Was good, not now
I'd been using Pravana for going on two years with consistent, good results. Dye is applied by a licensed, qualified stylist, I have many years of maintaining color, even various vivid colors from 15-20 years ago. However, last time, the color didn't stay at all really. I faded to red within a month from the blue. Nothing different otherwise, but I am not impressed.
Longest lasting and most vibrant of all "punk" colors. No residue and my hair feels great. NOTE: SEE A PROFESSIONAL STYLIST PROFICIENT IN THE VIVIDS/PASTELS FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS! FYI HOME CARE: Wash hair SEPERATLY from your shower, use really COLD WATER
So I'm 33 and I finally decided to go radical with my hair again. BUT! First time using the Pravana Vivids on my own head. I had my CO-worker do the first round which I will try to post asap. We lightened all hair to a level 8/9 with Wella's Blondor and 20vol. Shampoo and dry. Then 2 1/2oz purple, 1/2oz blue and wild orchid slices in the bang. I was worried how it would work with my skin tone but it was PERFECT! It actually enhanced my lingering tan! That was June 15th. I just retouched it finally July 25th and used red slices this round but didn't lift my roots. So today I was sick of those roots so lightened those today myself and then used red mixed with some purple (nice bright magentish) on the roots and ombre into the purple. My hair is a pretty short asymmetrical angled bob with layers so didn't struggle at all doing the upkeep myself. I'll have to post my end result tomorrow morning. I will tell you to keep the longevity of these vivids is to use a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo and don't wash in the shower. Wash seperatly in sink or tub with as cold of water you can stand. Doing that I never have bleeding after first wash. You can find cleansing conditioner pretty well anywhere only downfall is it doesn't suds up AT ALL! So to properly cleanse scalp/hair you use 15-20 pumps each wash. (FOLLOW DIRECTIONS for this specific shampoo trust me..... (depending on the brand) Def worth it though especially if you enjoy your vivids staying vibrant for far longer. I've used this regiment from the first application and I swear by it so please try if you're a vivids girl/guy, promise you won't be disappointed.
This is a professional line; if you aren't a hairdresser, I recommend going to one. Color is tricky. As a stylist, I don't mind doing corrective color, but it's more expensive than if you got it done correctly the first time.
The duration of time the color stays in the hair depends on the starting color, porosity, and other factors. On prelightened hair, it lasts much longer. It stains the cuticle, so try something like hair chalking or manic panic before you go with this line. As a pro, this is in my top two to do bright colors.
I used the purple and it is awesome, its super vibrant and lasts a long time. My color lasted a long time before fading so I ended up coloring over it. Pravana makes amazing hair color and products I would choose this any day over manic panic or any other vibrant hair colors that are out there! Professional colors are the way to go.