suicide blonde: a budgetary conundrum.

13 02 2011

the year after i graduated from college, i was making a lot of bad decisions. i spent my first six months of independence sleeping on a couch and living pretty much entirely off of yoohoo and cheez doodles. and probably some other stuff that i shouldn’t write about because sometimes my mom read my blog. anyway, on one particularly messy evening, getting drunk off of swilly cumberland farms beer (golden anniversary if i recall correctly), my friend megan held up a box of ultra blue, and beckoned to the bathroom.

well, it’s NEVER a good idea to color your hair while drunk, but going platinum blonde while even so much as tipsy can only end in UTTER DISASTER. first and foremost, my hair was splotchy like a leopard. apparently, it’s important to make sure you get total coverage, which is hard to do when you’re half in the bag. also, make sure that you don’t leave the bleach on too long, or your hair will end up a crispy mess than no subsequent corrective hair coloring will ever be able to cover.  i knew i was in trouble when a 4 year old girl looked at me and earnestly asked: “why is part of your hair black and part of your hair yellow?”

that was the year that i got my  first short haircut.

flash forward to this week. i was told on thursday at rehearsal, that my character is going to be a blonde. ACID FLASHBACK! the costume designer told me to go to the store and buy a box of #8 or #10 ash blonde or something… but NEVER AGAIN. even sober, even with additional years of adulthood under my belt, even when the world platinum is 100% off the table… this is the job for a professional.

now, hair coloring is crazy expensive. like 100+ dollars for a one shot deal that might last 2 months if you’re lucky (and then requires CONSTANT RETOUCHING).  under standard circumstances, this would fit directly into the “bad investment” category. however, when it comes to certain products and services, i firmly believe that sometimes the most expensive option is still the best one.  however, due to current budgetary constraints… i’m not sure i can afford to get a dye job that i can trust. PELIGRO!!!  since everyone seemed to enjoy the poll that i did early this week… here’s another one for you:

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16 responses

13 02 2011
Evelyn

I think you stand a good chance with a beauty school, especially if you explain your bad experience and resulting trepidation. They will do everything they can to be sure the work is done properly. The students are always so earnest. In my experience, it can take quite a bit longer than with a professional, but it’s worth the savings. And you’ll have had the satisfaction bonus of helping to train someone. Kind of like donating your body to science, ya know?

14 02 2011
bessmarvin

that’s a good point. at least at beauty salon they have trained supervision! although i don’t know if i can make the time commitment. hair coloring already takes like 2 hours- isn’t that like 14 in beauty school hours?

15 02 2011
InfamousQBert

the only bad experience i had at the beauty school was when i tried to get a root touch up. i ended up with neon roots and normal red rest of my hair. it was a special look. but i think a normal, full head, dye job would be fine.

that said, i voted for the box. the main thing is to know your skin tone. i look like SHIT in anything called “ash”. it looks green on me. my wife, on the other hand, shines in ash and looks neon orange in anything with red tones. if you know what works or doesn’t work, you should be fine. if you’re worried about coverage, buy 2 boxes. just be sure you mix it ALL together so it’s even.

oh, and it’s worth it to invest the extra couple of bucks in the little brush/pick that the salons use and ignore the instructions on the box. part your hair down the middle, paint it on along the part so your roots are well covered. then use the pick end to do small sections going down one side, and then the other, and then the back, the same way. you want to make sure you get the dye all the way down to your scalp, all over your head. and be sure to thoroughly paint your hairline all the way around, including your sideburns.

19 02 2011
bessmarvin

i actually applied to try a new haircoloring system from john frieda that i might get for free (which would be the ideal solution- especially with your box color pro tips). i find out in a couple of days whether or not i’m in. but if that doesn’t work out, i’m just going to go to a real salon. i can’t take the pressure of the potential disaster that is beauty school.

13 02 2011
Bobbi

So, I’ve recently started getting my hair dyed as well. I’m very happy for the paying how much it costs and let’s be honest, I can’t go two months between touch ups. At week three I saw my roots and started freaking out thinking everyone could see them too. Only knowing how much it costs made me wait that additional week. I go to someone in Bath, so it doesn’t cost quite as much as it would here in Portland, but it’s still going to be one of the few things that I spend money on, besides food and gas. What really made me start doing it is that I’m not ready for the amount of gray that is starting to pop up. I’m only 28!

14 02 2011
bessmarvin

i had pink hair for ages, and it took me what felt like a lifetime to grow out. finally trimming off the last of the pink/bleached mess was a revelation, i’m a little scared to go back, because the touch up factor is such a drag. although who knows, maybe i’ll look good as a blonde? going out of town for a cheaper dye job is a good idea. my mom lives in brunswick…

13 02 2011
Cyndel

I usually buy the non-temporary box when I color my hair myself. It washes out in 6-8 weeks, so you never have to worry about roots. Also, they usually come out great in my hair because they’re not as harsh. With that being said, I don’t know how blonde you could get with those boxes because they say you should stay within a few shades of your regular hair color. Definitely something to consider!

With that being said, I still voted for the beauty school. Seems like a happy medium.

14 02 2011
bessmarvin

beauty school definitely seems to be the overwhelming favorite. and unfortunately, i have to go many many shades lighter than my current haircolor. i might be ready for the home color if i was doing something more subtle, but for blonde- my nerves just can’t take it!

13 02 2011
jjdactyl

i’ve been box dying my hair for years, with mostly great results. i got an ultra-platinum from two box processes! the trick is starting with a clean slate, conditioning often, and buying the right dye for the job. if beauty school is an option, though, why not? you can always blog about it. (:

14 02 2011
bessmarvin

i actually have a product testing opportunity for some sorta fancy home haircolor that would be free- so i’m gonna see how that pans out first. but, i love the idea of doing a story about beauty school haircuts. genius!

14 02 2011
chris

i don’t blame you for being scared. i dye my own hair due to my cheapness, but i’m only covering up grey with a dark brown, can’t screw that up. i don’t think i’d have the balls to turn my own hair blonde. i mean, how much damage can they do at a beauty school? wait, in the movie “grease” the beauty school dropout ended up with pink hair!

14 02 2011
bessmarvin

i actually had pink hair for a long time… but that was on purpose. blonde scares me. it was SO BAD last time. i know i’m older and wiser, but i think my gun shyness is totally legitimate.

14 02 2011
Gerry

Aack! How about a wig?? Then again, a good one costs $$$. I vote for the beauty school. Post pictures when you get it!

14 02 2011
bessmarvin

i’ve actually always wanted a wig! but sadly, this is a dance heavy show, so a wig would be both uncomfortable and impractical. leaning toward beauty school, but i also have a home hair coloring option waiting in the wings… will definitely post pictures when the deed has been done!

15 02 2011
imogen flowers

Get it professionally done. Your hair is non-negotiable. You could shop around for the best price. I would suggest Knaughty- great salon and very inexpensive. Ask for Justin. Not only is he great at his job, but he’s a fairfield kid and I’ve known him since high school.

19 02 2011
bessmarvin

if i do get it professionally done, juxxxtin will definitely be the one. or if this free box job situation happens, juxxxtin will definitely be the one who fixes the mess that i make.

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