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How to Use Dark Purple Hair Dye Without Bleach

How to Use Dark Purple Hair Dye Without Bleach

Fashion Blog Thu May 05 2022

Monochromatic hair dye was so last year. Show your fun and adventurous side by dying your hair with crazy and head-turner colors like dark purple hair dye. Most of you probably tried and didn't get the expected result. Any shade of purple is one of the most notorious hair colors to achieve. Luckily, we'll teach you how to do it even without bleach.

Does Dark Purple Hair Dye Last Longer?

Before anything else, know that there are three different kinds of hair dyes to determine how long they last.

Permanent Hair Dyes

These kinds of hair dyes actually contain ammonia, which bleaches the natural hair to dye the actual hair color of your liking. However, most people don't like ammonia in their hair dye since it causes breakage, dryness, and damage to the hair.

One of the most important things to remember is that you absolutely need to bleach your natural hair if you choose permanent hair dye. This saves you the effort, time, and money as you don't have to buy a bleaching set and bleach your hair multiple times in order to dye your hair dark purple.

Permanent hair dyes typically last for 6 to 9 weeks, approximately 32 washes.

Semi-Permanent Hair Dyes

Unlike the permanent hair dyes, semi-permanent penetrates the hair to a limited extent only. These kinds of hair dues don't bleach the hair and contain a tiny portion of ammonia, making it friendlier and less damaging to your hair. And this is exactly the reason why semi-permanent hair dyes don't last long.

Semi-permanent hair dyes usually last for about 4 to 6 weeks with approximately 28 washes.

Demi-Permanent Hair Dyes

Lastly, semi-permanent or temporary hair dyes don't have ammonia and don't need bleaching. Instead, it has an alkaline agent, which is the developer solution. This developer solution aids in dying the hair shafts.

Demi-permanent hair dyes typically last for about 2 to 3 days, with 2 to 3 washes the most.

10 Steps To Dye Your Hair Dark Purple Without Bleach

Follow these fool-proof steps to achieve that dark purple hair dye you desire.

1. Determine Your Current Hair Color

It is crucial to recognize your current hair color in order to somehow know the sort of outcome you will get. Just to remind you, every hair dye has a color chart printed on the box. It is in your interest to always check the color chart to get a grasp of the possible result. 

Lighter hair color, for example, will react very differently to darker hair. The fact that you are applying a dark purple hair dye without bleaching doesn't mean the outcome would be unpredictable.

2. Prepare For Dying

After determining your current hair color, prepare for dying. You will need to wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo before applying the dark purple hair dye. Take note that these kinds of shampoo are pretty damaging to the hair, especially if you naturally have dry hair.

So prepare your fave hair conditioner to restore the needed moisture of your hair to avoid brittle and dry hair.

Carefully rinse your hair and have it air dried. Once the hair is dry, part your hair into four sections and clip them to keep it in place. It is best to make more sections if you have thicker hair for a more effortless dying experience.

And, of course, do not forget to mix your dark purple hair dye. Read and follow the instruction of your chosen hair dye brand.

3. Before Doing Anything, Do a Patch Testing

Patch testing is recommended before doing anything to your hair, as you might get an unwanted reaction due to chemical exposure to your skin. It is best to do the patch testing behind the ears or within your inside elbows' skin because this area is more sensitive than the others.

Why do you need to do a patch test? Paraphenylenediamine, also known as PPD, is a chemical found in almost all hair color products. At the absolute worst, it can trigger a significant allergic response and may damage your skin depending on the severity of the reaction.

Apply a small amount of the dark purple hair dye to the said skin areas, and wait for it to dry for at least 5 to 10 minutes. After it dries or after 10 minutes, there has been no allergic reaction such as reddening of the skin, swelling, difficulty of breathing, and/or nausea, you are safe to proceed to the next step.

4. Next, Strand Testing (OPTIONAL)

This next step is for those who are still unsure whether the shade of dark purple hair dye will suit them or are hesitant about what would be the color result. Get a small number of hair strands and the desired amount of dark purple hair dye, apply it to the hair strands, and leave it on for the next 20 minutes.

If the color result meets your expected outcome, you can now dye your entire hair.

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5. Apply The Dye Mixture To Parted Hair

Make absolutely sure that all of the hair sections are well clipped. If you intend to wrap your entire head, pick a section where to start to ensure that no strand is overlooked; this is to have a uniform hair color result.

Check your hair every now and then in front of the mirror to see whether or not you have covered your entire hair with the dark purple hair dye.

6. Set Your Timer

Right after checking if you have uniformly applied the dark purple hair dye, place a shower cap or a plastic cap to cover your hair. Typically, when you buy a hair dye kit, a cap is included.

After placing the cap, set your timer according to the waiting time indicated by the manufacturer. Normally, it takes about 20 to 30 minutes before the hair dye is set.

7. Wash Your Hair

Once your timer rings, it is time to wash off the hair dye. Make sure to remove all the residue and only use water. No shampoo, no soap, just conditioner to prevent your dark purple hair dye from fading. Allow your hair to dry.


Like many other hair dyes, it eventually fades most, especially if you treat your dyed hair with care. It is essential to know how and what to expect when dying your dark purple, or else you'll find your hair dye fading sooner than the said effectivity.

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