Happy Accidents

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Since I went teal in January, I’ve had a lot to learn about vivid color. Since it fades really quickly, I could go in to the salon for toner refreshes every couple weeks, or I could fuss with the color at home.

(Sorry E—-, I’d go broke trying to keep it up at the salon all the time!)

My hair had faded to this really neat blondish pale blue color. My mom described it as an icy tone. But it wasn’t my turquoise. My stylist had explained that I could cut the dark blue color that you see in my pic here on the site with some conditioner to lighten it. That’s what I’d been using to keep my color from fading quickly- only I realized I was being wary of using too much color and so I wasn’t doing very much at all.

So I bought a new conditioner meant to really moisturize my hair (sulfate-free, naturally) and mixed it up in my dye bowl (yes, I bought a dye bowl and brush. Makes my life so much easier- even when just putting on the conditioner with the hint of dye). I noticed it wasn’t getting any lighter, but it was getting thinner.

When I was halfway done with my hair, I realize I could hear it making a squishy sound as I painted on the color. A lathering sound to be precise. That’s when I realized- I hadn’t bought conditioner. I’d accidentally bought shampoo. So I rushed to rinse it out, thinking that at the very worst I probably just wasted some hair dye… and discovered that my hair was turquoise.

So I did what anyone would do. I blowdried my hair again, then finished dyeing the rest with the mix.

This is the final result. Not bad, but certainly- this isn’t how I’m going to dye my hair again. While I usually make a bit of a mess, the thinner mixture made a lot of a mess.

Disclaimer: Really, this was an accident. I don’t recommend using my method. I have no idea how quickly it will fade- just what I wound up with. I’m just the sort of person who has to tell the world when they were an idiot.

Tip: If you’re going to dye your hair a vivid color, make sure you have cleaning supplies at the ready after you’re done. You WILL need to scrub whatever sink/tub you rinsed in. And yes, if you use an abrasive cleaner like Comet, it will come out- but work quickly.