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Beauty Blooper: Lions and Tigers and Hair, Oh My!

I thought that gray and yellow were supposed to be the new fab colors for Spring, not the colors of my hair! I turned prematurely gray at the age of 20, so I've been dying my hair ever since. A few years back, I couldn't afford the maintenance, so I bought a bottle of brown hair dye and colored it myself. Overall it looked great ... until I noticed that I missed a few spots of gray right in the front.

Instead of simply adding more brown, what did I do? I took a blond highlighting kit that I've had for years and blended the blond with the gray. What was I thinking? I ended up creating ridiculous white stripes in my hair.

I completely panicked and ran over to a salon. I walked in crying, and when I found out what the cost would be to fix it, I cried even harder. The hairdresser felt bad for me, so she promised to come to my house later and fix my hair with more drugstore products for a lower fee. Accepting her offer was mistake number two. To find out why,


She arrived, mixed a couple of colors and went to work. An hour later, when I faced the mirror, all I saw was orange where the blond had been — I looked like a tiger!

She was nice enough not to accept the money I offered her, but my hair was so fragile at this point that any additional chemicals would surely damage it further—or worse, cause it to fall out. After a few weeks, it finally faded a little bit, but I had lionesque hair for close to a year.

Lesson learned: I've said it once and I'll say it again. When in doubt, have a licensed professional chemically treat your hair. DIY jobs are deceptive because their low price may seem enticing, but if you don't know what you are doing, the repairs could wind up costing you a whole lot more than you bargained for!


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