Sunday, 26 September 2010
I’ve heard from various people various opinions on dyeing hair. Some say it’s best to keep the hair natural and that the chemicals in dyes damage the hair (dry, coarse, falls out…etc). Some say its cool, fashionable and that it doesn’t matter cause your hair cells are dead anyway. There are also other opinions and reasons for them…of course :D. I second the first view, but did exactly the opposite last week (haha, REBEL… no not really ^o^). For asians particularly, it is really hard to dye hair without bleaching it first…we have such dark hair….which is why it would be smartest to go get it done professionally but I wanted to experience trying it myself :P). BUT! I read from various online sources that it is the bleach that probably does the most damage out of the whole dyeing process. Keeping that tidbit in mind, I went to the drugstore and bought a Garnier Nutrisse box of brown hair dye. Now that I think of it, it was golden brown. o0 I didn’t purchase bleach (yay me haha but then the color wont hold in as strongly T.T) I brought it back to my dorm room, read the instructions, did the whole “allergy test thing”, (no, I DID NOT wait 48 hours like I was supposed to…>.< but my skin is super sensitive, so it would break out if something irritated it…which the dye didn’t :]… anyway don’t be like me! follow the instructions if you ever plan to dye your own hair!)
The kit in the box consisted of the moisturizer, the dye itself, avocado oil extract thingie??? (i forget what it’s called) & instructions (duuuh). I think that’s all. I’m not going to describe the mixing and applying process…cause this is NOT a DYI (do it yourself) tutorial XD. Sooooo…I left the dye in for 30 minutes (did not use all of the dye….left some for second round), washed it out, blow-dried my hair (saw a little difference but not much at all), then applied the rest of the dye all over my head again. I think I concentrated too much on the roots of my head….got a little too obsessed with the instructions (said something about starting at the darkest points of your head). After the second round of 30 minutes waiting, I washed out the dye…blow-dried my hair again, and then found out the top half of my head was a red/gold/brown colorish? The rest of it was a dark brown to the point that I couldn’t tell it was dyed, but yep, it was lighter than my black hair was *nodnod*. Kinda freaking out, I called my mom and then——fast forward to the weekend——went to my mom’s Korean hairdresser (Koreans are awesome ppl :D!) and evened the color out. One thing that is VERY important to know: Once you dye your hair, you can only go darker in shade in re-dying it. You cannot go lighter. The chemicals already in your hair from the previous attempt are already in the strands. If you apply more dye to it (even if its a lighter color), it’ll only make it even darker than it already/no difference, blah blah blah. It makes complete logical sense. *_* So….the top part of my head was dyed darker to match the rest of my hair. One who knows me can definitely tell my hair is dyed, if he/she actually pays attention to my head for more than a couple seconds…Dunno about anyone else haha. According to some people, it looks brownish-reddish. I can explain the red. Asian hair pigments have red in them 😀 believe it or not (info passed on to me by the lady who fixed my hair). Unless you use ash colored tones of dye (or something like that) you will give off a reddish shine? <—asians~
Life Lesson: I learned that I cannot apply dye evenly for my life X] and to go to the salon the next time….IF there even is one…to get it dyed the color I want. There’s always risks, of course, but getting it done professionally lowers it. 😉 There ya go, my first hair-dyeing experience. It’s not the worst hair story ever…hahah (which is a good thing!)
Comments? Questions? ^o^ If any basic info was wrong, forgive me, I am no hair expert lol. Just telling my FIRST experience.