Special Effects Hair Dye - Deep Purple
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|Unit Count||4 Fl Oz|
About this item
- Semi-Permenant Cream Formula.
- Generally Lasts 3 to 6 weeks on most hair types.
- Not tested on animals and vegan friendly.
- Conditions hair as it colors.
1. Shampoo Hair without conditioning, then dry hair thoroughly. 2. Apply petroleum jelly around hairline and on ears. 3. Wear plastic gloves to avoid staining hands. 4. Empty desired amount into plastic bowl. (Approximately 1/2 bottle for short hair, 3/4 bottle for longer hair.) 5. Apply evenly with tint brush, just enough to saturate hair. Do not apply to scalp. 6. Comb through hair thoroughly and leave in hair for approximately 15-30 minutes. 7. Rinse dye away from face then shampoo as normal. - Colors will be more intense and last longer on bleached hair. (May last 8 weeks or longer on bleached hair.) - Colors will give a highlight effect to dark hair. - Color fades gradually with each shampoo. - Generally lasts 3 to 6 weeks depending on hair type
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 2 x 2 x 5 inches; 5 Ounces
- Item model number : dp
- Manufacturer : Special Effects
- ASIN : B000NL20EK
- Best Sellers Rank: #554,886 in Beauty & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Beauty & Personal Care)
- #5,003 in Hair Color
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Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2014
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I'd read many good things about the staying power of Special Effects. I had used Manic Panic for the blue and wasn't thrilled with its fadibility, so I decided to give it a shot. Since it's not available in any store I'm aware of around here, I ordered it from Amazon.
My hair had already been processed by the time I used the dye. Note that this is extremely important: if your hair hasn't had any kind of processing - no previous dyeing or bleaching - your hair will not hold onto this color well. That's the nature of vegetable dyes like this. They are color-depositing, basically like a stain. Previous processing makes your hair porous, ie opens up the hair shaft to allow the color to sink deeply into the hair. Unprocessed hair will have a closed hair shaft, which means the color may coat the hair, but won't last as long because the color will be easily washed away.
Another thing to be aware of: this color will STAIN. Everything. It'll stain anything it touches, including clothes, the sink, the shower, the tub, the floor - you get the picture. If you're lucky, you may be able to lift the stain(s) somewhat with a product containing bleach. My shower curtain liner still has a faint purple tinge to it that will probably never be removed. There goes my chances of hosting a presidential sleepover. Anyway... my point is, be very careful. If you *really* don't want to risk staining, line everything with newspapers and/or plastic bags, and wear clothes you don't mind getting stained. I have special "coloring shirts" just for this purpose.
Finally: WEAR GLOVES. Remember the staining bit? That goes for your skin as well. Your hands will turn purple if you try to use this without gloves, and it'll last for a while. You may also want to put some nail polish on your fingernails too - it'll save your nails from developing purple streaks. A lot of people suggest petroleum jelly around your hairline and on your ears, which is a good idea. I have extremely oily skin, so that's not necessary for me. I do sometimes use petroleum jelly on my ears, though.
Before you apply the dye, you'll want to wash your hair and *not* apply conditioner. This, again, helps make your hair as porous as possible. A good clarifying shampoo or anti-dandruff shampoo works really well for this purpose. Using a blow-dryer to dry your hair after shampoo will, again, help to open up the hair shaft.
You may want to wrap your hair in plastic wrap, a plastic bag or a shower cap after you dye, to help hold in heat and help the color penetrate more. Leave the dye in as long as you like - 15 to 30 minutes like the package says, or longer if you desire. The nice thing about veggie dyes is that they actually improve your hair's condition, and the longer you leave it in, not only the deeper does the color get, but also the better it will condition your hair.
The very first time I used this dye, I was thrilled with the results. The *best* results are probably found with bleaching your hair first, but I had just dyed my hair normally (with a reddish brown dye, I think) previous to using this, and the results were gorgeous - a very deep, almost black purple. In the sunlight you could *really* see the purple, but even in normal indoor lighting it was pretty obvious.
One word of warning: if you are not absolutely certain you want purple hair - and will want it for a LONG time - do NOT use this dye! My purple lasted a very, very long time. We're talking months! I think it started fading maybe 5 months after I first used it. I didn't baby my hair in any way - I washed it daily, didn't always use conditioner, etc. Fortunately I loved my purple and was very happy it lasted so long. The main reason I gave it up was because I got tired of the work required to touch up my roots. I had to use a dye first, *then* use the Special Effects on top.
All in all, this is an amazing dye with fantastic staying power. If you want your hair purple for a long, long time, this is the dye for you! Just prepare your hair properly and you will have wonderful results.
A little goes a long way, so I usually mix it with conditioner. One part hair dye to 3-4 parts conditioner. One reason I really like diluting it with conditioner is because I like the way it looks when it's washed out a week or so. By diluting it, I don't need to try to strip the color.
The color lasts seemingly FOREVER... it does lighten to a Virgin Rose colored pink... but never truly goes back to blonde on it's own.
The bleach I use is 7th Stage by clairol which seems to be the only bleach that will lift my Japanese Black hair without damaging it too much. I use Aphogee 2 minute conditioner to dilute and repair my hair between colorings.
When the dye is washed out or diluted, there are PINK highlights!!! In the shade, the purple can look blue purple, but in the sun there is streaks of pink!! Because of the shade range in this color it is in my top 2 favorite (the other being Wildflower which goes Bright Blue > Purple > Lavender > Silver as it washes out).
I've also experimented with colors and adding Atomic Pink 1 part with Deep Purple 1 part/or less and 5-6 parts conditioner, looks a lot like Virgin Rose.
But my FAVORITE combination is Deep Purple with Wildflower!! One part Deep Purple with One or less parts of Wildflower with 5-6 parts conditioner makes more blue tones in the Deep Purple while still leaving the pink highlights in the sun. It probably has to do with my complexion but it has been my favorite so far.
If you've dyed your hair with the dye straight and didn't dilute it, you can strip the color with Head and Shoulders or another dandruff brand.
If this color has stained your bathroom, you can use 1 part dawn dish soap with 3 parts white vinegar and a little scrubbing should take out the stain.
If you've stained your clothes or most likely... your pillowcase, you can use 1 part dawn and 3 parts hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and soak the item (or scrub with a nail brush or other small brush) and it will drastically LIGHTEN the stain... I cannot guarantee it will get rid of the stain but it's helped save a lot of clothes I accidentally gotten the dye on. (I do have a white pillow case and Wildflower completely came out). >>>>To avoid staining your pillow case, try to go to bed with your hair dry.
Hope you love Special Effects as much as I do!! Best "alternative" hair dye in the market!!
PS. Special effects seems to NOT be in production currently... Not sure why, but if you find the color you like STOCK UP NOW!!!
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