How I have silvery lilac hair!
So, I’ve been dying my hair for around five years now, and I’ve been doing all different types of colours. So if you’re trying to head my way colour wise, give this a look at and I really really hope it helps :)
- My natural hair colour is a darkish blonde. To be honest I can’t actually remember that well. But yeah, vaguely remember being dark blonde!
- My hair’s actually very naturally straight, which sucks because I hate how flat it is. And it’s also pretty long, it’s about to my boobs.
- To get it to the colour it is now it was very much dyed.
- My hair was surprisingly healthy. I take very good care of it though!
- I’ve used aaall sorts over the years, but a favourite of mine is xxl live platinum blonde, that’s of course just for the bleaching part though.
Okay, so when I was about thirteen I began with just having slight blonde highlights in my hair all over which gradually turned it horrible yellowy blonde, but I loved it at the time. Then when I got to fourteen I dyed it a standard brown, got bored, dyed it with xxxl live purple hair dye. This was a VERY dark purple, practically blacky purple and I dyed my hair with this for a year or two, so as you can tell, I had a fair bit of overlapped hair dye on my hair!
But when I was fifteen I got a job at a hairdressers who practically begged me to let them do something to it. I loved it, but I’m very pale and to be fair the dye did wash me out. So, this is how I began to lighten my hair!
Fortunately I did have it firstly lightened by professionals and got it all done for free, and it would have cost me A LOT. But I decided I wanted a simple dip dye, and I was in the hairdressers for eight hours… But how they did it was pretty basic, it was just difficult to try and dismiss all the old overlaps of dark hair dye. So, firstly, they put on this formula that the left on for quite some time and you can actually buy it from Boots (I’m so sorry but I can’t remember what it was actually called, it was about £5 and it basically lifted my hair completely. It absolutely stunk though, but it did the trick, my hair was then light brown. And then after that they just used any standard bleach on my hair, but we left the top of it a lightish brown and the bottom of it a orangey ginger, which I loved! So I kept that for absolutely ages, about a year.
But, pretty soon my eldest sister got engaged and asked me to be a bridesmaid along with my middle sister. So my mum, eldest sister and middle sister absolutely begged me to go blonde if I was a bridesmaid, so after lots of debates and arguments I finally agreed to doing it. And it worked pretty well, I only had two loads of bleaches on over a course of two hairdressing appointments, and she just used standard bleach of any sort and by the second time I had really lovely, light ashy blonde hair!
Then I decided to dye it pink. But for that I just used Directions carnation pink semi permanent, but I didn’t like it that much so I soon let it wash out. But that’s when I decided I wanted either very light pink hair or lilac, and I chose lilac.
How I managed for this to work so well, I have no idea! But here goes:
- I needed to go very blonde again. So I used Preference light ash hair dye, which you can buy from anywhere but morrisons is a good place as they almost always have it.
- I left it on for the correct time, which is about forty-five minutes, which was amazing because it actually decided to turn my hair a very faint lilac… It was really weird! It wasn’t mean to, but it has ever single. I think it has something to do with the layers of hair dye I’ve had over the years though because unfortunately it wouldn’t take to my roots, just turned them blonde.
- So I put xxl live platinum blonde on my roots which massively lifted them to LIGHT blonde, and then I put the preference hair dye on and bam, lilac! But to obtain the lilac I buy Provoke “touch of silver” with violet pigment in it. (You can buy it in boots, it’s about £3, and you can also buy provoke “touch of silver” shampoo and conditioner without the violet pigment in it.)
- It works really well after you use it a few times and you have to leave it on for a fair bit, about 15 minutes. It says “twice a week” but I use it every time, which doesn’t damage your hair whatsoever so don’t worry! I just want a stronger effect.
- One thing I could also recommend is to mix a little bit of hair dye in with your shampoo. I mix directions violet with my provoke shampoo and leave it on for a while and it works a charm. Be aware though, try and cover your WHOLE head as it can leave it very patchy!
- I really condition my hair, sometimes using bits of two really good conditioner together.
I really hope this has helped! If you want any more information, just ask and I’ll be happy to help!