Hair Dye!

Yesterday, I dyed my hair. I was trying to go "back to natural" because my hair is (ought to be) a sort of medium brown. It was orange. So I bought some dye, the cheap-y kind, in "dark brown", which seemed to match my root colour pretty well, and went home. I mixed it all up, put it in, washed it out, and went to bed. I woke up looking freakishly pale. Instead of "Rich Medium Brown", I am dark, dark, dark brown.

So in my continuing trend of slightly pointless posts with ridiculous questions, I ask you, have you ever either a) dyed your hair thinking it would end up one way, and have it not, or b) ever had that "oh shit" moment of realizing something about yourself that you really should have known (i.e. that you are so white you kinda glow sometimes)?

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MeiLin's picture

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Goths pay good money for that look. Smile

Mith's picture

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Dressed in black, I'd go creepin'
While the normal folk are sleepin'

If I only were a goth Wink

MsGamgee's picture

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Love Voltaire!

Mith's picture

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I particularly like that song, and Vampire club.

And Anniversary.

It's just so damn cute.

Laureril's picture

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My mom made me promise when I was little never to dye it. I've got that coppery-blonde with natural highlights that people shell out huge bucks at salons for, so after I survived my rebellious teenage years with locks intact, I've realized what a good thing I've got going for me. So yeah, no hair dye for me.

One of my previous boyfriends, on the other hand, did decide to dye parts of his hair dark blue. His hair is black. The dye washed out and turned aqua-green and we all lol'd because it looked completely out of place.

As for part b, I've had a few different ones. My eyes are hazel, tending toward brown, but sometimes they look really green and I go "... wait, what?" Even though I know they're brown and green it still catches me off guard when I put on certain shirts.

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I actually can't quite remember exactly how my hair looks naturally, it's been a few years Wink Recently though, it has been coppery blond too! I'm lucky, my hair takes colour really well, and I don't dye it often (mostly because I'm lazy, and poor) so even the $4 stuff looks okay.

Maybe I will upload some before and after shots...

And because I am heavily caffeinated today- eyes are so cool! When I was like, 13 I was all into "my eyes change colour with my mood because I am so cool and different" and then I rebelled against rebellion and was like "what ever". But then I realized, eyes do change colour! And even with your mood!

Because of the pigmentation in your iris, depending on pupil size, different sections, and colours are showing! And of course, it all also shows in contrast, so different skin, makeup, clothing and hair colours all make the same iris look different.

Ah, so cool.

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But my children especially have been commenting about how blue my eyes are lately. I think it's because until I got off wheat, my skin was quite florid; I get rosacea outbreaks when I get glutenized. Now that my skin isn't red as a beet, you can see the color of my eyes. I'm also finding that as my skin calms down and my hair color fades to gray/white, I need more color! Which is nice. I couldn't wear bright color before because of my skin. Now pale color makes me look washed-out. I'm lookin at you, pink henley I've got on right now.

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If you dye your hair, it must be an unnatural color. And you must pay for it yourself.

I dyed my hair for ten years (a natural color), and my natural hair color changed from light brown (childhood color) to almost black (final adult color) by the time I stopped. Very startling.

Mith's picture

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That seems to be what's happening to me. My hair is actually completely different in colour and texture from say 5 or 6 years ago.

Laureril's picture

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My mom's only requirement on nail polish is that it has to match what you're wearing if it's out of the red/pink/neutral spectrum. So I has lots of preddy colors of nail polish now.

I'm actually a fan of nail art and henna because they're quite transient as far as body modification (in the broadest sense of the word) goes. I don't think I'd want a tattoo - too permanent. I don't really care to change my hair color, though I have used silly colored extensions on rare occasions. And two piercings is satisfactory - though I've considered getting more of those.

Capriox's picture

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My hair's so long that when I wanted to dye it in high school she sent me to a salon "because you've got too much hair to screw it up!" I'm a dirty blond that's gone medium brown with blond highlights (no salon there - all natural sunny goodness, thank you farmwork!) that apparently has some red undertones because when I dyed it red, it looks completely natural.

Ok, well, the first time I dyed it I went bright orangey copper a la Elizabeth I of England (I was doing a history report on her at the time). It looked fantastic, and not unnatural. Since then I've dyed it a more ruby red, and *that* matches my natural eyebrows and hazel eyes perfectly. Yay for a touch Scots-Irish in the ancestry!

