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Can I make my natural grey hair lilac

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NotTodaySatan Sat 29-Aug-15 09:39:13

without bleach it anything else that will damage it?

I've just used a violet toner (Wella Color Fresh) and am really disappointed with the minimal difference it's made.

I'd love that purple rinse effect. Is it impossible for grey/silver hair to take colour?

Any tips? Ta smile

Noeuf Sat 29-Aug-15 09:41:01

Bleach London do colours you could try? Boots do it.

Fabellini Sat 29-Aug-15 09:45:54

I use the bright red of this and it gives amazing colour. I think it'd work brilliantly for what you're after.

pinkfrocks Sat 29-Aug-15 14:27:25

Only if you are truly bonkers.

StickyProblem Sat 29-Aug-15 14:29:59

Watching with interest, I would love to do this!

Notsoaccidentproneanymore Sat 29-Aug-15 14:33:48

The thing is, your hair isn't grey. It's a mix of white hairs, and whatever your natural colour is.

So you can colour the white hairs purple, which will give your hair a lilac hue, depending on how much white you have. White hairs are fairly resistant to dye though.

Try using directions colors. They're a semi. If the colour is too strong, you can mix a small amount with some white conditioner, then leave for 20 minutes or so.

It really depends on what colour your hair is naturally though.

BuyingUniformArgh Sat 29-Aug-15 14:33:58

i wish i had grey hair so i could make it lilac

i dont have any yet (well none that i have seen! )

MamaLazarou Sat 29-Aug-15 15:38:28

Use Crazy Colour diluted with a bit of conditioner:

I'm thinking of doing the same with mine. I love purple hair!

NotTodaySatan Sat 29-Aug-15 15:48:54

You think pinkfrocks? sad

........oh hang on, I don't care!!!!

The Bleach London dyes have awful reviews online so I've ordered some Directions and some Manic Panic. Will report back smile

Am also toying with a greeny turquoise mermaid-y colour. Hmm.

CMOTDibbler Sat 29-Aug-15 17:34:59

I'd go with Manic Panic. I use their virgin snow toner on my hair, and its brilliant

MirandaGoshawk Sat 29-Aug-15 17:41:56

I use Directions often. It doesn't last long - fades even if you don't wash it - but it's fun. I've done it the full-strength Violet/Purple which was beautiful but attracted a LOT of attention (I'm not the usual youngster you see with pink/blue/green/lilac hair!). Now I put a dollop in a glass and add a little conditioner, but not too much or you lose the lilac effect and end up with just a darker grey. If you google 'Directions hair colour' on Youtube you'll see lots of tutorials.

NotTodaySatan Sat 29-Aug-15 18:49:45

Cheers CMOT and Miranda smile.

I'm not a young'un either (35) but I'm about to start a creative course and have a kinda 'out there' look anyway so think I'll pull it off grin.

Will update!

amarmai Sat 29-Aug-15 19:10:04

just been motivated by PF into using the purple Garnier Color Styler on my silvery hair! It looks good - so did the pink i used last time. Go for it, op! BTW i'm in my mid 70s.

NotTodaySatan Sun 06-Sep-15 14:35:48

Back to say that I did it!

And I bloody love it grin

scatterthenuns Sun 06-Sep-15 14:38:05

Looks fantastic! And if I may say so, you are gorgeous and I'd kill for features as striking as yours!

Cocolepew Sun 06-Sep-15 14:40:59

Thats great, what did you use?

Zort Sun 06-Sep-15 14:42:03

It looks so good!

NotTodaySatan Sun 06-Sep-15 14:44:37

Aw thanks scatter smile

Coco I used equal parts Manic Panic Mystic Heather and Lie Locks with a wee dollop of Carnation Pink by Directions. Mixed all three with the same amount of white conditioner to pastelise it a wee bit. Left it on for 2.5 hours.

Really happy grin

Cocolepew Sun 06-Sep-15 14:46:17

Thanks smile

shutupanddance Sun 06-Sep-15 14:48:24

You look fantastic. You fox.grin

NotTodaySatan Sun 06-Sep-15 15:10:44

Cheers * shutup* grin

WhatALoadOfOldBollocks Sun 06-Sep-15 15:21:00

Looks great! grin Any idea how long it'll last?

NotTodaySatan Sun 06-Sep-15 15:25:12

Probably not very long Bollocks. Anything from a week to a month but that's ok with me. I don't mind spending a few hours every other week on dyeing it. It's great to be able to have fun with my natural hair. I thought I was going to be grey for the rest of my life! Woo!

daftyburd Sun 06-Sep-15 16:36:59

Your hair is lovely. I've recently started using directions as I find it less messy than manic panic. I've used it 3 times in total and it hasn't made any difference to my hair condition. It's really not harsh at all.

NotTodaySatan Sun 06-Sep-15 16:55:34

Thanks dafty smile

Yeah that's the main reason I went for it. These dyes are actually good for your hair as opposed to bleach etc. The reason I embraced my silver in the first place was because I'd had a bleach disaster and my hair was wrecked. So I shaved it all off. Eek.

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