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ColourPop Liquid Lipstick on Asian Skin

Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks
Look at them lovelies!

I first learned about Colourpop in April when a friend of mine bulk-ordered liquid lippies. I’m not a big lip color person so I just opted for one lippie stix (Bichette, a wine red in matte finish).

Fast forward a month later and my cousin gave me a couple of Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks  in Ultra Matte. I was hooked–the formulation is very drying but the colors are lovely and it stays on a whole day longer than any of my matte lippies, and truly look matte when they dry.

And as you probably know by now, Kylie Lip Kits are manufactured by the same company as Colourpop, contain the same ingredients, come with a handwritten note on a card per order, and are even in the same easily-erasable liquid lip glass packaging. It’s basically your usual version of a high-end, low-end brand (think Kerastase, L’Oreal, and Garnier) and of course, as a bargain-lover, I had to get more.

Here’s my recent haul:

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*Stingraye is owned by a friend and was mixed in the photo for comparison purposes only. I don’t own it and I forgot to take a swatch, even though my friend offered. Oops.

I now have seven Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lippies and one in Ultra Satin.

I’m going to do a quick rundown per color based on my how I liked it with my Asian skin / skin tone since this is what I noticed was lacking  when I was trying to research Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks before I purchased. I’m not going to do a full review because you can find lots of really good ones online already.

Here are the colors when swatched:

Colourpop Liquid Lipstick Swatches

Overall, Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks are:

  • Drying (just moisturize beforehand and exfoliate every few days)
  • Must be removed with an oil-based remover. (TIP: You can also try lip balm–put lip balm over the Colourpop and wipe)
  • Extremely pigmented. One swipe will give you enough color (and they’re pretty hard to layer, so get it right. TIP: Use a lip liner)
  • The lighter colors generally stay put longer than darker ones

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Lots of photos of me under the cut. Beware.

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[Hair/Beauty] inmidnight’s Mega MasterPost for all Things Hair

Updated on November 14, 2016

 

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed hair care/dye expert.  

I’ve researched a lot about dyeing and maintaining hair after bleaching and coloring, so I thought to gather them all in one post, as I’ve started to become an unofficial hair consultant for dyeing and bleaching with friends and acquaintances. HAHA

This post will definitely be helpful on your hair journey too, especially if you have dark, thick hair and/or are planning to:

  • Bleach hair (inc. Bleach Bath/Bleach Shampoo)
  • Tone Hair (inc. DIY Toning)
  • Take care of hair after bleaching
  • Dye hair red
  • Dye hair purple
  • Take care of hair after coloring
  • Improve hair care
  • Remove hair color
  • DIY Double Color + Color Layering, etc.

This will contain a number of links I’ve used as references over the years, personal experiences, and photos.

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BEFORE EVERYTHING ELSE:

Patience, padawan. You’ll need lots of that. Doing your hair on your own isn’t a simple afternoon task-it takes weeks, even months.

Of course, you can (likely) skip this DIY method and go straight to a salon for everything. If I had the money for that kind of upkeep, I…probably still wouldn’t.

But if you DO go to a salon, remember these things:

  • You’re not supposed to get hurt. You may have heard that bleaching may burn your scalp and sting, but if your stylist is doing it properly, it shouldn’t.
  • You can get reactions (like allergies) from hair products (dye, bleach, etc). You won’t be able to test your skin’s reaction to these at salons (unless you bring your own products for them to use).
  • You won’t be able to do a strand test to see if the color you want will come out at a salon-unless you’ve bought the hair dye for application yourself. In which case, you’ve already spent double–buying the dye on your own and going to a salon for application/upkeep.
  • Don’t be shy to ask for what you want, or get something redone. It’s your hair, you’ll be the one walking around with it, you’re paying for the service. Be nice, chat, and help them get it right.
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I had long, dark Asian hair. It’s very thick–you can separate it into two sections and each section could be enough for one person’s head.

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I had already colored my hair (red) at a salon once, a year or two before this photo, and did not end up liking it. It faded to an orangey-blonde in the span of a week. I ended up coloring over it with brown and letting my hair grow out. I stayed brown for quite some time until I decided to try going red again, this time on my own.

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To learn about going red, check out my Finally Red Post and gratuitous red hair post.

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To go from dark hair to colored hair, I had to study.

First up: COLOR WHEEL THEORY

Basically: Colors opposite each other on the wheel cancel each other out.

Second: BLEACHING.

To go from dark hair to a lighter and unnatural color, I had to bleach. BUT! Like most of you, I was afraid. I did not use bleach straight up. Instead, I performed a bleach bath over the course of several weeks.

