So I just got my hair colored and I don’t like it. I have a newerish hair girl that does a good job cutting my hair but she can’t color my brown hair to save her soul. Maybe its just my hair, or maybe I am not good at explaining what I want. But when I pay for it I want it to be right and others have done it before.
It all started when I had her colored it about 8months ago and I hated it. It looked dark brown with blond streaks through it that were so brassy or yellow colored that I thought I looked ridiculous. I had to go back and have her fix it which always makes me feel like an idiot even though I did nothing wrong.
So after that debockle I decided to join my friend Robin in coloring my hair on my own, out of a box. Come on, millions of women do it so what the heck. So I did a little research at In Style Magazine to see what brands were the best and then ventured to Target. There I was with a whole aisle of haircolor boxes to choose from. This was way worse than trying to pick a bottle of nail color at a salon. This is permenant right? So I finally settle on 2 very nice shades of brown being showcased by some young chicks on the covers of their boxes looking happy. That could be me in a mear 20 minutes too but I still had to choose just one.
So I head the the register with both boxes in hand and of course $80 worth of other stuff I am sure I need since I am at Target and all. The moment of truth finally comes when I have to set one on the register and the other one must go to the cashier to be put back on the shelf. I am thinking….Go with you instinct. So I finally choose the first box I picked up.
I take my prize home and set it on the bathroom vanity. There it sits, for about 2 weeks. I didn’t have the nerve to use it. Finally after being teased by Robin I decide to do it. The kids are watching a movie and I had about a good half hour to myself. I could do this…
So 20 minutes later my hair is dyed and guess what I actually liked it. Yeah! No more hairdresser and it only cost me $9. Bonus!
Well here comes the rub. The next time I go to Target to get my prized hair color I picked the box I set down the last time I went. It was just a shade darker and since I have experimented once and won, I am feeling way more confident. This time I color my hair straight away that evening. When I took the towel off to look at my new locks I am seeing red, literally. My hair is the color of wine and I like wine like the next person but a redhead I do not want to be. Urgh. What do I do now? I call my hair salon to see how much it would cost to be fixed. $40, what! Come on now I just spend $9 on hair dye and now another $40 and it might not get corrected?
So I venture to Sally’s Beauty Supply hoping for some homemade remedy at a cheaper price. They tell me to buy this vial of red remover stuff, a toner, and activator stuff too. At the check out I realize maybe I need some gloves and a bottle to mix all this junk with. $30 later I get home stare at the new supply of home ready hair products and decide that this is for the birds. I have no clue what I am doing and having red hair is better than no hair at all.
So a few weeks go by and the red fades. A month later I go back and buy the hair color I bought in the first place. I guess the red is here to stay since this dye time my hair turned red too. So I swear of boxed color and made my next appointment with my hair girl.
That brings me to last week when I had my hair colored. It is not red anymore but now it is a few shaded lighter than normal and I am so afraid of the regrowth I am going to get on my sunshine colored roots of my head. And to make matters worse I think I am going to not just be able to get my haircolored anymore just for fun because now I am sprouting grays all over. Haircolor now is my only weapon against the gray haired monster.
I think what I am going to do now is just wait this one out since I just paid to have it colored and next time get it colored by my old hair salon that did a good job but just could not cut my hair right. I guess for everyone hair dying is just not as easy as it looks.