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Picture of How to Dye Your Hair Purple and Keep It That Way (Inexpensively)

I'm going to start off by saying the obvious: I'm not a professional. That being said, I've been dyeing my own hair since I was in middle school.

I started dyeing my hair purple last August, but did briefly go to blue and then a blue/black for a couple of months. But I realized that I should have just been born with purple hair. I think it looks best, better than my natural light brown, for sure. People recognize me now as the purple hair girl, and that's fine with me.

I'm going to show you how I dye my hair, how I maintain it, and how I do so for not a lot of money. All in all, I probably only spend about $54 per YEAR on hair dye. That's like 10 cups of coffee for 365 days of bright purple hair. Worth every penny.

Changing our hair is one of the easiest ways we can express ourselves. (But at the same time, it's just hair; if you mess up a haircut, it will grow back. The same applies with hair color.)

Step 1: Lighten Your Hair

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If you're hair is already light enough, go on to the next step.

If your hair is light brown or darker, then you need to lighten it to at least a yellow blonde. I'm not going to tell you how to do that, because I don't want to be responsible if you fry your hair. If you've bleached your hair before, you know how to do it. If you haven't, maybe consider going to a professional.

If you insist on doing it yourself, do some research first. Watch a bunch of YouTube videos and read product reviews. Maybe invite a friend over to help you. And of course, read the instructions included in the box of hair bleach very carefully.

Note: You can still dye your hair if you have darker hair, it just won't be as vivid. Bleaching it will have the best end result.

BayRatt1 month ago
Purple really does suit you. My daughter has coloured her hair for years. She's done purple when she graduated and along with her purple dress, she looked like a Disney Princess. She is more often orange now, and it suits her. Might be time to colour my hair purple again... maybe next time she comes over. :-) Thanks for your ible!
ellygibson (author)  BayRatt1 month ago
Thank you very much! I often think now that I should have been born with purple hair. :)
That Redhead2 months ago
Love it!
ellygibson (author)  That Redhead2 months ago
Thank you!
I love it! and it matches your Instructables shirt nicely ;)
ellygibson (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 months ago
Thank you! I have so many of those Instructables shirts, so I figured using my purple shirt to dye my hair purple was okay. :)
Love it! Your purple hair is so beautiful and vibrant!! Thanks for sharing these awesome tips. :)
ellygibson (author)  WeTeachThemSTEM2 months ago
Thank you very much!