Lock down blue hair

As always, I forgot to get a decent before pic but my violet hair had gone very patchy as it hadn’t been rested for ages (had been planning to top it up for a March comicon cosplay as Rarity from My Little Pony).

Had some directions denim blue which I mixed 2 parts to one pet midnight blue.

The end of hair dying?

So I’ve been merrily going on with purple hair – topping up about once a month with either Directions Plum, Violet or a mix of the two.

But my favourite sulphate free shampoo is becoming hard to find in shops 😦 I’ve tried a few alternatives (Tresemme’s yummy smelling equivalent in a big dark pink bottle) and L’Oréal Elvive colour protect low shampoo (in a white bottle pump). These left my hair greasy and horrid and if I use a ‘normal’ shampoo the colour will just fade too quickly to be worth the hassle.

So although I think I’ve managed to track down a few tubes of the amazing L’Oréal Colour Expertisse shampoo this might be the end of my colour journey. It’s probably just as well with all the doubt around whether we will be losing jobs at my workplace so it might not be a bad thing to work back to a natural colour in case I have to job hunt – not everywhere is on board with colourful hair!

I was hoping to go blue after Xmas and work around to turquoise for a Sailor Neptune cosplay next May and dark alpine green for Sailor Pluto the year after but wigs may be the way to go.

Fading directions plum

So it’s been about a month, maybe 5 weeks since I changed colour to plum (over a pale lilac/silver base).

The purple was a little pink and bright for me at first but did stay a rich purple colour for a few weeks (although I did top up my roots about 2 weeks in).

However by weeks 4 and 5 it was really patchy and fading to different tones in different places (I’m guessing from sunlight exposure and shampooing). I tried using some vibrant overtone purple conditioner but it seemed that plum fades to a colour very similar to Directions denim blue.

I redyed it today with 2 pots of plum and one of violet:

Directions Plum

So, despite deciding I’ll need to be turquoise again for next May’s cosplay, I thought I’d try out rich purple again while I had the pale base.

This was 2 tubs of plum.

I might try violet again as plum was a lil too pink for me whereas violet is more blue based.

Not sure how long I’ll keep purple up as I remember it fading to a gross pinky-beige very quickly before (and I had had some purple overtone conditioner last time that I don’t this time).

Comicon Amethyst and Fairygodmother

So I rested my hair with wisteria again ready for the Portsmouth Comicon.

Was pleasantly surprised how many people recognised me as I went as fairly obscure characters.

The directions wisteria colour was beautiful but washed out in less than a week despite only washing it every other day with either sulphate free or colour depositing products.

I’ve dyed it wisteria one last time:

I’ve bought directions plum as my next colour – might experiment with violet again too but pretty sure I’ll be coming back to teal tones again as thinking of cosplaying Sailor Neptune again next year.

mix of denim blue and lilac

So my hair colour was only done a week ago but as the wisteria at the salon made the lengths of my hair a lovely colour, it simply toned my roots from bright yellow to white. Plus at the salon we normally leave the directions colour on for around the 15-20 mins advised but when I do it at home I can leave it on for an hour to give a better colour.

But I didn’t have much wisteria colour left so instead mixed my leftover lilac and denim blue to see if it would make a similar bluey silver lilac tone to the wisteria.

Here is the result:

Way more blue than expected – hope it fades as quickly as other blue tones have in the past as I have just over 2 months to get back to a nice pale lilac for comicon – the plan now is not only Ametyst from Steven Universe but also the Fairy Godmother from Shrek 2

Review TRESeme Boutanique Nourish and Replenish Mask

This stuff is magic! I have only used it once so far but didn’t leave it on for long (it recommends 3-5 mins).

The lengths,and in particular the ends, of my hair were super dry and damaged from bleaching – going a sort of rubbery texture that snapped when brushed wit and a sort of fluffy candy floss when dry. I missed my old glossy hair and this worked way better than the Body Shop Beautifying oil I had been rubbing sparingly into the ends.

It was on offer in Asda (down from about £5 for a tub to £3) but it is worth every penny. Although I have thick long hair I didn’t need to use much of the mask for it to be saturated.

I will probably try a spray in and leave oil some time soon so watch this space.