I've been having some crazy hair issues in the past month or so. Up until then, I had chestnut brown hair that came, pretty much, down to my waist. My ends were horrible and split and I was so bored of having "normal" hair, so I decided, after seeing a photo of the gorgeous Evelina Barry, that I would refresh my look for spring and go Pastel Pink! I was SO excited and I went to my usual hair salon with photos of what I wanted done to ask if it was possible to achieve in one day so that I don't have to walk around blonde for a while and how much it would damage my wallet. The response I got was: "Yes, I can do this. Yes, you can have pastel pink hair in one day." So we set a date for almost a month later and I could barely wait...
I went in for my appointment at 11AM and left at 8:30PM, very unhappy with how everything turned out. Not only was it not pastel pink, but I was being convinced that my YELLOW hair in fact "had a pink shine in the light". For anyone wondering, yes I did pay. Why? Because I'm just a nice person and I hate conflict. So, let me just go through what my poor hair went through that day.
First, I had a color stripping treatment done. The result was yellow roots and orange hair. After that, I had one more of those. The result was white roots, yellow hair, and orange ends. Not to mention my hair was insanely dry and kept tangling so much that I literally CRIED while it was being combed. I have a high pain threshold, but this was unbearable, I promise. After that, the verdict was that I'd need yet another color stripping treatment, but that it would totally annihilate my hair so that proceeding with one more wasn't recommended. Instead I was told I would have pastel pink hair and the ends would be just a bit darker, but most would be trimmed anyway. Of course, I said that was fine. So we continued this journey with a neutralizing dye that was pretty much between a grey and an ashy blonde color. After that was done, they applied the mixture of the hot pink dye and hair mask to my wet hair. As far as I know, from the videos I've seen on this, it's supposed to be dye + conditioner onto dry hair, but oh well, I'm not the professional. After leaving it in for just 15-20 minutes, they rinsed it out. Again, I've seen that this is supposed to stay in for at least 2 hours, but, again, what do I know... After my hair was dry, I was on the verge of tears - I was blonde. Not even remotely pastel pink. So I said "Do it again." And they did. The result was still far from what I came in there to get, but at least it wasn't completely blonde. I was exhausted and angry and spent the next few hours in front of a mirror telling myself that I love how it turned out, although I hated it in all honesty.
Here's what it looked like - far too yellow for my taste.
But I got used to it! The first time I washed my hair after all this, all the pink vanished and I was left with a yellow head. I do not like being a blonde, I don't think it's flattering on me, so I purchased some purple hair dye from the Garnier Olia line and dyed my hair that same night. Now I don't know if it's because the dye sucked, or my hair was treated so much in a short time, or the fact that I dyed freshly washed hair - but the purple also washed out in a matter of days and I was left with a total mess on my head. However, I decided to wait at least 3 weeks before re-dying it so I could at least give it some time to rest, if that makes any sense.
Which brings me to this video, showing you how I'm dying my hair dark purple using a different brand of dye - Schwarzkopf Nectra Color in #499 Dark Cherry. I would definitely recommend this product. It was extremely easy to work with as it spread out so nicely in the hair. I only needed one box for my whole head, whereas the previous Garnier dye I used, I needed two full boxes and I still had patches that were un-dyed because it wouldn't spread throughout the hair.
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