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Special Effects Pimpin Purple


Pimpin’ Purple is a rich velvety purple hair dye from Special Effects. This is a long lasting semi-permanent when applied to bleached hair. Usually fades out to magenta colour.

  • 118ml
  • Long lasting, semi-permanent
  • Conditioning
  • Not tested on animals
$15.00 (USD)
  • €13.50 (EUR)
  • £11.00 (GBP)
Out of stock
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Pimpin’ Purple from Special Effects is a beautiful purple with strong pink tones. Another virtually iridescent colour, Pimpin’ Purple glows magenta-purple in strong light and shifts to a more violet purple in low light.

It’s extremely pigmented so can rub off on clothing, bedding, towels etc. in the first weeks after application, even when your hair is dry. Although this usually washes out easily, we recommend you take precautions to avoid staining on valuable items by using old bedding or wearing dark clothes until the colour settles.

We think this trade-off is worth it; highly pigmented dyes like Pimpin Purple create super-saturated colours that really stand out and last a long time.


For best results, particularly with lighter shades, apply to hair that has been pre-lightened to pale blond. Apply to freshly washed (not conditioned), dry or damp hair. Apply using latex gloves. We recommend using a tinting brush to ensure even coverage. Work the dye into the hair for a few minutes and leave for at least 15 minutes (you may leave this dye on for longer as long as you cover your hair with plastic wrap or a shower cap to prevent it drying out). Rinse with warm water until the water runs clear.

For longer lasting colour, use a shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair.

  • If you have a question about this product, please contact us or ask in our forum.

  • Ingredients ⮣

  • Precautions

    Although these dyes do not contain the harsh chemicals of other dyes such as ammonia and peroxide, there is still a small chance that they could cause an allergic reaction. For this reason it is imperative that you do a strand and sensitivity test before using them. An ingredients list is available above and can also be found on the product’s packaging (ingredients list can sometimes be found under our sticker). NEVER use any of these products on eyelashes or eyebrows.

    As you would expect from a dye these colours can stain textiles, ceramic, wood and other surfaces as well as temporarily stain skin and nails so be careful to cover surfaces and wear gloves when applying the colour. Once used these products may also rub off your hair and skin and onto clothing and bedding. Although this usually disappears after washing it’s worth bearing this in mind. Staining to bathtubs, basins and showers can easily be cleaned using a bleach based cleaning product.

    Do not mix with peroxide.

    Colours may cause permanent staining to bleached or chemically treated hair. Tip: You can avoid staining on your skin by applying a layer of vaseline anywhere on your skin where dye may come in contact.

Reviews of Special Effects Pimpin Purple

  • A nice dark purple that starts off looking a bit on the blue side but looks more pink after each wash. Covers brassy blonde well. I like this colour, but it doesn't look much like the colour in the bottle!
  • Veryyy bright purple and lasts a long time! Fades to a very pretty pink shade. Anytime someone is wanting to dye their hair purple, I usually recommend this shade.
  • This colour is so amazing! Freshly dyed it is very subtle in my dark brown hair and in the sun it is a very bright blue purple. It fades beautifully to a hot pink. At a point of time my hair was purple with pinky streaks from the fading, a very pretty effect and it stuck around for at least 2-3 months.
  • My favourite purple. Long lasting and a really nice colour.
  • After a wash, i mixed it with the pink, came out a lovely mixed colour even thou it was on partly bleached hair everyone still loves the colour.
  • Excellent colour! Though it does tend to stain everything in sight purple and pink. O_O Beautiful purple that fades to an awesome hot, hot pink! Recommend, though make sure you have bleach and scourers for your bathroom afterwards! :P
  • fantastic colour, long lasting purple then turning to a brilliant hot it x
  • Great colour which lasts really well, in the Australian winter it lasts at least a month (despite my medication induced sweating). Pimpin Purple has got less blue in it then other purple dyes and looks almost pink when wet, it's a much more berry purple. My one complain is that it leaks/bleeds something shocking! The colour still leaks/bleeds whenever my hair is wet two weeks after dying even though I rinse it in cold water and use a sulphate free shampoo. This could be something that I'm doing wrong but it could also be the brand, I'm pretty new at dyeing my own hair.
  • It is not exactly purple. I'd say it's deep fuchsia. And in my case it lasted on and on and on. I've never actually used another color that lasts so much and with such intensity. It turned into a hot pink after the 2nd week and stayed like that for ages. Even vitamin C treatments couldn't get it off! Amazing.
  • A great purple, it is a warm purple and always fades pink for me, it runs when wet and leaves marks on pillowcases and towels for quite a while after dying, Very long lasting and strongly pigmented.

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