My Hair History

As I mentioned in my Battle Of The Hair Oils post, I have put my hair through a lot of stress over the last few years! In case you suspected that I was exaggerating, I thought I would show you the proof…in all it’s horrifying glory.

Here I am on my summer holidays in 2011 with extremely blonde hair…and there lies the problem straight away – I like to go to extreme measures when it comes to my hair. I don’t mean dying it bright green or shaving it into a skinhead. I just mean I have in the past preferred my hair to be at the lightest end of the spectrum or the darkest and this combined with the fact that I change my mind very easily and like to see results straight away is a recipe for disaster! (More on that later).

I was this colour from the age of 15 to 21 and I really liked it. It was easy to maintain because I found a box dye that worked really well with my hair and I just did my roots about every 6-8 weeks.


Eventually though, I got bored and this happened. It involved 3 box dyes and a relatively stress-free afternoon. The result I got was a mid-tone goldeny brunette colour and I really loved it. It did mean applying a considerable amount of fake tan to pull it off though (see suspiciously brown self in photo below).


Unfortunately, it was at this point that my home hair dying luck came to an end. The lovely golden brown colour I had began to fade and my blonde roots started inevitably appearing so I decided to whack another dye over the whole lot. What a mistake, it turned black. It didn’t suit my fair complexion at all and meant that the fake tan applications had to get even more frequent and the eye make-up had to get heavier. Not only this but the regrowth was so obvious and because my natural hair has a very ashy shade to it, my roots almost looked grey next to the black dye! Not a good look at all.


I used all sorts of products to try and remove some of the colour build, the weirdest of the bunch being washing up liquid which strips the cr*p out of your hair so is great for this purpose but hideously bad in all other respects!

I then got bored again, but this time with the cut. I have always been very attached to the length of my hair but wanted to try something new so I went for a fringe which lasted all of about 5 minutes. I initially loved it but it was such a chore to style it and I could rarely make it look as good as when I first had it done so it soon enough became a side fringe.


I then did a very shoddy dip dye job on myself which looked a little something like this. I did like it but it gave me the urge to go back to blonde. WARNING BELLS.

ombre2013It was at this stage that things went seriously wrong. I must have temporarily gone INSANE but I came up with the wonderful idea to dye my full head of hair platinum blonde over the period of 1 weekend. Please don’t shoot me, I must have lost my mind. It was a nightmare. I must’ve bleached it about 7 or 8 times in 2 days. I know, I know…I’m actually ashamed to be writing this down! Anyway, the result was hay like hair which I had to get significantly chopped. Sob sob. To add insult to injury, I didn’t like the color one bit.


The platinum blonde lasted about 3 uncomfortable months until I finally went to the professionals (which is what I should have done all along) and asked them to sort me out. That brings me to my hair today – a very middle of the road shade of dark blonde (which is actually growing on me).

Abigail BrooksYou will be pleased to know, I have vowed never to touch another home dye kit EVER. AGAIN.

Thanks for reading!

Abi x



23 thoughts on “My Hair History

  1. LOL. I so related to this post…. I am a natural red head and I have finally embraced it buttttt it took many goes with at home box dye and the professionals…. I have learned my lesson…. Now if my hair dresser could convince me not to cut my own bangs….

  2. Lol that was a cute hair story! You actually pulled off every color, impressive! I think your final color looks best though! 🙂 I think a lot of us ladies can relate to this!;)

  3. Oh I know exactly what you’re going through battling traumatised hair! (Read: lots and lots of hairdye & relaxer), have you considered going “No Poo” (an unfortunately name, I know, but still)?? My hair went from completely ruined to super healthy already after the 1st month of going “No Poo” 🙂

    • I have thought about it and I’ve heard good things but I’m really scared to try it because my hair has the tendency to get really weighed down and lank without a good wash and I’m worried that would happen! X

      • Of course there’s an adjustment period (mine was about 2 weeks, some have longer), but it’s not very bad. The good news is that if you can go ahead and wash your hair once or more daily if you feel the need during that period (I use the honey “shampoo” mix then followed up by vinegar). I started getting hair compliments already in the later parts my adjustment period (which is the first time that’s ever happened!).

  4. I need to do a post like this soon! I’m just worried that I was so embarrassed of my old hairstyles that I’ve thrown most of the pictures away!!x

  5. I love this post! Its so nice to hear so many ladies have gone through the same thing. I definitely have had my scary hair woes…all involving bleach. What’s worse is it took me 2-3 times before I learned my lesson. Love your blog 🙂

  6. I’ve never dyed my hair (I’m too scared) but you’ve definitely scared me off doing at-home dye jobs! Haha, sounds like a nightmare! If I ever do end up dying my hair I’ll be sure to go to a hairdresser! Your most recent colour looks beautiful though! Really suits you.

  7. I laughed out loud while reading this because the entire time I was picturing myself! I’ve literally been every color under the sun and it was mostly all box dye. Like you I will never go back to my old ways!
    Loved reading this!


  8. man! you’ve got that skin tone that makes the different hair colours look so great on you! 🙂
    i like that ombre thing you had going on there in your grad pic. wish i could go ombre…have you ever tried hair chalk?

  9. I must admit I am a box-dye addict /: its been so many different colours over the years but now I’ve settled on a mid-light blonde (which is my natural colour anyways…), but I did have to have a massive hair chop after all the bleaching, so I feel your pain!

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