Recently, I was lucky enough to visit a fancy salon for some super-special Davines treatments and hair-colour magic. I walked out with the most beautiful pink ombré, something I had been scared to try myself at home for fear of ending up with the horrible "line of colour" look that so many DIY ombré jobs result in.
Sadly though, it started to fade much faster than I had expected. Only a week after my salon visit, my ends were pretty much back to blonde.
I decided it was time to whip out a product I'd been waiting to try for ages.
Davines Alchemic Conditioner was not originally created to dye hair pink like Manic Panic or Punky Color, but to tone and treat natural and/or dyed red and mahogany hair. I had used the purple formula on my blonde hair in the past to abolish yellow tones, and totally loved it, but since I turned my back on blonde in favour of pink hair land, I abandoned my purple conditioner favourites for fear of gray-ifying my cotton-candy shades.
I rediscovered the Alchemic line a few months back when I visited a local hair salon to stock up on my favourite Davines hairspray. I got to talking with the owner about my pink hair: What did I use? How long did it last? What did she use on her pink-haired clientele?
She recommended I try Davines alchemic conditioner, combined with a bit of white conditioner for a pastel effect, to maintain and colour my pink hair. I didn't need a new conditioner, and I'd just bought few jars of Manic Panic, but I'm always eager to perform new experiments on my head, so I decided to give it a try.
But then, life got in the way. I bleached and toned my hair, really liked the colour it ended up, and decided to stay blonde for awhile. A while turned into a few weeks, and after that, I ended up getting surprise ombré'd at a fancy salon, so I didn't get a chance to try my new little tub of pink magic until this week.
My faded ombré was the perfect chance to try it out; if it turned out horrible and magenta, I could just wash it till it faded and then pink my whole head with manic panic.
I was giddy with excitement when I finally broke the seal and opened the lid.
SPOILER ALERT: It worked perfectly!
The colour of this conditioner is the most brilliant glimmering shade of neon candy floss pink, and more importantly, I only had to use a drop of it for my ombré experiment. True, the tub was a LOT more expensive than a tub of Manic Panic (like, two times more), but I literally used half a teaspoon, mixed into a teaspoon of white conditioner (Davines Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner to be exact), and it covered all of my ends with no trouble. Since I usually use almost a whole tub of manic panic for my whole head, I think the Davines price still works out to be better in the long run.
I left my creation on, wrapped in tinfoil, for ten minutes, and then rinsed in the shower. Wet, the colour looked a bit too dark, and I was worried I'd have to do a super scrub wash to lighten it. But after I blow-dried and scrunched, I decided the colour had come out pretty much perfect all by itself.
For once, I didn't have to blend Manic Panic like a colour master at a paint shop. A few drops of this miracle pink magic goo, and I was good to go. I was tempted to kiss the adorable polka dotted tub right then and there!
My ends also felt super-healthy and soft, as the conditioner combo worked as a sort of treatment mask while the colour seeped into my hair. It was all around glorious and wonderful.
I highly recommend this route if you're looking to get amazing temporary pink hair. I haven't washed my hair since I applied the colour (I'll report back in the comments when I have), but tales from all over the Internet have assured me that all traces of pink wash out with two or three intense washes, making this the perfect colour to try if you want pink hair for Friday night but need it gone by work on Monday (though if you have bleached hair I’d still be weary of slight staining.)
Sadly, this product won't do much but add a tiny bit of pinky sheen on dark hair, as it doesn’t require an activator, but on lightened tips or dirty blonde/lighter red hair it will come out a great coral pink.
If you want the colour to be less saturated, or you crave all-over coverage, I'd recommend washing your hair, patting it hair dry with a towel until it’s just damp, and then combing the pink mixed with a bit of conditioner through your wet hair for 5 to 10 minutes while in the shower.
If you want it even brighter than mine, apply just straight conditioner to your hair (wet or dry, but clean is best), and leave it on for up to an hour (I'd recommend 30 minutes, but it can really stay on indefinitely), then rinse.
Let me know if you try it!