Oh man... I was so on the path of a major fiasco. I can't believe I even had the restraint to nip it in the bud before God only knows what might have happened but thank God I did.
Turns out I'm cheap. Well, sorta. Most of the time I'm willing to pay higher
than list but who's counting. Yet when it comes to coloring my hair, I totally
cheap out. Everyone else I know pays zillions of dollars to have their roots
colored each month and frankly, they're happy to do so. I never was.
Thus for the past 25 years I've always colored my hair MYSELF. First of all,
it's easy to do. Second of all, I can do it any damn time I want, day or night.
Third of all, as I said... I'm cheap. Which basically means: who the hell needs
to pay a hair salon when I've got my own right smack in my own beautiful bathroom.
Only once in all these years did I ever have a significant color problem in
the outcome. Naturally, btw, it was the night before I was heading out on a trip
to Myrtle Beach so obviously I just decided to go with the flow and learn to
love my charcoal colored hair. A far cry from blonde, I might add.
In the meantime... tonight could have been so much worse. I have no clue what
was wrong... the packaging, the expiration date of the color, or what. BUT...
what I do know is that when I mixed the color with the developer there was NO
way I saw a light colored cream solution. Instead... I saw a color that
definitely resembled Lucy Arnez Red! Whoa. Are you kidding me? That's going to
make my hair blonde when applied?? I so can't see that happening. Although trust
me... I was but this far from taking the chance.
Forget Lucy... I could have
wound up with Kelly Osborne magenta for all I knew. Not at ALL the Champagne
Blonde I was going for. I swear... I thought I was looking at a brown brick
color that was nothing like any mixture I had ever seen before. You can see for
yourself in the picture up above.
So whew. Reality kicked in just in time and I finally decided: STOP. STOP
NOW. DON'T EVEN THINK IT. APPLYING THIS COLOR SO CAN'T TURN OUT GOOD. Which of
course is too bad, since basically, that was $10 thrown out the window but
fast. But I definitely did the right thing. For in no time at all...
I got out yet another box of the same coloring mix and voila`. THIS time the
coloring solutions came together in the regular looking light beige sort of
color IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE and I knew... bingo. I'd have my normal blonde
hair once again. And sure enough... blonde I got. Talk about walking right up
the edge of a cliff without going over. Yippee. No disaster, afterall.
So basically I wasted $10 on the first box that was going to for sure,
destroy my hair. On the other hand, I saved at least $50 by doing it all at home
rather than in a salon. So as I see it... in the end, I saved $40. Nice
rationalizing, right? Yay. Now I can go buy something with the money I made.