I’ve colored my hair purple (and lots of other colors 😜) over the last few years, but I’ve never done it myself. I’d always go to Nick at The Woodstock Lobby to get it professionally done and even then my pink or blue hair only lasted for about two weeks before it started fading. I was of the opinion that if a hair-salon couldn’t get the colours to stay in my hair then hair colour in a box sure as hell wouldn’t. So when we were given Herbatint permanent hair colours at the Wellness Warehouse Wonder Women Brunch to try out I wasn’t expecting much.
We could choose our own colours and since my hair was purply pink at that time (see the pictures below) I went for the Herbatint Hair Colour – FF3 Plum. It took me quote some time (almost a year) to find the perfect opportunity to try out the colour and get pretty pictures of it taken as well. I’m not a model and I am terrible at selfies so those two options wouldn’t have worked for me! But then last weekend we did a very bright and colourful photoshoot in Bo-Kaap for an exciting project I am working on, so I decided that that would be the perfect opportunity!
Herbatint claims that it is the most natural permanent hair dye available in South Africa. It contains no Ammonia, no Resorcinol and no Paraben, and the lowest possible levels of Peroxide and PPD, meaning it is a lot safer for you and a lot gentler on your hair with no smell and no burning sensation.
The company use herbal extracts to achieve a beautiful, completely effective permanent colour – without damaging the hair structure – while nourishing, protecting and conditioning the hair and scalp. The bottles have screw-able lids so you can save what you don’t use for further applications. For short hair like mine, the contents should allow enough for two applications.
I coloured my hair late the Friday night, exhausted after the long week, but it had to be done if I was going to be a purple-haired goddess at the shoot. It was quite easy to mix and apply. You can use a brush to comb the mixture evenly through your hair, but I just applied it with my fingers. I then chilled in bed for a bit longer than the 40 minutes the mixture was supposed to be on my hair and rinsed it out. My hair felt like straw after washing out the color but using the rescue mask provided with the colour kit afterwards turned my hair back into silk. I was ready to look at myself in the mirror…. and was very excited that my hair was indeed a gorgeous plum!
The next morning during daytime I could get a better idea of what the colour looked like and I found that it was even more purple than I imagined! The color was deep and dark and PURPLE enough to my taste. I mean, what is the point of coloring your hair and you don’t get a vibrant result!
Which one do you think looks best? BEFORE purple or AFTER purple.
Which of the below colours do you think I should try next – Crimson Red, Violet or Orange? Let me know in the comments!