I’ve always been a rather “unstyled” person, and until I discovered the unbeaten practicalness (Is that a word?) of dresses, I was very much a jeans and t-shirt girl. Still am, actually. But I always envied those refined girls with impeccable style who pulled off very unnatural hair colours. Say, a bright electric blue, a deep purple or a vibrant pink. But I never was a member of scenes where this is common, be it Punk, Rockabilly or New Wave/Goth/whatever the name of these dark cladded chaps nowadays is.
I’m known for my colourful way to dress. So much that it became some sort of trademark? Some people have a signature colour, and mine happens to be “rainbow”. A few months ago, an idea locgged itself into my head, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it… what if I would dye my hair pink? I googled it, I put some research in it, and I decided to let it rest. Hair colour is nothing that should be decided hurriedly, you might be stuck with it for a while. And as I’m not 15 anymore, where sporting drastic styles is way easier, I also had to consider the fact: I’m working in an office. A veeeery liberal/casual place, but still.
The problem with those dyes is – they require you to bleach your hair, if you want the really really vibrant results. A procedure I rather not do to my hair, because of length and unavoidable damage. After my afore mentioned boredom with my hair increased, I decided: What the heck, I try it anyway. The worst thing that could happen was that the dye is invisible. First tiny step was to just dip-dye my ends from my collarbones downwards, starting with a light colour and getting darker towards the tips. I ordered three different colours, from the brand La Riche Directions: Cerise, Flamingo Pink and on a whim Rose Red. Rose Red and Cerise look pretty much the same on my hair, with the Rose Red being a tick darker. Both produce a very dark, rich and almost purply Magenta, which I love. Flamingo Pink might turn into a classic Barbie kind of Pink, if you put it into bleached hair, I guess. With my healthy, dark blonde hair, it pulled off a totally different sort of trick: it turned into a soft, blondish sort of pink. And I liked that very much. It’s not Screaming in your face Pink, but still pink.
As I liked the results, the urge to dye my whole head grew. Maybe it’s the beginning of a midlife crisis, that middle class paradise with well-behaved kids I’m living in, or just me deciding that I finally don’t give a flying f*ck in tin can (I love that expression…) what other people might say/think about what sort of hair colour is age appropriate. And this afternoon, I gave in the urge and went ahead – with the Flamingo Pink. Unobtrusive, I don’t want to shock the bejesus out of my coworkers next week. But I might very well get darker soon. Oh yes.
After the first round, with just the tips dyed.
The results from this afternoon. As always, my hair refuses to be photographed and the pictures don’t do the real colour any justice. Especially not because I can’t be bothered to whip out a real camera and took the pics with the iPad.
- Directions are only semi-permanent and don’t damage your hair. But that also means they wash out after a while.
- I ordered them online at a hair stuff website, but you might find them also in brick and mortar scene stores.
- Another brand with an equally wide range of colours is Manic Panic, if you can’t find Directions anywhere.
- Don’t wear your favourite clothes while dying your hair, and cover anything that isn’t easy to clean. That stuff stains like hell, and fast. I mean it!!! Seriously.
- I used white towels after washing it out, and with some of that oxigen bleach stuff the colour came out entirely, but I don’t know what would happen if you try it on coloured clothes.
- Some people also said that they had stained bedsheets, but that hasn’t happened to me yet.
- If you have very dark hair, you will have to bleach it first. It’s possible to use some of the darker colours in untreated blonde to light brown hair, but dark brown and darker won’t have any luck with those either.