***Special thanks to Splat for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.***
It’s not often that I go outside my comfort zone when it comes to hair. In fact, I’ve planned to go back to the dark side this winter after being blonde for ~4 years. Before going back though, I decided to go purple because why not?! Plus, I got the opportunity to partner up with Splat to try their new line, which is a 95% natural formula that is semi-permanent. It’s supposed to last up to 30 washes! Since I don’t wash my hair everyday, I figured it would give me some time to enjoy a fun color before going back to my natural color. I actually debated between blue and purple. After thinking about it for a few days, I ended up sticking with purple. Some friends who had experimented with blue in the past had warned me about hair fading into a sea green and I didn’t want to risk that. Plus, it’s been a long time since I dyed my hair not at a salon. So naturally, I wanted to be on the safe side. Dying my hair at home again gave me major flashbacks to high school days when I would dye my hair behind my mom’s back because she wouldn’t let me LOL!
Thinking of trying a rebellious color at home? See how I did it with Splat Naturals!
Since I already had a bright blonde balayage going and simply wanted my blonde streaks to absorb the purple, achieving my desired results was a breeze. But, Splat has a lightening bleach kit with everything you need & detailed instructions on how to lighten up in case you’re starting out with dark hair. If you’re like me and starting off with blonde, then you can go straight into applying the color!
Things you’ll need in addition to Splat Naturals semi-permanent hair color:
- Hair dye brush for smooth application
- Hair dye bowl to hold the formula
- Gloves to avoid color from staining your hands
- Clips to section out your hair
- Dark towels to cover your sink & countertop
- An old, preferably dark shirt you don’t mind getting color on
- A comb just in case you need to comb through hair
- Bright, even lighting to ensure even application
- A timer
Once you’ve gathered all of the above materials, it’s time to have some fun! Let’s get started.
Step 1: Wear an old, dark shirt and cover your countertops and sink with the dark towels.
Step 2: Set all of the materials on top of the towels & squeeze Splat Naturals formula into the bowl.
Step 3: Section off hair so that you can focus on application one layer at a time. Apply Vaseline around your ears and other places that are likely to catch color to avoid any staining on the skin.
Step 4: With gloves on, use the hair dye brush to apply the formula generously onto your hair, one section at a time. Try your best not to get the scalp because the color can be stubborn to wash off of skin.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 & 4 as needed.
Step 6: Check to make sure all hair you want colored is covered in the formula. If you are dying the whole head of hair like I did, then I recommend using a comb to comb through the hair. That will help to make sure that everything is evenly distributed!
Step 7: Set a timer for 60 minutes if you have fine hair like I do, or 75 minutes if you have thicker hair that doesn’t absorb color as quickly. Let the dye sit for the allotted time. I personally recommend clipping up the hair so that the color doesn’t get all over your skin while you wait.
Step 8: Hop in the shower and rinse hair with cool water (to lock in color) until the water runs mostly clear.
Step 9: Shampoo & condition hair as you normally would. I suggest using purple shampoo & conditioner if you’re going purple as that will help to keep the color looking rich for as long as possible! Otherwise, a sulfate/paraben-free shampoo & conditioner will do.
Step 10: Dry hair with an old towel as Splat Naturals can stain your towel. Then, blow dry & style as desired!
Although I was nervous at first, I immediately fell in love with the outcome after washing. It actually came out darker than the first time I went purple. Instead of a lavender-ish purple it’s more of a deep, yet bright purple! I’m curious to see how it will fade over time, but for now am definitely enjoying this beautiful color for as long as I can. It’s been about 5 washes now and the purple doesn’t seem to have budged, despite some color running in the shower each time I wash my hair. I love how vibrant it is!!!
In addition to easy application, Splat’s packaging is super simple as well. Unlike traditional box dyes, there are no unnecessary boxes and instruction sheets. Everything you need is on the packet itself! To top it off, the salon quality cream formula is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and fragrance-free (yes, you heard that right!). I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand the smell of most dyes out there. Splat Naturals doesn’t contain any bleach, parabens, sulfates, PPD, or ammonia either. I truly felt that the formula was gentle because I didn’t experience any itching or burning on my scalp, or get headaches from a chemical smell. Infused with quinoa extract to help color stick around longer, baobab extract to help nourish & strengthen your hair, and Vitamin B5 to restore shine, you can achieve any fun color at home without the nuisances that come with a lot of hair dyes. Honestly, after having such a great first experience with this purple color, I’m feeling confident about the blue. I may just give it a go after this purple fades. Who can say no to bright & bouncy locks? 😉
Have you tried a rebellious color before? Check out @splathairdye on Instagram and their hashtags #SplatNaturals #SplatSquad to get inspired! Splat is launching their Naturals line online & at Walmart, CVS, and Ulta stores starting on February 1, 2019.