I want to start this with the story of my hair. I very rarely am in harmony with my curls. Since I was a small girl, I've loved having short hair, but curls can often give you a mature, permed, soccer mom kind of vibe. The one time I enjoyed my hair was when I had it cut like this. I kept that hair style for a good long time- until my then-boyfriend started giving me crap about taking me to Hair Cuttery to get it trimmed. So I started growing it out- and my natural color- just to see if I liked it.
FYI- I do not.
My hair is beautifully curly. People love my hair. When it's long, I get a lot of compliments on it. However, it's just not me when it's long. I feel messy and dirty. I find my skin is more broken out, and I just don't like the upkeep. Sure, short hair means having it trimmed every few weeks, but long hair? You have to baby the crap out of my hair when it's long. It's a lot of work.
Unfortunately, I don't have extra money. Not even for Hair Cuttery. So I decided to take matters into my own hands the other day.
I was inspired by this tutorial and basically used the same method to recreate my favorite haircut. I then tried to lighten it with a box of Feria, but I didn't like myself as a blond so I used my favorite burgundy dye from Garnier to color over the blond. The result is a really nice dark red-almost purple color that I love.
The whole thing cost me about $7 for the burgundy dye- the Feria was a gift, so I didn't have to pay for that.
* Make sure you have super sharp scissors. I didn't have hair styling scissors so I tried this with my sewing scissors and it did damage my hair a little.
* Don't use boxed bleach. I'm a boxed bleach addict but it never works, guys. Never. And the Feria disagreed with my hair more than usual dyes.
* I've been cutting my own hair for a while, and with mixed but usually positive results. If you're at all nervous, please see a licensed hair care professional for your cuts. Or, start small. Earlier this year I did a mini trim which gave me the confidence to go for this huge trim.
* If you ever want a good, 90's grunge burgundy color I do recommend the darkest Garnier red. It's a nice purpley shade that I've been using since I was fifteen. It has decent coverage and lasts for a while.
* Ring your ears, hairline and neck with petroleum jelly if you're dying at home to keep your skin from getting stained.
Please remember that I am not a cosmetologist, this is just advice from my own personal experience with my hair, so take my advice at your own risk.
All in all, while I could have done better, I'm also pretty happy with the results. I love having my short hair back, and even though I've needed to clean it up a few times as I've noticed tiny mistakes, I'm super excited every time I get a compliment on it because I can say, "I did it myself!"
I hope to make Cheap Beauty a regular feature for Cirque, so stay tuned for next time when... well, who knows what I might do!