I Accidentally Dyed My Husband's Hair Purple But It Looks Really Pretty So Here's How I Did It

For some reason, SOs think I can be trusted with dyeing their hair.

Aug 22, 2014 at 12:30pm | Leave a comment

So my husband normally has silvery/white/uber super platinum blond hair. I’ve been doing the bleaching and toning for him for about nine months now. (I’ve had a lot of practice dying SOs hair, for some reason they think I can be trusted with it.)
 
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 For the record this what my absurdly gorgeous husband looks like normally.

 
This time around I used a WAY too light hand on the bleach, and it ended up brassy. Since he wants a silver tone, I optimistically decided to up the ante on the purple toner recipe I’d been using for ages.  
 
“More purple,” I thought, “that’ll counteract the yellow/orange tones and leave us with a lovely lavender gray, and it’s only Manic Panic so it’ll wash out in about a minute anyway.”
 
It ended up lavender alright, a beautiful lavender with silver streaks and tips that’s really gorgeous.  
 
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You know,I’m pretty sure my husband looks more like a mystical ethereal mermaid than I do, and you know, I’m cool with that.

 
 
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I bet if I put the right Instagram filter on this it would go viral on tumblr

 
So here’s what I did to create this gorgeous screw up.
 
Most of his hair is already bleached to a level 9/10 (platinum or very light blond) which is necessary to get the pastel effect we see on the length, which honestly, you should go to a professional for. The roots I took from about a 4 (light brown) to a 6/7 (sort of a golden rod color) which was about 30 minutes processing time using 20 volume developer.  
 
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This is bleach.  It is for lightening hair color and not for use as a personal lubricant, dietary supplement or eye medicine.

 
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This is developer.  It has to be kept in a bottle or you will find tiny housing developments and shopping centers popping up all around your house.

 
Then we rinsed it, shampooed it and allowed it to dry. I mixed about three tablespoons of Manic Panic Ultra Violet with about a quarter cup of Virgin Snow toner to do the brassiest bits (the roots). After that, I ran out of Virgin Snow because I am absolutely never for prepared for anything. Luckily you can mix Manic Panic with most conditioners to dilute it (personally I like Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths). It makes the color more prone to fading, but I wanted to make sure things were even, so I did it anyway, figuring I could always touch it up later. I mixed about 2 tablespoons of Ultra Violet to about 1 third cup of conditioner, and did most of the length. I also pulled some of the dye from the top through the length in various strategic places to get a bit of dimension.
 
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I know Special FX holds better, but I have a weird affection for this brand and its adorable packaging. 

 
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 As you may be able to tell, this is in fact the very bottle of conditioner I used.

 
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 You’ll also want a tint bowl and tint brush because, 1. You’re mixing colors and 2. As you can see by the condition of this tint brush, tint brushes are often too wide to fit into Manic Panic jars. 3. You probably don’t want purple hands (unless you do, in which case I’m not sure it’s safe to use hair dye on your skin.

 
Then we let it set for two hours (it was supposed to be 40 minutes, but D, my husband, got really intent on "Twin Peaks" and forgot about the timing). Then we washed out the dye, and soaked his hair in deep conditioning mask. Actually my husband did that last bit himself (D is self cleaning, which is as good a feature in a spouse as it is in an oven). Upon rinsing, he informed me that his hair was distinctly more purple than he had expected it to be, but that he didn’t mind because it’s a nice color and would fade eventually. D is also very forgiving, which is also a good trait for both spouses and ovens to have.
 
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 And one last photo of D’s hair, it’s so thick and gorgeous and amazing, and that’s with an undercut (D has a LOT of hair.)  My only regret is not being able to call him blondie for a few weeks.