Katy Perry, eat your heart out. – life+running

Katy Perry, eat your heart out.


A few months back, I decided that not only would I take a couple of months off of work and school to live a semi-retired life, but I would also take advantage of this opportunity to do something weird with my hair. I’ve always liked the idea of coloring my hair a funky color, but haven’t ever had a chance to do so because I’ve had a job consistently since I was 14.

When I got my hair trimmed in May, I told my stylist of four years that she would get to do something fun with my hair in July if I quit my job. Needless to say, she was very excited about the opportunity because I used to let her have pretty much free reign with my hair, but had been growing it out and getting boring trims for a year or so. Side note: If you are searching for a new stylist, check out Abby Breckenridge at Moda in Des Moines. Search hair on this blog if you need proof of her expertise. 

After I made my appointment, I started making a secret board on Pinterest dedicated to my summer off. Most of the items on the board were fun hair-spirations.



I knew going into this adventure that I wanted to keep my natural roots so that growing my hair out wouldn’t be a problem. What I didn’t know at the time is that weird-colored hair dye isn’t permanent, so there wouldn’t be a problem growing it out. They just don’t make permanent dye for weird colors, which is kind of a bummer. Finally, I found the perfect hair inspiration in an unexpected place. I was reading music blogs one day and found this article about Katie Perry, and thought that the application of her green color was perfect: natural colors peeked out, and it seemed easy to upkeep by over-dying every few weeks with a similar shade.

katy perry's green hair // http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6121573/katy-perry-launches-label-signs-pop-singer-ferras

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I also found this picture of a short purple cut with similar texture to my hair and natural roots, and I was sold.


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When I finally went to my hair appointment at Moda in Des Moines, the other stylists were excited to see how the purple looked. My stylist used Pravana in lavender and she applied color over my blonde tips. We liked the idea of the purple blending into my natural color, so last year’s at-home bleaching snafu turned out to be the PERFECT setup for adding funky color. She added a few extra strips of highlight to give me a bit more color since some areas of my hair were too dark.

the Before …

before purple hair // lifeplusrunning.com

… after a wash and a blow dry (why I don’t blow dry my hair) … 

getting my hair cut and colored at moda in des moines // lifeplusrunning.com

getting my hair cut and colored at moda in des moines // lifeplusrunning.com

…  lots of foil and a glass of wine later:

 lavender hair by abby breckenridge at Moda in Des Moines // lifeplusrunning.com

lavender hair by abby breckenridge at Moda in Des Moines // lifeplusrunning.com

Unfortunately, the Pravana washed out after ONE wash. I had my first shot at purple hair for about a week, and then I washed the original blowout (I know, I’m gross, but my hair is super dry!). My stylist hadn’t had much experience with funky colors because there aren’t too many adventurous people willing to try it, so she said if the color faded, to come back and we would try something different. So I did. The second time we tried the Matrix color line (not sure what it was called and I can’t find it, but you can’t buy it unless you’re a professional anyway).

purple ombre hair by abby breckenridge at Moda in Des Moines // lifeplusrunning.com

purple ombre hair by abby breckenridge at Moda in Des Moines // lifeplusrunning.com

So far, the Matrix purple has stuck. It should stick for 3-4 weeks, maybe longer. I’ve washed it twice and it’s still pretty vibrant. My stylist said she could buy the color and I could apply next time if I wanted, so I’ll see if I stick with purple or do a different color, or leave it natural. It’ll be interesting to see how it fades out!

Mark also enjoys my “anime hair”.

mark enjoys my purple hair // lifeplusrunning.com

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done to your hair?

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5 Comment

  1. Sadye says: Reply

    Yeah purple hair! A few years back I did purple streaks. Had to get blonde highlights in first so it would actually show. It was fun but pricey after a while.

  2. It looks great! Back in my former life when I was in fast food management, stifled by a drab uniform, I had my roommate do all kinds of fun stuff to my hair. Typically she would bleach highlights in my long, almost black hair and then we would color those streaks blue or purple. Kind of the best bet when you have dark hair but still want to play with lots of color without frying your whole head.

  3. I haven’t seen it down yet, but I could tell the ends are purple! So brave! I had a friend put some pink streaks in her hair at work a few years back and I was super jealous because I’m not sure I would have the courage to do that! I’m also not sure Dave would like it and although I try not to let that affect me…I would just know it in the back of my mind.

  4. benson says: Reply

    Hi Calee am impressed with your design work am working on a honey and nut butter product labels design and would like your design concept.Kindly let me know if its possible and at what cost?bnjari@gmail.com

    1. chimes says: Reply

      Hi Benson:

      Thanks for reaching out. I’m currently not taking on any freelance projects as I’m a full-time graduate student with a rather heavy courseload and I will be teaching a class in the fall. I can refer you to another designer if you would like. Email me at graphicalee@gmail.com if you’re interested in a referral.

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