This year I’m turning 30, so with that being said. There are things in life that we only learn by doing. And I think it might be time to share the lessons in life that I find valuable.
Disclaimer: Please also keep in mind that I’m NOT judging anyone who does this, but it’s from my experience and what I have learned from others!
I have to be honest about one thing: I don’t hate my hair – I don’t love my hair. So to put it like this – I’m not very attached to my hair. I can cut it and colour it – I don’t mind.
And I haven’t made to many “bo-bo’s” with my hair over the 30 years that I have been alive. In total there is about 4 bo-bo’s and I am willing to share.
- Age 13: Cut my hair (I cut bangs!), on my own with nail scissors – the scissors was of this type (see below) – gotta love that!
- Age 15: Spray bleached my hair – this type.
- Age 18 (the year I turned 19 – 2006): Had dark coloured hair, bleached it to become a blond.
- Age 29 (the year I turned 30 – 2017): Had coloured blond and a “long” part of my hair in my natural colour, bleached my hair.
So let’s go into depth on each of these – they are just as a warning to anyone with the “I can’t afford walking in to the hairdresser to do this!” or someone just trying to be creative with their hair at home, because trust me – I have learned my lesson (this mainly goes for the colour change)!
1: Age 13: Cut my hair (I cut bangs!), on my own with nail scissors – the scissors was of this type (see below) – gotta love that!
This wasn’t a very fatal thing, but it looked horrible – it was so short close to my scalp that it just looked weird. If you are going to cut your bangs, please at least get someone with a proper pair of scissors to do it for you and keep in mind: It’s hair it grows out – it just takes forever!!!!
2: Age 15: Spray bleached my hair.
My mother had bought this for my sister and they did it the way it’s supposed to be done – but keep in mind, if you use this stuff and it goes wrong, your hairdresser might actually want to beat you up (mine said “If you had used spray, we would not be able to help you.)
Finding this on the kitchen table I thought, heck I’ll try it! Sprayed and left it. I looked like a human Dalmatian! Spots of bleached hair. Apparently you are supposed to brush through your hair, when using it. (A few months later I ended up with cutting half of it off as it looked horrible!)
3: Age 18 (the year I turned 19 – 2006): Had dark coloured hair, bleached it to become a blond.
For six months I had been colouring my hair darker. That was totally OK, until I one day during the summer decided “I WANT BLONDE!” – and so I did. Bought the stuff from my local supermarket, great idea you would think. Did what the packaging said, washed – it was yellow-orange-coloured. Went to bed! The next day it was yellow-orange-pink-coloured! Yep, something had happened. I walked with a cap on as I thought it looked horrible, my parents did not want to walk next to me – so after two days my dad said “She can’t look like that! Please help her get it fixed”. So my mom dragged me to the hairdresser – solution was – GO DARK! I never got to where I wanted with that, I was back at start.
4: Age 29 (the year I turned 30 – 2017): Had coloured blond and a “long” part of my hair in my natural colour, bleached my hair.
Due to my economy not being the best, I thought “I can’t afford the hairdresser right now, I’ll try it on my own!”. This time it turned yellow-orange-coloured again. So with the shame (that apparently only people who have a good relationship with their hairdresser has.) I went to my hairdresser and asked kindly if they could help me fix my problem. They swoshed up their calendars and had me come back in 3 hours.
When I was sitting there I told them “I am the poster-kid for “Don’t do this at home, you’ll end up at the hairdresser anyway!” – they agreed. There are horror stories about doing this at home – and I belive in them, why? Because I know people who have been far worse of than me!
If you can’t afford the hairdresser at that very moment, be vice – save your money until you can. The quality of your hair will thank you, you won’t have to cry over having to cut it off, it won’t break in half, it won’t star a fire and you won’t have to spend the extra money you didn’t intend on using on a hairdresser!
Colouring is chemistry and math (and even a bit of physics), it’s for people who have been trained within the subject and with safe products. Can you honestly tell me that home colouring is safe? Unless you have bought the products from a hairdresser, I would proceed with caution. As there are mistakes that can not be fixed unless you actually cut it all off or cause more damage to your hair, you might be in deep shit with it.
So please, do not repeat my mistakes! I beg you(and maybe my hair and my hairdresser too!)!