Dealing With Nightmare Hair

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.

Excuse my gross, makeupless face. 10 points for the Jurassic Park tee though.
Excuse my gross, makeupless face. 10 points for the Jurassic Park tee though.

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:

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Image source: http://www.superdrug.com/medias/sys_master/front/prd/8841690906654.jpg

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.

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Image source: http://www.boots.com/en/Nicen-Easy-Permanent-colour-8WR-Natural-Golden-Auburn-Former-shade-108-_1445710/

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.