Monday, January 20, 2014

Copper Catastrophe

Weeks, maybe even months ago, I bought a box of hair dye. Dark  Hazlenutty Brown.

Saturday night, I decided to finally give it a go.

I double checked that the code on the bottle matched, the box, something the paranoid woman in me always does, but yes it did match.

What I did notice however what that the ammonia or ammonia-like smell was really strong

Brad came into see what I was going and hit the gas wall and just squinted and left. It was a really potent strong smell, you would think I would have clued into the fact that something was wrong, but I already had smeared a bunch ot it on my head at that point so I was kinda committed.

Outside of the smell thought, nothing looked off. The color of the stuff was a dark brown (or turned a dark brown in a few minutes).

So the chemical shit storm is now resting comfortably on my head, so I  thought I would up the classiness and wrap a walmart bag around my head and watch reality tv until it was time to wash it off.

When I went to wash it off I was kind of surprised to see that instead of brown, everything looked ORANGE. Bright - freaking - no mistaking it ORANGE.

Ever the optimist, I figured that once I washed it out it would be fine.

It wasn't.

When I came out of the shower and blow-dried my hair, I was copper blond.  COPPER BLOND!!

My scalp was so orange it looked like it was on fire.

I hopped back in the shower and washed it again in a feeble attempt to wash away the copper blonde and get my dark brown back.  How many ways can you spell futile exactly?

Brad was so nice and told me it looked good.  Logan on the other hand is a kid, which means he has no filter and calls it like he sees it.  He looked at me and then the box of hair dye on the counter and said, "Huh.... doesn't look like the picture mum" .

It was late and cold out so I really didn't want to go out to buy anything to fix it.  So back to my supply cupboards.  At the very back, I found a package of "Color Refresher" from when I dyed my hair a dark espresso brown a few years ago.  It's not a full hair dye package, but just enough to give you " a few weeks of revitalized color" as per the box.

At this point, I was willing to try anything, because let me just assure you that Copper blond is not a good look for me.

Let that new concoction sit for awhile and then rinsed it out again.   Thankfully it did what I expected it to.  Toned down the red to a more subtle auburn.  It's still WAAAAAY to red,  considering I didn't even want to go red to start with, but it is however a huge improvement, so I figured I would just stop and cut my losses at this point.


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