A bleach bath is not as harsh on the hair as bleaching since the shampoo mixed in tones it down. You can use any amount (1 tsp, 30 grams, etc) for your hair as long as you keep the ratio steady.

My personal preference: 1 part Bleach, 1 part Developer, 2 parts Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. Mix these all in a non-metallic container and apply to hair. Process under a shower cap. Leave on for 30 minutes.

Here’s two different formulations for a Bleach Bath:

BLEACH BATH INSTRUCTIONS by KimmiKillZombie
BLEACH BATH by XoVain

PRODUCTS I USE:

  • HBC Bleach (P90 per pack)
  • HBC Developer (P35 per 6ml bottle), 9% volume
  • Head and Shoulders Shampoo OR
  • Clear (Men’s) Shampoo

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(OPTIONAL) TONING

Neutralize any unwanted color by referring to the chart above. When starting from dark hair, you’ll need to bleach several shades lighter to get to blonde. Once you’re in a blonde phase, you can start toning to remove the yellow/orange brassy undertones. Or you can apply color once you’re blonde.

  • If you’re choosing darker shades like red, purple, and so on, you’ll be fine just moving straight on to color.
  • If you’re going for a pastel shade or blue, you have to tone. Blue is grouped here since hair usually has the brassy yellow undertone once bleached. Yellow + blue = green.

You can purchase a toner online from Rainbowhead.PH.

Wella Toners

I use Wella T14 to get rid of red/orange tones  and Wella T18 to get closer to platinum / white.

To use:

  1. Mix 1 part toner to two parts developer.
  2. Apply and leave on for around 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse.

If you’re not up to spending, here’s how to do a DIY toner.

DIY Toner: Violet Dye + Deep Conditioner or Hot Oil Treatment

Mix 1 tiny bit of violet dye (quarter or less of a teaspoon) with at least 3 tablespoons of Deep Conditioner or Hot Oil Treatment.

Keep repeating the process to get a lighter shade. This will take awhile.

NOTE: The DIY method will require patience. Just use a Wella Toner if you need to go platinum blonde or gray fast.

PRODUCTS I USED (DIY TONER):

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Third: HAIR CARE (POST-BLEACHING)

  • Condition, condition, condition!

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    • Use a deep conditioner. 
      • A deep conditioner is a product you put after you condition your hair normally (sometimes called a hair mask), and you should leave it on for about 15-30 minutes (though a lot of variants have a 3-minute version, but I don’t trust them). So get those foot spas ready, shave your legs, perform a mini concert–you’ll be in the shower awhile.
    • Use a hot oil treatment.
      • After you’ve bleached hair of its natural keratin, you want it back. Slather on hot oil after bleaching and maintain the treatment until your hair feels healthy again. Your hair’s already damaged, but it can still look and feel nice and soft if you maintain it.
    • DO NOT BLEACH AGAIN IF YOUR HAIR FEELS LIKE STRAW / UNHEALTHY / ICKY.
      • Don’t risk it.
      • Condition / deep condition / use hot oil / oil instead until your hair feels healthy again (1 week to 1 month, depending on how enthusiastic you went with repeat bleaching).
  • Do not use heat products on your hair. If you’ve gone through a lot of bleaching, your hair will fry.

HAIR CARE PRODUCTS I USE:

      • Kerastase Chroma Captive Color Conditioner

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      • Kerastase Chroma Captive Color Shine Intensifying Mask

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      • L’Oreal Mythic Oil This is pretty much a miracle product for me. My hair dried out because of bleaching (some parts felt straw like, even if they didn’t look it, especially after showering). I used this for a week and like ~magic~, my hair was back to normal.
      • HBC Keratin Hot Oil Treatment This is effective and very affordable.
      • Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner This smells so gooood. It works wonders, too! Note that this doesn’t work as well after a while. I’ve noticed my hair didn’t get the same super soft effects after what I’ve done to it this year. ( Around 6-8 bleach baths since I cut my hair early this year).
      • Deep Conditioner Watson’s. It doesn’t really work.

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Fourth: HAIR DYE / COLORING HAIR

Quick Things You Need To Know:

There is more than one type of hair color but I’ll only be discussing two here:

  • Permanent dyes don’t wash out; they penetrate inside your hair folicles and stay there. They also need a mixer/oxidizer (ammonia). They’re usually the ones found widely available in the Philippines  (L’Oreal, Garnier, Kolours, ETC).
  • Semi-permanent dyes wash out/fade every time you shampoo–they’re just a color layer on top of the hair  (this is why you can’t put a lighter color on top of a darker color). Rainbow colored dyes like Manic Panic, Special Effects, etc. are semi-permanent.
  • Manic Panic, Special Effects, etc. are also vegan dyes. They are ammonia-free, paraben-free, PPD-free, and not tested on animals. It’s also safe to leave on top of your head for hours since it has conditioner-like effects (unlike permanent dyes).
  • More about Permanent Vs. Semi-Permanent (and other stages in between) here.

