Monday, January 25, 2010

Purple locs: the results...

So a lot of folx were discouraging me from doing this. But like a good rebel, I don't really be listenin' to people. LOL! The whole dye-ing your own hair thing is a sensitive subject, I guess. Some people are SO against it. And I can understand why. Putting any kind of chemical on your hair is extremely risky. Color literally strips your hair. It's a damaging process. It's almost as bad as perming. Actually, my cosmetology friend says that coloring is worse than perming.

But I'm a bit of a risk taker. Tattoos, piercings, moving across the country, jumping from a boat in the middle of the ocean, yeah....I live life on the edge. Not to mention if my hair ends up falling out because of damage, I'd cut it all off and start over.

Because it's just hair. Who cares. Just my philosophy. But having said that, I ain't stupid. So before I went crazy with the purple dye, I tested one loc first.

I used Manic Panic's Ultraviolet...


That so isn't its true color. It is crazy neon purple in real life. Now I realize that it would have been test to lighten my hair even more but the whole "bleaching color treated hair" scared the mess out of me. So I wanted to see if I could get some color from my already light tips. Like this one...


It's pretty bright. Surely it would take soooome purple right?

Well...



I left that dye on for a good hour while I ran. Yes, I was running down the street with a loc wrapped in foil. HA! It's not as purple as I wanted but I guess it's enough to satisfy the purple locs obsession I have. I guess. And then when the locs dried....



What a joke. Apparently my hair has to be freakin' white to even take on a hint of purple. Oh well. At home bleaching....I will not be doing. Not to mention you need A LOT of water pressure to get that dye out. Okay, I get it. Dye-ing locs is tricky. So while I can't be stopped in the color department, from now on it will only be professional. My one loc ain't THAT purple but it'll do.

I need a little red now. Just a few locs. I'll ask my loctician about that when I see her on Saturday.

And I suppose seeing a sista with the most beat locs (she had a ton of colors) I have ever seen prompted this fear of at home bleaching. I thank her. For had her locs not been as beat up, I would probably be on the road to raggedy locs myself.

Thank you, sista.

Peace.

4 comments:

yours truly said...

LOL, a friend of mine told me about a time her friend tried to dye her locs and it turned a grey-ish colour. yours didn't turn out too bad but it really is one of the harder colours to use on loc'd hair.

i couldn't agree more about leaving it to the pros (at least until you can really read up on how the process is done right).

kukaberry said...

Wow u really do love purple! lol I don't have locs but I did dye my hair purple once. Well, it was a rinse. Granted I was like 14 but it came out cute. It was not super purple but it had a purple glow in the light. I loved it for the six months or so that I tried it.

ShanSoPink said...

Awww I'm sad that you won't have purple locs :( but happy that you are not on the road to raggedy locs :)

taztootie said...

Locs are that tricky as they may seem when it comes to dying..... i have dyed my hair several times... but of course to achieve maximum brightness locs must be bleached first... i NEVER go to a professional for my locs.. TOO EXPENSIVE AND POINTLESS!!! Currently im rocking a RASPBERRY TWIST made by Adore in the front of my head. I must say IM LOVIN IT!