I ruined my hair and wish I could go back in time.by OwoliaPosted 9 months, 2 weeks ago
This hair journey starts by me wanting to go from my dark brown, natural, long, healthy hair, to an ashy silver. I bought some bleach and used 40 vol developer all over my hair, yes, including the roots. This resulted in a very orange hair colour and I didn’t know what to do to fix it so I went to a hair salon to get my hair fixed to the ashy silver that I wanted. Almost $300 and 4 hours later, my hair was beautiful, I love it so much and was so sad for it to be gone literally 2 days later after the first wash. My hair had turned from silver to a weird ashy blonde. I was told to use purple shampoo and do a purple shampoo hair mask to eliminate the yellow. A week passed and my hair felt so damaged and was turning this weird shade of green blonde. So I went to the store and box dyed my hair silver. Although I made the mistake of using 2 different brands at the same time which made this paste in my hair that took forever to wash out. After washing everything out, my hair had little to no difference. It was a bit more silver but still very blonde. Another week passed and I tried to do a purple shampoo hair mask on dry hair. After washing it out, my hair was a patchy purple/blonde mess due to some parts being missed during the application. I was devastated, I was regretting everything and wish I never did anything to my hair from the start. I didn’t feel like myself anymore and missed my dark hair. The ends felt so damaged so I got a big trim and my hair went from lower back length to armpit length. I thought the only solution to fix this ugly color mess was to dye it darker and so I did. Again I went the store to get an espresso brown dye and applied it. After washing, low and behold, it was patchy.
That brings us up to date to my current hair situation. This whole journey happened in less than a month. All I think about is my hair now, I’ve lost sleep stressing over it every night. I’ve been using argan oil, deep conditioners, hair masks, coconut and bamboo sprays, really just anything to hydrate my hair. At this point I just want my natural color back and I would just work on getting my hair healthy again. I’ve been thinking of going to the hair salon to get my hair to my natural color since it’s so patchy.
If anyone has any advice feel free to share. I hope this story makes you laugh or makes your rethink doing your own hair.
by BridgetSPosted 9 months, 2 weeks ago
what a pity; it is very difficult to bleach ones hair alone especially if it is long dense and dark like yours. Yes you could ask a hairdresser to dye your hair with something which makes it very close to your natural hair color. It usually make the hair look better too. I darkened one of my daughter's hair with an oil-based semi-permanent dye, did two rounds of coloring with maybe 5 weeks n between, and now the color is holding on beautifully, with no additional damage to her hair (lengths had been bleached, and then she spent lots of time swimming in the sea). avoid permanent color which is damaging.
by Folk_LaurPosted 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Girl stories like yours make me cringe...and also maybe believe a little more in God bc im for sure blessed that I never made mistakes so drastic....and I used black box dye so understand we were all inexperienced once. You just gotta leave it be. You can't go back to your natural hair color from here....you could strip out the brown to the bleached mess you had. Just stick to an ammonia free dye. Use adore. I think Sallys has adore. Its got a couple shades of brown, just pick one and keep it on hand for touch ups and ride out this nightmare til your hair grows out. You are to a level in which if you keep messing w it, it will fall out. I'm not talking like "oh I lost 30 strands of hair in the shower due to the season change"....I'm talking like bald patches, barely able to grow back mess. What you have right now is not great, so leave it be and let it grow so it doesn't turn disaterous from here. Also, good luck. I know how painful it is to let it grow. I choose styles literally based on letting them grow 6 months both out of lazinessand to keep my hair in tact. Get yourself some hats or scarves to hide it under if you can't bare it---you can go full hippie or hipster, whichever is more you lol.
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