HOW TO COLOR:

      1. Always do a skin patch test first.
      2. If you have a specific shade you want to achieve, do a strand test. This will help you gauge if you can apply the color directly to your hair, if you need to lighten your hair more, or if you need to lighten the hair dye or mix it with another color.
      3. Color! You can do it two ways:
        1. Apply the dye as instructed (instructions are on the bottle).
        2. Mix the dye with conditioner to lighten the dye + get more out of it. I do this option since all my dyes are pretty dark and this helps me save 😀 ALSO WHEN I TRIED NOT DILUTING IT THAT ONE TIME, MY HAIR STAINED EVERYTHING IT CAME IN CONTACT WITH (ESP. MY HANDS) FOR DAYS. DAYS! NOTE: Do this ONLY for vegan dyes (the kind you don’t need to mix with peroxide!)
      4. Leave the dye on your head for 1 hour to overnight to let the color soak completely. This will make the dye last longer.

DYES I’ve Used:

♥ – Recommended

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Classic red lip thing that I like~ NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes.

      • MANIC PANIC Violet Night

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        •  SPECIAL EFFECTS Deep Purple (Undiluted) mixed with MANIC PANIC Violet Night 
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After two shampoos.
      • SPARKS Pink Kiss
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I bleached out Violet Night and Deep Purple which left me with hot pink + blonde roots (from brown/black). Since I wanted pink all over, I tried Sparks. See the top, blonde part? And the purple parts at the tips? Those are  the parts I used Pink Kiss on. It didn’t take so I ended up dip dyeing with Violet Night at the end instead and leaving the top as is.
      • Arctic Fox Virgin Pink (heavily diluted with conditioner)

Colourpop Limbo on Asian Skin and Colored Hair

        • Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink mixed with Arctic Fox Virgin Pink 
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This is the first time I used a whole jar without mixing it with conditioner. I LOVE IT but it’s the fastest fading color I’ve tried.

Some notes:

      • Vampire Red is the shizz. I WORE IT SWIMMING IN THE OCEAN AND IT STAYED HAHA

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      • SFX Deep Purple fades to pink. Bleach it and it becomes EVEN MORE PINK.

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      • SPARKS is useless. It didn’t color at all and I used a tube and a half without diluting the dye in conditioner. D:<

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Fifth: HAIR CARE (POST-COLORING)

I can practically hear you think, BUT ‘SEMI-PERMANENT’ I WENT THROUGH ALL THAT TROUBLE JUST FOR IT TO FADE IN 6-10 WASHES?? Chill, my friend. You can make it last longer by taking care of your hair:

      • DRY SHAMPOO IS YOUR FRIEND.

wpid-20151008_080621.jpgDo not shampoo as often. I only shampoo once or twice a week. When my hair starts getting oily three days after the last shampoo, I spritz dry shampoo on and am good for another day. Or I keep it up in a bun or ponytail.

      • On shampoo days, USE COLD WATER ONLY.
        • Warm/hot water strips the color out faster. Stick to cold water for your hair.
      • Use sulfate-free products. Having “for colored hair” on the bottle isn’t enough; make sure your shampoo and conditioners are sulfate-free. Check the ingredients label.
      • Condition, condition, condition!

PRODUCTS I USE:

      • Kerastase Chroma Captive Color line (Shampoo, Conditioner, Deep Conditioner).2015-12-28-09.43.28-1.jpg.jpegThis is by far, the best one I’ve tried. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. It’s also the most expensive at P3,380 for the shampoo and conditioner at David’s Salon. The Deep Conditioner came in a smaller size bottle for free. Since this is expensive, I only use the line once every week when I’ve just changed my hair color and still want to maintain it. When I’ve had my hair color for more than a month (aka I’m getting lazy to maintain it), I stop using this and stick to L’Oreal. 
      • Batiste Dry Shampoo

wpid-20151008_080727.jpgSpritz and go! Trying to look for the seller I bought mine from, at a Karl Edwards bazaar–I got this size for only P600.

      • Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner
      • L’Oreal Sulfate-Free Shampoo  I used to use the conditioner too, but Pantene’s 3 Minute Miracle seems to work for my hair better. It barely lifts any color too, which is a plus since Pantene has sulfate.

