Not literally, of course. Although it would be pretty neat to be a mermaid. 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 lets 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?
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 fades 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.
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.
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.
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?
- 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?