I wrote a few months back about how I was looking for a new hairstyle, one that didn’t make me feel so frumpy and, well, mother-ish. I joked about how I totally could not pull off what I called, “My-Little-Pony Rainbow vomit” hair and even made crappy little pictures as proof. Well, if you watched my new Youtube video last week, you will have no doubt noticed that there is a rather vibrant blue in my hair at the moment. It’s the third crazy hair colour I’ve rocked out with over the past few months, with bright red and purple having also called my hair home. In this time I have learned things…things I had wish I had known before embarking on this strange journey into tencho-color gamer girl hair territory, and so I am going to share them with you all in case you too decide to do something COMPLETELY INSANE like dye your hair black with electric blue panels…
1. It’s Pricey (If done by a pro)
Going to a hair salon is not a cheap affair at the best of times, especially if you live in the middle of nowhere like I do, but when you’re getting an all-over plus bleach plus whatever radioactive looking colour you’ve gone with, the cost adds up very quickly. Not to mention that if you need hair products — and trust me, you will — your wallet could be about to take a massive hit. That lovely straight blue hair that you see in my last video cost me three hours at the salon and a whopping $215 cold, hard cash, even without getting a trim! The first visit was over $300, since I desperately needed a cut and also had to stock up on products to ensure it didn’t fade out after a few washes.
2. Speaking of Washing…
When I washed my hair for the first time, I was a little alarmed at how much red came out of my hair. All I could envision was money being washed down the drain. The red had nothing on the purple and blue, though. When I washed my purple hair for the first time, my ears, neck and hands were stained purple. That was a bit of a stressful time, since I was going to a formal ball the next day and was wearing a strapless dress! But the blue hair….oh my goodness. My hands were stained, sure, but my shower looked like I had murdered a bunch of Smurfs. Blue was absolutely everywhere, and a lot of it has actually stained the tiles. I can’t wait to explain that to the housing mob!
Also, regardless of the crazy colour, every single one of them will stain any light coloured pillow cases you may rest your beautiful vibrant locks on.
3. It will fade FAST
So this one I was warned about, but speed of which the colour loses intensity really bothers me. The red was my own fault. I was on holiday in a tropical climate with access to a beautiful pool. Chlorine is not kind to hair colour at the best of times but I was melting…
The purple was okay, but I had to move my follow on appointment forward by two weeks because I am about to go on holidays again and my hair had only a few strands of purple left, and the rest was this disgusting muddy brown with a tinge of purple. At $200+ I would have really liked it to last longer than four weeks!
But the blue. Oh, the blue tops the cake. I got my hair done last Tuesday. I fly out to Sydney this Wednesday. The hairdresser said that I can only wash my hair twice between now and then, otherwise it will no longer be blue, but a strange aqua-marine colour. Wait. It cost me $215 and has stained my bathroom but will only last two washes?! Sheeeyt. This is why I will never be a millionaire. I make terrible financial (and arguably, style) decisions.
You may be thinking that perhaps I wash my hair too much. I have cut back from washing every day to washing two to three times per week. My hair needs a wash right now, but I am prolonging it until tomorrow to preserve my colour just that little bit longer. I am not sure how I feel about that.
Is it worth it?
I have really enjoyed having crazy hair, but it is incredibly disappointing seeing just how quickly it fades and how much damage it can do. As much as I love it, the upkeep and the phenomenal cost of each trip is just too much for even me to justify. I am sure that there are cheaper alternatives out there — DIY jobs and hairdressers that aren’t price gauging monopolies come to mind — but I have a terrible track record of doing my own hair (I ended up orange once. Yuck!) and I won’t be anywhere near an awesome place like Peggy Sues Hair any time soon (My friend Alise tells me that her hair lasts well over six weeks with frequent washing). I suspect that once this lot fades out, I will be returning to my pre-birthday identity crisis colour. It may be boring, but at least it’s cheap.
Have you ever gone a crazy colour? Did anything surprise you about the experience? Share your hair care tips in the comments below.