The first week after dying my hair is always the most fun - I keep catching the new color out of the corner of my eye when passing mirrors and reflective windows and going "who's that?!" "Oh, it's me".

Speaking of eye color, too, has anyone here tried colored contacts? Have you found any that look even halfway natural? Seems like I've only seen brown-eyed gals wearing blue-tinted ones and... yeah, not very pretty, IMO.

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I had green ones, and I have extremely blue eyes. Depending on what I wore, the greens looked pretty natural, but sometimes they were too startling. Then again, I always enjoyed wearing one clear contact and one tinted and having people take double takes. Mother hated that.

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I've found that can go pretty naturally in all warmer tones. Yeah, the darker ones make me look pale, but it doesn't look... weird. I had a really bright, brassy, carrot top this summer- I spent a lot of time outside and it just lightened my hair so much.

ala (Sorry for the freakish bigness of it. It's from facebook and to make it smaller I would have to download it, shrinking it, reload it, and I'm lazy)

I also like it when you see your hair out of the corner of your eye and don't recognize it...

MsGamgee's picture

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You are SO pretty! This is a lovely photo.

Mith's picture

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That was at my brother's wedding, this summer.

And that's my brother Blum 3

kawaiikune's picture

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your brother live in Massachusetts? He looks super familiar...

Mith's picture

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He used to live in Boston, yes.

In the 2007-2008 period.

He worked for EC Boston?

Gudy's picture

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... for the whole "finally become pretty" thing. Except that I'm way too busy looking at all the pretty in that picture (and I don't mean your brother).

And now that we've got the obligatory perving out of the way, I do have to say that yes, I can see how a dark brown would make you look pale and gothy. Also, whatever you call the color of your hair in that picture? Totally looks good on you, as would, I imagine, other colors in the blond-with-reddish highlights to light-brown-with-a-hint-of-copper range.

TheBoy's picture

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seconded on the "finally become pretty" whine.

That is all.

The Paperclip's picture

A little over a year ago, I got my hair colored very dark brown, almost black, with a beautiful red tint in the light. Unfortunately, it faded, as hair colors do, and I went back to the same stylist about a week before my senior prom to have her color my hair again, the same color. Unfortunately, she was a bit scatter-brained, hadn't taken note of the exact dyes she had used the previous time, tried to make something up, and my hair ended up a purplish-red-brown color. Everyone ended up liking it, and I got many compliments, but I was so upset that I was unable to get the color I had wanted. But now Garnier makes a boxed color that is identical to that wonderful dark brown I loved, so I am content.

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Well, remember that the color at your roots is not the color the rest of your hair would be if it were left to grow out naturally. The sun and such will lighten it, the the roots will still be the darkest part of your hair. Look at all those natural blondes with dark roots! So by dying your hair to your root color, you probably inadvertently made it darker than it would be naturally. Having been a lighter color for so long, of course it would be shocking!

When I was young I was blonde. It darkened as I got older till it hit a medium brown in late high school. Then at age 17 it started showing a bunch of red. After college I started dying back to the blonder shades, but could never get all the red out. I eventually meandered back to a light brown with reddish tones that stayed no matter what I did. I grew it back to all natural over the last few years. It was still a medium brown with gold and red highlights, but a lot of grey (I've had grey and silver since I was 10, but now that I'm 31 there's a LOT more; both sides of my family go grey early). I decided to stop fighting the red in my hair this time around and dyed it a dark auburn sort of color. I must say, I look better than I thought I would as a redhead.

My eyes are a whole 'nother story. They are blue, grey, green, or any mix of the three, and they change on a daily basis. They default to blue shades and tend to look like what I'm wearing or the sky. If I've been in the dark long enough they'll be almost colorless. If I've been in a lot of light they can get quite brilliant. My eyes are very sensitive to light, though, so I tend to avoid it. Once I laid out all my school pictures in a row year by year and really looked at them. They were a different color in every picture.

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I find that I have (had) red and blond tones in the sun. In fact, that was pretty surprising too. I too spend a lot of time indoors, and usually when I see myself, it's the mirror in my bathroom, under some good ol' fashion tungsten bulbs.

And they totally mess with hair colour Wink

And skin, actually. I look a lot tanner than I am.

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When I was in my sophomore year of high school, my mom got on my case about cutting my hair and dying it red. She harped on it so long that I finally agreed, and it was AWFUL. I have an olive complexion; have you ever seen an Italian with red hair?

