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I dyed.

April 8, 2010 2 comments
RY doesn’t care for my salt and pepper hair. She keeps bugging me to dye it.  When I go home to Alberta, as a special treat for RY I let my mom dye my hair. She used to dye it when I was young and girly (well, kinda girly) so I trust her and she is always worthy of my trust.
 
The two times we have done this, RY chose the dye colour – brown, which is fine but it’s a blondish brown (she doesn’t like red) so where my hair is white, the dye makes my hair blonde. Blonde highlights are not my natural colour, red highlights are my natural colour. I don’t like the blonde. It feels really unnatural to me.
 
This week, we needed to dye my hair because we have engagement photos on Sunday. My mother is nowhere in sight but RY assured me that she’s done this several times with her exgf so we went to Shoppers Drug Mart for dye. This time, I requested a brown dye with red highlights hoping I’d feel better about the fake colour.
 
We read the instructions, which said to leave the dye on for 10 minutes plus 5 minutes more if I was really white haired. (It also said to do a test strip, but we ignored that. Who ever does a test strip?)
 
The dye went on. After 15 minutes the dye came off. My hair was orange. Very orange. And not a natural shade of orange, a very fake shade of orange.
 
RY decides we didn’t leave it on long enough, so we do it again with the remaining dye (a nice benefit of having very little hair is that you dont’ use the whole package). This time we leave it on for 30 minutes.
 
I’m still orange.
 
We call my mom and her mom and everything points to doing this again. The fear was that by combining colours, we’d get green but we went to teh Shoppers and got another dye (I wore a ball cap). RY selected an "ash brown" because she learned through her extensive dying history that ash reduces red. I was just hoping it reduced orange.
 
We put it on. By this time, my scalp was burning. The dye mixture was green. RY kept coming over and saying "it looks green". We left the dye on for 30 minutes (RY wanted to do more but my poor scalp couldn’t take it).
 
My hair was no longer orange. Well, in the right light, there are orange highlights, but it looks fairly normal the rest of the time. We’ll see how it photographs on Sunday.
 
Tonight she is applying tanning cream to my face. There could be more orange.
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