Lessons from Dying my hair and why I won’t do it again

5f28045dd0ab575e3d05d29802909f55.jpgIn Asia, there are certain beauty products and trends that are popular.  A few include eyelid tape (which creates a double eyelids for monolids or a bigger eyelid for double lids), coloured and eye enlarging contact lenses (to enlarge the eyes, change the colour and create a different physical look), false eye lashes (to give more volume and create a fuller and thicker look), straight eyebrows (to give a youthful look) and not to mention dying hair. In mentioning all the above, I am no way against it, but I was influenced by the hair dying trend that is constant. In 2014 when I decided to dye my hair, it was curiosity, interest, wanting a change and lastly, seeing the different Asian hair trends that made me want to try it out.

When I dyed my hair in 2014 for the first time to a soft red brown shade, I ended up cutting it all off in 2016 when it left an orange brown. The dye made my brown hair frail, dry and lifeless. I didn’t realise how much I missed my natural healthy black hair. It’s always good to be adventurous and try new styles, however if it doesn’t work for you, at least you know not to wear it next time right? The blunt truth is, many of us want what we don’t have. The struggle with wanting tanned skin when you’re pale, whiter skin when your skin tans easily (for Asian people), curly hair for those with straight, straight for those with curly, big eyes for those who have small eyes, clean skin for those with acne and the list could go on.

The lesson I learned from dying my hair, is that it is not for everyone. Most people who dye their hair often, are already aware of the damage it does to their hair and understand that they need to use coloured shampoo and other products to care for their hair. However, if you ever want to dye your hair, go for it. Just be aware, that it will affect the natural state of your hair. I also learned that trends will be trends, like it or not. They come in, they go out. Dying caused my hair to split chaotically, and caused my hair to fall out much quicker than before. We all want to try something new from time to time, spark some interest or change up our look with new styles, whether that includes makeup, hair or fashion. Change can be good, and it can also serve as a good lesson! Remember to wear what makes you happy, stay true to your personal style and feel good about yourself. Your body is the home that keeps you alive. Don’t listen to popular opinion – otherwise everyone will look the same!

If you look back in history of the women who are most memorable and most stylish, they were never the followers of fashion. They were the ones who were unique in their style, breakers of the rules. They were authentic, genuine, original. They were not following the trends.

Nina Garcia

9 thoughts on “Lessons from Dying my hair and why I won’t do it again

  1. Sorry about your experience with colouring your hair. Did you have a profession do it because you can mess up your hair with at home box colours. I use to be a hairstylist so I’ve never gone back to box colours once I learned the damage they can do.

    1. Thank you for the tip! I’d bought two boxes of the colour brown as my hair was quite black and long when I dyed it, however, the colours didn’t show very well and then I went and got it professionally done the week after. I think the box colours may have damaged it more!

      1. It probably did that’s why box die is the devil! haha I suggest you do at-home hair treatments to help restore your hair again. you can do home remedies like a olive oil and avocado mask, or get a deep conditioning mask at the drugstore and leave it in for 30 mins before washing it out. Do it 2-3 times a week and you should see your hair improve a lot :)

  2. I began dying my hair when I was 20. I tried many things, from platinuim to raven, and now I am a redhead wanting to go ashy blonde -_- Yes, I just cannot make a decision when it is about my hair ! However since they are healthy, they are not very damaged and still as thick as ever. I am lucky so I try different colors while I can ! I have never tried boxes you find in supermarket, but my mother does and she doesn’t have problems.
    But I tested the henna from Lush and it really is a good product. It is nourishing and makes the hair even better. Then I started to buy my shampoos at Lush too, and I must say they are the best I’ve ever put on my hair. Maybe you should give it a try and ask for advice at a store, they will help you find the best product for you :)

    1. I am so surprised, because I thought you naturally had red hair! It looks really great on you :) It’s tricky with hair I find, for me it is also a hard decision on how to style it! That’s fantastic – you are very lucky to have healthy hair. I love having thick hair, because it creates more texture. I’m not sure if it’s because my hair was very black and I suddenly made it a much lighter colour (eg. using blonde first then dying it brown). Ah Lush is great – I will have to try it out! Thank you heaps for the tip :)

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