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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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princessjane princessjane 9 years
I remember a phase when I was 14-15 where I had bright pink/purple/blue/green hair. Not all at the same time, but one after the other. My hair was destroyed after that. I did it myself, and I bleached my black hair to white blond to do it. It was terrible.
Oheloai Oheloai 9 years
I did something similar, only my hair turned out Halloween pumpkin orange. Thank god my hair was short. I called the most expensive salon in Honolulu and they restored my color to original (about $85.00 later) and learned my lesson the hard way. The things we do when we try to save money is not worth it in the end.
verily verily 9 years
I once tried highlighting my hair after it had already been dyed red. The highlights turned out bright yellow, BUT the most virgin portions of those hairs turned out white. So they were two-toned hideous highlights. I still wore them for a few months until I recolored with a darker shade. No one really notices when there are people with blue and purple hair walking around. :P Now I just let someone else highlight my hair at a salon and I don't dye my whole head anymore.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
OMG you poor poor girl :( I feel for you!
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
I'm with sundrops - I'm 20 and I have a few strands of, actually, white hair (red hair goes from red, to light blond, to white). I always feel better to know that I'm not alone. No one besides me had ever noticed it before, but my hairdresser noticed it when I got my hair cut a few months ago, so I'm starting to worry. I also really sympathize with pandacn - it's not gonna be easy to artificially get my natural hair color.
tglynn tglynn 9 years
haha, I'd say If something goes wrong, just be confident. My mom always said, "hair grows out and corrects mistakes" :D
sundrops sundrops 9 years
I've gone through one of those before. I had a huge blonde spot where my bangs would be, only I didn't have bangs. On another topic, I love that I'm not the only 20 year old with gray hair! I only have a few, not a whole head but I celebrate every time I find another comrade.
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 9 years
i just put peacock blue highlights in my jet black hair yesterday, it totally rules!
Professorluv Professorluv 9 years
Poor bella! I have sympathy! just dye your hair brown ans be done with it!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I would have had a panic attack if that happened to me! How terrible! I never DIY when it comes to my hair; I always have a pro color and cut it. I know that me and a bottle of hair dye will lead to me in tears; I just accept that I have to have a professional take care of it.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Professionals are not always good. I went into a place just over a year ago where I had found a great beautician that cut my hair perfectly and had another girl do some highlights. Well OMG it turned banana yellow! And I have light/medium brown looked ridiculous. I was so upset and angry and they said they could fix it with toner but it still was NOT the color I had asked for...I had even brought pictures along of the slight color change that the highlight was supposed to be! Thankfully I have found a new salon and a new girl that can cut and dye with the best of them! Tons of salons in my city and I drive 30 minutes to the next big city to her. Fine by me! She puts a semi-permanent dye over the remaining disastrous highlights from the other place so I don't look so weirdly colored anymore. They will be grown out soon I hope! I do remember being excessively liberal with the Sun-In when I was 12 and at the beach with my best friend. Talk about orange highlights! Lolololol!!!!
sudenmorsian sudenmorsian 9 years
Weird enough but when I once went to get my hair colored by a professional, the result was completely horrible. I had lots of uncolored hair in the back and I`m sure I didn`t request stripes or things like that. I`ve got better results at home, every time. I haven`t tried bleaching at home, though.
Prada3721 Prada3721 9 years
OMG HUGS!!! Its just so traumatic when we have horrible hair moments eh? Especially with chemicals and cuts!!! Glad you've come out on the other end wiser and all the much cuter!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I'm with Chimes! I've been going WHITE not grey since I hit college and so I dye my hair myself and almost always have (other than my wedding and special occasions.) I simply can't afford to go to the salon, but I have learned to stick to my own color or a similar one! I tried to go more blond one time and ended up at the salon getting all that blond out. Horrible experience!
Chimes1 Chimes1 9 years
I've been dyed just about every color on the spectrum, so I know what I'm saying when I advise DIYers to stay within a couple of shades of your natural color. If you want something drastic or complicated, take it to a professional or it'll end in tears. Trust me!
Thiv04 Thiv04 9 years
The only times I have ever dyed my own hair was when I was only going a few shades lighter or darker. I could never try to revamp or highlight my own hair. That's just a disaster waiting to happen.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I'm slowly turning grey as well, at 24, but I can't bring myself to color my hair at all, so I've just been plucking them out one by one (I swear I'll be bald soon). I looooove my natural hair color, and it does NOT come in a bottle -- since a young age, my mother has been dragging me to salons, pointing to my hair, and telling them she wants my color, and nobody has been able to do it. I seriously get really depressed thinking about the fact that I am going to have to color my hair soon.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Oh my goodness - that sounds quite traumatic! I dyed my hair once, when I was twelve, but purple dye on dark brown hair doesn't actually produce noticeable results, thank god! No hair dye for me since then!
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
i started highlighting and coloring my hair in middle school..I started out with just going a few shades lighter or darker and then one time i actually bleached my entire head...BAD IDEA! I had to go through 2 bleaching processes to get it to the right color blonde without it being orange which damaged my hair but thankfully i have healthy hair and it didnt look bad. Oh, and remember that trend a few years ago where people were getting their hair dyed black on the bottom and blonde on top??? YEAH i tried that MYSELF and screwed up my looked weird seriously. FYI EVERYONE!!! -Do not dye your hair black unless its your natural color or you are willing to live with it for a while (were talking MONTHS) because I learned that black dye removes pigment and doesnt take well to lighter colors (even bleach) I've been going to professionals ever since
Random2 Random2 9 years
In grades 11 and 12, I had bright pink highlights in my really short, spiky hair (they were done professionally, and on purpose), because I wanted to be different. So, in my first year of university, I decided to revisit the colorful high lites to add something to my growing out hair. I let a friend do the high lighting, and while she was doing it, I kept mentioning on how it looked like she was coloring too much hair. Nope, so claimed she wasn't, and I let her continue because she promised to buy some dye in my natural color if this screwed up. By the end of it all, I looked like I had fuchsia hair that was badly high lited brown. Then I got a black-blue dye kit to cover it, which thankfully worked, and didn't mind that color too much.
pandacn pandacn 9 years
OMG...I thought I was the only one with prematurely gray hair! My hair has been slowly but steadily going gray since college and at first, I refused to dye my hair, but then as more people commented on the gray, I decided that I'd highlight it to hide the gray since I loved my natural hair color and didn't want to give it up. I found a fabulous salon in LA, but since I've moved from there, I haven't been satisfied with subsequent highlighting jobs. I'm still debating over whether to get a full coloring done, but I think I may have to do so soon!
Wikipedia Wikipedia 9 years
Aw, sorry about that! That really bites. I don't think I'll ever dye my hair at home after hearing so many horror stories from people who did.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Oh you poor thing. I think the only time I ever colored my own hair was back in 8th grade with Feria that "temp" stuff or so it said-it dind't give me a deep berry look it was purple. From then on I only went to professionals. Luckily back then I was young and just seen as a rebel in school.
em1282 em1282 9 years
I love your beauty blooper stories, Bella! Great tip, hair is dark black and I wanted to dye it red once when I was in high school. My friend kept telling me she would do it for me (including the bleaching of my hair first) but I somehow talked myself out of it, thankfully! I had to settle for those hair mascara things that were really popular at the time ;)
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