I have a problem. My natural hair color has been described as “dirty dishwater blond” and I don’t like it. The color, not that it’s been called that. ;-) Though I can’t imagine saying that about anyone, lol. Annnyway, I’ve been dying my hair since I was a teen. Usually an auburn color because I wished to be Anne Shirley (of Anne of Green Gables).

I took a pretty big break from the hair dye when I got married with the exception of one incident, a dye job that caused me to cry and my husband to ask me never to dye my hair again after the waterworks – but once every couple of months now I get this uncontrollable urge to change my hair. I start thinking about cutting my hair or begin to eye the hair dye aisle. Those perfect women with their perfect hair… if I do put all those chemicals on my hair will I look like that?

*insert sarcasm* Of couuuuurse!

Well, I finally gave in last Friday and bought one. I decided it was worth the gamble and chose this:
This is “Light Golden Brown” and washes out in 28 days (I’m not totally stupid, lol). I was going for a shade that was a bit darker than my natural shade – about the color it is when it’s wet.

The result? Brassy red.

Brassy. Red.

I don’t know what happened. I don’t think I should have chosen something with “golden” in it because the natural red in my hair altered it. I know you can’t expect to have the color that is on the box… but argh! I did not want red. *sigh*

So I decided I didn’t want to live with it even for 28 days (plus I’ve heard these things don’t really wash out, just fade) and made an appointment with my stylist. Yay for great hair people! I love the stylist I go to, she works out of her home and is just so sweet. She put highlights and lowlights in my hair and I’m so happy with the result! I should have just done that in the first place. I was trying to save money. Ended up spending more anyway.

Here are the before and after photos:




I didn’t take a photo of the brassy red. Didn’t even cross my mind… I just wanted to hide! lol

Anyway, I’m really happy with it. Might even go for a little more contrast next time though.

The moral of this story:


Unless you’ve just been lucky enough to find the color that works for you. It’s painful getting there, though. And if you have red in your hair, it’s even harder to find a decent color.

Is anyone else crazy like me, always experimenting with their hair?

Do you have a hair dye story to tell?

Thank you sooo much for sharing this post! :-)



9 Responses to The Great Hair Dye Drama

  • Totally cute!

  • I've never dyed a single hair on my head.

  • I also have the darkish blond color so I dye. I have had great home results though (I've gone blonde, brown, and red). I haven't dyed it in a few years though b/c I stopped when we started trying to conceive our first and then I just didn't get around to it, LOL. Now that I'm preggo with our second I don't see it happening any time soon!

  • I'm glad to hear you were able to find a quick solution.

    I've never had my hair dyed professionally, but I've done it myself quite a bit. I'm usually pretty happy.

    That's not counting the time in high school when I tried to dye it redder and my strawberry blonde made it bright orange. I was called, L'orange for a while. There was also the time in high school I tried to dye it blue. Remember, I have naturally strawberry blonde hair. It turned green. I didn't want green. I wanted blue. Yes, I'm weird.

    Aside from my youthful indiscretions, I've always had pretty good luck with boxed DIY dyes.

  • I highlighted my hair blonde so many times in 8-9th grades that it kinda turned almost all blonde. Brassy, ickly blonde. I haven't done anything permanent since then.

    When my DH and I started dating, I had tried to turn my hair auburn and it was almost purple. He has all but forbid me to dye it because he is scared of it being that color ever again.

  • Cute!

    I had the same thing happen recently! I had a friend "help" me and it turned out pretty bad.
    I had to get a color correction but it turned out pretty amazing!

    Lesson learned…don't do it at home!

  • My natural hair color is ash blonde, but it's so thin and fine that it needs color to swell the cuticle to give it some volume. I've been experimenting with colors close to mine, and had the same trouble – too red, too golden, too brassy. I decided to go a shade darker, hoping that when it oxidized, it would be spot-on. It was a good gamble on my part. No roots, no brassiness, just the body I needed. I just wish I'd written down the color I used, though! LOL

    spitfyr323 at hotmail dot com

  • The final result is very, very cute. I've never been brave enough to try to color my hair at home — always afraid I will somehow mess it up.

  • I'm the same-dishwater blonde. I've been every color around and this color works for me for now but I put pics of me dark up on Facebook and am taking a poll to see what people think. I may darken up for fall…

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