If you told me that I’d be living out my smokey lavender hair fantasy because I did it myself, my hairdresser and I would both laugh at you. Very hard.
When in quarantine, I guess 🤷🏼♀️
Being cooped in the house all day has been allowing my mind to run rampant: Planning dream getaways down to the nitty gritty once this is over, overhauling my closet and finally getting organized in all facets of my life, or various other DIY projects have got me going wild with ideas! But the biggest and most impulsive urge I’ve had during this quarantine has been to dye my hair…
Me, the person who has NEVER taken a box color to her own head, wanted to dye her hair. And a fantasy color at that! Was I going insane? Was it the stir-crazy in me rebelling? Whatever that reason being, I must admit that it wasn’t totally impulsive. I did do a lot of research before deciding on Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair Tint, including comparisons of other brands and a deep-dive on YouTube to find any sort of review/tutorial.
While doing my research, I learned that there weren’t a lot of blog posts or videos that gave me the answers I needed. Would a Level 8/9 blonde achieve the pastel lavender locks I wanted? How long would this last? And most importantly, is my hairdresser actually going to murder me once she sees what I did?
This post will hopefully answer the questions I had while doing my research, and serve as motivation for you to just color your hair! A lot of us are still under a stay-at-home order, so why not make yourself feel like a real life unicorn! 🦄
Previous hair-dying experiences
As I mentioned, I have never taken a box dye to my own head, so naturally I was slightly worried that I would ruin my hair. I’ve seen plenty of Brad Mondo videos to know what NOT to do, and also working in a hair salon for three years definitely helped when it came to knowing how to apply, even though I took all my knowledge and threw it out the window after the second glass of wine…
This was just a deposit of color, so I didn’t have to worry about bleaching or pre-lightening my hair. Since I was already a Level 8 blonde, I knew that I would see some sort of results, regardless. If I wanted a more vibrant result, by all means I would have taken this step, but for a rookie, I wasn’t ready for that kind of commitment and I wanted something that was going to fade nicely over time.
Process & Tutorial
I am by no means a licensed hairdresser, so don’t listen to me for guidance on how to actually apply hair color! The process I used just happened to work best for me because I wasn’t necessarily looking for precise color but rather a wash of lavender goodness.
Admittedly, I did this process twice, the first time following the instructions to a T and the second time improvising as I went. There was about a week between colorings with me washing my hair at least twice. I didn’t notice that much fading between the colorings and truthfully, I wish I did it all in one swoop, because the color might have turned out differently, but live and learn.
Taking the hair into four sections, I started with my top layers and worked to the bottom, focusing a lot of the product at my ends since they were a Level 9 and would show the most color once processed. At first, I was very precise with the color and realized that it was taking too long and ended up gooping the product in my hands and lathering it on my head, kind of as if I was conditioning my hair with a mask. Since this was only a tint, my hands didn’t stain and I didn’t feel the need to wear gloves (which should be saved for our first responders and essential workers who need PPE battling this virus, which s/o to them!).
I let the color sit on my hair for about two hours the second time and noticed that I definitely could have afforded to use a second bottle: The color dried out my hair and left it feeling hard, which was a little worrisome at first. Whenever I’ve gotten my hair done professionally, I could feel the color penetrate, but seeing as I only bought one jar and skimping it to make work two times, that might explain why.
Rinsing the color out, I immediately noticed how much softer my hair was and how great it smelled! This product doesn’t have a traditional, chemical hair-dye smell, and it almost acted better as a mask treatment for my hair, leaving it toned and well-conditioned.
Expectations vs. Reality
Did my hair turn bright lavender like on the package? No. Did I achieve some level of smokey lavender hair goals? Yes. Was it at all what I expected? Absolutely not. But do I consider this experience a total flop? Hard no.
For as much research as I said I did, I really was unprepared for this. I should have bought two jars to dye my head if I really wanted have unicorn hair, but I think deep down, that wasn’t what I wanted to achieve. After playing with temporary tints in March, I loved the idea of a hint of color that complimented my skin tone and features that was low commitment and wouldn’t be a total investment in the long run. I wanted something that would wash out and not ruin all the work I did to get my hair to the healthy status it is.
And, to be frank, I was feeling cooped up and rebelled and took it out on my hair, just like every girl does when she’s going through life changes. 🤷🏼♀️
The first go around, I’ll admit that I was really disappointed and even though there was some hint of color, I think I hyped myself up thinking I was going to have *purple* hair, which wasn’t what my original intention was, but I grew accustomed to the idea of it maybe not looking horrible. Which is why I was much more comfortable doing it the second time, and have even given consideration of buying another jar and doing the whole thing all over again, since hey, we are essentially stuck in the house for another month or so.
I’ve washed my hair about three times since doing it the second time and it certainly has faded, but it still has a nice smokey tone to it. I normally wash my hair four times a week, once with a scalp treatment and mask, once with a purple shampoo & conditioner and twice with just a regular shampoo and conditioner. If I really wanted to strip the color out and try it again, I could use a clarifying shampoo, but I’m actually not mad about the color it’s faded into because it has toned a lot of the yellow out.
To reiterate, this was by no means a flop of a product. I wanted to give my hair a slight tint of lavender and the Unicorn Hair Tint by all means achieved that. It wasn’t harmful to my hair, actually making it more conditioned and toned and it gave me a much-needed pick-me-up during a really frustrating time.
🎥 Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Tint video 🎥