Thursday, August 6, 2015

FAQ's: My Purple Hair

For all of those who had a bet on how long my hair would be "normal" this go around, Collect your winnings because my hair is now back to it's "natural" state of bright purple. You know I can't stay away for too long. And now that I am in the awkward stage of the "short hair" where it's not long but its not short, well to me its short, you can't do anything with it because it's trying to grow. and so, purple. If I can't have the cut and style I really want than I will settle for a color. and my color is always purple. 

Everytime I dye my hair in some exotic and crazy fashion I always get bombard with questions and most of them are asked 8-10 times each. This time was no exception and so I've decided to put together this here blog of FAQ's for My Purple Hair. I posted on my Facebook and Instagram telling everyone I was putting together a FAQ for a blog post and to ask me what they'd like to know regarding my eqqplant, or like my family likes to say, my Barney, colored hair. Here are my answers to your questions...

Frequently Asked Questions "FAQ" about my Purple Hair. 

[ 1 ] Did you dye it yourself? -- As much as I'd love to get away with a "Hell Yeah" that is so not the case. So, No I didn't. I'm self-acclaimed talented at somethings but dying my own hair is not one of them. I have been lucky enough to find an amazingly talented Hair Goddess by the name of Bobbie. She has been doing my hair since I was about 17 and I couldn't imagine trusting anyone else to touch my locks. 

[ 2 ] Did you Use Splat? -- *cringes* There is no way in heaven, hell, or in between that I would ever allow myself to use that toxic junk. I cannot stress enough how horribly damaging you are inflicting on your poor hair when you use Splat. It may seem all awesome and your color may come out just like you envisioned but I promise you that the color will not last that bright for long and your hair is going to feel like mush. I will also state that getting that color out is going to be a very long process and the Color correction process isn't going to be an easy or cheap one. 

[ 3 ] How much did that cost? -- It wasn't cheap, I will tell you that much. Here is what I tell everyone who asks me about the cost of my hair and say, with a jaw dropped expression, "you pay THAT much for your hair?"...Yes, Yes I do. Why? Because you're going to get what you pay for. Simple as that. If you want a horrible dye job where it not only is muli-colored and not what you asked for as well as damaged hair...Pay that $30. If you want a bowl cut and uneven layers...Pay that $30. You get what you pay for. I am okay with paying a triple digit number in order for my hair to be bright colored, healthy looking/feeling, and an even layered hair cut. 

[ 4 ] What do you treat it to stay so vibrant? -- I've been dying my hair since I was in 8th or 9th grade and over the years I have accumulated many products that I find work really well for my hair. I can't say that I have specific products that are the ONLY products I use because I alternate between a few different ones. The two most important things I would say is to, (A) make sure that you are using a Shampoo/Conditioner that is a Color Protector/Enchancer. and (B) Wash your hair with Cold Water. The hot water and heat is what opens up your hair follicles and causes your hair to "bleed" more color out. 

[ 5 ] How Long do you go between Dye Jobs? Do you just touch up the roots? -- I go in about every 6 weeks. Thats the typical time period for a cut and color refresh. Of course when you have unnatural colors you may need to go in sooner since the color tends to fade quicker. But because I don't use a lot of "heat" on my hair or wash it every day, I can wait about 6 weeks to go in. I usually touch up all of the color, roots and all. I just like an even canvas which is why I choose to  recolor my whole head. 

[ 6 ] What Shampoo and Conditioner do you use? -- Like I previously said, I shift back and forward between shampoo and conditioner but the ones I use are: Ovation Cell Therapy  ( The Balance System) which comes with Volume Therapy Shampoo, Cell Therapy Hair Treatment, and Moisiturizing Creme Rinse. Not only does Ovation help my hair grow longer, fuller, and stronger but it keeps my hair color fresh without striping it of the bright hair dye. SUDZZfx Cashmere Hydrating Shampoo/Conditioner  which helps my hair maintain its smooth, healthy, moisture. Keeping your hair hydrated is super important when you're using chemicals (hair dyes) and that's why I love using Sudzz and have for years. Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner  on the days when I feel like I need to wake up my hairs follicles with the tingly feeling that the tea tree, peppermint, and lavender oils cause to the scalp. It rids my hair of all the imperfections and brings your hair back to life. 

[ 7 ] Is there any hair masks or other products you use to keep your hair color and health? -- There are so many amazing hair masks out there to try and I love trying new masks all the time. The Mask that I tend to go back to is Redken's Color Extend Magnetics Mask. It's sulfate-free, and helps strengthen your hairs fiber as well as extend the life of your hair color. I have found many Redken masks over the years and I don't have a bad thing to say about them. 

[ 8 ] How often do you wash your hair? -- Days. I am blessed with normal hair. It's not dry, or super frizzy, its thick, and it doesn't get oily. So I can get away going 3-4 days without washing my hair. I know, thats gross to some of you, but my hair ladies out there get me. When you wash your hair on a daily you are stripping your hair of its natural oils. The best thing you can do for your hair is to just let it go a day or two unwashed. The secret to long lasting hair color (due to no constant washing) is DRY SHAMPOO. It's Real. and It's amazing. My Favorite is Aussie's Total Miracle 7N1 because it keeps my hair super fresh for several days. 

[ 9 ] How did you get the Gray Color? I heard it's pretty hard. -- She mixed it in with the lavender. This Silver and Gray trend seems too appear easy but honestly it's not as simple as pinterest makes it seem. But Bobbie mixed it in with the Lavender and did a few areas of gray alone on bleached hair. 

And there you have it, my most FAQ's about my Purple Hair. I hope I didn't miss anything and If I did then let me know so I can answer them in a next post. The important thing about dying your hair unnatural colors is just knowing about the product you're using, how to use it, and how to care for your hair so it maintains healthy. The best thing you can do is trust a professional in a salon to help you achieve your desired look; remember you get what you pay for. 

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