How has the unnatural color hair dye scene changed since this website began?Posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
So it seems this site began in 2001. I can't speak for that, but I joined here in 2006, after I had internet access at home for about a year and got my own computer. I was 13. (Yeah my family was really late to getting internet in my area, probably the last ones to get it lol).
I knew nothing about hair dying, but a Google search led me here among a few other sites. Many of the sites just covered "natural" colors, so seeing this one specialize in unnatural ones... to be honest, I think this was the only forum I could find that centered around it!
There were maybe 10 (or less) brands total that made semi-permanent dyes that were regularly available, including some regional to only certain countries. If you saw someone with unnatural dyed hair, it was likely to only be one of a few brands. (Outside of the "salon" scene anyway).
The general reputation of funky dyed hair was... "punk", of some sort, usually. Something to do with musicians or music fandoms. Or maybe an anime cosplay. Aside from occasional highlights, most major celebrities never went unnatural on their actual hair as a constant style. Those who did were notable and could be listed.
Let's fast-forward to now...
The scene (and everything else) has completely changed.
Specified web forums in general have died. Some still get activity, and I still regularly go on one since 2005 (based on a video game I like). But most everybody goes on one of the major sites- Facebook, tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, etc. and posts there instead. I guess it's way more convenient to have everything in one place. But I really miss the forum scene. It felt special in a way, getting to know all the regulars and such.
Every other young-ish celebrity seems to have unnatural dyed hair now. Justin Bieber just had pink hair. K-pop stars revel in it. The pastel/ombre look is in among young women celebs, either on a lacefront or their real hair.
As well, the general consensus of dyed hair has earned a uh, rather... meme reputation as being among young university students with radical views. But I'll stop right there and move along.
As for internet presence... infinite. A new YouTube tutorial on dyed hair is probably uploaded every minute. The salon hairdresser scene is huge on Instagram with all sorts of crazy color styles and models. It's seen as so mundane now. I mean, it was getting there before, but now it really is. But I'm not complaining! If anything, this is for the better. Way easier to find information on techniques and products, and less questions and stares. Perhaps as a wannabe-rebellious teen (we've all been there, admit it), I enjoyed walking into a room and being the only green-haired one. But now, I smile if I'm out and about and see people of any age with dyed hair, and nobody seems to really care or say much.
And speaking of products... whew lad. There's so many now. Every time I walk into a drug store, a beauty supply store, a salon, a big box store, a supermarket, there's always new hair dye products in unnatural colors. There must be hundreds of brands that do it. Whether any of them actually work well? Just find a YouTube review of it. :P
And many different types too. You have the "toned conditioners" like Overtone. They existed before, but now I see it advertised on Facebook constantly. A couple years back there was the hair chalk craze. There's a lot more temporary colors like gels and sprays and whatnot. These always existed, they're just way more well-known and advertised, and every hair company dipped into them.
As for particular styles... besides ombre (or variants of), I can't think of many that became truly mainstream or well-known. A few tried, then failed. (Not including trendy haircuts with dye added- I just mean types of dye techniques).
And before I end this post, let's all gather and give a R.I.P. to MySpace. It's still around, but it's... completely different. Looks like some type of news blog about music releases. If you didn't tell me what site it was, I wouldn't recognize it. Still has an awful layout and runs slow on my computer though. :D But since that's where a lot of hair-dyers first showed their true fashionable selves, it deserves a mention for sure.
So, anyone else care to input? Did I remember anything wrong? What else did I forget? How about pre-2006?
~HairCrazy member since 2006~
by vivienne StaffPosted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
I was just thinking the other day about how teenagers now don't really have the intuition for how BBcode, which this site uses, works. It's kind of funny, because I feel like there were so many forums back in the day that no one felt it was super important to have a tutorial on it.
As for colourful hair, I like how many more variety there is nowadays and how much more of it there is on social media, but I'm honestly kind of disappointed that it hasn't really caught on as much as I'd have expected in my daily life. There's definitely more of it than when I was a kid, but I still definitely stand out at my office job.
