My Hair Horror Story

20.7.16


Yes, I have new hair! Finally. But it most certainly wasn't smooth sailing...


After about a year or so (yikes) without a single trim or trip to the hairdressers, last weekend I decided it was about time my hair got some well-deserved TLC. With Summer in full swing, I decided it was also about time to ditch the pitch black locks and go a shade or two lighter. I booked in for a cut and colour at my local hairdressers and that was that.

Let's skip ahead to the appointment. I always find I get incredibly nervous before any appointment, even if it's simply a check-up at the dentist or just a plain old trim at the hair salon. Is it just me or is there just something incredibly nerve-wrecking about those little waiting areas?

After explaining what I wanted to my new hairdresser, I was all set, thinking it would cost around £60/£70 tops. Oh, how wrong I was. Before she even begins cutting my hair, I'm hit with the news that what I want will cost £105. My heart literally sank, like, seriously? Over £100 for an inch off my hair and a bit of dye?!?! I'm not the sort of person to really say anything or cause friction - although looking back I definitely should have questioned this woman's math - so I hesitantly handed over my card, as they wanted to cash up the tills before closing.

After the immense sick feeling int eh pit of my stomach settled, and the tin foil had been on my head a good half hour, I was took over to the basin. She explained that as I wanted to go lighter, she had to use both Olaplex (priced at £10) and toner (priced at £15) which was why the initial cost was so much, and each of the above needed a full 10 minutes on my hair, which I can confidently say neither were. Maybe 5 minutes at most, which struck me as a little strange, but being me, I kept my mouth shut.

Now, we all now how they dry hair, so let's move on to when I finally see the result: an inch of black roots adorning the top of my head, while the rest of my hair is bleach blonde. Yup, that's right. The brassiest, most yellow-blonde block of yuck I've ever seen. As you can imagine, I was pretty close to tears, I only wanted to go a lighter brown for Christ's sake! Yet I'd been forced to pay £105 for something I didn't ask for, before even seeing the end result.

So, I went home, and everyone was pretty shocked to say the least. I spent that full evening and the following day in tears at the state of my hair and the fact I was £100 down because of it. I was ashamed to go out in public, so I went back with my boyfriend's mum around 2 days after to sort this mess out. They agreed to dye it back for free, however wouldn't reimburse me, despite the total monstrosity they'd created. 

I had it dyed to the colour you can see in these photos, which I now totally love, but am still -£100, my hair is damaged from the bleach and I was told that every time I wash my hair it will go lighter and lighter until it eventually goes back blonde again, so I will no doubt have to pay another god-knows-how-much to get it dyed back again. I've washed it around 4 times since the photos above and it has definitely gone a hell of a lot lighter already. So I'm off to buy some home-dye tomorrow before holiday, wish me luck.

Other than all of this, I love the cut and the colour now - once it decides to stick to brown - but it's safe to say I'll be sticking to doing my own hair in future. Let me know if you've had any similar experiences below - I feel your pain! 

x T


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  1. Love the cut and color it is now! What a story...Had the same, wanted to go blonde years ago, but explained in steps..to prevent damage. They died my hair from brown to blonde in a day, but patches of white, some golden. It was a mess.. But was tired after a looong day, thought I maybe just had to get used to the new look. But the next day I woke up and looked in the mirror and started to cry..what an awful color! I called and got a darker color, much better and without any extra cost. But the damage on the hair was done. I now prefer to only get my roots done at the hairdresser, and do the toning or coloring at home..with hairdresser products instead of drugstore dye. Lasts longer and my hair doesn't get as fried! :) x Chantal www.commedescoco.nl

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    1. Oh what a nightmare! I totally feel you pain though gal, hair is a huge part of your image so if you don't like it your confidence just goes out the window. Glad it's sorted now, I am in love with your hair!! I'll give that a go as it's already gone super light, wish me luck haha! x

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  2. Oh my god! I have had a very similar experience. After having dark hair for a while (I'm naturally dark blonde) I wanted to go lighter. After a full head of foils my hair was a streaky mess, with clumps of blonde but it almost looks green. I went back the next day and she dyed my hair again... (poor hair) and this time it was darker than I started it with! Hairdressers are an absolute joke - I've vowed to myself to never dye it again! I absolutely love how yours turned out in the end though - such a lovely colour!

    Hannah | Oh January

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    1. Christ! That sounds a hell of a lot worse than mine! They really are a joke aren't they, God knows how the hell half of them, if any, even got qualified! Thank you though gorgeous, I'm so happy with it now thank God! :-)

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  3. Oh wow, that sounds horrible! I would've been in tears as well. It looks amazing now though. You might already know this, but if you wash your hair with the coldest water you can handle, the color should last way longer. Good luck!

    Amber - yachtsmaan.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh no I'd never heard that one - I'll deffo give it a go now, thank you so much!

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  4. Sounds like such a nightmare!! Looks amazing now, you look so pretty! x

    https://dreamingoffithavenue.wordpress.com

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    1. Aw that's so sweet of you, thank you my love x

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear you had to go through this! I'm too scared to go to the hairdressers, but the result now is so lovely, it looks beautiful on you! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. If I wasn't scared before I'm bloody terrified to go back now! Think I'll stick to home dyes and cuts from now on. Once you find a good hairdresser it makes life so much easier, I just haven't managed to find one yet but hopefully we both will! Thank you so much hun! Xx

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