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Sixth: REMOVING HAIR COLOR

There are numerous ways to remove hair color, from least to most damaging. It gets tricky though, as your color removal process can depend on your current hair color.

Sample: Purple (SFX Deep Purple) + Bleach Method = PINK

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I am not amused.

(It’s not that I don’t like pink, it’s that I was set on being purple for awhile but my hair took matters into its own hands! Haha)

SHAMPOO Method

Just use clarifying or anti-dandruff shampoo to strip the color.

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Coming from Violet Night

Vitamin C Treatment

Crush 10 vitamin C tablets and mix into your shampoo. Lather and rinse. Do this over a few days.

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Vit C, round 3, coming from Vampire Red. I actually like how this turned out.

For more in-depth instructions, check out KimmiKillZombie’s hair color removal post.

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1) COLORING ON TOP OF ANOTHER COLOR

Remember the color wheel theory? When I had my accidental pink hair, I stripped it off color as far as it would go. Unfortunately, I think the pink already stained the blonde so I had no choice but to go for a much darker color over the pink.

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As light as I dared to go. My hair was already super drying out by this point, so I just tried to get it healthy before coloring again. My next color was…

2) TWO OR MORE COLORS AT ONCE / MERMAID HAIR / GALAXY HAIR

Yes, you can do it yourself.

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But it’ll be so much better if you have someone else to do it for you.

Two colors on your own:

I separated my hair into four quadrants. The front half, I pinned back. I started to work on the back parts first, coloring the top quarter with SFX Deep Purple. I made sure my strokes were uneven, so it won’t look like a straight horizontal line. Next, I mixed SFX Deep Purple and SFX Burgundy Wine and overlapped the ends of that to about half an inch down. Then I colored the rest with SFX Burgundy Wine. Once done, I wrapped them in foil and pinned to the top of my head. 20151020_015106.jpg

I removed the pins from the front part. I lathered in SFX Deep Purple Dye. Apparently, the colors look great in a bun, as I get more strangers complimenting my hair / talking to me about my hair when it’s up in a bun (even my stylist complimented it).

Update: This one is my third attempt, mostly by accident. I was going for full pink but Sparks didn’t stick at all! So I left my roots blonde and just dipped my ends in leftover purple.

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That’s it, for now! Still looking for ways to go back to blonde (for my my next color)–purple stains like it never wants to leave, ugh.

Leaving with a photo-collage that both horrifies me (the most I’ve ever done with solely my face on it, it’s giving me heebie jeebies) and amuses me because–HAIR! COLOR!

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2013 to early 2016.

{Hair} The Road to Purple Hair and the Post-Purple Agenda (Spoiler alert: IT TURNS PINK)

Warning: Lots of selfies ahead. Office selfies.


I’m back with another hair post a year after my Finally Red post and months after my gratuitous red hair post (which documented my hair journey from 2014 to the first half of 2015).

Since those two entries, I have:
♥ been blonde (that I did not like while I had it, but now miss)
♥ tried (and achieved) purple hair (in one try! BOO YEAH)
♥ accidentally sported pink hair(!)

As last seen on my gratuitous red hair post, I went back to brown to even out my hair:

Which eventually started fading on its own, despite me using a permanent dye. So I took it as a sign to color again. Haha! Here we go with one bleach bath (bleach powder mixed with 40% volume oxidizing lotion + equal parts shampoo):

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Doing my best Kermit the Frog impression. Photo taken May 2, 2015

And then another bleach bath, which moved me from brown territory to brassy blonde pretty fast:

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Photo taken May 28, 2015

So I used 1/4 tsp Manic Panic Violet Night mixed with 2 tsps HBC Keratin Hot Oil Treatment as a toner.

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Manic Panic Violet Night bought from funkystreaks

Toners remove the brassy tones from your hair by cancelling out the color. Color Wheel theory is applied here–since my hair was brassy/yellow-ish, I had to use a purple toner.

I decided to make the toner myself (instead of buying one) so I could use the MP dye for touch-ups.

And the result:

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Photo taken on June 1, 2015

Blonde(ish)! Here’s a closer look:

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I didn’t think blonde looked good on me and I couldn’t wait to get rid of it, especially since I’d been blonde for two months (from removing the brown until this) so I could dye my hair.

Once I was blonde, I had our help help me put on Special Effects Deep Purple. In my first post about Red Hair, I said I wouldn’t be able to sleep in with hair dye and a lot of other things in regards to dyeing and maintaining hair–most of which I’ve done the past year HAHA.

