Anyway, this is a mostly non-sewing post and a non-shoe post. This is really a gripe about my hair post so if you want to stop reading, go ahead, but if you feel like listening to, er, reading, a gripe, just continue along. I do talk about some new patterns I have ordered at the end if you just want to skip to that :)
When I turned 33 or 34 years old, I decided that I wanted to go blonde after having worn my natural medium brown hair all my life. I started slowly by getting a few highlights here and there. Then, I went blonde overboard. I went really platinum. I got tired of all the upkeep so I got it lowlighted. Then over the next 3 or 4 years I would go lighter, then darker, lighter, then darker....you get the idea. Up until a year ago, I was in a reddish brown phase that I really liked. It was something I could handle doing myself, so I did my own color and just went to get my split ends trimmed ever so often. Then I turned 40, and I think I sort of went through a midlife crisis. I decided that I had to be blonde again so I went to a "professional". I started out with some highlights, but then I went blonde overboard again. You have probably seen it in my recent posts. My colorist was excellent at doing blonde. It had no weird tones in it but was just a nice light blonde. I really liked it, but I started hating the expensive upkeep and the dark roots more. I had been giving it alot of thought and decided to go back to a light brown with very fine highlighting. I really think it looks better on my skin tone. In the past when I have gone back from blonde to brown with other hair colorists, it has not been a problem.
Well, when I walked into the salon this morning and showed her some pics to give her an idea of what I wanted, I had no idea what a traumatic event this would turn out to be. In the past when I have gone from blonde to brown, my previous hair colorists have just added dark streaks to it with a demi-permament color and used a toner to blend everything in. It has been no big issue.
Well, she pulled out the hair swatches and started showing me different ones. We picked one that looked like the hair color in the picture. Now I know that you can't just put color on your hair and think it will look like the swatch. When you have bleached hair, you have to fill in missing colors. I started to ask her if she was going to fill in the missing colors in my hair first, but then her supervisor told her that what she was using would be fine since it had all the missing colors. She put it on my regrowth and then pulled it through the rest of my hair. It turned my roots this red color and did not darken my hair at all. She was totally stumped as to why my blonde hair did not go darker. The one thing you don't want to hear come out of you colorists mouth is "Hmmmm." So she ran the color through again and it did not go darker. Then she decided to put bleach on my roots to get out the red. She then put a shade darker on my hair than she had used before and it finally went a little darker, but it is not as dark as I wanted. I still have this slight weird redness to my roots and my hair is this muddy water dark blonde. I will credit her for trying to fix it before I left, but I am not happy with it. As I was leaving, 6 HOURS LATER, she said, "it looks good for what it has been through." That is what concerns me...what my hair has been through. Amazingly, my hair ends did not fry at all. I must have a tough head of hair.
She has lost my business. This may sound a little unfair, but you only get one chance with my hair. If you mess up once, that is all you get, because I can mess it up for a lot cheaper myself. I won't demand my money back, but I just won't come back again or recommend you to anyone else. At this point, I do not trust these so called hair "professionals" at all. I know there are some good ones out there, but not in this small, podunk town I live in. From this point forward, I will be doing my own color. I am just going to live with this awhile until I decide what to do. It is not awful looking, but I assure you I won't have people stopping me on the street complimenting my hair color. Thanks for listening, er, reading. I feel better just getting this off my chest.
Also, to make myself feel a little better, I decided to take advantage of Pattern Review's sale of McCalls and Butterick patterns and order some I have been wanting. I ordered these 4 patterns:
There is nothing that quite makes you feel better as good as new patterns.