Maintaining an unnatural hair colour sure is hard work! But like they say, anything worth doing is worth doing well. I am especially keen on not letting it get faded and ratty because of work. I’ve been asked how I get away with my hair colour at work (I have a teaching position and I work in food retail) and I reckon the answer lies in keeping it neat and presentable, i.e. not faded/dirty/punkish and by making sure the rest of me is neatly presented.
The colour in this photo is Manic Panic Purple Haze, with a teensy tiny bit of Alfaparf Jean’s Magenta mixed in, for good luck. I was amazed and thrilled to discover that Hairhouse Warehouse stocks Alfaparf Jean’s, the very same dye my hairdresser uses on me. Needless to say, it was much cheaper to purchase a bottle of it than to pay for getting my hair done professionally. I also picked up a plastic mixing bowl and a tint brush for a pittance too.
The Manic Panic dye was bought by my sisters for me in America. I asked for Special Effects because it’s widely reputed to be the best unnatural hair dye out there and it’s not available in Australia. It took them a while to find the SFX, but in the meantime, they bought the Manic Panic and I ummed and ahhed because I’ve heard it’s just not as good.
I guess the dye proved me wrong because I am really happy with it, and it’s staying power is impressive so far as well. This could also be because I coloured my hair myself, I did a few things differently this time. I left the dye in for about 45 minutes with head wrapped in cling wrap and blasted my head with a blowdryer twice to heat it up. After rinsing out most of the dye, I rinsed through one cup of vinegar and water. This is supposed to raise the pH of hair, closing down the follicle and ensuring a longer life for colour. It’s actually a tip from Manic Panic’s own website.
For maintenance I’m using De Lorenzo Nova Fusion Colour Care Shampoo in Violet. It comes out dark, dark, purple, nearly black. Fudge Conditioner for coloured hair, I can’t remember it’s exact name but it’s on the cheaper end of professional hair care products and has a UV filter and a lovely shea butter smell. When my colour fades, I’ve got a tiny bit of Manic Panic left that I intend to mix with conditioner and apply for a few minutes after washing. Another shampoo and conditioner that is really great for coloured hair is Alfaparf Splendore Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner, it smells gorgeous and it’s really effective, but it’s a little expensive and I figure that if I’m topping up my hair colour every few weeks I should try to cut costs where I can.