Purple has been associated with royalty since 1900 BC, when the people of Crete used mollusk mucus to dye their clothing. The colorant was rare and expensive, and soon became a fad amongst the elite in Egypt and Rome. Even today, violet hues elicit a sense of richness and rarity. It is a shade that appears infrequently in nature, and is actually more difficult for your eye to perceive than other colors. Giving your strands a dose of dark, luxuriant violet adds sumptuous splendor to your mane. Read on for tips and the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin
Tips: When going darker its important to have a warm foundation, even if the desired end result is cool. If depositing more than two levels, fill the hair first by mixing 3 parts water with 1 part copper (Goldwell 6K is a good choice). Apply in a thin layer and then put the target shade directly on top. The end result will be cool and sparkly, instead of ashy and flat.
Formula: (on starting level 6)
Goldwell Topchic 1 part 5VA + 1 Part 6VV with 20 Volume Developer
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.