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New hair, don’t care | Purple Hair

new black and purple hair ombre

Ch-ch-changes! Something you might not know about me, a long time ago I went to cosmetology school. I had dreams of being a hair dresser, like I said “had”. Those dreams faded pretty quickly after getting my license. I found myself working in a salon and not ever really loving what I was doing. Believe me I tried to like my job and I was lucky enough to be in a new salon in a great part of town where the clients literally made appointments without even knowing you. The salon was so new and posh that it was a great way to get new clientele. It just never felt right and I literally spent all day thinking about how I could make this cosmetology license work for me. Thirteen years later and I still don’t regret my move to not do hair for a living. I give all of you hair dressers out there all the credit in the world, it really is a grueling job. Being on your feet with client after client, performing miracles. 


Besides the fact that I can whip out all my boys haircuts in thirty minutes and do my own hair, I don’t really utilize my hair skills. I have totally neglected my hair for months. It’s been the same ol’ ombre with multiple outgrown shades of brown forever. After a couple of weeks of planning, I finally settled on adding purple to my hair. It was literally a coin toss between fire engine red and purple. Purple won and this ombre purple hair color was born. It took me a good four hours to complete this look. I bleached and bleached and colored the top half to get an even – dark (almost) black base and then the purple. Whew it was a lot of work, but totally worth it. 

Ombre purple hair 

purple hair ombre

How To:

Step 1:

Lift hair what you want to be lightened. I used the blond brilliance lightening kit to lift my hair. Everything you will need to lighten your hair is included. Follow the directions on time and mixing. Tip use the clear container as a bowl.

Step 2:

Rinse and use very small amount of shampoo and conditioner. Dry completely.

Step 3:

I wanted the top half of my hair to be more vibrant and uniform. I used L’Oreal Excellence Creme in Dark Brown with 20 Volume developer. Apply carefully without getting it on the bleached part of your hair. 

If your hair has not lifted to your desired level now is the time to add more lightening creme. Remember you want it as platinum as possible without damaging your hair. I did add more bleach to the areas that looked orange. Pay special attention to the bleached portion and watch for wirey hair and breakage. Wash immediately if you start to see it get rubbery when pulled gently. 

Step 4: 

 Rinse and use very small amount of shampoo and conditioner. Dry completely.

Step 5:

Ion Color Brilliance Brights Semi-Permanent Hair Color in purple entire tube mixed with 1 tablespoon of conditioner. Mix well and apply to lightened hair. Leave on 1 hour, wash hair as usual and style. 

Michelle Cantu is a digital influencer who built a thriving community dedicated to supporting parents and inspiring moms to stretch their dollar. Michelle homeschools her 4 kids and lives right outside of San Antonio, Texas.

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