The Purple StrugglePosted 12 months ago
I've taken my funky hair boo hoo-ing to Reddit already, but I figured y'all would be a good source of color-related advice. I had to bleach my hair once and bleach bath it twice to get the color in my avatar to stick, which I'll also attach an image of to this thread. That color is Punky Colour Purple mixed with some leftover Crazy Color Lavender (as you can tell, the lavender didn't do much besides add a bit of dimension), which I am really liking, but it is quite bright/pinkish and I'd really like to be more purple. On top of that, I'd really like something that is sold in the UK, because the cost of shipping makes brands like Arctic Fox and Punky Colour a bit outrageous price-wise when I want dye my hair every few weeks. I've checked out the Perfect Purple Hair Colour guide here, which is really great but a little too overwhelming! I feel like I have too many criteria and can't find anything that satisfies all of them! Am I being too picky or does that perfect purple exist?!
by Jude StaffPosted 12 months ago
Pop a bright blue over what you have to make it purple. Something like Crazy Color's Sky Blue should do the trick. What brands do you like? Have a look in the shop (HairCrazy is based in the UK, so you can get really cheap 2nd or 1st class delivery): here's a list of bright blues https://www.haircrazy.com/shop/colour-picker/medium-blue/
Directions is very similar to Punky. If you want long-lasting colour then I'd go Pravana, Sparks or Special Effects.
If you wanted a dark purple then go for a deeper blue. I currently have a mix of Crazy Color Cyclamen and Sapphire in my hair and it's like a darker version of a Cadbury purple one
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by vivienne StaffPosted 12 months ago
In addition to Jude's advice, I just wanted to link the following colour-mixing article, which is a really good guide to how to get the level of saturation and depth you want. It's obviously a bit trickier, since one of the shades you're "mixing" is already on your head, but I figured it would help you choose a shade better. If you're not sure what you'd like, I'd get a brighter, deeper blue (not a muted navy shade), because it'll give you a bit of flexibility. You can dilute it with conditioner and do some strand tests to see what ratio works best for you.
Thank you both for the advice!! I should also mention that the Punky Colour purple is fading QUITE quickly, which is also a problem - I would definitely like something with more longevity. By the time I go to re-dye it, it is essentially pink. This article is definitely going to help with mixing adventures, though!
I actually have a pot of Directions Turquoise, and last night I dyed a bit of my fringe that insists on going blonde the quickest with that. What was blonde turned a lovely shade of blue, but what hit the pinkish part of my hair turned out a bit murky blue-green, so I think I'll have to try a different color blue!
I've quite liked both Directions and Crazy Color; is it best off to just buy these and blue and pinks and mix them myself, or are any of their purples a good one-size-fits-all for purple people? I'm much more drawn to purples with a red undertone than a blue undertone, which is what led me to Punky's purple in the first place.
by vivienne StaffPosted 12 months ago
I used to like Directions Plum as a good pink-based purple, but several years ago, there were reports that it was fading down to a green stain even though it starts out pink-based. I've been a bit hesitant to recommend it since then, but if your hair has a pink stain to it, it might do well to counteract the eventual green fade. Aside from that, Directions Violet is a good option for your current base, since it's more blue-based, but it'll be evened out by all the pink you have. Crazy Colour doesn't have as much longevity, but I think Aubergine is a nice magenta-based purple. Hot Purple is a bit brighter, but I've also heard that it has the same green fade issues as Plum, so the same caveats stand on that shade.
If you'd like a lot of longevity (lasting power on the level of months to a year), Special Effects Pimpin Purple or Deep Purple are both good options that will eventually fade down to a pretty stubborn pink that's reminiscent of Atomic Pink's fade. Sparks Purple Passion and Pravana Violet are also good choices with less intense staining and slightly less longevity, though they can definitely still last on the order of months. If you haven't tried Adore yet, I also like their purples and I think Violet Gem or Purple Rage are both good options. It has less longevity than Special Effects, Sparks, or Pravana, but I find it lasts better for me than Crazy Color and is comparable to Directions.
I dye my hair quite frequently, so I try to keep myself stocked with a cyan, a magenta, and a yellow so I have a good basis for mixing, but I definitely dabble with loads of pre-mixed shades because I like trying brands. Purple specifically, I find to have a lot of great options across many brands, but, if you want a very specific shade, it's nice to have the ingredients to mix it yourself to adapt it to your base. Since you're starting from a very pinky base, I'd probably try Directions Neon Blue or Crazy Color Sky Blue, which is a bright purple-based blue that you can dilute with conditioner to try and get it to more of a purple.
Amazing, thank you!! I was really drawn to how pimpin' purple looks, and I'm definitely enticed by the idea of longevity
An update: using the advice here, I smacked the rest of the Punky Colour purple/crazy color lavender concoction on my head and added some directions neon blue, directions rose red, and directions turquoise to create a Frankenstein purple that I am loving!!! Thank you all again for your help!! I might go for a straight-up purple next to simplify the process, but I really enjoy mixing and experimenting.