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NEW HAIR: I Became a (Purple) Unicorn!

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Those of you who have been following me on Instagram and seeing my Stories may know that I recently dyed my hair lavender! For the longest time, I stuck withΒ blonde because it’s safe and looks naturalΒ on me. After moving to Palm Springs and not having a hair stylist nearby, the last thing I wanted was something high maintenance. A few years back before I quit modeling to create content full-time, I had the pleasure of working withΒ a really talented make-up artist, Jeanne San Diego on set. Turns out, she also does hair and has her own studio called Salon One 9 in Walnut, California. Located in the Inland Empire vicinity, this is around 1.5-2 hours (or less with no traffic) from Palm Springs. Yes, a far drive but totally worth it because she is amazing at what she does! First, I had her touch up my blonde shortly after I moved here. I was really pleased with the results πŸ™‚ During that session, we had spoken about trying something fun and different for summer. Since unicorn hair has been trending everywhere, we went for the lavenderΒ transformation last week!

The process pretty much took a full day because while I hadΒ light hair already which helped, my roots were still dark. Half of the day was spent to really lighten them, and the other half was spent turning purple. By the end of it all, I was really amazed byΒ the results.

First, Jeanne lightened my hair to level 9/10 with Guy Tang’s Mydentity cream lightener big9 +20 vol developer + B3 Brazilian Bond Builder to protect my locks. After bleaching my hair, I couldn’t believe how bright blonde I was. It was to the point where I was contemplating dying my eyebrows blonde too so I wouldn’t look so weird. I didn’t have to panic for long though; the next stepΒ was going purple! Jeanne achieved this in two zones. First, she used 6 Dusty Lavender from Guy Tang’s Mydentity line, then 8 Dusty Lavender + Dark Shadows on the roots.

The roots were a bit stubborn because they were so much darker than the rest of my hair, but we managed to get rid of the much dreaded yellow tint. After all this, my hair had no trace of that awkward blonde and to my surprise, was a lot darker than I had anticipated.Β My hair looked beautiful straight but we decided to add some waves for volume. For the extra oomph, we used 3-4 squirts of Puff Me.

I have only washed my hair once in the past week because I know that the color fades with every wash. I’m not ready for the pretty purple to disappear! Dry shampoo has really been my best friend πŸ˜‰

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Pinit

These photos were taken the day of the service. My hair was a brighter purple — almost a bit too bright for my liking BUT I wanted it this way because I wanted more fading time.

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Pinit

These photos were taken almost a week after the service, with one wash. My hair is more of a lavender now, with greyish tones. Just the way I love it!!! Here’s to hoping I can keep this color for a month (I know, good luck to me lol).

Part of the reason why I felt so brave to try this color is because I knew it would eventually fade back to blonde. This means low-maintenance — right up my alley! Even after one wash, I already see some blonde peeking out. Jeanne gave me a special type of purple shampoo by Celeb Luxury to take home with me. The Viral Pastel Purple Colorwash shampooΒ is supposed to cleanseΒ and deposit purple pigment into the hair with every wash. However, I wasn’t so sure how to use it the first time… so I don’t think I left it in long enough for much color to deposit. I ended up losing color rather than gaining if anything. I’ll be washing my hair again this weekend andΒ leave the shampoo in for longer and see how it turns out!

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I have gotten SOΒ many compliments on my hair that I decided to share my experience with you all here on my blog! I hope you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Some of you have asked me whether I’ll go purple (or try another fashion color) after this fades. I think I’ll probably go back to blonde by default because it’s easier to maintain and looks more natural. While the purple is super fun, I don’t thinkΒ it’s something I’d want to have forever.

If you are in Southern California, I highly recommend Jeanne for any hair service. She is great at listening to client desires andΒ efficiently delivers quality results! She also does make-up and hair for weddings. So, if you’re getting married this summer or know someone who is, she’s your girl!

Have you gone out of your comfort zone with your hair lately? What kind of transformation did you go for?

Photos by David Potter

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92 Comments
  • Denise Fry
    June 16, 2017

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your new hair! You can literally pull anything off babe! Lavender looks amazing on you πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

    • Sharon Wu
      June 16, 2017

      Thanks Denise! I can’t get over my favorite color in my hair! Haha so fun… but it’s slowly fading! >_<

  • Miranda Sterling
    June 16, 2017

    Your hair is fading out so nicely! I’ve wanted to try a bold color for a while like an electric blue but haven’t gotten the chance. After seeing you take the plunge I’m feeling inspired πŸ™‚ Happy Friday love xoxoxo

    • Sharon Wu
      June 16, 2017

      Thanks beautiful! You should totally give it a try! Haha we only live once πŸ˜‰ I think you’d rock an electric blue xx

