Throwback: Hair Colour Timeline

I’ve recently dyed my hair to a new colour for hopefully the last time ever. I meant to dye it dark brown but it came out as a light black colour, and weirdly enough I love it! I’ve had a few compliments about the colour saying it suits me, which I am shocked about as I always thought dark hair would make me look paler than I already am (thank those Irish genes). Finally after a decade long journey of different hair colours, I have found my number one. In celebration (any excuse for a celebration), I thought I’d run through some of the hair colours I’ve had and some tips I’ve learnt along the way:

Natural Hair with Blonde Highlights:

Nothing screamed ‘mid noughties’ like chunky blonde highlights. I had these done for my 14th or 15th birthday, it was the first time I had anything done to it other than a hair cut. Honestly, this was probably one of the best hair colours I’ve had, it looked cute and was so much easier to manage than a fully dyed head of blonde locks. I ended up growing it all out and going back to my natural colour around a year after the below picture anyway.

Look how cute my cousin was

Natural Hair with a Blue Fringe:

Yes, I really did just write that. 16 year old me thought it was a good idea to put blue hair dye straight on to dark-ish hair.. which made the blue more of a sea green. It didn’t look terrible to be fair, but I wish someone told me to lighten the fringe first so the blue was actually blue. I also managed to dye some of the bathroom floor blue and there is still, nearly 10 years later, a few splodges of blue splattered around the bathroom floor at home.

Couldn’t find a picture with the blue but this was my natural colour!

Bleach Blonde:

I have a love/hate relationship with my former blonde hair, on one hand I really loved it and it was something I was dreaming of for years. On the other, I didn’t really know what I was doing at the time and I lost a lot of hair from it falling out.. oops. Don’t do what I did and bleach the whole thing every 6 weeks, just bleach the roots, or go to a professional. I would highly recommend using a deep conditioner at least once a week to keep the moisture in your hair. I use Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle range for conditioning my hair now, so would work wonders on bleached hair.

It pains me how dead my hair was..

Bleach Blonde with Pink and Blue:

Ah the ‘Scene days’, I used to proud myself on how many colours I could fit on to my head. One of the weirdest was my blonde hair with pink ends and a blue fringe, honestly I should have just chosen the pink or the blue.. not both together. I used to use Directions Hair Dye which had a really bright pigment and was pretty easy to use, it is only semi permanent but it took a while to fade.

When thin eyebrows were ‘in’

Pastel Pink:

As fleeting as this colour was, I really loved it. If I was an anime character I would definitely have pastel pink hair! I mixed a Directions Hair Dye pink (they don’t stock the one I used to use anymore) with conditioner, I just kept mixing the dye and the conditioner until the colour seemed as dark as I wanted it. It was a tad patchy and lasted all of a few weeks but I still loved my cotton candy locks.

Wannabe Scene Queen

Brown and blonde ombre:

In October 2015 the bleaching finally took a toll on my hair, I had lost quite a lot of inches since I started bleaching and it was looking ratty as hell. I got a hell of a lot chopped off, think it was just to my shoulders, and dyed into a brown to blonde ombre. I really loved this colour and it gave my hair a chance to repair and grow while the blonde was slowly growing out. I was wearing hair extensions nearly every day at this point so my hair wasn’t growing as quick as normal  but it was the closest I could get to having lighter coloured hair without loosing more hair.

Hair has grown back slightly but still clinging on to those ratty extensions

Dark Purple:

Before dyeing my hair dark purple I dyed it light brown to even out my hair from the ombre as the blonde had basically all grown out by that point, so I had a good base to go to a darker colour. I used LIVE Intense Colour in Mystic Violet, it covered all shades of brown and as I wasn’t dyeing my hair so often, it grew super quick. The only annoying thing about purples is it has a lot of red pigment in so is a pain to dye out when you are sick of the colour, and it always fades to red rather than staying purple.

No hair extensions and hair looking healthier!

Dark Brown/Light Black:

After nearly a year and a half of the purple, I tried to grow it out, which took forever! I didn’t dye my hair for around 5 months and the purple turned to a red which looked awful with my light brown roots. I plucked up the courage to go to the hairdresser (I hate hairdressers, long story for another time!) and got some of the red colour stripped and dyed a nice medium brown. I’ve forced myself to stay away from the unnatural bleach and stayed different shades of brunette for the last year, which is good for me as I have major hair envy of other people. My hair has grown super fast and is nearly down to my ribs now. I recently dyed my hair dark brown/light black and honestly think this is the colour for me, I used LIVE Intense Colour in Bitter Chocolate, got a thing for LIVE XXL dyes.

Hair is healthy and the longest it has been since way before the first picture in this list!

Ditching the bleach and the hair extensions has done wonders for my confidence and my hair condition. I went from never walking out of the house without extensions in my hair and it being perfectly curled, to not caring and going outside with my untamed natural wavey hair. It’s been one hell of a journey!

What’s your funniest/most embarrassing hair dye stories?


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