This week I finally got around to doing something I’ve wanted to do for awhile now. That something is dyeing my hair purple. And no I don’t mean bright noticeable purple (though I would love that too), just a purple tint to my hair. I’d be inclined to go full on deep purple if I didn’t have to bleach my hair for it. I refuse to damage my hair by bleaching it.
Here’s a little background about my hair dyeing experiences. I had the bleached hair highlights when I was younger, both salon done and at home. I’ve boxed dyed my hair a nice burgundy color before. And I’ve also done the at home ombre stuff, too. So I’m not new to dying my hair by any means. My go-to hair color was Garnier Fructis Burgundy (B3) for dark hair. It’s meant for people who have darker hair and it usually gave me a nice red tint that was more noticeable in the sun than indoors. I’ll have some pictures inserted if I have any.
This time around, I knew I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted purple first of all, not red or burgundy. (That color is hard to fade out of your hair, but it fades beautifully into a lighter shade of brown). I also wanted it to be as good for my hair as possible. Endless hours of researching lead me to the brand Arctic Fox. They are a hair dye brand that was founded in 2014. Their product is semi-permanent, 100% vegan and cruelty free. It has no harsh chemicals or alcohol. And as an added bonus, 15% of the profits from the sale goes towards helping animals. As a pet person, (we have two adorable little puppies) I felt good about my decision to go with their product.
I will say this brand is a little hard to get a hold of. You can get it at Sally’s Beauty Supply stores; but it’s much cheaper to just buy it directly from Arctic Fox’s website. They usually have some sort of promotion or coupon code available as well. However, I did go to Sally’s for a hair dyeing bowl and brush.
The color I decided on was called Purple Rain. The thing about this hair dye is that it colors your hair on top of the color you have. So if you were blonde and just used arctic fox all over your hair, it would be much brighter and more saturated in color than someone with darker hair. I have dark brown hair with parts that are lighter due to growing out my last hair dye job (my natural hair color pictured below) so I definitely went into this knowing that it won’t be a night purple but more of a purple tint.
As with all at home hair dyeing moments, I put on an old t-shirt and grabbed a pair of gloves to start dyeing my hair. I had some lovely shots of me with purple all over my head and some artsy shots of the product but some how I seem to have lost those pictures, and it really annoys and upsets me that happened. So these poor quality photos will have to do till I take some new ones that show my hair better!
The process they recommend is for you to clean your hair with only shampoo (no conditioner) and to fully dry your hair before dyeing it. Below you can see my process, what the product looks like in the bowl and me actually dyeing my hair. I would have to say that I used a little over half the bottle (8 fl oz). I may use the rest up in a few days if the color starts to fade quickly. The more you wash your hair or use hair products that have alcohol in them, the quicker it fades.
I dyed my hair in sections starting at the bottom and worked my way up. I left the dye in for about an hour and a half. I think I watched about two episodes of Grimm while I was waiting. This dye also conditions your hair so there is no problem if you leave it on longer. Compared to other box dyes, this one smelled like grape and it didn’t burn my eyes so that’s a plus right there. They say after you leave it on to rinse it out with cold water. This is the bit that took forever. I rinsed my hair in the sink with cold water, till it ran almost clear. They say to rinse until the water runs completely clear; but it was cold and my neck hurt from having it bent in the sink. It did dye my fingers and my hair line a bit. Thankfully, it came off real easily with a makeup wipe!
Here are some after photos of my hair dyed with the Arctic Fox. Again I lost the better photos so here are a series of selfies and Iphone photos. Depending on the light the more purple my hair looks.
Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out. I think that it added a nice bit of color to my hair. It’s definitely more noticeable in sunlight. I think I’m going to use up the rest of the bottle soon to help saturate the color, so it won’t fade too fast. My hair feels super soft and silky, because of all the conditioner. And it smells great, too. This is a product worth trying if you want some color without the damage.