Yeah, that's with good reason.

Also, I had ridiculously frizzy, light-weight hair, so cutting it short just turned it into an uncontrollable tumbleweed. Also, I have a very round face, so short hair made me look chubby even when I weighed 110 pounds. This is the only picture of it I can find right now, and it's not really doing the awful justice. It had already begun to grow out, and my natural mousy brown was coming back a bit.

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Please, that picture is awesome.

I too have faced the terror of having short frizz hair.

In fact, I'm battling it right now...

I went the no-poo route, because my hair takes forever to grow, and it works for the most part. Except today, it's huge in it's post-dying-ness, and I can't pull it back because for some reason, that gives me headaches.

And as for red-haired italians, what about Mario Betali! Smile

MsGamgee's picture

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Sure. Blum 3

Yeah, my hair freaks out for a few days after I do anything drastic to it. It becomes straight as a board but incredibly frizzy; sort of a post-electrocution look.

Mario Batali is special! He has a pink/fair complexion that makes it work. I think he's probably as much Irish as he is Italian. Though, he is one of my top two favorite Food Network chefs...

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is a bit odd. I have a lot of it, and it's very curly, but the... hairs themselves are fine. So I have fine thick hair? It's weird. But it means that I need some oils on it, to keep them from... fro-ing.

In a really unattractive white way.

Or it does a flat-top with huge-triangle-fat-head.

Pikachu42's picture

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'fro, do you mean the Jew 'Fro? Is that racist? I hope it's not, but I've never heard it described any other way.

Mith's picture

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I do.

I am, and always have been, an atheist, but I'm largely ethnically jewish- and I have the hair from in it.

Pikachu42's picture

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is black with (for some very odd reason) natural red highlights. I was told that i couldn't dye my hair because it was so dark. My only options were to either a. dye it jet black to make it shiny. (my hair is already shiny) or b. bleach it and then color it, thus completely screwing up my hair. Neither of those options appeal to me.

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This one time. . .
At the begining of this past October I finally decided to put deep red streaking in the front of my hair. After dying my dark brown hair strawberry blond and lying the 1.5+year old Hot Topic dye down I ended up with BRIGHT STINKING NEON BURN YOUR EYES OUT Pink blocks in the front >___ I then proceeded to break my finger in my car door the day after I dyed my hair when I went to pick up new dye at the Sally's Beauty whatever (kinda put a kink in the whole "Rock climbing! YEAH!" idea. And the painting for school, and the drawing, and the working. . . >_

Mith's picture

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doesn't have the best quality. Of many things, especially hair dye. Their black turned a whole group of my friends' hair green, and I know some one with the same pink problem.

However, they do have little fake clip in with ridiculous colours- bright purple and electric blue and at.. You could buy a couple of them, and test them out. Then you can take them out for "professional" situations and such, but still have that little bit of awesome.

I happen to know they curl well too (and hold it!) as long as you are careful not t omelt them.

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I have very pale skin, and was born a blond with green eyes. All well and good until my hair started to darken in my late teens, ok the dirty blond with lots of light highlights was a pretty good look on me, but it kept darkening. I made the mistake of buying some dye and taking it to the shade it was already going. --Deep dark brown. It looked horrid. I have the wrong kind of pale to pull it off, I just looked like an animated corpse with bad make up.

Enter the many, many, many, shades of blond hair dyes I have used over the years and we have a happy person looking her best. I don't dye it more than every other month, because I want my hair healthy, but I'm loving the shades of palest Ash blond.

As for hair styles - just after high school, I allowed a friend of the family who was studying to be a beautician give my my first Perm. She was aiming for a Toni curl, but left the solution in to long. I ended up with wild frizzy straw for hair. I must have washed my hair 100 times trying to relax the perm out, finally ended up giving myself 2 hour long Cholesterol treatments every other day for a year before my hair was back to normal. I've never gotten another perm for any reason after that.

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I have never permed my hair- I don't really have the need Wink but my best friend in high school had a similar experience. Her mom convinced her to do it and it was... pretty terrible. Part of it was that she just didn't know what to do with curly hair- she washed it too much, and it got dry and brittle, but oh she hated it.

She cut it all off in the end.

(And looked really cute with a bob.)

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And yes, pix will be forthcoming. eeee!

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