  • Charlotte
    June 16, 2017

    Oh, my goodness… i love this look SO MUCH! I was wondering how long this would last… I have dark curly hair and my hair is stubborn and resistant to color, so I am very curious how long it would hold. Also! I’ve never tried dried shampoo before–thanks for the recommendation!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you Charlotte! I’m so happy to hear that you love it! It won’t last long unfortunately as it’s not a natural color… but if I’m lucky I can probably make it last for 3 weeks or so I’m guessing. Dry shampoo helps prevent you from having to wash your hair everyday (it gets rid of root oil and makes your hair smell good) and the purple shampoo is good for keeping brass at bay and if you’re purple like me, deposit a bit of purple pigment into the hair to help make the color last longer!

  • Jessica
    June 16, 2017

    I’m going to Cancun in 2 weeks I’m TOTALLY going to do something out of the ordinary for the trip!! My go-to person is in Ktown and does a really good job on these more out of the box colors too… I cannot wait!! And I’ve been using a purple shampoo too… it makes SUCH a difference!!!

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic
    http://www.mycubiclechic.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Omg I’m so jealous! I wish I could escape the desert heat and enjoy Cancun with you! I totally think you should go bold and try something fun/new for your trip πŸ™‚ You’ll have to let me know what color you end up picking! xx

  • Mariann yip
    June 16, 2017

    Your hair looks amazing and I’m so happy you decided to go with that color because it suits you so well πŸ™‚

  • Madeline
    June 16, 2017

    Oh my god I love love love your hair! It’s so different but not too bright – it’s perfect!
    Madeline
    http://www.wearweroam.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you Madeline! It is definitely different for me… haha but I am enjoying it while it lasts!

  • Kate Tik
    June 16, 2017

    Omg your hair is perfection!!! Own it girlfriend. I was actually recently thinking about adding some pink to my blonder hair, but I’m still deciding. Hehe. Thanks for sharing this you adorable unicorn! <3

    katetik.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you Kate! I think you would ROCK a pastel pink! xx

  • Deborah Nicholas
    June 16, 2017

    oh my gosh your hair is amazing, i wish i had the nerve to do something like this but i think im the wrong side of 40 now!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you Deborah! Never too late to try something fun and new πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Casey the College Celiac
    June 16, 2017

    I’m usually not a big purple person but it turned out so pretty! I like that the color is understated and also has some blue and gray hues inside! My “craziest” hair project was joining in on the ombre trend a few years ago!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Aww thank you so much Casey! Means a lot to me πŸ™‚ Yes, there are bits of blue and grey hues too! I had ombre blonde before going purple and it should be fading back to that in a week or two I’m guessing lol. It’s a nice trend!

  • Your hair looks amazing!! I really like the silver tones in it. You’re making me regret switching up my purple lol. Also I’m jealous of your tan!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you Maria! No regrets babe — it’s always fun to try new things! Come to Palm Springs and you’ll instantly tan in this 100+ degree heat hahaha

  • Jessica
    June 16, 2017

    What a beautiful hair color on you and it suits your skin tone so beautifully! This is a pinterest- and instagram-worthy hair!!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you so much Jessica! I’m flattered you think so! xx

  • Jenn Hanft
    June 16, 2017

    Ahhh I literally dropped my jaw when I saw your hair on Twitter!!! It’s so gorgeous!! It’s a dream for me to go to Guy Tang or even use his products! Jeanne did an amazing job with the lavender!! Definitely worth the drive and day process hehe. If you ever do try another fashion color, I suggest to stay away from blue! It fades to a nasty green and it took forever for me to get rid of it!

    With love, Jenn
    https://www.jubilantdose.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Awww you’re too kind Jenn! Thank you so much! I remember telling you way back when that I wanted to try a fashion color and finally did it! You totally inspired me haha. Thanks for the warning/suggestion about going blue! I had no idea it would turn into a nasty green — your hair always looked great to me. I think I’ll be sticking with lavender if I want a fashion color and if not then blonde by default. Actually on second thought the lavender in my hair does have a hint of blue in it but nothing bright or anything. I was told to stay out of pool water if I don’t want my hair to turn green though LOL so I’ve been tying it up in a very high top bun when I go out to the pool.

