Purple Hair; Don’t Care
My colored hair care routine to help keep your colors vibrant and fresh!
(This post contains Amazon affiliate links to some of the products that I regularly use.)
Being a Social Media Mom means I need to do everything in my power to stand out. And it’s no secret that my hair is a bit of a pet project of mine and I get questions all the time about my colored hair care routine and how I keep my color so fresh and vibrant. Although I adhere to a very stringent routine when it comes to my hair care, I did stumble across a life changing secret a few months back that helped me keep my purple pigment bright for 6 months without getting it re-dyed!
If you’re considering getting in on the colored hair trend, I hope you’ve done your research! Colored hair is so much fun! But it’s also a big commitment and a lot of work. As a brunette it took a lot to get my ends lightened enough to have even the appearance of pastels.
When I first considered dyeing my hair a bright color about 18 months ago, I was in a bit of a rush. I chose a local salon, shared my vision, and had the worst experience of my life. Something deep down in me knew I should have walked out that day, but instead I stayed. *face palm* Sadly, I ended up with hot pink hair (when I wanted pastel purple) and a huge bill. It was horrible.
So my first tip when considering a bright color or drastic change is consult a professional! And I don’t just mean pick any salon in town and go chat with someone. Ask around. After my horrible experience at the first salon I shared with a few people about it and was shocked to find many of them had similar stories! Bad service, botched hair, and lots of attitude. So, the second time around I was smarter.
Choose a Professional!
My sister had rave reviews of a friend of hers who was a top rated stylist in a salon north of the Twin Cities. Of course I wasn’t super thrilled about driving an hour to get my hair done, but after my botched hair job I was fairly desperate. This time I prepared ahead of time. I made sure that my stylist and I talked through the whole process and that I had realistic expectations for what might be the outcome.
Lot’s of money and 8 hours later I was again shocked by my results; this time in a good way! I was so thrilled to see my hair transformed from the blotchy pink mess it was to a beautiful smoky purple pastel! There is nothing like seeing your hair goals come to real life -on your own head!
I spent a lot more money than I would have liked, but I have come to realize with colored hair care that there really is no substitution for a solid base. I normally am a DIY sort of person, but to achieve the look I wanted I knew I would need a professional’s help. So again, if you’re considering colored hair and you want it to look good, go to a salon! (If you live in the Minnesota area, ask for Bri at Cole’s Salon in Savage; she can’t be beat!)
So after my first purple dye job I followed a strict regimen of a cold wash once a week; but even that wasn’t enough. Sadly my color faded very quickly. Pastels are a very hard color to keep and I don’t think my hair was healthy enough to hold on to it. I talked to my stylist again because she had mentioned a product that may help me keep my color longer; and here is where my best colored hair care secret comes in!
Of course you’re probably like “what is clenditioner?” I wondered the same thing. Basically it’s a cleansing conditioner, but the line that my stylist introduced me to is pigmented; and this stuff is amazing! It comes in a bunch of different colors and helps keep colors vibrant!
Actually I was shocked at home much color it was able to wash back into my hair. About 8 weeks after the first dye job all the purple was almost completely gone. I looked like an ombre blond with hints of purple. After the first time I used this product I had noticeably purple hair again; as I continued to use it in my colored hair care routine it built on itself every wash and added additional color! If I wanted a little lighter look I’d skip a week or mix a little with my regular shampoo to help mute the brilliance of the color.
One bottle of this stuff lasts me quite awhile as I normally only use it every other wash to help keep my color fresh. I hd my hair re-dyed about three months ago and it hardly looks any different now then it did then. I started using a small amount of this clenditioner mixed in with my shampoo at week two and it’s done wonders to keep my color bright!
After my second trip to see my stylist and et my color freshened up (7 months later I might add), I’ve been having a bit more trouble with damaged ends. I haven’t trimmed my hair in over two years so I’m sure you can imagine how bad my ends are by now. So again I consulted with my stylist and she gave me a list of her top hair care products! The first two are color safe shampoos especially for colored hair care, and the second is a heat protector, detangler, and lightweight blend of oils you spray on wet hair before styling that protects the ends and seals in color when using heat up to 450 degrees. I haven’t actually been able to try these yet, but they’re on their way to my house right now! (Thank you Amazon prime lol)
I’ve already shared this before, but I only wash my hair once a week. I know that seems pretty daunting to most people, but when you slowly train your hair over time, it’s not as disgusting as you think. Plus if you’re going to commit to colored hair then you have to fully commit to your colored hair care. I was warned from the very beginning that my color would fade drastically if I chose to wash a couple of times a week so I’ve been doing the one week wash for a few years now. And also, as a mom, it’s a life saver to not have to worry about washing and styling my hair all the time!
Also, did I mention you need to do a cold wash? *shudders* yeah… I know that’s not a super great thought especially in the dead of winter, but again, if you’re committed to keeping your color vibrant you’re going to want to do everything possible to help keep it from bleeding and cold water will help to make sure that the color doesn’t lift as easily.
I’m a firm believer that a professional dye job helped along by some quality products can help you keep your color fresh longer! I kept my first purple dye job for 7 months; and I still regularly received complements on the beautiful color of my hair. So don’t settle for washed out and faded colors, keep it vibrant and fresh!
My stylist and I were curious to see how my hair would fade over time, so I took pictures for the first four weeks after my fresh dye.
Please excuse the poor quality of these photos; I never intended for anyone but my stylist to see them lol. I didn’t edit them because I wanted to be able to see how the color changes over time and obviously and sort of edit can significantly change the color. They were all taken in natural light, however you can tell one or two days were brighter than that others so the color looks a little different. Lastly, I only ever seemed to remember to take shot the day before I would wash my hair so almost all of these shots are taken on day 7 and my hair has dry shampoo in it at this point. But hey! For week old hair, I still feel it looks pretty good!
So it took over a month for me to see any serious wash out. These strands under my ears always seem to struggle to keep the color though, I think they’re just more resistant that the rest of my hair. Normally when I notice this I’ll just add a little bit of concentrated clenditioner to the area to help bring the color back.
Over all, as you can see in the pictures, the color stays bright and vibrant. I feel like this method of colored hair care is very effective in keeping beautiful color for months.