There are some split ends I need to deal with regarding this blog. My mane reason for this post is so that you don’t weave without knowing the real me. But really, I’ve just been dying to talk about my hair. If I don’t do this now, it may end up a very hairy situation. I just can’t brush this off anymore.
Okay, I’m done, I promise. What’s a good hair post without a couple of really bad puns?!
In all seriousness, I thought it would be fun to show all the different hair styles/colors I’ve had over the past couple years.
Bright (but not platinum) blonde has been my color-of-choice since college. If you stripped away all the dye in my hair, I’m actually a dirty-blonde w/ strawberry undertones. The pattern I seem to have developed over the years is to grow my hair out ridiculously long, and then cut it off into a bob. Both really long hair and bobbed short hair are my favorite styles, though I hate actually growing it out (my current state). I can’t wait to have super long hair again 🙂
In 2011, I made the plunge into the brunette world and I absolutely loved it:
If I dye my hair again, it would be a variation of brown. I only really experimented with the dark, dark brown (and it lasted about 9 months) before I made the unfortunate decision to go red…
My before shot:
This is the absolutely gorgeous shade of red I was going for…
…but real life had other ideas about how it would turn out:
This, people, is what we call “hot roots.” The mixture of heat coming out of my head during the dying process and my blonde roots coming through turned the roots fire-engine red, while leaving the rest of my hair the color I was going for (though it’s difficult to tell in almost any picture I have). The day after I dyed it at home, I made an emergency appointment at my salon to fix the roots. They were able to blend them much better, but I just couldn’t afford to keep going back to get my roots touched up. Also, the color just didn’t look as good with my skin tone as I hoped.
I decided the next best idea was to go back to my favorite shade of blonde after a year on “the dark side,” but I knew most of my hair was so damaged I needed to cut it off as well.
Thus started the the longggg journey back to blonde: This (above) particular day I spent 6 hours in the salon. I donated 13 inches of hair to Locks of Love (you can donate dyed, but not bleached, hair), and then she trimmed off another 3-4. My hair was stripped twice, highlighted and dyed to the “lightest” she could get it–a medium sandy brunette. I HATED the color it turned out, especially with the harsh highlights. I shudder even sharing the following pic:
The day after I got back from the salon, I thought taking things into my own hands would work better. Thus, I attempted to dye my hair with a box of blonde, and it ended up pulling the red dye back to the surface. I was SO frustrated, but I liked it better than the ugly two-toned color combo above.
As you can see, it has bits of red, blonde, and brunette. Kinda crazy looking.
I decided to give my hair a short break, and just continue to use blonde dye every 6-8 weeks until it was a color I liked again. It got lighter, but turned more of a strawberry blonde every time I applied the dye.
After this, I ended up getting more highlights put in my hair, which really pulled a lot of the blonde through.
Then came the platinum ice-blonde 🙂
And finally, more than 1 year after I cut off my red hair, I am finally back to my normal color, without having to pay for expensive salon visits.
The moral of the story: don’t go red unless you are prepared to have it for a long effing time. If you have naturally dark hair, you’ll probably be able to get it back quicker, though.
My hair in order of favorite colors:
1. Bright golden blonde
2. Platinum ice blonde
3. Dark brunette
The colors I will never do again:
-Dark red/light red
What experience have you had with dying your hair? Let me know in the comments below!