From the title, you would think that I went off on an adventure to become part of the fictional Weasley clan, but actually it’s my attempt to get my hair to a Weasley worthy colour! For those of you who don’t have the foggiest about what I’m going on about (have you been living under a rock?!), I’m talking about a beautiful family from J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter…who all sport a strikingly orange do.
I’ve been dying my hair since I was in Year 9, so that works out to be 10 years! Originally I had mousey brown hair, but sadly there was a scrawny kid that thought it would be fun to call me ginger. Now back then I was absolutely mortified to be called ginger, so I absolutely despised my hair colour, even though it wasn’t in the slightest bit ginger! So after that incident I begged my mum to let me dye it dark, which eventually she did. And over the years I just kept dying it dark brown, to the point where a lot of people would comment on my hair being black.
So I ended up doing a complete 180 obviously.
I asked my mum (my personal hairdresser when it comes to dying my hair) about stripping the colour from my hair. She was quite apprehensive because she said I would ruin my already thin and damaged hair. But a couple of the girls I work with had stripped their hair using ColourB4 and they sang it’s praises so I wanted to try it for myself to see if it could do anything with my practically black strands.
The box recommends also buying a dye that is a shade lighter than the colour you want to go if you’re just changing the colour and not going back to your natural colour, so I picked up a L’Oreal Casting Cream Gloss in the shade “Amber”…having used the brand every other time I had dyed my hair over the years.
Stripping my hair
The product goes on like any other hair dye (my mum always uses a brush and pot, as if she were a professional) but the smell of the ColourB4 stripper is absolutely horrendous! So if you’re going to use the product, be sure to make the room well ventilated. Also, make sure you’re prepared to look like a fool. They suggest wrapping your head in clingfilm to make the product work better but let’s just say my Snapchats were interesting!
After an hour, I rinsed my hair and used the conditioner that comes with it. Looked in the mirror and I was GINGER! The kind of tone I wanted to be, i.e a Weasley! So I chose to ignore the instructions which said to dye the hair a shade lighter than the desired colour you want because I already had the colour I wanted!
Butt, there’s a butt!
As the week went on after stripping my hair, it gradually got darker! NIGHTMARE. No longer the Weasley I wanted to be. So I ended up using the Amber hair dye I bought in the first place.
And things didn’t get better from there…
My hair went dark. As in as dark as it was before I stripped it. I was honestly on the verge of tears! My hairdryer was nearly thrown out the window too. After a few angry tweets, a rant to Owen and my mother, I had no choice but to accept it. I was dark again.
Until about a week later when I stripped it again…rinse and repeat. Back to those ginger roots! Only this time I decided to dye my hair using a different product and different colour after stripping it.
So this time I drew away from the old trusty L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss, and went towards Garnier’s Olia after hearing some good reviews from a lovely lady I work with; going for the Intense Copper colour. It was more orange than ginger but I figured it would fade into the colour I wanted after a few washes. It smelt lovely but it was incredibly watery! So if you’re going to use the product – be sure to have a towel ready to clean up the drips and drops, and definitely don’t do it on a carpeted floor! Not that I would recommend the colour much…because it turned out nothing like the colour on the box, even though it had a light foundation. However, it was still lighter than the Amber colour from L’Oreal, so that was something! But even though roots were particularly bright…I was a Weasley!
More butts! (I’m a fan of butts).
I lasted just over a month as one. The permanent colour didn’t wash out my my hair does grow quite quickly considering it’s so thin. Which meant some dodgy looking roots…and I could not handle it. They were mousey brown roots and they were very noticeable against the orange.
So guess who dyed her hair AGAIN?
Yeah. I’m back dark. And when I say dark, I mean like purple-ish. It’s mahogany, but it’s purple. (Queue, THAT IS MAHOGANY quote from The Hunger Games. Love to Effie); so here’s my current state of affairs…let’s see how long this lasts shall we?
Have you had any hair dye nightmares? Share them below! Or let me know your experiences with different hair colourants, I’d love to hear from you.