Those of you who follow me on Twitter are probably quite familiar with the lilac hair saga. I got back from holiday in August with an inexplicable yearning for lilac hair. Twitter didn't talk me down from the edge, but did persuade me to go with a lilac streak rather than a full head of lilac hair.
I bleached the heck out of about the front inch of hair from my parting down to my ear, and then realised that the purple permanent dye I'd bought was probably a bad idea. I tried using an ash brown colour conditioner that looked a bit purple, and ended up with a grey/blue/green streak.
One of my Twitterers (what do you call people you interact with on Twitter?) suggested Manic Panic, and the website www.hairbomb.com to purchase it from. I dithered between Ultra Violet and Lie Locks (do you see what they did there?) but went with Lie Locks as I wanted a more pastel lilac shade.
It's quite subtle when I tuck my hair behind my ear (the way I usually wear it).
When I tie my hair up, it is less subtle.
The hair does need to be bleached to a pale blonde before using this colour, and I refresh the lilac once a week. I assume this goes without saying, but you DON'T need to bleach each time - you only need to bleach regrowth, and not before it's at least half an inch or so long. It's important not to go over already bleached hair with bleach again, or it will get very damaged indeed.
I put the Manic Panic in dry hair, twist it up with a grip, put an old towel over my pillow and sleep in it before washing out in the morning. You do need to be careful not to get it on the skin or it will stain - I use a Real Body Care Cream (as reviewed by me here) as a barrier cream.
I love the lilac - there's something immensely cheery about a streak of lilac hair.