When I was a young child, my hair was a gorgeous shade of golden blonde. I look back at pictures and I just can’t believe that was my head. Because through the years my hair changed from sunshine golden blonde to shoe polish brown.
At some point during college, I decided that I wanted that golden hair back. All of it! I was going to dye my whole head blonde, even though friends advised against it.
”It will be too drastic,” they all said.
”You’ll regret it,” they said.
I scoffed at them. I was a blonde once, and I could do it again! But as a college student, I didn’t have much money. Dyeing a shoe polish brown head all blonde was going to cost a pretty penny, so I had to cut a corner. I went to a salon owned by a friend of a friend. I had never gone to her before, I just assumed she could give me the hair of my dreams…at a reasonable price. She took one look at my dark brown hair and said, ”Let’s make you blonde, no problem!” and proceeded to slop some smelly solution on my head.
When she was finished, I looked in the mirror and thought, ”okay, so that’s not exactly blonde.” It was definitely not dark brown anymore, but not blonde either. The lighting was not particularly bright in her salon, so not wanting to offend, I thanked her and headed on my way. When I got home and looked in my own mirror, I almost fainted. My hair was orange! Orange!! I felt ridiculous. And stupid for thinking I could have saved a buck on such an important dye job.
What Went Wrong?
According to websites such as AllWomensTalk, there are a lot of things to consider before going from brown to blonde (none of which I heeded). And one of the things I didn’t know was that brown hair should really be stripped of its color before adding another color on top of it.
Fixing my clown hair was easy because I wound up seeking help–enter MOM, who took one look at her college daughter’s head and screeched, ”What did you do??” She promptly sent me to her stylist, Robert, who was able to fix my hairtastrophe. Rather than try to dye over the mess, he used some blonde highlights to soften the orange. He gave me a shorter haircut to make the color less noticeable, and we slowly let the orange color grow out while concealing it with highlights. Phew!
The moral to this story is not to cut corners. If you’re going to make such a big change to your hair, it’s worth the extra money to seek the help of a professional.