when I colored my hair dark brown in law school. I don’t recall my thought process when making this decision. Maybe I wanted to see what I looked like as a brunette. Maybe I wanted to shock people with my new hairdo. Or maybe I wanted to see if the color really would wash out in 30-days, like the box said. Whatever my rationale, it was not my most brilliant moment.
I colored my hair shortly before my school’s Barrister’s Ball. I also purchased a gown and shoes which I proudly wore as I applied the appropriate make-up on the big night. I even curled my dark locks, which was a poor use of time because my hair holds curls about as well as a sieve holds water. But, for the five minutes that I had a nice hairdo, I felt like a transformed woman – I was a true Californian rather than the Iowan I had been for the previous 22 years.
A couple of weeks after the ball I wondered when the color would start to fade. I kept pondering this for another 30, 40, and then 50 days when there was still no hint of blonde. Hmm . . . it seemed that the 30-day wash out representation had been a bit understated.
And so my life became consumed with bleaching, split ends, and having reduced cash flow since I was spending so much on hair products. What was the result? I got to watch a line of brown hair grow out for nearly two years until I was completely back to my original hair color. Bravo, eh? Needless to say, I haven’t colored my hair on my own since, and don’t plan to.
Have you or someone you know had an unfortunate and/or unanticipated result from hair coloring?