So, last night I dyed my dark brown hair with Splat!’s newest creation “Splat! Midnight Haircolor.” According to the box and all the promotional articles I’ve read, it’s specially formulated for brunettes! No bleaching required. It comes in three colors, Indigo, Amethyst, and Ruby. Regardless of what the picture on the front of the box shows (which is a gorgeous jewel tone) the chart on the back was fairly accurate for me, dark brown hair means a visible tint inside and shows really nicely in bright sunlight.
A bit of background: I have dyed my hair maybe half a dozen times, all of them either at home or usually at my friend’s house (never professionally). I’ve also never bleached it because I love my hair. Up to this point I’ve used Ion from Sally Beauty Supply with varied results. Usually I’ve used some form of red because of jobs that I’ve had that aren’t fond of “unnatural” hair colors. (Except for that one time I tried to dye my hair blue for Comic-Con and it came out a terrible green, which is when I learned that blue and brown don’t mix.) So I was very excited when Spat! released this hair color, and I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
Here we go! My hair had a tiny bit of red left in it from the last time I did my hair, so I don’t know how much that did or did not affect the coloring process this time. This was only my second time coloring my hair all by my lonesome. I can usually wrangle my friend into helping, but she was busy and I’m impatient!
So this hair color was more liquidy then Ion’s, and I liked that very much, it made it much easier to smear all over my hair, and there was plenty to do my hair which isn’t very long but is very thick. As a result I did not have to touch the second bottle I bought (Yay! $8.99 plus tax saved!) The downside of really liquidly is that it will drip everywhere, so cover EVERYTHING.
As it is “non damaging,” you can leave it in for a while and won’t end up with crispy hair. The box says to leave it in for an hour or longer (The longer the more color). One of the reviews on Target.com said she left it for an hour and a half. Not to be outdone, I left in it in for 2 hours after I finished applying it. (and looked super stylish with that plastic bag on my head) After that, I just washed and conditioned per the directions.
As I perpetrated this madness very late at night, I really didn’t get to see the results till I got up in the morning. And the results? I’m pretty happy. Of course I would have preferred super bright, but I knew realistically you can’t do that without bleach. For what it is and what I didn’t have to do, I think it came out really well. I think if I had my sister’s light brown hair it would have been amazing! I really, really want to try the Indigo, but it seems to be impossible to get a hold of. If I still can’t find blue when this wears off, I’m going to try for the red!
So to recap: For 9 bucks and no bleach I’m really happy. It applied easily and turned out pretty good. I would defiantly recommend leaving the dye on for as long as you feel comfortable with. Will it ever replace my galaxy colored dreams? Nope, but until I’m in a time and place for that to become a reality, this is a very good substitute.
I’ll do a quick update in a couple weeks and let you wonderful people know how it holds up!