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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

hair dye fever

If you've known me for the past five years, you know I can't go very long with one hair color. Basically, I've been told I was born with red hair, it was brown by the time I left the hospital, and turned blonde a few months later. And blonde it remained for the next 18 years of my life. Judging by my hair's own indecisiveness when I was born, it's no surprise to me that as a young adult, this urge to change hair colors would reawaken in me and never settle down.

At 18, after being tired of paying upwards of $150 every month and half for highlights, I decided to do something drastic. I died my hair dark brown with a reddish tint. It was the most drastic thing I probably could do being in a private Catholic high school. But even this change from blonde to brown shocked just about everyone I knew. (Apologies in advance for the awful image quality.)

Taken 3 days before I dyed my hair.


This is me January of senior year before a formal.

After that, I was hooked. When I started college, I died my hair black.

I have zero good photos of myself with black hair so enjoy the side of my head :).

Shortly after, I added pink extensions.

Yea. I went through "this" phase. Sorry about the blur.

Tired of the black, I decided to go back to brown, but shorty after decided to start bleaching my hair. (My hair probably hated me at this point.) Oh and I chopped a bunch off.

This was actually a happy accident.

Eventually I got it all bleached and rocked the platinum thing for a while.

And a pomp.

Then it was time for more color. Blue this time.

This is actually way more blue than I intended on having but hey, go big or go home I guess!

I eventually bleached all the blue out, got tired of bleaching, and went back to the dark brownish red.

Crop from one of Charlie's photoshoots. :)

Then I wanted to go all red.

Desperately needing my bangs cut at my senior show.

And since red is such a royal pain to maintain, I went back to dark brown and have been that way for a while. (A while= less than a year.) :)

Present day.

And that is my array of hair colors from 2006-2011.

But I've got the urge for change again. That urge that can only be cured by a fresh color I've never tried before. This time, it's copper. Or natural red. Or whatever you would like to call it. :)

I've been compiling some inspiration because I really want to do it right. Here's some examples of the end result I would like to achieve. Some are a little darker than what I want but I like looking at the variation so I can find the *perfect* shade.

1 2 3 4

Just some of the many I've seen. I think when the weather gets warmer this will be on my agenda.

Anyone else out there who can't keep a hair color for more than a few months? What colors are you feeling right now?

5 comments:

  1. Those inspiration photos are all so lovely! I went on a hair dying/bleaching spree for a few years and now am actually letting my natural color grow out. It is so odd.

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  2. Oh this reminds me of myself! haha. It was a couple of different colors and weird highlights haha. Now it's light brown.. ha. But if we don't get it out of our system now, when will we ever do it?

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  3. My mom owns a salon so I've been dyeing my hair since I was 12. I wish I can remember what the real color looks like. If I could pull off that red above I totally would do it. I'm an indie biz student so thought I was stop in and say hi. :)

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  4. I dyed my hair quite a bit in high school/early college, but calmed down once I hit my 20s. I've had it red for about a year now, and still love it, although I think I'm going to need another drastic change soon! All of your colors are so pretty - I'm looking forward to seeing it red!

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  5. You looked great as a red head! (that maybe because I love redheads and I wish I could pull it off)

    I've only ever had dark brown to black hair, but IF I could I would go blonde or red headed. But sadly that would never happen due to my tan skin. I would not look good!

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