How I Keep My Purple Hair Vibrant

After years of scrolling through Pinterest and Halsey’s Instagram, I finally decided to do something about my colored hair envy in February. I was planning to go full purple and chickened out, but I’m really happy with what I landed on: purple ends, blended up about half way into my hair.

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Purple is my favorite color and I wanted purple in my hair for all of college but never bit the bullet. I’m so happy I finally did because I’m IN LOVE!

I might be taking the purple out soon because it’s a lot of maintenance that I don’t have time for right now, but now that I’ve done it, I know I love it and will definitely do it again.

If you’re on the fence about putting fun colors in your hair, I say go for it! It’s so much fun and if you do it right, your hair won’t be too damaged. I went to a salon and got it done professionally because I didn’t want to risk it.

Bright colors do fade faster than natural tones, so I did a lot of research on how to keep the color vibrant between salon trips. I didn’t want to go to the salon every couple weeks, because even though my stylist doesn’t cost too much, it’s still a lot of time and money to get your hair dyed. I’ve been getting my hair touched up at the salon every 6-7 weeks since I first got it bleached and dyed. If I do nothing to preserve the color, it can fade after a few washes.

The best way I keep my color vibrant is with Overtone! This is not sponsored by them at all (I wish), I just really love this company and its products work amazingly well for me. Also, it’s vegan and cruelty-free, which is always a plus.

My personal routine with Overtone looks like this:

  1. Before I shower (if I’m washing my hair or plan to put anything in my hair when showering), I put the Daily Conditioner (I use Extreme Purple!) on my dry hair. I use gloves and comb the purple through my ends, varying where it stops so it’s not a straight line, which is also what my stylist does when she dyes my hair.

  2. Let it sit on dry hair for 3-5 minutes, like the bottle suggests.

  3. Hop in the shower, wash it out of my ends and then shampoo my scalp, trying not to get too much shampoo on the purple parts.

And that’s it! I tried out a few sample purples from Overtone to find the one that best matched the color my salon used. Overtone samples are $8 which is awesome, and they’re the perfect size to travel with.

My stylist also has colorful ends and gave me a few additional tips on keep colorful hair healthy and vibrant.


  • When styling hair with heat, leave the last half or quarter inch out of the heat tool. This is also really good for the health of your hair and ends in general.

  • Wash your hair as little as possible. This is also good for general hair health. I had to basically train my hair to work this way, but I’m able to wash my hair 2-3 times a week now.

Part of washing your hair less frequently is using dry shampoo. I’ve tried to many dry shampoos over the years and my current favorite is Lush’s ‘No Drought’ Dry Shampoo. It smells amazing and I can actually feel it soaking up the soil on my scalp. It’s a powder, so not as easy as using a spray, but it works so much better than the spray ones I’ve used.

Like I said, this post is not sponsored, but I do have a regular referral code you can use to get $10 off! So if you want to try two different color samples, you’ll only have to pay about $6. Click here for that code if you want it.

Do you have colorful hair? Or are you dying (no pun intended) to go for some wild color?