I’m ALL about coloring your tresses this summer but I know for some of our readers, changing to any color other than a shade in the family of their natural hair color is lightweight blasphemous. To broaden our horizons, I caught up with my favorite (and comical) internet cousin, Evelyn from the Internets in hopes that she would share her hair color story and inspire the once faint at heart to cross over into bold color bravery! Here’s what she had to say about her experience with an at home coloring system, her altered hair texture, the blue hue and more:
What made you decide to color your hair?
It was on my list of things to do in 2014. Seriously. I wrote down “get blue hair”.
That blue looks good on you, boo! For those who are unfamiliar with your hair color journey, what other colors have you had previously? Of all of the colors you’ve had, which has been your favorite?
Thanks, pRoy! I’m just out here on my quest to be a cartoon character. My hair is naturally what I call “dusty black”. Wasn’t feeling it, so I dyed it bright auburn with the SheaMoisture color system. [Click here to watch Evelyn Demo the Shea Moisture Color System and Evelyn also has a video on her Shea Moisture color touch up.]
When I got tired of that, I bleached my bangs and dyed them purple. Through pure laziness, those bangs faded to various shades of pink, and ultimately, the color washed out completely, leaving the ugliest shade of orange/yellow bleached hair. So I took the plunge and bleached my entire head so I could dye it blue [Watch I Dyed My Natural Hair Blue]! My entire hair color journey is only about a year long. Blue is definitely my favorite color so far, though I’m still trying to perfect my blue fro! Because I’m not experienced, it usually takes me about 2-3 tries to get the shade I actually pictured.
This may be backwards thinking, but I’d rather mess up my own hair than pay a stranger to mess it up for me. If my edges fall off, it’s nobody’s fault but mine… *cue Nina Simone* hahahah
I use semi-permanent fantasy colors, basically “hair paint”. Not damaging at all. So while hair coloring never worried me, hair bleaching did. The bleaching process has not loosened my curl pattern at all. My bangs have been nuked several times, so I have to keep an eye on that section of my hair — it tends to get matted more easily. That’s a common problem with any hair texture and bleaching – tangles! Even though my hair is a lot more porous now, I’ve adjusted my routine to maintain moisture and softness. The LOC method saved me!
What advice would you give someone who wants to dye their hair such a bold color?
TAKE. YOUR. TIME. When I get the itch to bleach my hair again, I have to block a clean 3 evenings out of my week. Baby your hair. Work in small sections. Invest in an amazing deep conditioner. For the love of God do a test patch!!!! Over time, you’ll figure out what practices work best for you.
Also, maintaining hair color is WORK! Roots grow out, blue becomes teal, purple becomes magenta… as you can see my hair is always fading to different colors, which I’ve just learned to enjoy as part of the journey.
When you dye your hair blue, green is invariably on the horizon because of the dye’s undertones. My blue fades to a weird aqua, and while I always said I’d never dye my hair green because I’d look like a tree, I just might dabble in the green hair arts…hmm…. probably for autumn. A deep forest green.