OK, I have had the worst hair experience, and I can't blame anyone but myself.
It happened about a month ago and I am finally ready to talk about it.
Here is the thing, I have dark brown hair. I also have a lot of gray hairs, so I need to color pretty often (every 4-6 weeks) to keep the grays away.
The salon I was going to was charging me $80 for one color +tip. I hated paying so much every 6 weeks. So I started coloring my hair at home this year.
I was using John Frieda Precision Foam Colour in Dark Cool Espresso Brown and everything was going fine. It is super easy and clean to use (remember, I have a white bathroom, I don't want any hair dye splotches anywhere.)
But the last time I used it, I left it on too long and it got really dark.
I am sure it would have been fine, it would have faded with a few washes, but the do it your self girl I am, I decided to strip it myself and color it lighter. Yeah, Bad idea.
Here is what started with. Now that I look back at it, It looks perfectly fine. I don't know why I though it was too dark:
To strip my hair, I decided to use Loreal Color Remover
Bad Bad idea!!
This stuff is horrible, smells bad and very difficult to apply by yourself.
Never the less, I followed all the instructions on the box and hoped in the shower.
After I showered and dried my hair, this is what my hair looked:
OK, now I was worried. I hoped my box of lighter hair dye would cover the orange.
So I used the Loreal Preference color in Medium Chestnut Brown. I decided to go with Loreal, because I thought it would work better with the Loreal color remover.
This stuff is not as easy to apply as the John Frieda Foam color, And I actually have some stains on the floor from it :(
After I showered, I was hoping for beautiful chestnut brown hair. Did I get it?
Off course not, Instead I got blotchy red/brown hair:
Now I was worried. It was already 8pm and my husband was home.
I told him that I need to run and go to Ulta for more hair dye. Perhaps Black to cover this ugly red.
So I go to Ulta with a hat on my head holding back tears.
I grab a box of John Frieda foam color, and start making my way to the cashier. Then the lady at the Benefit counter says I look cute. ( I was wearing a skirt, jean jacket, sperrys and my fedora hat)
And I start crying! She asks me whats wrong and I take of my hat and show her. She took me to the salon and had me tell the hair stylist exactly what I did that day.
I told her that I was planning on coloring my hair dark brown/black and hopefully it will go back to normal. The stylist said "Do you want to wake up with any hair tomorrow??!!"
She said that I should not do anything to my hair for a few days and get it fixed at a salon.
So I scheduled my appointment for the following Monday (It was Thursday)
I had hope.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday I washed my hair with a my favorite clarifying shampoo,
and it took some of the dye out.
Come Monday, I was excited to get my hair fixed.
The stylist stripped my hair, colored it and gave me a trim for $90.
This is what I get for wanting to save money and do it myself.
However, I am very pleased with the color result.
I like the hints of dimension my hair now has from my "mistake".
So the morale of the story? Don't try stripping your hair yourself unless of course you are a hair stylist.
Have you every had a hair disaster?
Thanks you so much for visiting, I hope you all have a great day!