Well, sort of.
A couple weeks ago, I woke up and went through my morning routine. Still groggy, I made my way to the bathroom and splashed some water on my face. I looked up into the mirror and was actually taken aback by my reflection. I looked, I don’t know, odd? Different? Ugly was probably the word I said outloud. Something had changed over night and I couldn’t seem to pinpoint what it was. I’ve been doing the same bedtime skin care routine for years, so that wasn’t it. Did my mom replace our bathroom mirror with one of those creepy “fun-house” mirrors over night? Did someone punch me in my sleep?
After much thought into why I looked so weird, I figured it out. My hairline had thinned so much that my forehead looked bigger. This little change, one that my mom says she can’t even notice, threw me into a tizzy. Every morning thereafter, I looked at my reflection, not really knowing who it was staring back at me. This sounds SO dramatic, I know. But when you’re so used to something, and it changes on you in the middle of the night, it’s a little traumatic. Like, imagine waking up one morning without an eyebrow, you would freak out too (would you wax the other one off or try and draw on a matching brow??).
So as my hair began getting patchier and patchier, I knew that the big shave would be coming soon. That, and one morning I woke up with a piece of hair in my mouth that nearly choked me. So that was scary and I decided that I had had enough of shedding. My hair was turning on me. I decided to give it one last hoorah before taking the final step: I would dye it purple.
Lavender hair is one of those trends that you admire from afar but would never dare try on yourself. If done right, it looks seriously awesome. Being the hair dye virgin I am, I would never imagine being so brazen as to strip my locks of their natural color and replace it with a color that resembles a purple fruit loop. But since I have nothing to lose, I decided to try it out.
Research: Yes, I researched the best way to dye your hair lavender. I am a rational, type A person, and I wasn’t going to go all willy-nilly with purple hair dye. The best way to achieve purple hair color is to bleach your hair first. Woof. I used Manic Panic hair dye which reminded me of middle school. Nothing like a random streak of bright blue in your hair to make you feel like a bad ass!
Process: So I ordered the products from Amazon, and with my prime membership they were shipped to my house in two days (I sound like I’m getting paid to advertise for Amazon, but I’m not. I’m available though @Amazon). Once I opened the box, there was no looking back. I didn’t want to get cold feet so I just rolled with it. Basically as soon as I put the bleach on my hair, the natural color was immediately stripped off; I didn’t even get to say goodbye. I waited until my hair was the color of Eminem’s in the good ole days to wash it out.
Next came the purple. I followed the exact directions from the YouTube video I was watching. Ok, I get it, the girl was definitely not a hair dresser, but she looked like she knew more about purple hair dye than I did. I slathered the dye (mixed with conditioner!) all over my head, waited 30 minutes, and nothing really happened. So, I did it again except with a darker shade of purple. And again, nothing! I’ve been scammed! Nah, not really, I probably managed to mess it up in some way: use the wrong conditioner, not leave it in long enough, or maybe just because I only have a handful amount of hair left, the dye just wasn’t sticking. If you look really, really, closely, in the right shade of light, my hair has this silvery/purple-ish glow to it. But, If you’re farther than five inches from my face, then I kinda just look like a bleach-headed-wacko (whacko?).
I’m not mad. I tried something different. Something that I wouldn’t have done if I wasn’t going to lose my hair anyway. It doesn’t look great, but it’s not the worst dye job I’ve seen. Not that I really care. Plus, I have a wig to cover it up for when the blonde isn’t so appropriate, like for when I have meetings with the Queen of Sheba, or something.
So from this experience, I learned that if I ever wanted to dye my wig, I would consider going blonder, but definitely not purple, and that YouTube vloggers can’t always be trusted with your hair. I am also *subtly* advertising my knitting skills in the photo below.
Hope you do something impulsive this weekend, peeps.