I'm having a hair thing.
As some of you may remember, I cut the hell out of my hair at the beginning of the year. And then I cut the further hell out of it a week or so later. That was in January, and it's been growing out ever since. I've had it trimmed & shaped a couple of times, but I've been letting it grow because I decided I didn't like it quite so short. When it was that short, you could tell that it was curly hair, but it didn't actually have curls. I missed my curls. So I've been letting it get a little longer so that my curls would come back, but what I'm left with now is a non-style, the dreaded growing-out period, and above & beyond the fact that my bangs are in my eyes 68% of the time (which I find infuriating -- I don't know how you peekaboo-bang people do it) something has got to give.
But I just don't know what I want. It's next to impossible to find much in the way of short, curly haircuts to show to a stylist, unless you want the full-on Golden Girl, which I most decidedly do not.
Do not go gently into that Aqua-Netted night...
And even if you do find a picture of a style you like, well... with curly hair there are no guarantees. It may not work with your specific curls. Which can vary wildly on a single head. And then there's the dreaded CHSS (Curly Haircut Shock Syndrome) wherein you don't really know what you're hair's going to do with the haircut until a couple of days afterward. It's all pretty up in the air, and for a long time now I've been thinking I'd like to put my head in the hands of someone who really knew curly hair, who specialized in curly hair.
So I'm gonna. The DIY part of this post is NOT the haircut. The haircut is going to happen on Wednesday at a salon that gets rave reviews for cutting curly hair on NaturallyCurly.com (an invaluable resource for curly girls). I will keep you posted.
No, the DIY part is the other half of my usual salon services -- the color. Because the haircut at the new salon is going to be more expensive than my usual, and their color would also be much more, and times are tight no matter what your hair looks like these days; so I decided to conserve a little moolah and take the coloring into my own hands.
I m not a natural redhead, but I have been coloring my hair red since I was in my late teens. I do not feel bad about this. The Universe may not have given me the correct color hair, but it did give me the sense to recognize it and do something about it, so it's all okay. I have gone through brief periods in my life when I colored it myself, back when it was very, very long, and it was always a tragic mess doing it. I've been paying someone else to do it for a long time now. So I was nervous about this.
My hair is curly, which means it's extremely porous and easy to damage, so I decided I wanted a semi-permanent color. (Also, ya know, what if I screwed it up? Would that all the mistakes in my life could be semi-permanent, huh?) So this is what I went with:
Gotta say -- my hair looks good! It's a really pretty color, and pretty true to what's on the box, maybe a touch deeper. It is red, but it's not crazy, unreasonable, not-found-in-nature red and the color is sheer enough that natural high- & low-lights show through. I'm going to need to refine my technique a bit, I think, to work on my roots, which are not all that well covered. Next time I'm going to do a root application and let the color sit there for several minutes before pulling it through to the rest of my hair. happily, roots are less of a problem when your hair is as curly as mine -- there isn't really a discernible part in my hair where they show. The product was easy to work with, didn't have a horrifying smell, and comes with a conditioner to use after you wash it out. It's nice & soft.
A couple of days later and I have now washed my hair and the color seems to be sticking pretty well. I think that after I get it cut on Wednesday I'm going to grab another box of the stuff and do my roots, which are really bothering me. But other than that -- so far, so good. I'm pretty satisfied with the results.
So how about you guys? anyone out there color your own hair? Any recs on especially good products or warnings on especially bad ones?