  • Jessica Sheppard
    June 16, 2017

    Stunning, girl! I’m always trying to change up my color. Sometimes the process takes longer than I want to get to the change. Love you with the purple. It will fade quickly but is beautiful on you!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Yeah… I hate the process but always love the results! Especially when Jeanne does my hair. She’s amazing. The color is definitely fading but luckily dry shampoo and purple shampoo are helping me out πŸ˜‰ haha

  • Samantha Mariko
    June 16, 2017

    Jeanne did SUCH an amazing job with your hair! The color suits you so well, and it’s the perfect summer look! I would love to do something colorful like this but I don’t think my agency would like it haha.
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you Samantha! I’m glad you like how it turned out too. Haha oh the modeling days! My agency back then wouldn’t even approve of blonde on me!

  • Nati
    June 17, 2017

    Your hair looks fantastic, love how the colors came out πŸ™‚
    Nati xx

    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

  • Mica
    June 17, 2017

    Your hair is beautiful! I’d love to do something like this, but finding the time to do it would be too difficult. i just admire it on others! πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Yes, it is definitely a time-consuming process that’s for sure! But also a fun, once-in-a-lifetime (at least) experience to try πŸ™‚

  • Briana
    June 17, 2017

    This looks great on you! Good for you girl!

    Briana
    http://beyoutifulbrunette.blogspot.com/

  • Bre Paulson
    June 17, 2017

    Your hair stylist is talented, this is gorgeous! It fits you so well!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you Bre — I’m glad you think so!

  • Sofia
    June 17, 2017

    Your hair looks absolutely amazing! 2hr drive is definitely worth it, I would do it too if I would get those results with me hair. You look gorgeous, it really suits you

  • Britney
    June 17, 2017

    Pretty! I have been thinking about adding a little color to my hair.

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you Britney! You totally should! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Merel van Poorten
    June 17, 2017

    Your hair looks amazing! The color is so beautiful!

    X Merel
    http://www.andathousandwords.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you so much darling! I’m glad you love it πŸ™‚ xx

  • Candace
    June 17, 2017

    Yeah, I’m definitely digging the lavender hair on you. I wish I was able to pull it off since it’s one of my favorite hair colors I’ve seen on others, but my skin is much too dark for it to ever be flattering on me. I am anxious to start experimenting with other hair colors now that I’m out of the corporate world!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 17, 2017

      You know what, I actually started to think that maybe my skin is a bit too dark for the lavender too LOL. The people I always see rock fashion colors tend to have paler skin. After moving to Palm Springs and living in 100+ degree heat, it’s only inevitable that I’ve been getting tan, extremely fast haha. And that’s just another reason why I think I’ll be returning to blonde for good after this fades. It’s fun while it lasts though that’s for sure! Always interesting going out of my comfort zone every now and then — spices life up a bit haha. I’d love to see you try other fun colors (maybe something more bold, rather than pastel)!

  • Jessica Carpenter
    June 17, 2017

    This is amazing! Absolutely beautiful! I would love to do something like that, but I just don’t have it in me. Stunning on you! And how did you edit these photos? They’re amazing!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 18, 2017

      Thanks Jessica! Currently I don’t edit my photos — my boyfriend is a master at that! Haha πŸ˜‰

  • Christine Kong
    June 18, 2017

    Wow your hair looks incredible! I am used to seeing you as a blonde/ light brunette but I am really loving this purple on you. I had no idea that color like this only lasted about a month…seems like it is high maintenance but like you said, depending on what your under color is (like blonde), it’ll fade into another pretty color. Sounds like you had such an amazing experience with your colorist and that’s truly key when doing something like this with your hair. I go as “crazy” as highlights, but if I ever do something drastic, I know where to go! Thanks for sharing your experience. xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      June 18, 2017

      Thank you Christine! It is tooootally different for me and taking me a while to fully get used to it… too bad by the time I’m used to it I’ll probably be blonde again haha πŸ˜‰

  • Gracie
    June 18, 2017

    WOW the lavender color is amazing and the procedure it took to get there. Your stylist knew what they were doing. I love it on you.

    Xxgracie

    snappedbygracie.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 18, 2017

      Thank you Gracie! It took a while but was so worth it πŸ™‚

  • Mary
    June 18, 2017

    such gorgeous hair color, i’m obsessed!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

  • Mira
    June 18, 2017

    I think purple must be the ‘it’ colour for this season! I see it everywhere. But I have to give you credit – your hair is done so well and it really suits you πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      June 18, 2017

      I think so too! To be fair though purple is my favorite color so if I had to choose any fashion color regardless of what color was the “it” color, it’d still be purple πŸ˜‰

  • silvia
    June 18, 2017

    Wow, that’s pure gorgeousness! I love your hair, it looks amazing against your skin and eyes

    • Sharon Wu
      June 18, 2017

      Thank you Silvia! I’m glad you like how it turned out πŸ™‚

  • Brittany Daoud
    June 18, 2017

    GIRL! I’m obsessed with your hair! So, so, so beautiful and fun!

