Using box dye for dark purples - a bad idea?by moonwing21Posted 1 week ago
Hi folks! I've been dyeing my hair with semi-permanent dyes for about 5 years now, and for the past few of those years I've been trying really hard to chase a nice, dark smoky purple colour. (Something like this https://i.pinimg.com/564x/ca/71/83/ca7183bcce7be96629f758d17d661a75.jpg or this https://i.pinimg.com/564x/c1/ff/9f/c1ff9fc5a76b872d67170644a203c27d.jpg ) I've been using mostly Pulp Riot, but my main issue was always that the black dyes I would use to darken the colour would also tint the whole thing wayyy too blue for my liking. I've mitigated this by using a lot of red, but this fades far too quickly. (Honestly, I don't think I've used an actual purple dye in like a year, it's just been red and black turning into a weird indigo.) I've been getting my hair bleached professionally because I'm pretty scared of going near my thin, delicate hair with bleach myself. Unfortunately, this cost adds up, which isn't super sutainable for a student like me.
All of this leads to the big question - would using a box dye, the kind you see in stores that promises a nice plum colour, a bad idea? I've heard pretty bad things about using them online but the price point is nice as compared to frequently bleaching my hair, my natural colour isn't that dark so I don't think it would take badly, and I could maybe mix in some black to add dimension to the lower parts of my hair? Otherwise, do you have any suggestions for ways I could go about chasing this hair colour in a cheap-ish way (maybe by bleaching my own hair, if it comes to that?)
P.S. One more thing for consideration - I wear clip-in hair extensions, for length, and I wonder if this would have any bearing on this choice. It's around time I buy new ones, anyways, but getting them dyed professionally, as opposed to just buying blonde ones and going over them with Pulp Riot, is pricey. Would extensions likely take badly to box dyes, or differently enough from the hair that I have that's been bleached?
Thank you in advance for any advice! <3
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by AndyaPosted 1 week ago
Yes, a box dye is always a bad idea in my opinion. However dying hair is a learning experience and sometimes there are unexpected positive results. I have known three people that have used permanent red in a vibrant red shade with good results. So suggest try a box dye in a dark plum. However strongly suggest a strand test on a very small section of hair with the box dye to test the results before committing to the whole head.
I have never tried to dye extensions, so will offer no input.
These are my suggestions and opinion.
by vivienne StaffPosted 1 week ago
The main problem I've had with plum-tones box dyes has been that they either initially turn out too red or eventually fade down that way. Part of the issue is that my hair is black, so the type of lift it's going to get me is going to leave me with orange at best, so putting more purple over that will naturally shift it to more of a burgundy shade. Since I have to bleach anyways, I might as well just use a purple semi, since the colour is much more true to what I want.
Now, if your roots are blonde, you might have better luck using box dyes as the initial use when your roots grow in and then just using semi's like Pulp Riot as touch-up for overall colour. The reason for this. Purple is one of those colours that a lot of brands do well, so you might want to look around to see if there's a cheaper brand that works well for you. Punky Plum is one of my favorites and it's quite dark in the pot, almost black. You can stretch it with a small bit of conditioner to get a dark plum. I also use a mix of Adore Blue Black and other magenta pink dyes when I want something similar but more muted.