5 Things :: what to tint my tresses

I’m warning you now: this is probably the last time you’re gonna see me.

See me like this, I mean. Because next week, I’m biting the bullet and I’m going to paint the town red. Or brown. Or somewhere in between.

I’m talking about dying my hair, of course. 😜

Now before you scold me and lecture me about keeping it real and embracing my age and going au natural, lemme clarify that I’m not doing this in an attempt to hang on to my fading youth. I’m just ready for a change is all, and I actually got approval from the hubs to do something to my hair. I’ve realized that I like the versatility of long hair – Shhh! Don’t tell my husband, but I hate it when he’s right! – and there’s no way I’m getting a perm. Shudder!

So color it is. And if the added bonus is that I’ll be covering up my white, then so be it.

Mind you, we’re talking virgin hair here so I’ll probably be locked in at the salon for hours. And KS#1 aka Queen of Color tells me they’re gonna have to “lighten the base” before they even attempt the highlights. So I may just regret the experience, if not the outcome. Still, it’s an adventure and the perfect way to start my summer. I have my appointment scheduled for the 10th, so get ready for the grand reveal after then.

In the meantime, here are the color choices I’ve Pinned. Feel free to chime in and tell me your favorite one. The hubs like Option 1 but we’ll see what the experts say come D-day. I may not have a choice in the matter depending on how my hair reacts to the dye.

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Before it all goes away, then, enjoy the black tresses. And if it all goes south, at least hair grows out, right?

6.1.14

Week in review – Can you have too much pattern mixing? I think not!

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15 thoughts on “5 Things :: what to tint my tresses

  1. PS: as colouring dark hair is very difficult (your natural colour must be stripped off before adding colour, so peroxide is involved…and at some points of the process your hair may temporarily turn red or green…), I thought you might want to try an easier option first: full head of highlights, max 2-3 shades lighter than your natural hair colour. This gives you the sort of multi-tonal hair that instantly lightens the overall appearance, without constantly having to worry about the roots. Also, this process allows you to experiment: you can have several shades, try warmer, red etc, without having to subject all of your hair to an arduous chemical treatment. And, if it all goes south, highlights can be covered quite easily with a rinse. The hair still needs lots of TLC as highlights make the hair dry (just like dye), but again it’s just some of your hair affected.This would be sort of the hair dye virgin’s option: you can lighten the hair gradually, over a period of time.

    • Oh, thank you for this follow-up comment! After your first reply, I got cold feet all of a sudden and was about to cancel my appointment. I’m a low maintenance hair gal meself and the thought of going above and beyond my normal routine freaked me out a lot. This option sounds a lot more responsible and logical and I shall definitely take it with me and insist on it at the salon. I just hope I won’t be bullied or brainwashed otherwise. I hope I have the intestinal fortitude to walk out if so. Wish me luck!

  2. Colouring very dark hair is always more time-consuming, and puts the hair under some strain as it needs to be lightened first. And colour, or highlights, require regular maintenance, and you may need new products, too (conditioner, styling products, sunscreen to keep the colour from fading…). All in all, costly and very high maintenance, so be prepared for that. You will need monthly touch-ups, a little less often with highlights. But the results can he fabulous. Oh, and you hair will need lots of TLC at home, too (weekly hair masks etc)

    As a very low-maintenance person who is at war with my curly hair, I can’t be bothered with colour… But then again, I grew up in a salon; my mother and her sister (also a hairdresser) used to practice on me… Been there, done that, and I still hate my hair (no petm needed here…)
    BTW options 1and 4 look best: clearly different from your natural hair but still subtle and natural looking.

  3. I like all the colour options except option 2. For some reason it doesn’t look as interesting as the others. I work as a colour consultant and its true that as we get older our hair needs to get lighter to blend with our skin tone! Look forward to seeing your new look!

    • Oh, I hope I don’t disappoint. I wonder, though, if that truism about getting older and skin tone applies to me since I’m so dark complected?

  4. I also like #1, but I’ve been known to sport purple highlights! Right now,my hair is a dark auburn with a bleached portion right where my right part would be if I parted my hair. It’s just a bit…almost like an angel’s kiss. But, it gives a little interest to my face. I’ve been coloring my hair for decades…it helps when your little sister owns her own shop and gives you a deep discount! My feeling on coloring hair is it grows out, or it washes out so it’s an easy fix. The stylist will be the best to help you determine color. Are you doing a permanent color or temporary? I can’t wait to see what you decide! Go for it!

    • Thanks for the words of encouragement, Marsha! Your hair sounds like something I’d be interested in. You should post a pic for us to see!

      And yes, I think if I’m gonna do it, I might as well go all out, so I’m planning a permanent color. I think I’ll just put myself in my stylist’s hands and see what we come up with. I even have a book downloaded on my iPhone for the long wait. ‘Coz it’ll be a long time for the color to take, won’t it?

  5. Well, I can tell a difference between all the options. 😉 I agree with your husband – #1 is my favorite. I like that it’s still very dark at the roots, but has those pretty highlights framing the face. I’m not a big fan of #2 (too stripey) or #3 (too plain). #s 4 & 5 are both nice, but might be too light, and difficult to achieve on your very dark hair. I haven’t colored my hair since before I had kids, but I used to sport burgundy hair, like this:

    • I think my husband may just virtual hug you because those are his exact reactions to all these choices. LOL. I’ll take in #1 to the salon and see what they say.

      Would you consider coloring your hair again? That burgundy color looks intriguing and I can totally see it on you and your fair skin.

      • 😀

        I loved my burgundy hair! It worked really well with my coloring – I chose the shade because the model has fair skin and blue eyes, so I knew it would work. 😛

        I’m not sure I’d do it again though. I don’t want to color it myself, like I used to, because it’s a pain. As far as paying my stylist to color it – maybe.

  6. Those options all look pretty similar to me, except Option 2, which I don’t think would suit you. You’ll be like Beyonce – all tawny and golden! Or you could go pink or red or blue. Would hubs approve of that?

    • Val and I think you should go either silver or red. 🙂 Kidding!! These options do look similar to my eye as well…all beautiful versions of tawny highlights. I personally think going to the best stylist is key…they should be able to choose shades that flatter your skin tone. Have fun!!!

      • I guess the difference to me is brown versus auburn? I’m leaning more toward auburn because I think the warm red would suit me better than the gold highlights.

        Hubs would go ballistic with a non-nature hue. Plus, it’d be difficult to coordinate outfits, I would think.

        I’m hoping my stylist knows what she’s doing. The closer I get to the actual appointment, the more I’m rethinking this. Perhaps I should just save my money and keep my black…

        • Highlights are pricey, and a good friend of mine finds that they fade pretty quickly on her tresses…but, I say go for it, at least one time!!! It will be fun. Perhaps of no interest to you, but in Dressing Your Truth, they make hair colour suggestions based on your dominant energy type. So, if you are a fast forward, tell it like it is kind of gal, #2 would suit perfectly; however, it you are more languid, soft, slower moving, and flowy, then a look like #1 would be a better match.

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