I used:

1/3 of the Special Effects Deep Purple bottle mixed with 2 parts HBC Virgin Coconut Oil Conditioner (a cheap white colored conditioner). I found out later that Coconut Oil actually covers your hair and protects the dye, soooo I’ll probably try another conditioner next time.

Special Effects Deep Purple. Ordered from RainbowHead.
Special Effects Deep Purple. Ordered from RainbowHead.

I let this sit for 6+ hours (and I might have slept in it overnight, I can’t remember now). Here’s the next day results:

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FINALLY PURPLE ♥ | Taken June 07
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It took me a year to get this
Classic red lip thing that I like~ NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes.
AND SO YOU SHALL BE SUBJECTED TO ALL MY SELFIES

Still okay 2 days later:

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Something I didn’t know / never came up on my purple hair research: purple hair fades hella fast. They say red fades fast but nope, this faded waaaay faster! Maybe it’s because I used a different method to maintain this than I did with red?

To maintain my purple hair,  I only shampooed twice a week. I used Batiste Dry Shampoo for the days in between (like I did with my red hair).

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(Here’s where I think I went wrong:) I used L’Oreal EVERPURE Color Care conditioner and Clairol Shimmer Lights Purple Shampoo on the days I washed my hair.

Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo. Ordered from RainbowHead.

I used the Purple Shampoo to maintain (instead of the usual dye + conditioner mix to maintain once a week) based on one YouTube video that said it works more effectively. Her hair was this gorgeous shade of purple that I loved, so I chose to follow her advice.

I GUESS IT WAS WRONG. D:<

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July 30, 2015

To maintain red hair, I followed the dye + conditioner tip, once every two to three weeks (because I’m lazy).  I should’ve used MP Violet Night mixed with conditioner to refresh my violet hair every week as I originally planned instead of following the YT video. But I was also worried it would change the color into a different (brighter) violet, so I didn’t.

So my SFX Deep Purple hair began fading over a few weeks time, even with care.  On the days I washed, there was still a lot of purple dye going down the drain–a stark difference from red, which stopped after a couple of weeks. Even until now, the color still gets stripped when I shampoo.

And then one day… I woke up with magenta and pink streaks. Seriously, what is happening here HAHA:

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AND THEN SUDDENLY, MAGENTA | August 13, 2015
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A couple of weeks later.

Apparently, SFX Deep Purple fades to pink. I did not know that. Since I’ve only dyed my hair red, which just fades to orange / a shade pretty close to pre-dye state, I never thought that other unnatural colors would fade to different colors! I assumed they’d go lighter over time. HAHA

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Taken August 2015

And so to get rid of the pink, I decided to bleach shampoo.

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Bleach materials.

WRONG MOVE. HAHA It just made the pink stand out more.

Bleach reacts with colored dyes. It can turn dyes into different colors, instead of acting as a color remover/stripper.

Here’s my no make-up bitch IDG what’s happening face with neon pink hair. So kids, SFX Deep Purple + Bleach = NEON, NEON PINK.

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Taken September 23

After I googled my error (and tried to find ways to fix it), I found that the best remedy is to just keep shampooing with clarifying / anti-dandruff shampoo. So it’s what I’ve been doing the past month.

Now it’s just a hot mess of roots, bleached roots, peach, and pink/magenta. It isn’t as loud/bright as it was a couple of weeks ago (thank goodness).

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I’m looking at going into pastel hair, so I’m trying to decide between buying a yellow-green dye to cancel out the pink-magenta hair or bleaching to see what color I end up with (HAHAHA), then using a Wella Toner after. Help, anyone?

So I got impatient and did a bleach bath over the weekend. Guess what? NOTHING HAPPENED HAHAHA /rolls

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October 12, 2015

 

At least my roots evened out, giving an interesting fade to the pink? I’m going to try Vitamin C-ing it as a last ditch effort (anyone know where  I can buy Color Oops locally?), then I’ll just dye over it if nothing happens. Dun dun dun.

THINGS I LEARNED WITH PURPLE HAIR:

Unnatural colors turn into other colors on fading/when treated.  Remember to Google what colors your chosen hair color and brand fades to before purchase.
Use bleach only as a last ditch effort color remover. Here are other options to remove color.
Purple stains. While I barely had any problem with Special Effects Burgundy Wine and Manic Panic’s Vampire Red, my purple journey and it’s fading effects ended up staining random objects I use/d daily.
People will touch your hair more.  Uhm guys, why.
Be prepared for: getting called Hit Girl, Viber Girl, HOOQ; more people randomly talking to you because of your hair (introvert me freaks out when this happens), purple stains everywheeeeeeeeeeeere, and eventually ending up pink.