One would like to think that when one reaches the age of 40 one would have learnt that dramatic changes of hair colour at home are Not A Good Idea.
But not me. Oh no, for this was the second bodge job I had inflicted on myself in the last five years.
Until five years ago I was blonde. Then after a set of extremely bad home highlights I had to go dark and I have been variations of that ever since.
I got used to being a brunette, adding a few blonde chunks here and there to hide my grey patch.
Then the grey started to appear elsewhere and not just in the patch and I ended up with an unattractive look indeed:
I decided perhaps it was time to go blonder and was emboldened by the blonde highlights I painted on myself a couple of months ago a dye was selected:
Now, I used to use blonde home dye kits and they never lifted to the colour they promised so I thought I would be ok with the above.
I was inspired by this:
You see, blonde on top with brown underneath? And so I sectioned off the bottom third of my hair (dark brown, no grey) and applied the blonde dye to the top two thirds.
It went yellow almost immediately. But I did not panic, oh no, for ones hair has to go through a myriad of colours before arriving at blonde.
However, despite getting lighter the yellow hue stuck and I ended up with a very brassy head of hair indeed.
Still I did not panic for I had a secret weapon. I had a bottle of purple shampoo for the very treatment of brassy tresses. After two applications of the aforementioned shampoo I was sporting a head of hair ranging in colour from baked bean through custard to pale lilac:
Look at the lilac fringe!!
Look at the sheer crispiness of it!!
I was sorely tempted to rush out and purchase a dark brown to cover it up, but instead after my hairdresser (and friend) declined to sort the mess out again (indeed it was she who had sorted out the previous bodge job) I decided to get it sorted in a salon.