Ha! Patrick made fun of me for that title, but it made me giggle so it's staying.
Oh my my let me tell you about my little hair fiasco yesterday. I was getting really tired of my hair, because it was back to my natural color and I was craving something that popped more. So I went to the store and stared at different colors for 30 minutes before deciding on Revlon's Auburn Brown.
"This will be perfect!" I said since I knew it would fade to the color I wanted in a matter of 2 weeks. This is the hair that I started out with:
And this folks is the hair I ended up with after dying it. It wasn't the red I wanted (I HATE burgundy reds), it was all patchy and it was much darker than I wanted.
So through all my shame and social anxiety, I immediately went to Sally's Beauty Supply and asked what they recommended to strip the color out of my hair. They recommended One n' Only's Colorfix.
I was a little skeptical, but the price was $13.99 and I was desperate to have the dye removed so I gave it a shot. It comes with 3 bottles: A color reducer, a conditioning catalyst, and processing lotion. What it doesn't come with is something to mix it in or an applicator or gloves. What I did was just mix it in a bowl and used my hands. Let me first tell you that this stuff smells like ASS. The whole bathroom smelled like rotten eggs as I rubbed it into my burgundy head. All the reviews will tell you about how their hair smelled like rotten eggs after, but I mixed in Head and Shoulders shampoo and it lessened the smell, and my hair doesn't smell like rotten eggs at all.
What I did was mix 1/4 of the color reducer with 1/4 of the conditioning catalyst and 2 tbs. of Head and Shoulders shampoo. Then I wet my head and got a good lather going making sure I didn't miss any hair. After sitting for 20 minutes I washed it out and shampooed with Head and Shoulders. Then I put the processing lotion on my head for 10 minutes and then completely rinsed it out before really conditioning my hair.
This is how it turned out:
Almost exactly the color it was before. I do recommend this product, but only if you are willing to fudge the directions a little bit and really pay attention to how quickly your hair is lightening up. I'm going to enjoy my natural hair for a while and not bother with boxed dyes for a while. No more being a cheapo.