Before you consider a vibrant color:
- Make sure you're willing to maintain the upkeep. Unlike normal hair color, the vibrant hues fade much faster. I touch up my color about every two weeks, sometimes even more!
- Unless you have light blonde hair, bleach is needed before you color. My natural is a dark ash blonde (level 6) and I bleach it to a level 9 or 10 to get the best results. If your hair already has color on it, expect to have your hair bleached several times before you reach a high enough level. That being said, you may experience breakage during your bleaching journey.
- Depending on what color you use, you may have color transfer on your clothes, pillow cases, shower, etc. I used to have this problem when I used Special Effects colors, but I've since switched to Sparks color and I have no issues. But let me tell you, there was a time I wouldn't dare wearing a white top because of my hair!
What you'll need:
- Plastic hair color bowl
- Color brush
- Shower cap
Start with freshly bleached hair. I usually bleach my hair the night before and color it the day after. It's not a must, but sometimes the entire process can be long so I split it up. Make sure your hair is completely dry before you deposit the color. My color concoctions frequently change, but I'm currently using Sparks Purple Passion, Pink Kiss, and their brand new silver color. Since the Purple Passion is very concentrated, I only use a very small amount, about the size of dime. The Pink Kiss and Silver are then added, about 2-3 tablespoons each. I then add the conditioner to lighten the colors. The type of conditioner you use isn't important, as long as it's a white color. Mix it all up and if you're happy with the outcome, start applying it to your hair. Sometimes it can be too dark (which I'll then add more conditioner) or too light (which I'll then add more color) so it can take a few tries to get the desired hue I'm looking for.
Once it's applied, I don a shower cap to keep the color from drying. While most colors say to leave it on for 20-30 minutes, I leave it on for 2 hours minimum (remember how I said this process is long?). It lasts much longer when the color sits longer. Once you're ready to wash, make sure you use cold water to rinse it out. Since I start this process with freshly washed hair, I don't shampoo it out. Again, that's up to you, but the color lasts longer when you shampoo less!
Post color care:
- Try to stay out of direct sunlight for long periods of time. The sun will fade your hair quicker than it already does! Hats are definitely your friend.
- Always wash your hair in cold water. Unless you're using a color care system like Overtone, warm water will fade your hair even quicker than the sun. Since I don't like taking ice cold showers, I wash my hair in cold water first and then shower with a cap on.
- Speaking of washing your hair, try to do it as little as possible! I've gone down to twice a week, which is the least I can wash without looking dirty. I use lots of dry shampoo in between washes, which is a lifesaver!
- Use sulfate free shampoo/conditioner. This will help prevent your color from being stripped at a faster rate. Sparks has a color care line that I absolutely love!
- Add some dye to your conditioner to help with the fading process. I added a drop of my purple color to my conditioner and make sure to leave it on for 5-10 minutes for a mini touch up!
I always say having a fun color is a labor of love and the above post is proof! Have any questions for me? Let me know in the comments below!