So as you've already been told, I have purple hair and it's awesome.
What wasn't so awesome was getting to purple.
August 27th, 3:00 p.m.: This is me with my normal brown hair the first day we tried to go purple. I already had blonde ends from getting my hair ombré-d a few months earlier, so the big concern was bleaching through the remaining two-thirds of my hair. You have to be blonde before you can be purple, so I was in for a long day at the salon.
7:00 p.m.: Four hours later, I end up with some blonde hair. Now we can just say that I'm an ugly blonde. I will accept that. I never wanted to be blonde, so I tried to act like I was happy to take this picture during the process, but I was not.
10:00 p.m.; I don't even have a picture of the end result of my hair on that horrible night because I hated it so much. I ended up with a patchy mess of blonde, lavender, and silver. It looked like an at-home dye job. Now this wasn't because of my colorist. What caused my hair to not take the purple dye was the fact that we used Olaplex on my hair during the bleaching process. Olaplex is an add in for hair treatments and colors that helps restore the proteins in the hair and not leave you with fried, brittle hair after you decide to bleach the whole thing like I did. This was a savior for my hair, but it sealed my hair cuticle before the purple ever even touched my hair, so it made it difficult for the color to saturate and deposit throughout my little blonde head.
August 28th, 11:00 a.m.: After a medium serving of sweet BBQ traditional wings from Buffalo Wild Wings and a good night's sleep, I returned to the salon to have my entire head covered in Pravana Violet. I'm not going to lie, I was scared as I sat there and watched dark purple dye be painted all over my head, but the after was so worth the nine hours I sat in that salon to achieve purple hair.
This photo was taken a couple days later, but this was the end result of my quest to have purple hair. I ended up with some bright purple hair when my original plan was to go more Nicole Richie pastel lavender-esque like the photo on the left. It was going to get there though after a few washes. The bright purple wasn't bad, but it wasn't a subtle shade like I wanted.
Six weeks have passed between the bright purple hair Halle and now the half blonde, half purple Halle. I wash my hair two times a week with a sulfate-free color-safe shampoo and conditioner, use leave-in conditioner after each wash, and deep condition once a week for half an hour. Purple isn't one of those colors that lasts, so it was time to go get a nice little touch up on the purple because I didn't spend nine hours in a salon chair to let it fade to blonde.
3:30 p.m.: And then at long last I get to be shampooed, conditioned, and blow dried. I left today feeling pretty bomb because the purple was looking fresh and ready to party.
Hopefully you guys enjoy this little rundown of my hair situation and maybe this will help you decide if you want to take the leap and go pastel because it's honestly a lot of fun to be the girl with purple hair. At least most days it is.
Comment if you think I should stick with the purple or go back to a dark brown color when I go back in six weeks!
Have a rockin' weekend.