Hey guys, I did a thing!

I dyed my hair.

Purple.

Because, according to my girlfriend, I'm having a quarter-life crisis. ;) Jay kay, that's not really the reason.

Also, I didn't dye my whole head. That's maybe a little too much of a leap for me.


This picture makes the section I dyed look much larger than it actually is
Don't worry, though - it can be easily hidden (which is why I specifically dyed that section of hair). Because, ya know, I may still have to get a full-time, traditional office job when we move back. Had to make sure I wasn't holding myself back professionally if I did find something more traditional that I really wanted to do.

With a cameo by my husband
I did it in pseudo-solidarity to my climbing kids, who I am leaving behind when I move (most of them have multi-colored hair - apparently the dress codes at their schools are way less strict then ours were)! I did it for personal reasons, because I'm not a straight-laced, high-powered, stodgy DC professional, and I needed to prove to myself that I am committed to being myself and not just being the person other people expect me to be. I don't want to be Miss Perfect because I feel the urge to compete with other people. I am loud, and vibrant, and energetic, and passionate, and I'm a climber, at the end of the day. I did it as a leap of faith, because not only are our lives going through a major change this month, but my career is also going through a major change.

I used Splat hair color from CVS. It's cheap, and it was fairly gentle on my hair. (I'm assuming if you bleach and rebleach it a bunch of times, though, it wouldn't be so gentle.) I'm blonde, but the underside of my hair is a pretty dark blonde, as you can see here:


So luckily, I only had to use the bleaching compound a little bit to get the bright purple color to come through. 

Guys, it was a hot mess. I went through, like, five pairs of rubber gloves, including the cheapie plastic ones that come in the box. I had to call my husband into the bathroom every 10 minutes or so to get him to bail me out of various sticky situations (no pun intended). I also managed to dye my ear, my neck, and part of my bangs. I learned a bunch of lessons, though, about dying your hair a vibrant color:

1) Wear gloves and cover your clothes with a towel: Literally everything you touch with the hair dye will turn purple pretty much instantaneously.

2) Put petroleum jelly on every part of your body that your dyed hair might touch during the process. I skipped this and ended up with a purple ear and a purple splotch on my neck. Luckily, Splat actually washes off of skin relatively easily, so it came off in two days with regular washing.

3) If you accidentally get it on a part of your hair you didn't want it on, wash it with Head and Shoulders. Apparently (unbeknownst to me), Head and Shoulders is a harsher shampoo than regular shampoos because it is formulated to help control sebum in the hair of people with dandruff. It strips hair color pretty well. WHO KNEW? I lathered up, wrapped my bangs in tin foil and let it set for about 20 minutes, and it faded significantly - probably about 80%! With a few more days of washing with Head and Shoulders, the color had almost completely faded. SHEW! Dodged that bullet.

No, my hair is not going to be purple forever. ;) I have my last bouldering competition in the DC area on August 8th, and I may let it fade after that. We'll see. It's definitely fun and different, though, and I get lots of compliments!

16 comments:

  1. I wanted to do a strip of pink in my hair but the hubby said NO WAY! I think the purple looks super cute but there is no way I'd do it myself for all the reasons you list :) <3 Christine, The Choosy Mommy, www.choosykids.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha that's funny! I considered pink but wanted to start with something I knew would be bold without super-bleaching my hair. My husband actually helped me! He's awesome.

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  2. I always consider doing drastic things like this to my hair, but then that whole "I have a job" thing gets in the way. Two years ago I did go pretty drastic by getting a pixie cut, but I am so thankful for that every day. It was the first time I decided to do what I had wanted to do for a long time and just jump in. It has been a great decision. Good for you!!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I dyed it in a spot that is super easy to hide, so as long as I wear my hair down no one can see it. I actually tie it in a pony tail all the time and people still don't usually notice! If your hair is a pixie though there's no way around it, haha!

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  3. My step mother-in-law does this too, but hers is due to her being a huge fan of the Northwestern Wildcats!

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    1. ^ HAHA! If I went with college colors, mine would be candy-stripes! HOO HOO HOO, HOOSIERS! ;)

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  4. I love the purple. Just the right amount too. I had no idea about Head and Shoulder either. I would dye a part of mine, but I'm probably too old.

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    1. No way!! My yoga instructor is about 40 and her hair is blue and purple. Never too old to have a little fun with something as impermanent as your hair!

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  5. I love the purple. Just the right amount too. I had no idea about Head and Shoulder either. I would dye a part of mine, but I'm probably too old.

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  6. Thats so fun! I am always tempted to do something like that but chicken out! You put it in a great spot for hiding if you want to :)

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    1. Just go for it girl! Hair is impermanent, no reason not to try it at least once! I kind of feel like making an update post about how well its faded, it's been about three weeks and it's a pretty lavender pink color now.

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