Last Monday I woke up with an idea and I had my mind set. I was going to dye my hair blue. Yes, blue.
I had used semi permanent hair color in the past and it worked well on my blonde tips changing it to a desired color and washing out completely after a couple of showers. The product I used in the past is called Overtone. It is an in-wash conditioning system that changes blonde hair to a desired color. It worked great, so naive me thought other semi permanent hair dyes would work that same. Boy, was I wrong.
This is a before picture of my hair. The ends are a beautiful blonde color I achieved from my hair stylist, Maggie at Parlor on Main in Bowling Green.
Anyways, last Monday I went to Walmart and purchased L’Oreal Colorista in the color denim. I wanted the ends of my hair to be a light blue in color. I had seen this product advertised on television and thought it would give me this blue color and wash out easily. Again, I was wrong.
I unfortunately do not have a picture of my hair after dying it but the ends did look very similar to the picture above that is show on the products container.
After a few days of having baby blue locks, it was time to wash my hair. After shampooing my hair and drying it after my shower the what was once a denim blue had turned to a chlorine green. I freaked out! I immediately got back into the shower and washed my hair another 6 times. But with each wash I was noticing nothing had changed. My hair remained a chlorine green color and I did not know what else to do.
So I did what any other millennial would do, turn to the internet for help. I began googling (which I should have done initially before decided to dye my hair). I found a site that suggested some home remedies. It explained to try a combination of Head and Shoulder shampoo, Dawn dish washer soap and baking soda. It stated to apply this concoction like a hair mask to the desired area and leave on for 15 minutes then wash out with shampoo. I did this twice with little to no change in the color.
My last option was to try a color remover from Sally’s Beauty. The woman at the store recommended Ion Color Brilliance Hair Color Remover explaining it was vegan and less harsh on hair than other similar products sold in store. I went home and followed the instructions on the packaging exactly as it stated. After washing out the remover and drying my hair, I came to the harsh realization that I would need professional help.
When looking at the pictures above and comparing one another, you can tell there is a greenish tint to my once blonde locks. I am disappointed in myself for doing this. Looking back at everything I should have read the product reviews first.
So yesterday I paid a visit to my hair stylist. After 2 applications of gloss my hair is back to a normal color. She explained to me that coloring hair is not as much of an art as it is chemistry. I told her she must be the Walter White of hair (for all my Breaking Bad fans out there). I am happy being back to my brunette roots but some part of me misses the blonde ombre. Eventually one day I will go back to the trendy ombre style but until then brunette will be just fine!
I hope reading this it will prevent some of you from making the same mistake I did. Now, I can say with a 100% guarantee that I will NEVER use another over the counter hair dye again!