... and I LOVE it! I've had the hair dye and bleach for weeks now and I finally made time to do it on Saturday with Ethan's help. I bleached it first (I was told this is the only way it would hold the color!) and followed most of Kaylah's bleaching and dying tips. (that girl is amazing. I have a simultaneous girl crush on Kaylah and Elycia who are BFFs, didn't ya know?! SO CUTE.)
I love, LOVE this pink! I have to say it's quite liberating having a crazy hair color. And I know: it's not for everyone. (crazy colored hair that is) I can see how it becomes just as addicting as getting tattoos (because people always say, once you start, you can't stop!) And that's how I felt about this hair color the first time I dried it and styled it. I was sooooo nervous. I was absolutely prepared for the WORST. I've had some major hair catastrophes in my life and I'm most used to things not going my way when it comes to my hair.
LAWDY do I.
But somehow, the hair-coloring stars were aligned and the hair-dying Gods were thinking in my favor, because I ended up with THE perfect shade of peachy pink that I wanted. It's hard to represent it truly in photos so far, and the ones above aren't spot on. I took those in my bathroom. But you get the idea. I'm hoping to take some proper outfit photos soon outside.
Now all I want to do is buy black and white clothing because pastel pink looks SO good with those colors. Especially black. I just bought this dress (although I'm worried it's going to be a bit big... maybe it can be taken in?). I never wanted to wear black before. Isn't it funny how hair color has such an affect on our wardrobe?
I was very nervous about the bleaching. I have NEVER bleached my hair. But it ended up going fine. (I did use the Wella brand bleach from Sally's instead of what Kaylah recommended because that's what my stylist recommended.) It didn't turn pure white because my hair was dark enough that it wouldn't on the first bleach, and I didn't want to bleach again obviously, so I went with the strawberry blonde I got. And I think that's what gave me the perfect pink I was looking for. The orange that was still in my hair helped make the pink lean more towards peachy.
I used this pink color by Directions. I searched through many hair galleries to see pictures of people that have used certain colors to get a feel for the right color to go with. It's absolutely impossible to know how it's really going to come out unless you see it on people. And of course, your computer screen never represents color right, but this color was the closest to what I wanted.
I used 1 part conditioner to 3 parts dye (as Kaylah recommended) and I think that helped me get a nice pastel as well. I left my color in for 2.5 hours. I think next time I'll leave it in longer. I've been doing ok with not washing my hair everyday, but I do still condition it (I have to have showers every day! It's like coffee to me!). I use the Banana Conditioner that Kaylah recommended and I like it. I ordered this sulfate-free Shampoo. I'm going to try shampooing every few days instead of every day (unless I get particularly sweaty, ha). Since I don't have a lot of hair (it's so short!), not shampooing every day won't be a problem. (shampooing fades the color more quickly)
One thing I could work on is applying the bleach and color. I know this will get better with more tries. Ethan and I just kind of globbed it on our fingers and applied it to my hair. I did have some dye staining around my hairline and on my scalp, I'm not sure how to apply the dye without getting it all over my scalp and hairline (the dye has now faded off my hairline). Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Would it be better to divide my hair into sections and use a coloring brush? We did eventually comb the color through my hair, but I wasn't sure if that was just taking the color off in areas. The end result came out pretty even, even though there are different shades of peach pink and pure pink, which I actually like because it looks more "natural" that way to have different shades/hues.
And yes, I do plan on keeping the pink for a while. I really thought it would be a novelty thing, a one-off, but I can see keeping it indefinitely. It's weird, because I was talking with Jenny from Everyday's a Holiday (before I died my hair) about her GLORIOUSLY perfect pink hair and she was saying how she can't really imagine having any other color than pink. It just looks so NATURAL on her, doesn't it?!
It's funny because we creative types only see things aesthetically. If someone has pink hair and it really looks good on them, goes well with their skin tone, etc.. in my eyes, there's nothing unnatural about it. It's really not any different than a person having red (ginger) hair! It just FEELS and LOOKS right and not out of the ordinary.
But to non-creative types, they just don't get it. And that's ok, because that's what makes the world go 'round.
I have to say, I do hold my head higher with pink hair. There's something liberating about it. So far, people DO notice it, but it's mostly in that double-take kind of way. It's bright, folks, so I get that. I've only had one not-so-nice-whispering experience. But that's ok, too. I'm sure I'll get used to it.
I will say that the pink seemed to be a natural progression from the red! They're both warm-hued colors so they go well with my complexion. Pink looks about as natural as the red did! Now blue probably wouldn't. Although I wouldn't be opposed to trying it. ; ) Although I think any pastels look so pretty on fair skinned people, don't you think?
One thing I do feel with the pink hair is that it feels very Japanese. I would probably fit in in Harajuku very well, although I'd look quite modest and boring compared to most of these folks! It feels very anime to me, and on another hand, I feel like my college-self in the 90's, someone right out of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. You know, when all the punk girls had badly dyed manic panic hair. ; ) I like that my hair makes me feel like a different person - I guess that's what fantasy-colored hair will do to you. It's kind of funny in that way.
I'm glad I finally tried it because you know what? Life's too short. Cliché but true. And I feel like I'm only beginning to see that. I wish I had tried this 10 years ago. Although, you're never too "old" to have crazy hair in my opinion.
So tell me about your funky color hair experiences? Any tips? What color is your hair now? Link me to some pics! : )
P.S. THANK-YOU for your Belgium and Netherlands recs! And to those that emailed me! I can't tell you how much we appreciate it. Ethan and I have been pouring over your suggestions and are adding them to our travel list! If I haven't replied to your email, I will soon! Thank-you!