Hair dye fail.
I’d been thinking about dyeing my hair an unnatural colour for a long time, and this week, I finally decided to take the leap to make it happen. This may or may not have had something to do with how I’d been feeling a lot more confident and fearless since this happened.
Anyway, so on Wednesday, I went to the salon and got my hair bleached to start with – just a few strands from the top as highlights, and the bottom 1/3 of my hair’s length. But apparently, my hair is super resilient to bleaching agents and even after triple processing, it only got to a yellow-gold blonde (like the colour you would see on a K-pop star, the reference courtesy of my friend Austvina). My hair stylist was really surprised to see this, because he’d used quite a lot of product on me and left it on for as long as possible, and usually with this much of a heavy bleaching process, most Japanese people’s hair would have turned a lot lighter and possibly terribly damaged too. Thankfully, although we couldn’t get the lightness in colour we were aiming for, at least my hair wasn’t completely fried up. According to him, Indian people have hair that just hates bleach/very difficult to lift the natural colour off of; they simply have strong, awesome quality hair. No wonder the best human hair wigs are made of Indian hair! Makes sense that the bleach wasn’t working on me quite as well as it should have, since I’m technically half-Indian, my father being a Bangladeshi and all (though sadly, the quality of my hair itself isn’t as awesome…it’s just the stupid anti-bleach quality I seem to have inherited).
So yes, initially we were planning to dye it purple but since purple is one of those unnatural shades that require a very pale hair colour as a base to start with in order to get a good colour pay-off when it is layered over, and we couldn’t achieve that with my hair, we decided to go with green instead. We toned it, added the green semi-permanent dye, and again, waited for as long as possible…but no, my hair just did not want to catch the colour on and the dye ran off immediately when we rinsed it. So we tried it again…but no luck. Ended up with a light ash-brown hair, with a hint of green on some parts. Strangely enough, the top of my hair, which was bleached the least caught more of the green tint than the ends, which were 3 times more heavily bleached and dyed with a lot more product too. Wierd. The stylist said he’d never seen hair like mine before, that this was really interesting…yeah, because the fact that my hair is a head-ful of “interesting” conundrum (get it?) is going to make up for this misfortune. I guess most of this had to do with the products not being right for my hair type (so much for being a strange ethnic minority in a country like Japan, where everybody looks, behaves and are made the same way, yep they love conforming to a standard, all the way…but this is a whole different topic to be discussed another day). He said that even the tiny bit of green that somehow managed to stick on to my hair isn’t going to last after a couple of washes, given my hair type, so he recommended to use this product called colour butter, something like a Japanese hair treatment equivalent to the American Manic Panic hair dye. So once this stupid mediocre colour washes out, I’m going to give this colour butter thing a whirl and hope with all my heart for an acceptable outcome.
But all in all, even though I’d be lying if I said I was completely happy with how this salon trip ended, I don’t regret making this decision. I knew the risks of the process not turning out perfect, but I still went ahead, took my chances and did something new for once. So not a total failure after all. Also, I am going to be dying it over with the colour butter thing in a while anyway, so going to be looking forward to that and keeping my finger crossed! xx