Sunday, May 15, 2011

Just. Like. The. Box... Awesome.

So, last weekend I did this...

Both dyed my hair red and cut my own bangs. I usually don't put scissors to my own hair, but this time it was in order. I need a haircut and I just couldn't stand waiting another minute to get one. So, I cut my bangs. Matt likes the color, but I'm still unsure about it, even though I've gotten an abundance of compliments about it -- and yes, I've made adjustments to the picture using Picnik, but the color of my hair is very true to it's actual shade.  Dr. Y even said I looked French, which she had to qualify with the information that in France it is (or was?) a fad to dye your hair an unnatural shade of red. She also said it was "fun." Both things I consider compliments. Overall the feedback's been good, but I'm still not entirely sure.

Matt wasn't terribly happy that I cut my bangs, however. It seems that no matter what I do, he's never 100% happy with what I do with my hair. When I came out of the bathroom a redhead with newly cut bangs he said, "I like the color" and when I remarked on his lack of a remark about the bangs he said, "I'm not a bangs person" as though that should explain everything. It made me upset, actually, because he never use to be unhappy with my hair as long as it wasn't short. Now, he's unhappy when I cut my bangs, even though I'm letting the rest of my hair grow out and it seems like he's getting more disgruntled/controlling about my hair.

Speaking of which. The color I used to dye my hair was Light Intense Auburn by Garnier Nutrisse (it's number R3).  As much as I'm grappling to like the color, and it's growing on me, I do not recommend this dye to anyone. I can't speak to the other colors, but this one is insanely hard to get out. I don't mean the color, I mean the dye itself. Like any dye, the instructions say to rinse your hair until the water runs clear and then use the conditioner. I was in there until the water was nearly cold, about a half an hour, trying to get the water to rinse clear and it still wouldn't.  Since then, and mind you it's been a full 7 days, I've washed my hair twice a day and it's still running slightly red. When I shampoo the foam is still coming away pink, the pool of water around my feet in the bottom of the shower is still tinged pink. Fourteen washings, it's still tinged pink. That's insane!  It shouldn't be this difficult to wash the dye out, but it is. I've never had this problem with any other brand of hair color. I've done red, from other brands, and it's never been like this. I can only guess, then, that it's the brand. Therefore, I don't plan to use it again and I don't recommend it to anyone. When it comes time to dye my roots in 6 to 8 weeks, I'm going to dye my hair a darker auburn brown. That way, it's more true to my natural color so that when I go back to work in the fall I look professional. I will not, however, be using this brand again, regardless of the color, it's simply too hard to work with.

Anyway, there you have it. I think I'm starting to like it more than I did at first, but I don't think it'll ever grow on me. Of all times to come out exactly like the box, sheesh!


  1. I used the same exact hair dye had the same issues. Also, I can't comment on the color of your hair until I see you unshopped =p

    As for Matt, maybe he just hasn't seen a fringe done right, though I believe it when I hear there are some people who just don't like it. Maybe next time you're out getting your hair cut anyway, ask for a deep asymmetrical fringe line? It's not for everyone though, I'll admit that. >.>

  2. The hair looks awesome! It has been a couple of years since I have tried Garnier, I never liked what it did to my hair.
    I use L'OREAL Feria R37. I find it doesn't last as long as some I have tried in the past but I have been using this brand for a long time and I'm nervous to try other reds :P

  3. =) Thank you, lover. (Note to Matt in case he's reading this or Kristyn's family: I'm going to insist it's true because that's funnier.)

    Dude. That's exactly what my hair did. I love wild colors, and it does look neat. I'd do it again if you decided you want it, but not Garnier. Like both experienced, the dye running for way longer than it should is annoying, if not lethal to clothing :(

  4. I put up a picture, "unshopped" just for you, Eris!

  5. Thank you!! I've come to like it, but I still don't like the brand of dye. It's still turning my shampoo bubbles an intense color of pink when I wash. It's been more than a week, so it shouldn't be doing that. I also use L'Oreal Feria, but that was when I was doing blonde. I should have just stuck with them. I think that when I put the dark auburn on my hair in the late summer, before I go back to work/school, I'll use L'Oreal. I've always liked their products.

  6. True, freaking, story Eris! I will never use this brand again. Going to use L'Oreal when I put the dark auburn/brown on my hair in the late summer.

    Also, ilu.

  7. Oooh, I LOVE it! I really like the bangs as well, although I may be slightly biased since I recently cut my own. At least I didn't have to put up with any disapproval from hubby, although he may have been thinking it...who knows?

  8. I love red! It's a hard color to pull off, but looks really great on you. I've tried a few times in the past to dye my hair various shades of auburn or red, and it NEVER comes out. I always get some weird orange, pink, or one time, something very lavendar-ish. Nowadays I just keep my natural color and add a few highlights. Think I'm getting lazy.

  9. i died my hair this and it looks ok! for dye but i think im going to go to splat dye