Since I've been natural (almost 6 years), I've dyed my hair over a dozen times. It's been a way of life for me. Some girls like shoes, others like purses, I like hair color. Now I'm either lucky or know what I'm doing because of ALL of the dye jobs I've done, my hair has never thinned, broken off. Not once. I've always felt comfortable doing my own dye jobs and a lot of that has to do with me being in control of doing my own hair...and me being cheap. If I can save $100 by doing something myself, then dammit, I'm going to do it.
Welllllssssss, this professional dye job was the pits. I could have done a better job. I know this because I've dyed my locs several times with success. While I will not bash the girl or the salon (not publicly, at least), I will never be returning. Even though I told her what I was going for, she went another route. She did something that I abhor when it comes to my hair...
...dyed it darker. I mean, WTF!!!!! I've never liked darker hair on me. I always want to go lighter. I thought I made this clear to her. I said,
"I'd like to go lighter all over--just a notch. At the top, I'd like to have highlights of golden brown and red." Period.
So why then...when I looked in the mirror was my 3/4 of my hair DARKER than my natural hair color? Just tragic.
It was a horrible experience to say the least. She was so ungentle with my hair. I was shocked that several loc'd ladies referred me to her because she didn't seem to know how to "handle" loc'd hair. My scalp is in pain from the way she washed my hair.
So rough. I hated the products that were used. I had to go home and re-wash my hair with my own organic-y and natural smelling shampoos because that Design Essentials crap that's used on relaxed hair made me sick to my stomach.
And look at my roots...
Why are some still dark? Just awful. Granted, I kinda dig the top of the head.
It's not SO bad. Even though I only have a good FIVE red locs. And it's only on the tips. I wanted the entire loc colored....not just the tips. Why girl, why? But it's the back that really bothers me. Not that I work in corporate America, but I do have to be professional on the job and this obvious color separation in my hair just looks....unprofessional and tacky. I've always disliked the super light hair up top and darker at the bottom.
It's just bad. And some of y'all are going to say, "B...it doesn't look THAT bad." Well, I know I could rock it but that's not the point. This look is not what I wanted and I'm pissed.
It's not staying like this. I want to get rid of that dark dye ASAP. My fear is that I will have to pull (bleach) my hair to lighten it. But I don't have much of a choice because how else can you come from dark color? I'm tempted to do something tonight. I hate the idea of over-processing my locs but I refuse to walk around looking some chick who got a bad color job. Which, uh....that's what I look like right now.
It's my fault really. I should have just gone to my primary loctician. Her nonavailability/prices and my eagerness resulted in a bad bad color job. So I blame myself. That's what I get for trying to be cheap. I wasn't rude to the stylist. I just told her that I thought we agreed on something. She said that maybe we had a misunderstanding, blah blah blah....I just ran out of there with a wet head.
Oh well, we live and learn. What should I do now, darlings? Maybe I can go bankrupt and beg my loctician to do something by tonight since I'm off to a conference tomorrow. Or maybe I can just lighten it myself. Learn from me--stick with who you know.
Now excuse me while I go pout for the rest of the day.