Evening, lovelies! I’ve been putting this post off for a couple of months now, to be honest. I knew that sharing this would have to include a big old cheesy selfie featuring my new hair, and I’ve been a little embarrassed to post one! Oh well, let’s do this.
One of my chosen challenges for the 101 Things in 1001 Days project was to get my hair cut and coloured professionally for the first time – I’m almost 22 and, before this, I hadn’t had my hair dyed by an actual hairdresser. It was about time, really. I’ve been blonde, strawberry blonde, ginger, red and very, very red but never brown (apart from that stupidly temporary wash-out dye I tried when I was in school, but that doesn’t count). I was properly craving a change! I absolutely loved my red hair, but I was started to feel very self-concious and I knew I wouldn’t be happy with my appearance again if I didn’t give it a go… so I did. From bright, ruby red to a dark, glossy brown – voilà!
Technically, this finished look wasn’t created by a hairdresser. After spending a horrific amount of money on a professional hairdo (and 4 hours of my life that I’ll never get back), I came home absolutely mortified. It was dead and dry. It was patchy and I could see at least 5 different colours and shades muddled together – and not the whole natural multiple colours either, the bad muddle. It was awful and I was so sad. It wasn’t even brown although that’s what I asked for! It was a faded red/ash/ginger. Seriously, it wasn’t very nice at all.
I left it a month, because I didn’t want to risk killing my hair any more with a too-soon dye, then I grabbed a couple of dark brown box dyes with a huge ‘fuck it’. 30 minutes later, I had the most beautiful shade of dark brown I could have asked for.
Honestly, I’m over the moon. I feel like I’ve always been a brunette. I once talked about my struggles with being accepted socially because of the prejudice and judgement I faced at university in such a male-dominated industry, which you can read here. For some reason though (probably the placebo effect), I feel as if that doesn’t apply to me anymore.
Yes, I’ve got banging brown hair and I’ve finally ticked a big one off my 101 Things in 1001 Days project! Win, win :).
Whatcha think? Have you ever had a huge change in your appearance?
You can read my previous post here.
Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills.