at home hair dying

THE BOX: Hair Death or Success?

Boredom has struck. My Wednesday night consist of nothing, and what’s a girl to do?

Boredom = hair experimentation.

A natural brunette, I get bored with my hair quite often and love exploring new things, whether it’s practicing the new up-do I learned on Pintrest, trying a new hair color (box dying of course, I rather spend my money on clothes), or dramatic cuts. Yes, believe it or not in my nineteen years of life I’ve tried multiple bobs and bangs. But, having only died my medium brown hair a dark chocolate brown a few times (with success, but short lived color) I have always wanted to try to go lighter.

The common fears of dying your hair lighter with box color:

1. Will my hair turn orange?

2. Do I have to bleach my hair first? How the heck do I do that? Why are people online telling me I need to do that?

3. What if nothing happens at all?

From my research, here’s what I was told….

Here’s the facts– If you’re going lighter, you don’t want to go drastically lighter with a box dye. Your hair WILL turn strange colors.

For the shade you want, buy a color that is two shades lighter (or darker, if wanting to go darker) than the shade that you want. Do not go any more than 2 shades. For me, with medium brown hair and wanting light brown hair, I bought L’Oreal number 8, Natural Medium Blonde  Excellent Creme. It was only about $9. Once your roots start to grow back, you can try an even lighter shade.

NO, I do NOT want to be a blonde, but this is the best color to buy for me to turn my hair from medium brown to light brown. When buying your color, check the side of the box. It will tell you what color it will change your current color into (trust them).

This is the one I have:

This is a picture of my hair before I used the box dye:

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As you can see it looks pretty dark in this picture, but it is actually a medium toned brown (with a bit of my moms red hair 🙂 ). And also, Sorry for the bad picture quality! My iPhone 4 will definitely not continue to be used for blog pictures 🙂

So here’s the result…

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As you can see, my hair turned a lighter brown color but, in the light especially, looks quite orange. The box dye didn’t give me full coverage, leaving me with my normal roots and the ends of my hair the same as before.

My Advice: GET IT DONE PROFESSIONALLY. My scalp burns, and my hair is a disaster. More so from my point of view my hair is disaster (and from my boyfriends), but it isn’t so bad where I’m embarrassed to go out in public. My next step after this is to dye my hair again but a darker brown than my original color, to cover up the awful color, but after my hair becomes a bit more oily (terrified it might all fall out 😦 )

For your  dying success, professional advice says to dye you hair again with the lighter color for complete results.

For more information, (and my main source of hair-dying knowledge) check out this article How to Dye Hair Like a Pro written on Women’s Health website.