One thing I will say is a bit disappointing to me is that a lot of brands will have the same set of colours on their initial launch, usually one red, one pink, one blue, and one purple. These were always the most popular colours and I think a lot of people use these shades as their first step into unnatural hair, but it bums me out that even with so many brands out there, some colours like orange, yellow, and green don't have a lot of high-quality options.
When Jude mentioned Special Effects closing down, I was really sad at the loss of a lot of what I consider really unique shades like Nuclear Red and Atomic Pink. They were always super loud shades that weren't for everyone, but really delivered for those who wanted it. Even in such a saturated market, I sometimes feel like the trends still don't necessary cater to me.
Posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
vivienne wrote: When Jude mentioned Special Effects closing down, I was really sad at the loss of a lot of what I consider really unique shades like Nuclear Red and Atomic Pink. They were always super loud shades that weren't for everyone, but really delivered for those who wanted it. Even in such a saturated market, I sometimes feel like the trends still don't necessary cater to me.
Oh dang, Special Effects went out of business? That's a shame. :( I never used their dye, but I remember users on here went on about how it was basically the best dye. It lasted really long and they had amazing blue shades. To be honest, I'm surprised some of the other companies are still in business, considering their dyes weren't nearly as good.
(Edited to add: I actually did use it once. The results weren't good for me, only because my hair was still orange and I used Iguana Green which was way too light and cool-toned to work on an orange base.)
And agreed with all you said, vivienne! Although some sites do seem to still use a form of BBCode, it's often seen as outdated. The coding this is especially true for html as well. MySpace made teens learn; now there's no such incentive. We have programs that do all of that, run by other programs, etc. Only professional programmers and such seem to use it now.
I do enjoy the variety of styles as well (Billie Eilish, anyone?). Even some of the lacefront wigs can look decent, if they're human hair and use a legit dye job. Nicki Minaj has worn some with neon leopard print and such. Better than just a Party City plastic one.
I notice shortage or lack of certain colors as well. Many stores seem to carry the "metallic/silvery" shades of colors. They'll have a rose gold, or a silvery-blue, or greyish-purple. Those are trendy. But a basic green or orange or yellow shade? Nowhere to be seen, surprisingly. (Which is odd considering that's what Billie currently has... so perhaps brands will start dishing out those to capitalize on this lol).
I haven't dyed my hair in such a long time and don't plan to at the moment, sadly. I can't say I hate the current trends. But the "washed out pink" (or other color) is just so overdone at this point. It's supposed to look pastel, but just looks faded often times. I even see this look at my job on customers (unless it's just that it is faded, hard to tell). Makes me wonder if these newer brands are actually any good.
~HairCrazy member since 2006~
by AndyaPosted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
A long long time ago in this galaxy I was in my late teens. So guess this makes me around for awhile even before joining this terrific web site in the early years. Unable to talk programming or coding because to me this does not compute. However can say happier to see more and easier electronic access to information about dying hair including tutorials. I was around before the World Wide Web/ Internet and remember being with friends on chat rooms. Sad chat rooms are going going maybe gone. However, very happy this terrific....did I say terrific web site has been helping people since early 2000's. Only my hairdresser, or maybe Jude, knows for sure when this web site began.
Also when started dying there were few major brands like Directions, Punky Color, Manic Panic, RAW, Fudge Paintbox, and Stargazer. These were the only brands one could find or get. Again living in an era of no Internet, we did not even have cob webs....lol. Today everyone and their Grandma is trying to corner the maker creating vibrant semi-permanent hair dyes. Now there are dyes like City Scape, Urban Shock, Lime Crime, So Color Cult, Splat, Beyond the Zone, ION, etc. Almost seems like a new brand every one or two years. In my over 30 years non-professional experience now have tried at least 18 different brands several times. In the early years only 6 to 7 brands existed. Grandma's love to make things. I dearly love and miss both my Grandma's.
