Most of us have lived through this moment: It’s 12am on a weekday and you’re obsessively scrolling through Pinterest. The clothes, the décor, and nail art, you want it all! But what really takes your fancy is the hair. Unicorn hair, Oil Spill hair, Pastel hair, inspiration hits and you’re now committed to colouring. However, this is not a fashion statement that should be entered into lightly. As a hair dye veteran, there are several down points to dying your hair that the Pinterest posts never show. So before you get too carried away, here are the 6 things they never tell you about dying your hair.
- Your hair is now a flashing neon sign: COME AND BOTHER ME
At first it’s very flattering: “I love your hair!” “what do you use?” “It’s so pretty!”
Then it gets a little creepy and intense: “I love your hair! Can I touch it?” “I see you’re trying to have dinner with your boyfriend but I feel entitled to know, what do you use?” “It’s SOOOOO pretty!” staring intensifies.
If you’re like me these interactions are the stuff of nightmares. I spend most of my life going out of my way to avoid awkward interactions with strangers, but my hair is like a crazy person magnet. Unfortunately, this is just an aspect of being ‘that coloured haired girl’ that I’ve had to come to terms with. While my inner introvert is screaming, I politely respond “oh …thank you.”
2. You become afraid of washing your hair
It’s been 3 days. You look like and extra from The Walking Dead and people are refusing to sit next to you on the bus. But, damnit, you’re determined to make this dye last. Between the cost of hair dye and the time it takes to redye, your hair washing routine has become one of your top points of concern. There’s something very disheartening about standing in the shower as coloured water washes down you, your dreams of bright hair running, literally, down the drain. Cleanliness and coloured hair become a fine balancing act that only Priceline’s Dry Shampoo can help with. Yes, it is as gross as it sounds but it’s the only thing that works so for anyone who knows the struggle and you should seriously try it out!
3. If you’re a masochist, then you’ll really enjoy brushing your hair
When I was little, my hair used to be so knotted that my mum said every morning sounded like I was singing James Brown songs with his signature “OW!” Today, things are even worse. I wish I was one of those magical people who are somehow able to repeatedly dye their hair and not slowly kill it, but I am not. Despite hair treatments and an