Dyeing my hair pink was a four-hour process, and it’s worth it

For the last six years, I’ve been experimenting with my hair more and more. It first started with getting more interesting hairstyles like pixie cuts and undercuts. I never really had the same hairstyle for a long time because I would get bored really quickly and wanted a change right away.

In that time, I had also wanted to dye my hair but couldn’t decide on a color. After months of debating, I finally decided on blonde. I thought it would be a good start and even better transition for other colors if I wanted to go for something different. After starting off as a golden blonde, I ended up being an ash-blonde gal for a year. Since I successfully maintained my locks, I decided to reward myself by switching up the color to something more vibrant: pink.

I knew that I was going to change the color eventually, it was just a matter of figuring out which one. After debating and creating Pinterest boards, pink was the winner. Now, I had to choose what shade of pink, if it was going to be on the cotton candy side or a true pink.

The morning of my appointment I was mainly excited to finally get it done. I brought some food, a drink, and a book with me because I knew it was going to be a long process.

The first thing my hairstylist was going to do was my regular root touch up. After that, she brought the bleach down to create highlights. According to her, what this does is give the color more dimension. Instead of just having one shade on my entire head, it will give it a “natural” effect.

After letting it cook, she washed it off and it was back to the chair. When it comes to color, she prefers applying it on dry hair because she find that it absorbs the color more. So, after drying my hair, she started painting my hair with her hands. We started with a prepackaged pink shade but the color came out too light. She went to the back for a few minutes and emerged with a raspberry pink concoction, which my hair started to pick up in a snap.

As I started to see my hair change color, I started to feel both anxious and excited. A few minutes before hitting the four-hour mark it was time to rinse off the dye and dry my hair again for the big reveal. You can never really see the true color when it’s wet so the drying process is my favorite part. It’s like seeing it come to life. I also started to notice the different shades of pink that made it look less one dimensional.

In the end, I couldn’t stop smiling at the end result. The color was exactly what I wanted and I can’t wait to see the way it’ll change in the next few weeks. Now, excuse me as I take even more selfies because I am feeling myself.


Art by Marian Hukom

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