5 Tips To Keep Your Mermaid Hair Vibrant

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So you want to be a mermaid? Not literally, of course. Although it would be pretty neat. As most people know, I’ve had blonde hair for most of my adulthood. As an Asian with dark hair, going light was a goal for me.

At first, I was hesitant. So I went with a strand of blonde hair then I went full in. Took a while and a lot of research on how to maintain it and not go orange instead, go even lighter.

Now that I have accomplished being blonde, I then craved for something different. A change.

So I went purple. I originally wanted to go lavender but let’s be honest, it wasn’t going to happen. Because my hair has already been bleached it was a little easier and less time consuming to go purple. The end result?

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Before & After

Because my hair was half dark brown, half blonde my stylist decided to just go plump at the bottom and tone out my already bleached hair to go lighter before putting in the purple.

Also for less maintenance, we decided to go Ombre. Because I had some dark mixed in already, that actually turned out strawberry so I guess you can say my hair is Strawberry-Purple? None the less. I loved it.

But what I didn’t love was knowing colors like this fade faster and I didn’t have $200-300 to splurge on every few months so I wanted to make sure I had all the right knowledge to keep my hair as purple as I can.


Progression March – Recent

It’s been 4 months since my first visit to my stylist to go purple. And surprisingly the colour has stayed. My roots have grown yes, but I still get asked if I recently got my hair touched up and proudly I can say, nope! So let me share my secrets with YOU. Here are 5 tips to keep your hair vibrant before your next salon trip!

1| Shampoo is not your best friend

I used to wash my hair EVERY day. After going blonde I’ve learned to only wash my hair maybe every 2-3 days and use Joico Violet Sulfate-Free products. None the less, I would wash my hair with only Conditioner with the same brand. Going purple, I maybe shampoo my hair once or twice a week now that my scalp has gotten used to not being washed as often and when I do wash my hair I only wash my scalp. Since my hair is ombre, my roots are dark and I don’t worry too much about color fading at the top.

2| Use the right products to wash your hair

I must stress that you should only use sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner and avoid using dandruff shampoo as they will make your color fade faster. Vibrant Sexy Hair is also a great product and is sulfate-free as well.

I personally switch back and forth from Joico & Vibrant Sexy Hair. One of my biggest secret is: Aretgo My Color Reflex in Violet that I picked up from my stylist that I mix in with my shampoo & conditioner whenever I wash my hair.

You don’t necessarily even need much either and it works great! I’ve also heard that Provana Color is also a good product mixture but I personally haven’t used it myself

3| Wash your hair in cold water, not warm

Unless I’m somewhere tropical or in a middle of a heatwave, I cannot stand showering in cold water. BUT hot water does open up the cuticle in your hair which increases the likelihood of your color fading. What I’ve done to make it easier to stand the cold is:

  • Rinse your hair ONLY in cold water
  • Use shampoo with a small mixture of Aretgo My Color Reflex & wash
  • Mix conditioner mixed with Aretgo and slather it all over hair and leave it up in a bun
  • Take your regular warm shower
  • Finally quickly rinse your hair in cold water & wrap it up in a towel

4| Simple hair care in-between washes

Shampoo may not be your best friend, but dry shampoo is. I’ve personally have gone through different brands and I personally love the Dove Dry Shampoo. It’s light and it smells amazing. It doesn’t leave any residue (which I’ve hated with the other brands).

If you need to style your hair, make sure you use heat protectant. I’ve used Joico Ironclad Thermal Protectant then switched to Marc Anthony Argan Oil Cream. Both works amazing but recently I’ve been using the Argan Oil Cream as it not only protects heat damage but it also maintains smooth hair for a few days and smells amazing too! I use it both when my hair is damp and dry.


5 | Deep condition hair masks save lives

The life of your hair I mean. Deep condition hair masks are also great to keep your hair healthy. Usually when I have my R&R time and enjoy myself in a hot bath with wine; I’ll have my hair mask on with a small mixture of Aretgo in it, hair in a bun and a shower cap. When choosing your deep conditioning hair masks ensure that it has Argan oil and/or Keratin. Why?

Kertain benefits

  • Rebuilds and Strengthens hair
  • Repairs damage & reduce breakage

Argan Oil benefits

  • Beneficial for scalp (especially for dandruff)
  • Contains vitamin E which promotes hair growth

Another recommended product is oVertone. oVertone has both weekly hair mask treatment as well as conditioner. You can purchase this product based on the color of your hair without having to worry about rinsing your hair in cold water. So that is always a plus!

Whether you go purple, pink or orange – these tips should help anyone keep their mermaid hair in tact without a visit to your favourite stylist every 2 months or so.

Even though it’s great to have someone massage your scalp and sit for hours talking about gossip, I personally like to keep the extra $200+ in my pocket. Besides, who doesn’t want healthy hair after all that bleaching?

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  • Reply Mav

    Love the color! I wanted to skip shampooing my hair everyday but I just can’t do it. Maybe I should give dry shampo a try.

    November 7, 2016 at 2:00 AM
  • Reply Style & Life by Susana

    This color so suits you!!! I love it! Great tips on here and I never knew about the cuticles opening up in hot/warm water. I hate showering in cold water, so hate it but may have to change my approach now. Enjoyed this post. Thanks for sharing xx

    November 7, 2016 at 2:08 AM
  • Reply verushka143

    Your hair looks amazing ! Not sure I have the patience to maintain my hair as well as the cost factor.

    November 7, 2016 at 10:28 AM
  • Reply Candy

    These area all great tips about dying hair. I had no idea about the shampoo. I always wondered why colored hair is called mermaid hair. Do mermaids have purple hair?!?!? 🙂

    November 7, 2016 at 10:46 AM
  • Reply Ree love30

    Your hair looks amazing! ! Wish I could pull this off! Great tips. I didn’t know washing your hair in cold water keeps the colour in! And never tried tell dove dry shampoo. Will check it out. Ree Love30

    November 7, 2016 at 2:42 PM
  • Reply Vanessa Kromer

    Love this post! Your hair looks amazing too!

    November 7, 2016 at 5:00 PM
  • Reply nycgingeronthego

    I’m with you. I’ve never died my hair, but not over shampooing and hair masks are essential to healthy beautiful hair. PS, I love your purple hair.

    November 7, 2016 at 7:29 PM
  • Reply My Shopping Diet

    You are so adventurous! Good for you! I went blonde once and it was a disaster. I ended up with green hair and I never messed with it again lol You look gorg though girlfriend!

    November 8, 2016 at 10:53 AM
  • Reply Barbara

    The purple looks GORGEOUS!!! I lighten my dark hair with blonde highlights and can totally relate with the struggles of trying to keep the color vibrant and fresh. Love these tips especially the cold water and hair mask! Thanks for sharing!

    August 22, 2017 at 1:22 PM
  • Reply jordyngalan

    Im a hairstylist and that is mostly what a recommend to my clients as well! vital color wash is also a good brand!

    August 22, 2017 at 4:23 PM
  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove

    Wow, your color still looks so great! I have some purple in the back of my hair as a peek-a-boo color and I love it! Thanks for these tips!

    August 22, 2017 at 4:55 PM
  • Reply Amanda at The Light Owl

    I have purple hair too!! It has been so freeing. But it is definitely a lot of maintenance. I get mine touched up every 8 weeks or so and use most of the tips you describe.

    August 22, 2017 at 6:13 PM
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