So since I bleached my hair as far as it could stand (for now), price I’ve been making my own “toner” with leftover color dyes.

Believe me, grip getting rid of this color:


…was not entirely my idea. I’ve been working at a college (two, actually) for a year now and my hair had not been an issue until someone from higher up the scale suggested it wasn’t proper to one of my admins (ugh, admins!), who suggested I tone it down. I thought I would dye it SFX’s Blue Black, which is my “work” color, but decided to go opposite on the scale.
I know you agree, everyone does – telling me to change my hair color was a dick move.
Students and co-workers alike roll their eyes, because I’ve been quick to tell the reason.
I work at an institution that teaches courses in hair styling and beauty, professors are allowed to exploit their image, and there’s no item among the employee’s manual that states anything at all about color choice.
But sometimes you don’t want to be outed as the rebel.

I find it odd, that after years (15 now) of having blue or blue-ish hair, this is the first time in my life where I actually get rude NEGATIVE comments about my hair. (Also dickish, negative opinions about appearance are never welcome, specially from people you barely know…) And not that I didn’t get rude comments before, but they were mostly out of curiosity. Now, even hobos have come up to me to say “you looked better in blue.”

I’ve been curious about Manic Panic’s “Virgin Snow” for decades, but to this day, I haven’t tried it because I’ve always made my own powder-light hair dyes by diluting portions of color dyes with conditioner… which is actually good for your hair rather than damaging, as actual toner is (containing peroxide). Most pigment dyes are peroxide free and oil based. So no need to worry about that, the bleach does the damage for you.

I presume you girls who read my blog know all about hair dye, but just in case you’ve never thought of it, or haven’t dared, I say, do it.

So here’s the recipe.


  • As with my cooking and mostly everything I do, I do not work using precise measurements.ย 
  • Do a strand test before proceeding on larger portions of hair, just in case!
  • I am not a professional. Do this only if you’re ok with experimenting. Some dyes are more pigmented than others, and dyes take depending on how porous your hair texture ย is. No specific outcome is guaranteed and modification might be necessary!

Now. The process:

You need:

  • An empty bottle (preferably one with marked measurements) or mixing bowl, if you trust your instincts.
  • A bottle of conditioner (your choice).
  • Purple dye, or a blue that is purple based, or a red that is purple based.


1. If your hair is blonde or lightened to a light yellow, you might want to use purple hues to counteract the yellow tones. (Painters: you know your tertiaries.) So grab a purple dye or mix your own. I added about one ounce of these three (not one once of each, but blobs mixed together amounting to about an ounce) into my mixing bottle.


2. Add three parts of what you poured in as dye of conditioner. I used the one below, it’s cheap and effective. I added approximately up to where it said “4 oz.”



3. After you’ve shampooed and treated with regular conditioner or special masks or whatever, apply the color conditioner ALL OVER YOUR HAIR (or where you want it to work) and leave in for 15 to 30 minutes with a shower cap over it. Applying heat works as an accelerator, but ain’t nobody got a salon heat helmet (unless you happen to have one).

The result is (and do consider, my hair still has green hues from the previous, endless blue dye jobs) is a grey-ish tone rather than a yellow one. It looks almost lilac on my lightest patches, and the yellower strands (where my hair used to be black) is a greenish-ash rather than an orange.



You’re welcome. ๐Ÿ˜›

This tutorial is sponsored in part (through inspiration) by Devannahย and her many beauty tips and tutorials.

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1   sophie
February 26th, 2013 at 2:48 am


It really sucks to hear that administration did that to you. I’m actually going to dye my hair purple for the first time ever on Wednesday but I’m going to a salon because I don’t want to fuck it up ever since I learned that at my job that I can color my hair I’m going all for it have been wanting to do it since I was 13.

Your hair looks lovely in blonde but I hope that admin backs down and lets you go back to that beautiful mermaid blue that is so you. <3

2   n3cr0phelia    
February 26th, 2013 at 2:52 am

Back down?? Baaaahhh, Soph, it’s too late for that… there was no negotiation here. Though I could have. I just chose not to… I think I wanted an excuse to try something different, it took me days to think about it.
And you SHOULD. I don’t know, honestly, how you’ve lived for so long WITHOUT purple hair! DO IT. DO IT. ๐Ÿ˜€

3   Naelle    
February 26th, 2013 at 5:27 am

I’m sorry to hear that the process of change was rather addressed in such an unenthusiastic manner. It’s good to know that you got the bull by it’s horns and now own the whole concept of the story. ๐Ÿ™‚
I remember when I went to ask for vacancies in Victoria Secret, and only then I felt that blatant dislike for my whole (or my hair) as if the colour could stop me from being the most awesome sale’s associate. -.-‘

Anyway, It’s awesome black didn’t won the bet. It’s so typical to go from permanent black to boring and decrepit as if black were synonym to givin’ up on bleach forever. ๐Ÿ˜›

4   n3cr0phelia    
February 26th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I don’t even. Really, I don’t even.
I don’t even feel self-entitled when I say it feels like discrimination.
I’m just hoping in maybe 5 or 10 years, perceptions will change.
Because companies will be missing out on employees who could be making them tons of money.
But we’re destined for better things, anyway.

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