When I was in , I think, 8th grade I tried to dye my hair blonde at a salon. They did a test strip, and it came out a champagne pink color. They tried another shade of blonde, and it came out greyish! What I was trying to acheive was the yellow blonde color of Madonna's hair in her video "Express Yourself". Since the two test strips did not work, I did not pursue it. Plus all the hair dresseer's in that salon, and in every other salon I have ever been in, always tell me how many people die (and dye) to get their hair my color! So I really realize the uniqueness and rarity of my hair.
In 9th I, like Tikva, began dying my hair all sorts of funky colors. However, this time the reason was different. I wanted to experiment with my love of color. I am an artist, so we can get away witgh anything LOL. Plus, I don't know about you, but I have always had goth kids wanting to put black mascara on my lashes LOL. They seem to think I am like a shoe in for a goth kid look! Anyway, in junior year of highschool, or rather the summer after, I attended a summer college prep program in Philadelphia. Of course the minute we all got there, all us cute little artist girls went running down to South Street to get dye and dye our hair. I really wanted purple, but everyone was doing purple. I hate being the same as everyone else, so I did what they couldn't do - dafodill yellow! AKA Highlighter head!!! Yes, I looked like a walking yellow high lighter marker! It was fun, and cool, and I loved it. At one point I had gotten a sun burn and had bright red skin with this yellow hair, andf while walking down the street, some man actually sopped his car, rolled down his window, and yelled "freak" at me! Now, come on, I just had to laugh! Who's the ftreak there, me walking innocently down the street, or the guy who actually stops his car to call me one! LOL Can you say lame!!!
The yellow highlighter head was the end of my hair dying until I moved to NYC for college. There I got it professionally dyed at Dramatics Studios, in SuperMan Blue, and Bright Plus Purple! I also used a lighter blue once myself by Punky Color, which is total crap. I sware by Manic Panic, and used to love their Pillar Box Red, and Enchanted Forest green (which is really a green blue, and very cool!). The Dafodill yellow was also a Manic Panic color.
I really loved my hair dying, and seeing as it was my punk, artist, skater girl phase, I was happy with me and my look. It did take a LONGGGGGGG time to wash and grow out. A lot of times people said my hair looked like cotton candy.
Now, since graduation in 1998, I realized that it is very hard to be taken seriously in upstate NY with multicolored hair. Plus, I am now in my low key phase. I shop at Gap and Express, and love the fact that none of my clothes have paint on them anywhere!! A side affect I suffered with in ollege, which made thrift store shopping both fun, and ecconomical!
My hair is it's own beautiful natural color, and is down to My buns. I get a lot of complimemts on it, and sometimes feel funny when people fawn over it. I like being fawned over, but sometimes it gets to be a bit much. This stems from being at a point in my life where I am getting bored with being "sexy" or considered" sexy", because I am more than a great pair of tits and buns. At the smae time though, I love my sexuality, so it is a real battle LOL!
Anyway..back to hair....dye it for you if "you" really want it, don't dye it in hopes of fitting in better, or looking like the "normal" popular look. I found my color changing to be much more powerful and enriching when I did it for myself, and not to fit in. Of course I was in NYC, so it makes trying new things and expressing one's weacky desires much easier! LOL
I still have a t-shirt from Manic Panic that reads "Live Fast, and Dye your Hair!"
I hope this helps!!!
-Guen, the wacky artistic one
Beware of the lollipop of mediocrity, lick it once, and you suck forever!