Cut to right before my first year of high school, where I was DETERMINED to show up on my first day at a new school with seriously purple hair, or at least my bangs (which was all I was allowed to dye bright purple, despite much begging). My parents didn’t mind that I wanted purple hair, but my mom was concerned about the mess: my hair is brown, so it would need to be bleached, then dyed. I’d also heard Manic Panic (the recommended dye for odd colors) would stain anything and everything instantly, so I was absolutely forbidden to dye it at home. If not there, where?
The stylist who usually cut my hair was down for it. She bleached out my bangs (stinky!), and then: in went plum-colored Manic Panic. I sat under a dryer to help it really absorb, the excess dye was washed out, and! I LOOKED TOTALLY AWESOME. I loved it! I taped a strand of hair in my diary, I mailed one to a friend. I put on a bunch of eyeliner and tried to make my most badass face and my mom took photos. I started school feeling like I looked utterly excellent, and was looking forward to not fitting in, which I succeeded at.Manic Panic is a semi-permanent dye, meaning it slowly washes out, which was a bummer. I tried to keep my bangs out of the water for most of my showers, but of course you can’t keep that up and I wasn’t allowed to do touch-ups at home, so my bangs ended up blondish. My stylist said she could mix up something permanent and purple, so I went with that. And after doing my bangs with that mixture just once, I lucked out: she honestly forgot I was just dyeing my bangs, not my whole head, and started applying dye elsewhere (of course I gleefully kept my mouth shut), until she realized what she was doing and freaked out, thinking my mom would kill her. I swore I would accept all blame, and ta-daaa: a full, fantastic head of purple hair!!!
It was glorious. It brought out my green eyes, it got the “WTF?” stares at the supermarket that I loved, and I felt beyond cool. I ended up dyeing it black later that year and stuck with that until hot pink for college graduation, but that’s another story…
Have you ever wanted to dye your hair? If you already dye it, what was your first time dyeing your hair like? What’s your dream color to go for? Tell me everything in the comments!