Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My New Taro Purple Hair {and the Dyeing Process}~

Hi everybunny!
I'm so so so so excited for today's post!
I dyed my hair this weekend, and so I thought I'd share with you all how it turned out, as well as the process I went through to get it like this!
And.... here it is!

I have a taro purple wig that I wore to Anime Boston this past April {read about it here!}, and I really loved the color of that wig, so I wanted to try something similar for myself. 
(Here's a photo of that btw, if you're too lazy to go read the entire post hehe)

I hadn't seen any tutorials online for how to achieve that color, so I had to sort of guess it by myself, but I'm quite content with the results! I thought I'd share my process with you, in case you were curious, or if you wanted to try it out for yourself!
Anyways, let's start!

This is how my hair was at the start of the whole process. Not too great, right?
I knew that the whole split thing would make the dying process quite frustrating, what with the need to bleach one half for a bit before bleaching the other half. But, after a bit of fiddling, I managed to bring both sides to the same level of blondeness. Because I wasn't going for a light lavender color, I didn't have to worry too much about making it super duper light.
And here it is all bleached and frizzy (it's weird seeing myself with blonde hair- it's not a look I think I'll go for any time soon hehe).
Because I wanted my hair to be an ashy purple brown, I had to get rid of the warm tones in my hair. A toner would have been good for this (I know Manic Panic has one), but I only could've gotten one online, and I didn't want to wait for it to get shipped to me. Plus, toner is expensive, so I just got a cool toned ash blonde hair dye to go over this.
Here's the dye I used- it was only $3 and worked quite well! It left my hair pretty soft too.
The dying process, and my awkward face  (no makeup gasp!)
I also had the leftovers of a really good burrito during this time. Food isn't required during this process, but it's definitely recommended :3
Gosh it was delicious.

And here are the results after that dyeing!

I think it turned out good enough! It took (most of) the warm tones out of my hair, and darkened it a little bit too.
And now came the most stressful part: the purple dye
I couldn't use straight up purple dye because I didn't want my hair to end up dark purple purple. I diluted it with conditioner, so that there was a bit more dye than there was conditioner. This made the dye less potent, and more likely to turn out faded and not too stark on my hair.

The dye looked really dark on my hair, but I didn't want to dilute it too much, because the last time I did that when I tried to dye my hair pink, it hardly showed up at all. So it was a bit of a gamble, and I was scared that it either wouldn't show up at all, or would be super dark. 
But, the fates decided to align and...

It looks different in different types of lighting- here's how it in the yellowish light of my room

There are some clearly very purple streaks throughout, and then places where it's more like a purplish ashy brown.
I really couldn't be happier with the result <3 I'm surprised of the streaks that were somehow created- they weren't intentional at all. 
I'm honestly surprised that it turned out as well as it did- it was definitely what I was going for <3 
I'm going to maintain this color for a while I think- I really love how it looks ^_^ And I still have some dye leftover from last time, so I'll be able to do it once again- yay!
And of course, more selfies to show off the fabulous colour~

For some reason this filter made the really purple parts look turquoise... but it does look pretty x3
Maybe I'll try that in the future hehe
Say hi to my cat!

Anyways, that's about it! 
What do you guys think of this haircolor? I'd love to hear your opinions!
Thank you for reading! 


  1. Very pretty! I think you look good with both warm and cool-toned hair. ^^

    I was thinking about dying my hair turquoise, actually! But I was worried it would clash with my warm-toned skin and naturally warmer hair...

    1. Aw thank you! ^.^ Yeah, I seem to have a neutral skin-tone that matches both, so I'm happy about that :3
      That would be really cool! I think turquoise would suit you- sometimes a bit of contrast isn't bad c: Let me know if you do!

  2. the result is uneven, but the purple color is so pretty and suit u well ^^

    Tori Chu

    1. Haha I know it's uneven, but I sort of like that (it doesn't look like a wig). Thanks!

  3. awww so pretty!! I wanted to do it too but my line of work won't permit me. You look amazing!

    keep in touch!

    1. Thank you so much! ^.^ Aw, I'm sorry your line or work won't let you do so! Having dyed hair is a lot of fun

  4. wahhhh that's so pretty <3 it really suits you !!

  5. I think great result, you look cute, and that purple color suits you well.
    I love purple color, I wish to dye my hair with that color,
    but haven't done so... > ω <

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    Ryu の Sekai

    1. Thanks! ^.^ <3
      You should definitely try it! Purple is a really fun color ^_^

  6. I love purple dye! It reminds me of my fave chara "Motoko Kusanagi" from 'Ghost in the Shell' <3
    I wish I could dye my hair purple bcoz I have tanned skin and it doesn't look good :(

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    1. Purple dye is awesome :3
      Aw, I'm sure you could find a shade of purple that would work with your skin!

  7. Nice colour...in fact you are brave that you choose purple colour ! :)

    1. Haha thank you! It's not super duper bright, which is good- it makes it a bit more wearable :3

  8. Oh, dear, it turned out beautifully, I love the final outcome, but on the other hand I have to admit that this shade from Revlon also suits to you! :)


    1. Aw thank you so much! <3 I also quite liked how that color turned out- it was definitely different from anything I had tried before! Maybe I'll dye my hair that shade some point in the future ^_^

  9. That's such a beautiful color! :D When I was younger I also dyed a big chunk of my hair purple :3

    Lipstick and Mocha

    1. Thank you! It's definitely a pretty color ^_^

  10. This is such a lovely post! Have a great weekend dear.

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    1. Thank you! Have a nice weekend as well ^_^

  11. The color turned out so well! You're very brave to try all this on your own, you did a great job :)


    1. Aw thank you! ^_^ Yeah, I was really scared about trying this since I had never dyed my hair by myself before, but I think it turned out quite well ^_^

  12. This purple is so cute !! >w< I love colorful hairs =w=

    I like your blog!
    Maybe we can follow each other? :3
    My blog: http://worldismagiiic.blogspot.fr/

    1. Purple hair is cute indeed :3
      I'd like that! I'll let you know on your blog ^.^

  13. You look adorable, it suits you perfectly!! :))

  14. I've been wanting a pastel purple or pink hair for a while but can't due to work :( The color looks very lovely on you!


    1. Pastel hair is definitely super cute ^.^ I'm sorry that you can't do it because of your work though! :c That's definitely unfortunate. I'm glad you like the color on me! ^_^

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  16. Very cool look. I like the silvery purple hair color and easygoing black/white outfit.Thank you! Wow Its looking nice..... Goto this linkdiscover this info here

  17. Omg thankyou!!! You are right i can't find any taro hair tutorial and you almost did it.. Maybe next time you should just mix the ash blonde with a drop of purple. Maybe it will works?

  18. Thankyou! ! I can't find taro hair dye tutorial. And maybe if you want it to look like your wig you need to use that dark ash blonde with a drop of purple. Maybe it will work?


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