How I Learned My Coloring-at-Home Hair Lesson

Posted 06/23/11 at 11:25AM by Audrey Fine

Note to self: next time you're bored or looking to blow off some steam do not, I repeat, DO NOT, seek solace in a bottle. Especially if it's a bottle of maroon-red hair color.

Yes, it's true. I was a ninny and decided to dye my blonde, highlighted hair red. At home. By myself. Did I do any research? Did I consult the Color Finder to see which shades would work best with my woefully cool coloring? That'd be a big, fat, NO. I did no such thing. Instead, I just went to Rite Aid, bought a box, pulled on the rubber gloves and started coloring. No care with choosing the shade. No thought as to the consequences. I just did it.

Would you be shocked to learn that the results are disastrous? Thought not. They are. And then some.

We all make fun of Lindsay Lohan for drinking while under house arrest even though she knows full well she's going to be randomly tested. It's called self-sabotage I believe. And, while I'm not going to end up in the pokey for having committed a heinous hair crime, I think I too was exhibiting some self-destructive behavior. Clearly I was not born yesterday, I'm not in high school -- a time when blind experimenting with such things is expected. So what other reason could there be really? There was no way it was going to turn out looking good, so what was I thinking? (Or, maybe the problem was that I wasn't thinking.)

I have two ex-boyfriends coming to town next month. Did I subconsciously set out to make myself look terrible so I'd have an excuse for, well, looking terrible? I'll need to ponder that one. In the meantime, I need to figure out how to fix this poufy pink thing on top of my head.

Have you ever made a bad beauty decision? Please share it. Misery loves, nay, craves company.
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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 03:32pm

    Nice

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  • Posted by beautybody on 03/26/12 at 10:37am

    My cousin recently tried to go from dark blonde to dark brown with interesting results. Sometimes it is best to go to the pros or at least change at a slower pace.

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/22/12 at 12:11pm

    I once dyed my hair a red that ended up looking like a clown's! My mom brought me 2 boxes of ash brown and in the end, it ended up OK but Whoa Nilly, that was scary!

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  • Posted by taryn.romero on 10/05/11 at 11:24am

    I loved that story. It brought back memories of my own self dye jobs. They were awful.

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  • Posted by Only1KimmieD on 07/13/11 at 12:38pm

    In highschool my bestie an dI dyed her jet black hair blonde and thought that her eyebrows needed lightening too. We put some of the dye on her eyebrows and they turned bright carrottop orage for like a week!

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 06/27/11 at 02:13am

    That sucks :( I randomly dye my hair at home when I'm desperate for a new look. Fortunately, my hair is very dark brown black, so most dyes just give my hair a different tint. I've done highlights at home too. Nothing terrible has happened, yet. :) The worst hair problem was at a Super Cuts. I ended up with awful bangs that I had to grow out!

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