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!