Okay, found some links!
More detail about how to bleach your hair: Bleaching curly hair-- is there a way to do it without it taking my curls?
The only thing that has changed is that I use the aphogee every 8-12 weeks now. I use a lighter protein conditioner between treatments if I feel like I need it.
Here is a natural who uses purple haze: New Hair Color | Manic Panic
This is one of the colors I use the most. It starts off as a deep purple, but after almost a month or so it lightens up to about the color she has. I think hers came out lighter than mine because she had vampire red underneath it. If you want a vibrant purple that lightens to fuchsia, then go with manic panic purple haze. If you want a true dark purple, or you're concerned about wearability in conservative environments, go with ion brights. You can also mix a little shocking blue into the purple haze if you prefer manic panic, but you want a darker color.
And here's a girl who dyes her hair pink sometimes: Dive into the Unknown.