Getting Rid of Gray Hair…Man this color thing has really been an adventure!
Ok… first things first. My apologies for not posting anything since April. Lots and lots of stuff on my plate right now and most recently my 2nd laptop finally died so getting ANY kinda online time is a huge challenge right now.
That said, I’ve got plenty of hair stuff to write about, so much so, that it’s hard to know where to start. But I think the biggest thing is that about two months ago, I finally did the deed. I colored my hair. If you’re a member on either my hair board cNappymeNow.com on NP, you may be a bit familiar with how I feel about my gray hair — in short, I hate it. Mostly because it looks like lint. Nothing at all attractive about scattered gray, nappy hair that looks like lint. Nope…uh uh. If it were closer to being all gray perhaps I’d like it better. But as of this moment in time, and for quite a while now, I’ve just been wanting it gone.
Didn’t color it earlier was cause, well, I really didn’t want to deal with the maintenance of it all, plus, there’s always the chance that color can damage your hair. But one day, I looked in the mirror and said enough and purchased a color called Brazen Bronze.
Ha! The word BRAZEN should have been the first clue. Boy did it turn out brazen. To top it all off, me and my friend had no clue what we were doing, exactly, and we ended spending too much time applying it to the front and didn’t work it through to the back. So when all was said and done, the back was much darker than the front. The back is actually the way I wanted my hair to look all over.
I didn’t like it. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t at all what I had in mind. Plus, doggone it, the color I chose was not formulated to cover the gray. So here I was, with a head full of various shades of brazen bronze hair with all the gray mixed in. Lawd hammercy. But the upside of it all is that although I personally didn’t really care for it, EVERYONE else seemed to really like it.
As the weeks wore on, I really tried to get use to it, but nah, it wasn’t to be. Plus, the whole reason I ever even wanted to color my hair was soley to get rid of the gray.
Alrighty then. I decided the next application of color would actually be a correction to the original. But how to go about it. I did some calling around and talking to a few beautician friends and to product hot lines to get help in choosing a color that wouldn’t make what I had done more “brazen.” A product specialist helped me settle on Brown Sugar #386 by Dark and Lovely. She gave me some directions to help me try and even out the color, and she also sent me two free boxes because of the density and length of my hair. I waited the recommended sixs weeks and tried it again. Only this time, I left my hair in twists (the exact style you see in this photo) so that I could try to get more even distribution and this is how it turned out.
In short, I like this much better than I liked round one. It’s still a little lighter in the front than it is in the back and the gray is MOSTLY gone or highlighted. It still isn’t exactly the color I want, but I can certainly live with this a lot better than the first round. However, I won’t be doing another full head application anytime soon cause I don’t want to over process it. I’ll just continue to do the roots only until I get the urge to try something different.