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It’s so easy to mix things up by trying out a new shade of purple hair dye! Purple is a color that can work with all types of natural hair colors and is available from gentle light purple lavender to deep purple violet shades.

One of the earliest examples of purple dyes was called Tyrian purple, a bromine- based dye made from the secretion of pr...

It’s so easy to mix things up by trying out a new shade of purple hair dye! Purple is a color that can work with all types of natural hair colors and is available from gentle light purple lavender to deep purple violet shades.

One of the earliest examples of purple dyes was called Tyrian purple, a bromine- based dye made from the secretion of predatory sea snails. Although not used on hair, this dye was celebrated for its brilliant color, longevity and its beauty when used on fabric. Purple was reputedly the first colored dye created by a German student who experimented with coal tar and alcohol. His process of creating the dye is now the basis on which synthetic dyes are created today.

Let Purple Reign

Today, purple hair color is certainly a sought after hairdo which has been tried and tested by many famous celebrities. Purple is such a flexible color that can look amazing as a full head of hair but can also be the perfect way to act as a tone for darker hair. Here are some of our favourite purple hair dye styles as worn by the stars:

  • Unleashing Vibrant Shades – let’s face it, we can’t think of purple hair color without first considering some of the most vibrant neon shades possible. Dazzling colors of dark purple are perfect for creating strong alternative looks. Katy Perry has indulged in many different hair dye color styles, although a loud purple shade is certainly one of her more iconic looks. With products such as Crazy Color Semi-Permanent Hair Dye (Violette) or Manic Panic Amplified Semi-Permanent Hair Dye (Purple Haze), you’ll be sporting a new hairdo within no time.
  • Delicate Floral Tones – at the softer ending of the purple spectrum, you’ll find muted tones of lilac and lavender. The pastel shades ensure a delicate look that makes a subtle change to lighter tones of blonde hair such as blonde. Some of our products such as the Manic Panic High Voltage Classic Cream Formula Color Hair Dye (Lie Locks) are certain to provide the understated look you’ve been looking for. Stars such as Kelly Osbourne, Kesha and Taylor Swift have all dabbled with light purple tones to create smart and modest purple hairstyles.
  • Plum Certainly Ain’t Glum – If you’re dye-ing to try out a new plum hair color, then the strong shades of the Crazy Color Semi- Permanent Hair Dye (Aubergine) are certainly perfect for you. The purple plum shades offer a rich shade of hair dye which gives a sharp and sophisticated finish. You will have spotted Cheryl Cole and Jade Thirlwall experimenting with these dark violet undertones and although one of the darker shades of purple, you’ll have to agree that it’s definitely a look worth working for!

Dyeing Dark Hair Purple

Achieving a complete purple hair dye look can admittedly be a difficult task; it’s certainly a style for those of you willing to work for it! For those of you wanting to get purple hair dye for dark hair, we’ve compiled a few handy steps for making the colored dye work for you.

  1. Preparation – with a process such as this, which involves bleaching, it is important to prepare your hair through conditioning and strengthening it. The bleach may weaken the hair, so it is important to use keratin and protein based products as part of your pre-bleach process.
  2. Bleaching – lightening your hair creates a blank canvas on which the colored dye can be applied. It is recommended to lighten hair to a level 9-10 to ensure your natural shade does not interfere with the desired natural shade. Dark natural hair may require multiple bleach applications in order to make the hair reach its desired shade.
  3. Toning – user a hair toner is a great way of removing any residual brassiness from your hair color. Some underlying tones in your hair may alter the end desired color, so using toner products ensures all colors end up the way you want them – we don’t want your new purple tone to be compromised.

After this process, it is completely up to you how you put on your hair dye. Before you begin applying your dye, it is essential to test possible shades for at least 48 hours; this ensures that you are happy with the color before you cover your head in semi-permanent purple hair dye if the shade you end up with is not quite right. 

Always ensure you know what you are doing before beginning, dyeing hair purple can is a task that requires practice and precision. Ask your hairdresser, hair stylist, friends and family for any tips and tricks when dyeing hair at home, it can be risky business when dealing with permanent color dyes.

Another difficult hair dye decision is, of course, picking the color which works for you. We have plenty of semi-permanent hair dyes which will help you keep your new look for longer! Or if you’re after something that will wash in wash out, then there are plenty of hair chalks and hair gels which act as a temporary hair dye. As well as the longer lasting hair dyes, these temporary options are perfect for a quick purple fix. Whatever your duration needs you can rest assured that when shopping online with Dye My Hair, you can select from some of the best purple hair dye products out there! Here are the brands which you can choose from:

  • Crazy Color
  • La Riche Directions
  • Manic Panic
  • Splat
  • Stargazer

If you still feel stumped as to what to do with a new purple ‘do, why not check out our purple Pinterest board? With plenty of examples of purple hair color, you’ll definitely find something which is perfect for you!

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