Rated 5 out of 5 by nikkisep A Good, Bright Purple with a Bit of Tweaking
I've had bright purple hair for several months now, and finding just the right formula has been a challenge. Manic Panic doesn't last and leaves spots, Splat gives great color payoff but is nearly impossible to remove from the skin, Sparks colors are great, but they are not as easy to find and stain every surface they touch (yet they're not that bad on skin), and Ion Color was just a joke. I decided to try N Rage, and I'm glad that I did.
Before I put any product on my hair, I like to get other opinions so I made sure to read reviews for Purple Plum. Some of the "cons" were absolutely ridiculous. For example, all of these "unnatural" colors tend to stain skin, scalp, and surfaces that they touch, so this wasn't an issue for me. Also, since these aren't permanent dyes, they do bleed and fade. However, the one thing that did concern me was that many people were talking about how dark the color was, so I decided to customize it a bit for my own tastes. I want bright, neon, beautiful purple -- not black.
So a little overview of my process: My hair was previously purple due to a combo of Sparks, Manic Panic, and Splat. However, I needed to touch up my natural medium brown roots and make sure the color was pretty uniform. Also, previously, the top layer of my hair was purple, underneath was medium brown. I wanted to just go ahead and go all out with the purple, so I decided to bleach my entire head. To do this, I used the Wella Cream bleach with 20 volume developer, and it worked fabulously. It stripped the previous purple down to a light pink, and lightened my roots/natural hair. Please note: If you want your color to be vivid and last, you HAVE to bleach. Putting it on dark hair may result in a slight color tint, but it will wash away almost immediately. You want your hair to be pre-lightened and porous to get the most from your color.
Also, I've found that with purples, you don't have to get your hair to bleach-blonde white. On my first round of dying purple, I lifted mine to a golden-orange color, and the purple has went over it beautifully without drying out and damaging my hair significantly.
After applying the bleach and letting it do its job, I rinsed it out, used shampoo to get out any residue, and skipped conditioner. This may seem like a crucial step but I've found that N Rage and other similar dyes contain conditioners and because I let them sit for so long, my hair looks shiny, healthy, and feels soft without any breakage when the whole process is complete.
Once my hair was COMPLETELY dry, I used a tint brush and bowl to mix N Rage with Manic Panic Purple Haze amplified, and a squirt of Dove conditioner. As far as ratio goes with the two different colors, I couldn't really tell you. I just mixed until it was the color that I liked. I applied it all over, put on a processing cap, skipped the 15 minutes noted on the N Rage packaging, and left it on for about an hour.
After it was finished, I did a quick rinse in the sink (please don't do your initial rinse in the shower or it will be purple -- or whatever color is on your head), then hopped into the shower to rinse with cool water -- no shampoo. During the process, I protected my skin with petroleum jelly, but if you're messy like me, you'll find that you still get color everywhere. The color wiped off with soap and a washcloth fairly easily -- especially when compared to other products like Splat.
After, I styled my hair, and it's a glorious purple that looks almost neon in certain lighting, while it looks darker brown in very low light, a look I love. Don't be fooled though...this isn't a subtle purple AT ALL. It is very noticeable in natural light and most indoor lighting, although the tone changes depending on the type of lighting you're around.
For the next few days, I'll sit with a towel behind my head on the couch and sleep with a towel over my pillow. YES, these colors do bleed. If you aren't prepared for that, then don't use any of these wilder colors -- it's just what they do.
For care, I only wash with cold water, use a sulfate-free shampoo, and I use dry shampoo when necessary. I keep styling products (particularly those with alcohol) to a minimum as well. I've just put in this color this week, but it shows no signs of fading.
Overall, this product was easy to use, didn't smell overwhelmingly bad like some colors (Arctic Fox is the absolute worst), and gave great coverage. It didn't stain as badly as some colors. I did have to customize it to get the right color (not too dark) and how long it lasts is still up in the air. However, so far, this is one of my favorite products to use, and I highly recommend it for anyone that knows what to expect from these types of colors.
December 31, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by asriel one of my favorites!!
n rage is by far one of the best hair dyes i have had the pleasure of using. the colors are beautiful and last for MONTHS. it says 3-6 weeks but its more like 7-8! not to mention it smells like bubble gum which is Fantastic!!
November 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by dpominsk best pink dye
this is the best pink dye. its been 6 weeks since I dyed my hair & its only slightly faded. there is alot in the bottle, nice bubblegum scent & spreads nicely.
October 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shortstack78 YES!!
Will continue to use when I want to add color to my hair. Love it. Read the usage tip they are on point. If you use shampoo/conditioner it will bleed/stain..but still worth it..I have med. length hair I'm African american and I still have a lil more than a half full bottle.. I mix mine with conditioner when I apply ... work wonders...
July 21, 2015