For anyone who follows me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m loving having funky hair again. I’ve noticed that a lot of people show a very ‘rose tinted view’ of having some of the more creative colours in their hair because, of course, it’s good for the ‘gram. Unless you’re new to having coloured hair it can be a stressful few days after the initial few days; pillows, towels, anything your hair touches whilst it’s wet – forget it, they’re ruined. That’s not the only issue but this post will hopefully shed some light on bright hair colouring and the consequences that come with looking like a mermaid.
I’m not going to be saying this to put anyone off getting funky with hair colours, I just want to make sure that people know that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Particularly when you haven’t dyed your hair before it’s a big decision to make and you need to decide if it’s worth the upkeep that can be quite costly. I thought over my decision for a few years for the simple fact that I severely damaged my hair to the point of needing to get a pixie cut last time I got creative.
In connection with the whole staining issue, showering can be a tricky ordeal. The colour gets EVERYWHERE, seriously, anything brighter than pastel in shade will end up covering the walls and the shower tiles. If you can’t handle the mess then it’s best off if you go with something that clings to your hair a little more. Other than that, all you can really do is wring out your hair before you get out and towel dry your hair as much as you can to avoid the little droplets getting all up in your space.
Fading is an obvious annoyance considering the amount of colour bleeding that occurs, it’s disappointing when a fresh colour starts to look lacklustre and dull. Thankfully, in the first few days the AlfaPARF colours don’t fade drastically but they do show signs of change. If you haven’t got too many colours you can mix up a conditioning mask with a small amount of the dye as a way of keeping your hair relatively bright.
The last thing that I want to mention is more of a mental issue, people are going to notice your hair. It’s not always common to see hair so bright in your community and many people don’t mind being rude about it. You don’t necessarily need to have thick skin but it does help! Personally, so far I’ve been called everything from a Fraggle or an emo to a mermaid. Luckily I don’t mind but I do feel like it could be more of an issue if you’re a bit more sensitive to public opinion.
As you can see, there are drawbacks to having bright hair but I’m still loving it and I feel like I’m enjoying having colours like blue and purple more than the last time that I experimented in this way. So yeah, bright hair is no easy upkeep but it’s worth it to feel as confident as it can make you. I hated having boring blonde hair over the past few years but at least it meant I could play about a bit more since I gave my frizzy mess a break. Let me know if you would like a post about the products that I’ve learned to use if I want to prolong hair colour, I’m not going to lie, I was pretty great at keeping my red hair in top condition.