LIVE FREE & DYE-HARD! Step by Step Hair Dying Tutorial- Pink, Purple & Black!

Today I’m sharing with you a step by step hair dying tutorial-vlog. Some of this information may seem redundant to some of you fellow dye-hards, but I wanted to included tips & tricks that I’ve learned from coloring my own hair for 16 years.

The number one question I get about my hair is: “Do you have to bleach it?” and the answer is yes.Your hair it needs to have a very light base color in order for the colors to look super vibrant, and the hair cuticle must be damaged for the color to last for any length of time. Some “unnatural” color will stick to virgin hair, but it depends on your own hair’s porosity. My hair is naturally very slick and smooth so bleaching is necessary to open the cuticle, plus a lighter base means more vibrant color.


Plastic Clips- Metal can react strangely with bleach

Rat-Tail Comb for dividing hair

Tint Brushes

Non-porous Mixing bowl

Clarifying Shampoo- I just use a shampoo that contains sulfates, because these strip the hair.

Nitrilon Gloves- These are latex-free, and they are reusable which makes them better for the environment

I didn’t discuss this in the video, but a deep conditioner after all these processes is a must! I like to apply it and leave it on for hours!

Several Old-T-Shirt you don’t mind ruining (I prefer old Band T-shirts). I use several because I tend to spill a little and I don’t want to put on a shirt that already has dye-globs on in. During the Pink/Purple portion of this video I’m rocking my old Blink 182 shirt!


Prism Lites Violet-Toned Bleach Powder- My hair tends to go very yellow when bleached so using a violet-toned bleach balances this out. Also this smells the best out of every bleach powder I’ve ever used; Almost fruity, but you know, still bleach.

Ion Sensitive Scalp Developer Level 30- nothing to write home about, but it is my go-to developer. Does anyone know what difference using a different brand/type developer would make? Please share in the comments below.

I get both my Pink & Purple dyes at a local non-chain beauty supply. When I have bought them online I’ve bought from both Amphigory and Goodgoth’s websites. Everyone has their favorites, but I really feel that Special Effects makes the longest lasting and most vibrant hair dyes. I’ve been using them for 14 years and I’m very happy with our long term relationship.


Special Effects Atomic Pink. best pink in my opinion because it starts out very red-pink and as it fades is transitions into hot pink, and then bubble gum pink. If you want your pink more cool-toned try Special Effects “Virgin Rose”, for a lighter pink, “Cupcake Pink” and for a deeper more magenta pink try “Burgundy Wine”- I’ve used all of these colors at different points, but Atomic Pink is my BFF!


This time around I used Special Effects “Wild Flower” & “Deep Purple”; Previously I’ve used just Wild Flower, or Pravana Colorsilk Vivids “Violet”. Wild Flower fades stupidly fast, but I love the color, sort of a blue-violet. Pravana Violet lasts an insane amount, but I did have terrible fading near the roots (it seemed to not stick to the healthiest, freshly bleached hair). Also Pravana Violet had a terrible habit of staining EVERYTHING: my tub, my pillow, even my body a pale lavender, for at least 5 days so I don’t know if it was worth the hassle. Besides it’s a pro-only product so it was hard for me to get in the first place. Mixing DP and WF together created a color very similar to Pravana Violet, and since this mixture is new, time will tell how long it lasts & how it fades.


In this video I used Ion Jet Black, because I was in a rush and just picked it up at Sally Beauty Supply. My fave black dye is “1N Black” from Satin by Developlus. I prefer that formula and I think it’s blacker without being blue-black, which I think clashes with my overall coloring. I think the Satin Dye last longer, and is less damaging. I get mine at a non-chain beauty supply, but a search on google showed that you can buy it online.

I develop the black part of my hair with a level 10 developer from Ion. Using a level 10 is called tone-on tone or “deposit only” because it doesn’t cause a lot of damage and just barely opens the hair cuticle enough to deposit the color.
If you have further questions about my process or preferences, please leave them in the comment section below. This is my method and I’ve cultivated it over years of practice, trial and some serious error. As for giving you personalized advice about hair: Keep in mind I’m not a colorist, and even if I were I can’t assess what your hair needs, over the internet. Hair Coloring is much more involved and permanent compared to makeup, so please proceed at your own risk.

Here’s a few links to videos I’ve done in the past about Hair Color & Care!

Detailed Hair FAQ

How I fixed a Botched Dye-Job

Favorite Bargain Hair Products


I hope this inspires you to mix it up!



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