So…I cut it all off. And it was like music to my ears hearing the woman cut my hair. I’ve been wanting this for a good month now. I had my reasons. And I am on day two of my new hair. I do not regret it either. I had no nervousness. No hesitation. I just wanted it done.
When my husband saw the photograph on Facebook before he came home, he was taken back and had asked me why. Especially since I wanted my Lord of the Rings like hair. And I still do. After this summer I did not have the option to keep my long hair anymore. Do I miss it? Yes. Of course. But do I hate my hair now? Absolutely not!
Black Hair/I Do Care ▸ I’ve had very short-lived moments of wanting to go back to black hair since I had quit hair dye nearly three years ago. I agree my natural hair colour out and I genuinely loved it. My natural hair colour is a nice chocolate brown shade with warm tones to it. Not to mention those short-lived moments were really half-hearted. Unfortunately, I had given into that half-hearted moment where I wanted black hair. And I dyed my hair black. Immediately I regretted it. Not just because of the allergic reaction. But because I knew it was no longer me.
The Wrong Black ▸ I don’t think many people are aware there is just more than just black hair dye. There is brown black. Black with purple undertones, black with reddish tones, and then there is blue-black. I had decided to use a black with blue undertones. Not smart on my end. As you can see by the photograph above, my natural hair colour is very warm toned. My skin is fair. But also has warm tones as well. Between the blue black and my warm tones, it clashed in the worst way.
Damage ▸ My attempts to remove the black hair dye for a good month had left my hair with a bit of damage. Damage I was infuriated with having. I had given into one weak moment and I was attempting to reverse it. Only to be left with hair that had a ton of fly away’s and becoming drier. Finally, I had decided to use Color Oop’s on my hair. It successfully in the removal process. But the damage was increased just that bit more. Suddenly, that beautiful silky hair that was growing to the classical length that I wanted so badly was starting to look like Mr. Ed’s food. Three years of hard work had disappeared. None of those luxurious products could prevent what had just happened to my hair.
The Smell ▸ I don’t know how many of you had used Color Oop’s before. But it smells like it came out of the Bog of Eternal Stench. The Goblin King would approve! I had used coconut oil. Olive Oil. Coconut based shampoos. Canned coconut milk even. It smells so terrible when it was wet. This lasted for a month, people! A month!
The Clinger ▸ It’s not the slanderous remark you’re thinking of. It’s the hair dye that doesn’t want to leave your hair. Even after using the hair dye lifter, there was one patch of dye that was refusing to leave my damn head. My hairdresser said it most likely had to do with the mineral deposits in the water we have where I live. I kept seeing this stupid smurf blue water/suds when I washed my hair.
Focus ▸ My hair is seriously the last thing I want to think about right now. Or even invest money in. I’m saving money to travel to Ireland/England/Scotland for a period of time. And it’s costly. I felt one hundred times more comfortable chopping off all the damage and starting from scratch rather than spending a heap of money attempting to repair it. As far as I was concerned, I just don’t have time to give a damn. I had wanted to leave some of the hair to preserve some length. But I am an ‘all in or all out’ sort of girl. So…off with my hair!
◂ T H E G O A L S ▸
Same as it always was. Take care of it. I didn’t dye my hair after a certain point simply because I did not want to. I didn’t use heat to dry or style because I was too lazy and also did not want to. I’ve used multiple brands. And most likely will go back to using apple cider vinegar rinses for my hair in replacement for conditioner and use oils. At the moment I am currently embracing the short length and leaving some time to focus on other things. I still want that classic length hair. But I will just now know what to avoid. What really sucks for me is that I am someone who uses green/low ingredient hair care products only and I was reduced to using a strong product like Color Oop’s for the removal process. At least now I can start over.
“You look like a boy!”
Okay, I have heard this once already from someone in my town who has seen me regularly. This is only day two of me having this hair. Cutting your hair to a certain length does not mean that suddenly you will have a pork sword. I thought we were in a time where we had grown past that absurd assumption. Hair length does not determine gender. Don’t allow other people’s smart ass comments to dictate your choices when it comes to anything. I made my choice out of convenience. And I’m one hundred percent happy with it.