How long does the Color last?
Pulp Riot lasts longer. Why? Because we use superior quality dyes. When formulating color, there are thousands of choices of dyes, and we did not skimp or cut corners, whatsoever.
Generally, for most people, the deeper tones can last up to 42 washes, and the lighter tones up to 25 washes until the color is fully out. With Pulp Riot, the color fades true to tone.
Note, with all color lines, there are a variety of factors that can influence how quickly hair color fades, including: the porosity of the hair, what level the hair is, exposure to sun, the shampoo and conditioner you use, how often you wash your hair, the type of water used, if certain medications are used, environmental elements, genetics, etc.
For maximum hair color longevity, we recommend that you shampoo and condition with sulfate-free and sodium chloride free products and rinse using tepid water up to 3 times a week, or use a dry shampoo. To make the color last longer, when cleansing we recommend shampooing the root area, but not let the shampoo sit on the rest of the hair for any lengthy period.
Exposing the hair to well water, chlorinated water, or salt water may compromise the hair color.
Proper application is important to increasing the lifespan of the color. Pulp Riot should be applied to clean, dry hair. We do not recommend conditioning the hair right before applying the color, because some conditioners can act as a barrier, not allowing the color to properly adhere (this is especially true of deep conditioning treatments.) No developer should be used.
We recommend taking ½” sections and fully saturating the hair with the color. Full saturation is key. The color should process for 20 to 40 minutes, without heat. After processing, we recommend rinsing with cool water, without shampoo. Conditioning the ends is optional.
Will the color stain my skin, sink, floor, clothing, furniture, etc?
Care should be used to make sure the color doesn’t get on other items. We recommend using gloves, using protective barrier cream around the hairline, and washing the color out of the hair in a salon shampoo bowl.
Tell me more about mercury, Smoke, and Noir?
Mercury is silver. It can be used on it’s own or mixed with other colors to dilute the other colors and give them a slight iridescent/metallic quality. If using on it’s own, the hair should be lifted to a level 9 or 10. Mercury has a violet/blue base. Smoke is charcoal grey. It can be used on it’s own or mixed with other colors to give them more of a deeper, smoky quality.
Smoke has a blue base. Smoke is amazing, but there are a couple of things to consider: On certain levels of hair, Smoke has a beautiful dark grey/denim quality, and if the hair has some yellow in it, since Smoke has a blue base, you may see some green.
Noir is black. It can be added to other colors to make them darker, but it can easily overpower other colors, so you just want to add a drop or two. It can also be used to create a darker root. Noir has a blue base, so remember this if you mix Noir with other colors. Also, because Noir is so pigmented, when placing Noir next to other colors, care should be taken to rinse the section with Noir on it separately from the other colors to avoid any bleeding.
Can Pulp Riot colors be intermixed and does Pulp Riot Bleed?
Yes, Pulp Riot colors can all be mixed with each other to created custom colors.
Generally Pulp Riot colors don’t bleed like other color lines. You can see on our Instagram feed, hundreds of different photos where one color is placed next to another color without any bleeding.
To minimize bleeding, you can hold the lighter pieces out of the shampoo bowl for as long as possible before rinsing after processing. Noir is our most pigmented color; therefore, care should be taken when placing it directly next to a lighter color to minimize the chance of bleeding.