  • Lauren
    June 18, 2017

    This looks fantastic!! It fits you perfectly. Especially with the soft curls. I’m not sure if I could pull off something like this, but it looks fab on you!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 18, 2017

      Thank you Lauren! I’m sure you could totally pull off a fun fashion color πŸ™‚ The good thing is it doesn’t last long so it’s totally safe to try haha

  • “Hello my dearest, thank you for always sharing inspiring posts!!!!

    xx
    Hadasah Love || http://www.styletolove.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 24, 2017

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  • Dee
    June 19, 2017

    Wow your hair looks so amazing!

  • Aliona
    June 19, 2017

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    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love
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  • Stephanie
    June 19, 2017

    I love that you chose to go purple – my favorite color! It looks so gorgeous on you, and I think it’ll be so fun to see what you end up doing next – even if it’s just back to blonde hehe!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 24, 2017

      YES! Our fave color! I had to try it lol πŸ™‚

  • Elena Zahir
    June 19, 2017

    Girl you are absolutely beautiful! I love your hair, such a gorgeous color, it turned out amazing!
    xx Elena
    http://www.elenazahir.com

  • LINHWINN
    June 19, 2017

    The color looks amazing on you! It’s going to fade into such a pretty purple as well.

    xx Linh
    http://linhwinn.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      June 24, 2017

      Surprisingly it didn’t fade into such a pretty color like I had expected — it became sort of more of a blue which is so weird! I decided it was time to wash the color off and now it’s slowly going back to blonde though πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Brico
    June 19, 2017

    Gorgeous!

  • Sushmitha Gururaj
    June 19, 2017

    You pull off the color so well! Looks gorgeous, Sharon!
    xx Su
    http://www.missminussized.com

  • Tiffany Haywood
    June 19, 2017

    I love using my hair to express myself like this!! I’ve had pink in my hair for nearly 3 years and just added an undercut to the fun. I love your purple and I always love a unicorn πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      June 24, 2017

      I’ve seen pink on a lot of people and think it’s so fun too! Great idea babe!

  • Jessi Malay
    June 19, 2017

    Ahhh your new hair looks amazing babe!! Purple is definitely your color…it’s so hard to pull of, but you did it perfectly! Love how she styled it too πŸ™‚

    XO, Jessi
    http://www.mywhitet.com/hide-large-pores/

    • Sharon Wu
      June 24, 2017

      Thanks Jessi! I wish that the fading stage was as appealing though lol but glad that my hair is back to blonde soon!

  • Debbie Savage
    June 19, 2017

    Oh, my goodness! You are looking so fine Sharon! Your hair color is so fabulous!!!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  • I LOVE your hair! I dyed mine a dark royalish purple twice now over the past few years and absolutely loved it! Despite having darker brown hair, they dye managed to soak right up and be fairly bright even without lightening my hair first!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 24, 2017

      Royalish purple is sooo pretty! My cousin got her hair done that color and I was in love when I saw it haha.

  • Jessie
    June 22, 2017

    I love your new hair colour! Your hair is always so perfect! I’ve been thinking about colouring my hair grey, but i’m so scared that all the tips will die. What do you suggest?

    xx Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/le-suite-west-hotel-notting-hill/

    • Sharon Wu
      June 24, 2017

      Thanks Jessie! My hair is actually grey now; if you want the grey to last longer I recommend going purple first because it’ll basically fade immediately to grey after one-two washes. If you do grey and wash, then it’ll go back to blonde too quickly. Up to you though! πŸ™‚

  • Cathlin
    June 23, 2017

    Your hair looks amazing! I might try purple or bright pink…. But my hair is light brown, I don;t know if it’s going to work. Are these dry shampoos really good?… I hate my hair being oily so I wash it every day and I know this is not good for her πŸ™

    • Sharon Wu
      June 24, 2017

      Thank you so much! If you do purple I recommend doing a purple-pink rather than a purple-blue; I didn’t know there was a difference but I think mine was more of a purple-blue and the fading color isn’t as appealing as I expected lol. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver though if you want your hair color to last longer! I have pretty oily hair too and dry shampoo works πŸ™‚

  • Jo
    June 27, 2017

    The purple hair color looks so fab on you!! It really compliments your skin tone and gorgeous tan. What a fun color for summer!

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  • Bernice
    June 28, 2017

    Oh my goodness I absolutely love your hair transformation! It’s so shocking at first getting your hair bleached (and the pain, the unbearable pain haha)

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/06/29/The-Necessity-of-the-Everyday-Bag

    • Sharon Wu
      July 9, 2017

      Thanks Bernice! YES the bleaching part was so shocking to me LOL

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