New Lilac Hair; Products and Prep

 

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As many of you may have already realised, I have changed my hair! I now have lilac locks and I’m so, SO happy with it! Going from a bright turquoise shade to light, purple hues wasn’t easy though.

I’ve spent the last few weeks prepping for this change, using a range of products that really helped me do it in the easiest and least damaging way.

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For the past month, I’ve been using this Unwash trio*; Bio-Cleansing Conditioner, Anti-Residue Cleanse and Hydrating Masque. This fantastic set has left my hair clean, nourished, soft and feeling truly cleansed.

I have been using the Bio-Cleansing Conditioner every few days for the past month, as it replaces shampoo and still nourishes like a conditioner. Hair feels like it’s really getting a deep clean, and I found this helped remove stubborn colour in my hair I was trying to wash out. When trying to get rid of as much of my turquoise hair as possible, I knew I would have to bleach it; but I wanted to try fade it out first to avoid as much damage as possible. This Bio-Cleansing Conditioner really helped me do that, and meant the bleach only needed a few moments on my hair to make it truly light and free of dye.

After bleaching, I used the Anti-Residue Cleanse and this was SO GOOD, and perfect for what I needed. Anyone who has bleached their hair before will tell you that afterwards your hair is left feeling kinda gross. This gave my hair a good cleanse and removed all the buildup and residue from bleaching. It felt clean and lighter immediately after use.

And finally I knew after all this I would need to really nourish my hair again, and give it some love! So I used the Hydrating Masque to make it soft and shiny again. This restores natural oils and repairs damage, and I immediately felt the difference.

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So; I had removed my old colour, lightened and nourished my hair. What next?

The dying of course! The main event time. I’m always a fan of creating my own custom shades when dying my hair, rather than just straight out the pot/tube stuff. I already knew I wanted to be lilac, and I wanted it to be cool toned rather than a deep warm purple. I had Directions colour pots in Violet already, and knew I could mix a really small amount of this with a LOAD of conditioner to ‘dilute’ the colour and lighten to lilac. However I also decided to mix some silver/grey in there!

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I used the Organic Colour Systems Silver Grey hair dye* with my violet, and conditioner. The silver was perfect, because it made my purple go from a plum-ish shade, to a lighter, cool toned silver lilac. It made ALL the difference, and I’m so happy I used it! I found this bottle easily has enough for a few applications in here, and the silver was beautiful anyway; so I’ll probably try this shade out on its own soon too!

Obviously there are a lot of hair dyes you can’t mix together, so I recommend checking before you try this – but I always find my favourite shades come from mixing my own in this way! Plus it usually saves a lot of money. I could have bought pots of lilac but I would have easily used two or three  pots immediately. Whereas this way, I have used about a quarter of one pot, and just a small amount of my silver. Much more cost effective.

 

So there we have it! These are the products I have used to get myself in it’s current lilac state, and I couldn’t be happier!

Let me know what you guys think? 🙂

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  • Lovely! I’m in the process of dying my hair to a rose goal. Eep. That’s such a change from the deep brown that I have now. I really need to look into hydrating my hair before and after I do this. I love the process that you did.

    Your hair looks beautiful!!

  • It’s lovely Jemma! Such a beautiful dreamy colour (and matches your blog perfectly ;)) xx

  • It looks awesome!!

    Rhi x
    http://www.rinkydinkyrhi.com

  • Your hair looks so good! I love it! 🙂

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • Lilac really suits you, I love it! The Unwash Hydrating Masque sounds pretty good, I love it when you can see and feel instant results, probably because I’m impatient haha.

    Lottie Unlimited | Beauty, +SizeFashion and Lifestyle Blog

  • Ahh I love it, it suits you perfectly!
    Been dying to go lilac myself but always worried about damaging my hair by bleaching it but these products sound promising!

  • Looks incredible, ahhh I love it!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Justine Machin

    Love it! I am however curious to see you as a blonde!! You need to upload the ‘in between’ pics after you’d bleached it hun! Bet it really suits you xxx

  • its so pretty Jemma!
    It’s definitely you.
    The New Old Fashioned Girl

  • Gorgeous colour Jemma! It suits you so much 😀

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

  • Brooklyn

    I absolutely love your hair, I want it!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

  • Love it, I love the multi-tones throughout. I need to really refresh mine, I’m just not sure if I want the same colours again or to go more wintery. Love this colour on you

    Honestly Aine

  • Rai

    I’ve said it on all your social media but I have to say it here again YOU LOOK FABULOUS! LOVE LOVE LOVE! This colour suits you so well and you’ve kept it in such good condition! x

    Rai | utterardour.blogspot.com

  • Alisha Valerie.

    Love your new hair lovely, the colour really suits you so much. 💜💫✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    http://www.AlishaValerie.com | http://www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

  • I love this so much, it looks lovely on you! I currently have silver hair, but would love a pretty lilac running through it! xx

    mondo divine

  • I love this colour on you SO much! I love the brights but I think the more pastel shades really suit you! Ooo, I’m picturing this colour with Tangled length hair and OMG PRETTY!!

    Sarah 🙂

    Saloca in Wonderland

  • This hair colour is so gorgeous! Really suits you!

  • Wow it looks amazing, really lovely colour and it suits you so much! Alice xx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

  • Aisha

    Oh Jemma, the hair is AMAZING! My fave color 🙂 you’re so beautiful !! have a wooonderful day xx

    aishettina.blogspot.it

  • Pollypoptart

    I love lilac hair – this looks awesome!
    Paula http://insertmyblognamehere.blogspot.com