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A few months back, I decided that not only would I take a couple of months off of work and school to live a semi-retired life, but I would also take advantage of this opportunity to do something weird with my hair. I’ve always liked the idea of coloring my hair a funky color, but haven’t ever had a chance to do so because I’ve had a job consistently since I was 14.
When I got my hair trimmed in May, I told my stylist of four years that she would get to do something fun with my hair in July if I quit my job. Needless to say, she was very excited about the opportunity because I used to let her have pretty much free reign with my hair, but had been growing it out and getting boring trims for a year or so. Side note: If you are searching for a new stylist, check out Abby Breckenridge at Moda in Des Moines. Search hair on this blog if you need proof of her expertise.
After I made my appointment, I started making a secret board on Pinterest dedicated to my summer off. Most of the items on the board were fun hair-spirations.
I knew going into this adventure that I wanted to keep my natural roots so that growing my hair out wouldn’t be a problem. What I didn’t know at the time is that weird-colored hair dye isn’t permanent, so there wouldn’t be a problem growing it out. They just don’t make permanent dye for weird colors, which is kind of a bummer. Finally, I found the perfect hair inspiration in an unexpected place. I was reading music blogs one day and found this article about Katie Perry, and thought that the application of her green color was perfect: natural colors peeked out, and it seemed easy to upkeep by over-dying every few weeks with a similar shade.
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I also found this picture of a short purple cut with similar texture to my hair and natural roots, and I was sold.
When I finally went to my hair appointment at Moda in Des Moines, the other stylists were excited to see how the purple looked. My stylist used Pravana in lavender and she applied color over my blonde tips. We liked the idea of the purple blending into my natural color, so last year’s at-home bleaching snafu turned out to be the PERFECT setup for adding funky color. She added a few extra strips of highlight to give me a bit more color since some areas of my hair were too dark.
the Before …
… after a wash and a blow dry (why I don’t blow dry my hair) …
… lots of foil and a glass of wine later:
Unfortunately, the Pravana washed out after ONE wash. I had my first shot at purple hair for about a week, and then I washed the original blowout (I know, I’m gross, but my hair is super dry!). My stylist hadn’t had much experience with funky colors because there aren’t too many adventurous people willing to try it, so she said if the color faded, to come back and we would try something different. So I did. The second time we tried the Matrix color line (not sure what it was called and I can’t find it, but you can’t buy it unless you’re a professional anyway).
So far, the Matrix purple has stuck. It should stick for 3-4 weeks, maybe longer. I’ve washed it twice and it’s still pretty vibrant. My stylist said she could buy the color and I could apply next time if I wanted, so I’ll see if I stick with purple or do a different color, or leave it natural. It’ll be interesting to see how it fades out!
Mark also enjoys my “anime hair”.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done to your hair?
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced Cali, like California). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. I also respond to Chimes. I'm a gal getting the hang of 30 while working on an MFA in design, being in a long-distance relationship, planning a wedding, and tackling a million hobbies. Here's the unabridged version.
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