Natalia Manzocco
Natalia Manzocco
@nataliamanzocco

How I Beat Bleach-Blonde Brassiness With Purple Hair Dye

Until very recently, the only colouring I’d ever done to my hair was a couple of late-20s forays into pastel Manic Panic. But last fall, spurred on by all the silver-haired babes I’ve been seeing all over the Internet, I took the plunge and had my colourist bleach all the strawberry out, and I couldn’t be happier.

Unfortunately, this puts me in the unenviable position of having to carefully keep my silvery-platinum pixie out of brass territory. Though I’ve been using John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde shampoo and conditioner and L’Oreal’s Blonde Brass Banisher Shade Reviving Treatment, with decent results, my addiction to daily hair-washing means the silver in my hair goes right out the window within a few days.

Shampoos meant to save blonde or grey hair from brassiness often come with a strong purple tint to neutralize the yellows in blonde hair (think opposites on the colour wheel). Manufacturers even suggest not leaving those formulations on your head too long, lest you inadvertently dye your hair purple. This, to me, did not sound like a terrible side effect – so to take that concept to its natural conclusion, I picked up a can of Manic Panic semi-permanent dye in Ultra Violet in an effort to DIY a stronger anti-brassiness treatment.

Nat - purple dye 3

I started off with about a half-teaspoon of dye in several tablespoons of conditioner (I used Herbal Essences Colour Me Happy, which I happened to have kicking around). I slathered it on liberally, making sure to hit every spot on my head. Fifteen minutes later, I was back to a silvery-grey.

But I wasn’t content with that – I wanted some of that Easter egg-purple action. I mixed up more and left it on for another 10, and ended up with some very, very pale purple streaks on some of the longer (a.k.a. older and more porous) pieces of hair. Any traces of purple were pretty much gone the next time I washed my hair. When I tried this treatment again later in the week, a few patches of hair picked up the purple even more faintly, so that my hair seemed slightly mauve from certain angles. (Pretty cool.)

If you’re thinking about going grey yourself, I’d start with a low dose of Manic for a short period of time, and work your way up to a stronger concentration or a longer dyeing period.

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L’Oreal Blonde Brass Banisher Shade Reviving Treatment

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Herbal Essences Colour Me Happy Conditioner

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Manic Panic Ultra Violet

lorealbrassbanisher

L’Oreal Blonde Brass Banisher Shade Reviving Treatment

colormehappy

Herbal Essences Colour Me Happy Conditioner

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Manic Panic Ultra Violet