I thought it would be a great idea to go from light brown to firey copper (maybe with a few flashes of blonde, ’cause I’m a wildcard like that) to shake things up a bit, and to really get into the Autumnal vibe. This is what I was thinking:
Pretty cool, right? I’ve never done anything interesting with my hair (which is naturally golden brown), and now that I’ve got the funds, I thought I’d be a little daring. I booked an appointment with a friend of the family who does hairdressing from their home, showed them the colours I was after, and psyched myself up for the big change. This is what my hair looked like originally:
Not awful, but in need of sprucing up. Unfortunately, there must have been some sort of miscommunication with my hairdresser because they ended up dying my hair a bright burgundy red. Totally not what I was after, and a colour I’d never dream of dying my hair. I was mortified, of course. I couldn’t tell Hairdresser I hated it because they were a family friend, but I didn’t want red hair. I was reassured it would wash out and fade to a burnt copper, but I’m pretty sure the result I wanted could have been achieved without having to dye my hair red and letting it fade.
Okay, so it wasn’t the worst colour ever, but it totally wasn’t what I wanted. It also had streaks of white through it, where Hairdresser put foils in (these were supposed to be the flashes of blonde through the copper). I decided to put a colour stripper on it. I got the Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover in extra strength just incase:
Stripping the colour was a lengthy, stinky process. You have to leave this on for an hour, rinse your hair for 10 minutes, shampoo with the “buffer” for 1 minute, rinse that for 5 minutes, then shampoo with it again, like you would a normal shampoo. Lengthy? Yeah. Stinky? Holy yes it was. Did it work? Absolutely! I ended up with half-arsed blonde hair with some highlights (not unlike Princess Anna from Frozen, which almost tempted me to keep the colour!). 10/10 for this product for removing every trace of red.
Could have been worse. Even so, I thought it would be best to put another dye on – I used Nice N’ Easy in 8WR, Natural Golden Auburn.
I was worried it might go a weird trying-to-be-blonde-but-gone-ginger-instead colour, but it ended up looking much darker than on the box – which was a great thing for me. Here’s how it looked:
This is a lot more like the colour I wanted to go in the first place, but very similar to my original hair colour – £55 spent just to get my hair pretty much the same colour it already was, which could have easily been achieved with a £5 box dye. I wasn’t best pleased.
I’m going to have to save up to get it done properly again, which will most likely cost me upwards of £50 again.
– Try not to change your hair too drastically if you’re worried about damaging your hair, because if you don’t like the colour, you might end up stripping/bleaching it again, which puts a lot of strain on the follicle.
– Go to a reputable salon if you want something complicated.
– If it goes wrong, Colour B4 is an excellent stripper, but go back to the salon and tell them you don’t like it – chances are, they’ll strip it for you for free, or at a discount.