple but to be able to see it's clearly purple. Also I can only justify cheapish hair dressers as the roots need doing every 5 weeks.

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Old 27-07-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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What is your natural hair colour? Usually if you have dark hair and want it red or purple you have to bleach it beforehand. Have you shown the hairdressers what colour you want it? They'd be able to suggest things to you.



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Old 27-07-2013, 11:10 PM   #3
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It's mid to dark brown, but the latest colouring was on top of a red/plum colour. The last hairdresser I went to said it wouldn't need to be stripped but she could get proper purple.-Obviously not though. Going in with a photo of what I want is a good idea. I'm not keen on getting it lightened or stripped (not sure if they are the same thing)






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Old 28-07-2013, 02:14 AM   #4
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Given your natural hair colour you may need to lighten it first. Maybe query it at a few hairdressers?



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Old 28-07-2013, 04:17 AM   #5
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Just essentials in town do a really good purple hair dye, but you do have to do it yourself. One of the staff at SS dyes her hair a variety of very bright colours. They have it in little pots and it is quite vibrant but you do have to do it yourself, and from experience dying your hair can be quite messy. (I spilt it and stained the bathroom floor :/).



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Old 28-07-2013, 05:28 PM   #6
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Your issue is you have red in your hair already so thats why is not dying how you want it, if you put purple on top its going to end up being dark and washing out to a dark red colour in a few weeks time. unless you strip your hair to try and get rid of the red tones then its not going to be possible to get the colour you want.





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Old 28-07-2013, 05:36 PM   #7
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Hey, I consider myself a bit of an expert with home hair dye... I've been doing it for 10 years, & been every color you can think of. I haven't had any major problems either!

Usually if I want to go a bit of an odd color like purple, green, blue, I bleach it with a home kit, until the roots are white blonde, the rest of it is yellow/light copper then condition it using what's called 'purple shampoo' (which believe it or not gets rid of the yellow & copper tones, John Frieda Sheer Blond Color Renew), for at least 2 weeks, then buy a boxed color & put it on top of that.

Really, if you want to get hair that is noticeably purple, that's your only option, to bleach it. It's cheaper than going to a salon, even if you have to buy a few boxes of dye. I usually spend about $30 on 4 boxes of dye when I do my hair, that's way cheaper than going to a salon, by about $100 in my case.




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Old 28-07-2013, 08:50 PM   #8
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Hey if you're trying to get a purple something like this you're really going to have to prelighten your hair first i.e. bleach all your hair as your hair is dark. That's why you're only getting a purple sheen. Hair colour can only lighten so much and if you want a vibrant purple rather than plum you will need to prelighten. Don't rush into prelightening as it's very harsh on your hair. I did mine two years ago and I only got the remnants of it cut off last week. My hair was like straw and was difficult to colour evenly cos the bleached part soaks up so much colour. Purple hair looks deadly though. If I could get away with it at work I'd seriously consider it

I know you said you're going to cheaper salons, but around here anyway the cheaper salons tend to specialise in wash and sets rather than specialist colouring. It might be worth your while going to like a toni & guy or similar the first time so they can hopefully get it right and let you know if what you want is possible. You could do it at home with help from a friend either. You'd just need bleach and developer and manic panic colour or similar. You can get them in Sallys and there's lots of tutorials on youtube.



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Old 31-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #9
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I went into they salon again, the woman felt my hair my as because it's in such good condition, she said that it won't do much damage, so she took a sample of my hair bleached it and tried to colour it. I went back and the hair piece didn't feel too bad at all but the colour wasn't purple enough because it was the brightest they do so she said they could bleach my hair and put the dye I brought on it for 25. I will need the roots bleached and get them to point the colour on again. They recommend a place to get really vibrant colours it's going to be a semi permanent so when they bleach the roots they can put the dye on my whole hair again. It also means if I don't like the colour it will fade and fade and brown easily put back on.

I'm excited and nervous, worried I'm doing the wrong thing though! as my hair is so long thick and soft. I'm booked in for the 12th of Sept.






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Old 31-08-2013, 02:40 PM   #10
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i think it'll look lovely. i'll expect pictures :)
good luck,i hope it turns out good.



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