I Had Purple Hair and Now There's No Turning Back / by Diamond Coleman

Yep, you read that correctly: I had purple hair for about a week. I finally took the proverbial plunge to dye my hair a bright-ish color a month ago. I can't really tell you what spurred this spontaneous decision–all I can really tell you is that I'm really glad I followed through with it.  

This glove was originally light blue.

This glove was originally light blue.

It was the very beginning of May when I was feeling ballsy and ready for a change. I went out to Sally's and bought all the essential utensils: a mixing brush and bowl, hair bleach and toner, hair clips, and last but certainly not least, Manic Panic's "Hot Hot Pink" and "Ultra Violet" hair dyes. The saleswoman who helped me also had her hair dyed in multiple colors similar to the ones I wanted, so I knew I was in good hands. She was kind of like my own personal hair-dye guru for 15 minutes, guiding me through the process of dying one's own hair and reassuring me that I wouldn't go bald by doing so.

I came back home almost too excited to get down to business. First, I watched a shit ton of YouTube videos of other black women with natural hair giving hair coloring tutorials, all of which were very informative. Then I really got to work, mixing the bleach and eventually applying it to my hair.

I won't lie; I was a bit weary of the bleach due to my hair's fragility. But then I sucked it up and told myself that I would try that much harder to moisturize and care for my natural tresses from that point forward. It brightened my hair relatively quickly and left me looking like a firecracker. But seeing my hair in such a drastically different tone got me even more excited to add the dye.

Now, I'm obviously not a professional and have never dyed my hair like this before. The extent of experience I have with hair color is buying a box color from CVS on a whim and just putting it on the tips of my hair in the front–it was only a few shades lighter than my natural color. While that was fun, I've been wanting a drastic color change ever since, but was a little apprehensive about doing a crazy (well, at least by my standards) color.

Here, it looks more red than anything else.

Here, it looks more red than anything else.

Within the first two weeks of dying my hair, it had gone from purple to fuchsia to magenta to pink. However, three weeks in, the color was completely gone, leaving my hair a honey blonde. Thankfully, my hair isn't as dried out or brittle as I was expecting it to become. It's actually pretty damn soft at the moment, since I've been adding extra coconut oil to my usual styling regimen. (And for my natural sisters out there who battle with retaining moisture and getting those soft-to-the-touch curls–the 4Bs and 4Cs especially–Shea Moisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle works wonders!) I'm absolutely loving the color journey thus far and honestly don't see myself going back to my natural color any time soon.

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