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Hair adventures…

Bye bye orange hair!

This morning I’m venturing down to my mothers house so she can sort out my final layer of highlights. I couldn’t be happier to see the end of the fizzy orange tinge to my hair.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with boxed hair dyes. It was fun at the time, not so now. It has been a nightmare to get my hair back to it’s normal colour. After one round of highlights my hair actually looked quite nice, red with a few soft lights. After the second round, my bare roots lifted blonder than the rest whilst the main body of my hair went a funny orangey colour.

I had the 12 week blow-dry last week so my hair feels silky and strong. No snapping. Today my mum will be adding a few lowlights through the top and highlights to through the main body of my hair. If it’s successful I will happily leave my hair alone.

What have I learned?

1.If you are naturally fair like me and decide to dye your hair red or brown please consider the cost. Sure a box of hair colour costs under €10 but the price of getting you hair back to it’s original colour and state is a very different story.

2. Semi-permanent hair colour isn’t always semi-permanent. If you have any damaged or porous hair the colour can be absorbed into the hair. 24 washes? I don’t think so.

3. It’s a nightmare to get red out of fair hair!

4.  The colour never comes out like the models on the box, I forgot to factor in the models base colour. Something else to factor in is that the images are often retouched. Sometimes the colour is added digitally and does not reflect the models hair colour at all.

The bottom line is don’t trust the box!

Hair video: I recorded a video on the 12 week blow-dry the other day. I tried to upload it last night but low and behold the internet had other ideas (it crashed 5 times!). I will re-upload this evening and add the blog post.

Ladies, I’m done with boxed hair colour!

What are your experiences with DIY hair colours?

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  • di

    what are the name of the shades your mom used I love it. Thanks so much

  • Kristen

    Don’t use boxed color on your hair that stuff is bad news! the other stuff is more expensive but your hair will think you for it in the end, its harder to fixed bad boxed color than just fixing a professional color, boxed color has aluminum in it so its horrible for your hair!!

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  • Kristin

    I’ve never really had a problem with boxed dies. I think the problem comes when you go very far out of your color range and then want to go back to your natural color. My natural is a red color but I dye it every winter because it looks just blah and almost brown it’s horrid to me at least.

  • Laura

    Hi Amy! I had a terrible time with boxed color. My hair is a natural golden dark blonde color, I wanted to go to a deep auburn red color. When I finished half of my hair my red the other half dark brown it was a nightmare and 200 hundred dollars later I finally got my hair back to normal. I will never touch my hair again. I leave it in the capable hands of the professionals!

  • becky

    Hey Amy….

    can’t wait 2 hear bout the 12 week blow dry, thinkin of gettin 1 so will be great 2 hear bout ur experience :)

    Did u no that they have eco-tools brushes in boots now?? U probs did but I hadn’t a clue n was in boots on grafton st after work (just been paid n was blowing it between boots, BT and River Island… gonna be a long 4 days till pay day comes around again :) ) n spotted them hiding with the Ruby & Millie make up brushes!! I nearly screamed when I spotted them n remembered u mentioning how amazing they were in a vid so I bought 4 individual ones and am sooooo in love! I would even choose most of them over my MAC ones which makes me feel a little ill bout the expense of the MAC ones!! The giant eye shadow blender brush is my fave and they are super cheap so anyone who hasn’t bought them yet should defo get 2 boots asap n pick them all up!! love them n have 2 thank u Amy 4 educating me so I knew I had 2 have them :)

    Loves, Becky xxx

  • Amanda

    I did the box dye thing back in November because I wanted to look a little “warmer” in the yucky winter season. I’m usually a highlighted blonde (with dirty blonde natural hair) and turning to the box was NOT a good idea, going back to blonde was hard. My hairdresser bleached my whole head of hair for about 10 minutes and I looked just like VitaminC from back in the 90s! But after some highlights, some color and some toner, i had quite a nice shade of warm golden blonde. Although I DO plan on getting more highlights towards the end of the summer.
    Lesson learned: Don’t follow stupid “I’m sick of my hair” urges, maybe just go get a new top or something, or a nice hairCUT!
    Good luck with the hair! Can’t wait to see it!

  • Karen

    I have dark brown hair and recently decided to put in Schwarzkopf xxl “Cosmic blue”, a blue black shade. I thought it couldn’t turn out that much darker than my own hair. Unfortunately I was wrong and my JET BLACK/COAL COLOURED hair is only now starting to return to it’s normal colour.

  • Elle

    I am naturally a strawberry blonde and every few years will get the urge to dye it a darker colour (usually for winter). The problem is that I only keep the colour for no more than 4 months and then have to spend the requisite 6 months slowly getting back to my natural colour.

    Sometimes, I think a bit of change is fun, but I always prefer to go to a hairdresser- if it goes bad they will usually fix it for free- you don’t have that security with box dye.

  • Lucy

    I couldn’t agree with you more on those points! The first time i dyed my hair was a home job that was supposed to last something like 9 washes and was still kicking around 9 months to a year later. (I have very blonde hair and went a rich red/mahogany colour). I then switched to permanent dye at a salon and was getting fading/obvious roots within 2 weeks of each dye session. It took a year of bleaching, dyeing it blonde and getting it cut before i finally got back to my natural hair colour. A few years on i’m still experiencing the consequences – the whole experience changed my hair from being poker straight to being big and kinked if allowed to dry naturally. I loved being a redhead but i don’t know that i’d ever do it again!

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