I've been like this as long as I can remember - I've always wanted to do somewhat adventurous things with my hair. when I was little, my father never really let me do much because he's relatively conservative and likes long hair on girls. so when I was old enough, I let loose a little.
|totally loved this cut. it was supposed to be like the girl in the band elastica. one side was longer than the other.|
I had always dreamed of having red hair. but like really red. like punky red. I was on the road to that in the picture above. very long story short, after I came home from the trip to europe where that picture was taken, I dyed my hair red - beautiful red, the read I had always wanted. and then two days later (and no pictures taken!) I had to go back to black to attend a family funeral.
and from there, I never saw the red again.
over the past year or so I've been toying with the idea of trying it again. in the meantime I was trying to appease myself by playing with different styles of bangs. some worked, some didn't.
|the perfect example of why one should not do major changes at places like SuperCuts.|
|I didn't really like these at the time, but in retrospect, they weren't so bad.|
|doing the sideswept thing... I kind of liked them like this too.|
|it was starting to get a little out of control...|
|not too shabby.|
but going so short can be risky. it's only hair, though, right? the red though... oh, the red! I just couldn't get it out of my mind. so one day I thought to myself... what the heck? why not just do it!
...and so I did!
what happened next is quite a long story - I'll try not to babble about it too much. I knew that after stripping and bleaching my naturallydyed black hair that I would have to take quite a bit of length off. I wanted some longer layers to give it a little bit of oomph, but really, I hate layers and generally think they're a bad idea. I told the stylist of my trepedation and asked her to be gentle and not give me a bad jennifer-aniston-friends cut. while I guess it's not exactly the "rachel", I stil don't like the cut. the stylist pretty much didn't hear what I said and made a bunch of short layers. sigh. ok, whatever, it grows. the picture above is from the day after I got it done - so the color is exactly how it was when I left (because I certainly didn't wash it right away!). this photo was taken in the sun - so it looks was brighter and more vibrant than it was. it was actually more maroon/violety, because, again, the stylist didn't really listen to me... but I was ok with it. it was close enough to what I asked for.
I started washing it...
and yes - I knew it was going to wash out some. and it was going to fade some. and that it was going to take some maintenance.
but a week and only 3 washings later my hair was 37 different shades of orange. oh, it was bad. real bad. like embarrassingly bad. so I called the salon and spoke with the manager - she said, oh, no problem, it will do that - come back in, no charge, we'll fix it. super. I can handle that. so I went back -and of course went to the same stylist, because really, even though she totally gave me the haircut I didn't want, it wasn't a bad cut - no big deal. she put the color on and I sat and watched it get darker and darker. shrug - ok. and then when she washed it out all I saw was eggplant. aubergine. purple.
actually, the color wasn't so bad. it was kind of cute. but really, I didn't spend 6 hours in the salon the week before, and lots of $$$ for violetyeggplant color. I wantd f'ing red!!! she assured me it would wash out and be lighter...
and it did.
and it was.
so I called back again. and again the manager was super nice and told me to come back in. this time I saw a different stylist - not actually on purpose, the other girl wasn't working - but I'm glad I did, because finally someone who knew what she was doing! she put straight-up really red on me (no red violet, ew!) and my hair is almost completely perfectly what I wanted. I'm so happy!
I even decided to try to work with the cut a little bit and curled it up and pinned it back super cute today.
and then, after I got home from work today, I was like, hey, why not put a little headband on?
|I tried to do a cute wink. it ended up not-so-cute.|
and voila! I'm quite satisfied... now, I will just refrain from washing my hair... um, like, forever. :)