Over the many years joyfully seen the interest of hair color expand to all ages. Initially the late teen to early twenty year old would change a few locks of hair here and there or maybe also there. But the color variation was subtle and not pronounced in the early years. Today seen more often multiple colors of hair on people. The color is more vibrant now and more of the hair is colored. People older than me, yes there are many people older than me, are dying their hair pastel shades of blue, pink, or purple. Also seen as a percent of the population an increase from about 0.1 percent to 2 percent of people with some vibrant shade of hair color either in their natural hair or all the hair. Also have seen more people accepting other people with vibrant colored hair. We are all bipedal life forms based on carbon bonding. We are also mostly water, so I try and go with the flow.
As the number of dye brands increase also seen the quality of brands decrease. Furthermore, some brands that were really good and reliable have decreased in quality. Very sadly Special Effects is one brand of hair color that has died (dyed). Because some of the newer brands are low quality wish they were gone and not Special Effects in my opinion. Special Effects was special! Also in the years other brands have stepped up to the plate and performed wonderfully like Pravana, Sparks, Urban Shock, Pulp Riot, and Joico. Relating to an earlier post, sad to see brands decrease the variety of colors made available. Beyond the Zone about five years ago had every color of the rainbow including green, orange, and yellow. Then Beyond the Zone discontinued green, orange, and yellow. Guess the discounting of a color depends on how much money, green backs, is made on that color.
These have been the cliff notes of my experiences been dying to share. My hair experiences have been colorful. No animal was harmed in the typing of these cliff notes. These are also my humble opinions from over thirty years of non-professional experience.
Posted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Andya wrote: Sad chat rooms are going going maybe gone. However, very happy this terrific....did I say terrific web site has been helping people since early 2000's. Only my hairdresser, or maybe Jude, knows for sure when this web site began.
Chat rooms still exist! Sort of. Standalone ones are rarely inhabited. But there are tons of group chats about certain topics (or anything) on Discord, Telegram, Facebook Messenger. So they just evolved, not died out.
Standalone forums on the other hand, are dying out a bit. To me, groups on Facebook do not make a good replacement for them. The etiquette is completely different.
Andya wrote: Now there are dyes like City Scape, Urban Shock, Lime Crime, So Color Cult, Splat, Beyond the Zone, ION, etc. Almost seems like a new brand every one or two years.
I recall Beyond the Zone being around when I first joined here. Ion and Splat introduced their unnatural colors later on if I recall correctly. The others, I haven't even heard of, but then again I sadly don't dye anymore.
I've had hairdressers use Joico on me (and my mom lol) and the results weren't great tbh. I'd swear some hairdressers purposely use dyes that fade extremely fast.
~HairCrazy member since 2006~
by Jude StaffPosted 2 months, 2 weeks ago
HairCrazy started in 2001 and IIRC most of the old images still exist under a user called something like "photos from the old gallery". If you guys would like a blast from the past, check out the timelines which includes old, but recently uploaded images of many of our regular users. Here is 2002: https://www.haircrazy.com/timelines/2002/
You can change the year in the URL, e.g. to get 2015 https://www.haircrazy.com/timelines/2015/
Re BB code, it still kind of works here lol, like if you want to use "emoticons" (haha!) then you can write : smile : without the spaces. We've been getting around to implementing emoji support for a long time now but it involves a big migration to a different database type and there's always been some other more important change that's bumped it down the queue. We use an implementation of textile for formatting on the forum, but in terms of usability it isn't much better than BB code, if a little faster.
Every time I see Billie Eilish's hair, it reminds me of what we used to do back before colour removers were accesable. Back in olden times we used to have to grow out permanent hair dye (or worse, try and bleach it), so people would bleach and dye their regrowth.
@andya, you were our 118th member. @worm3rck you're 937! For context, we have over 105,000 registered users now :)
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by AndyaPosted 5 days, 3 hours ago
First time since the pandemic able to get to a public accessible computer. So apologize for a late reply. @Jude thank you for the information on when had arrived and member number. I do not even feel like 118. Delighted to hear over 105,000 people registered to share experiences and information beneficial to all whom are dying to here.
My experiences have helped professionals make deliberate errors with semi-permanent hair dye on my hair, so professionals learn and become better at the craft.
This is my humble opinion.
PS- Must take that back we did have webs, but they were made by spiders and not electrons.