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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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