I Dyed My Hair For The First Time In Four Years And It's Not Because I'm Going Through A Breakup

Change is good, especially when it's not inspired by something traumatic.

May 8, 2014 at 1:00pm | Leave a comment

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Me, pre dye job wearing a strange hat in the office (it was for a post; don't ask). 

You know when you go through a breakup and you have this crazy urge to get a tattoo or pIerce your nose or dye your hair or something? Yeah, don't do that. It's a dead giveaway. 
 
When I was in high school, my first love left for a month on holiday. This is when I felt crazy, insane despair for the first time. I remember walking up and down Ludlow street with a margarita in a to-go cup, sobbing in that miserable dramatic way only high school kids can. This also happened to be around the same time as the film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou came out. Anjelica Huston, one of the stars, looked like this:
 
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Photo source: IMDB.com

 
 
I saw that movie and immediately said to myself “I need to dye my hair deep, dark blue like Angelica Houston because deep, dark blue is how I feel INSIDE” and off I went down a five year rabbit hole of rotating hair colors that reflected exactly who I was at any given moment. 
 
Sometime during college I snapped out of it and stopped dying my hair and I've stuck with my natural brown ever since. But when Marci dropped a box of Vidal Sassoon Pro Series hair color in Midnight Muse Blue ($8.99) on my desk a few weeks ago, I couldn't think of a good reason not to go for it. 
 
Of course, I still G-chatted pretty much everybody who was online to get their opinions, because I’m still insecure about things. The general consensus was “Do it!" That's exactly what I needed to hear. I just had two concerns: (1) that it was too close to my hair color to show up and (2) that it would show up and be too dark. My hair is a very deep brown so I wasn't sure how much of a change I was in for. 
 
I decided to do the color that night to make sure I wouldn't talk myself out of it. I enlisted my friend Roxanne's help, and I got home just as she was ringing my buzzer (we are a bit psychic). As we rode up in the elevator we discussed how COOL my hair was going to look and how not a big deal it would be if it didn’t. I mean, it's just a little BLUE. 
 
 
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The gear.

 
While Roxanne mixed the color and developer, I started combing out my hair. This was actually the hardest part of the whole process -- combing my hair while it's dry is really painful for me. Curly girls understand what I’m talking about. While I was detangling, Roxanne was busy dealing with the bottle which had started to bubble and overflow a little bit. Whoops!
 
Protip: Expect the dye to expand a bit when you blend it with the developer. Also, put gloves on before you shake it. 
 
Once we got the bottle under control, it was smooth sailing. Getting the dye into my hair was easy-peasy. We just sectioned it out into chunks and applied the dye from the roots to the ends. I left it in for 45 minutes even though the box said 30 mins because I like to rebel against conformity and all that ish. 
 
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Everybody answers emails while they have hair masks on. It's a thing people DO.

After I washed out the color, I was happy to see that it didn’t leave a weird blue ring in my shower for my roommates to resent me for and it barely left any blue on my towels.  Roxanne and I kept joking that I was going to have stains on my head for days after (there were little splotches of dye on my skin), but those washed away really easily too. 
 
Inside the box there is also a super amazing Vidal Sassoon conditioner that brought my hair back to life after the chemical parade it just marched through.  
 
So?! The color?! 
 
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Ta da! (Image By: Lauren Perlstien

 
It was kinda perfect. Though the actual blue is very hard to see unless I'm outside in natural light, the deep black is just so rich it makes me look even meaner than I do in the first place.  Also, it has inspired me to switch up my makeup routine. Bright lips and little blush go perfectly with my new, more dramatic hair and I’m even thinking of getting back on my eyebrow game. Thoughts?
 
Even though the dye didn't suck too much moisture out of my hair, like my eighth grade bleach job did, I thought it would be a good idea to use a hair mask. I turned to K

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rastase, the masters of intense masks, and used their Chroma Riche Masque that's made specifically for color-treated hair. BOY, does this stuff elevate hair. I did it a day after I dyed and my hair went from awesome to OH MY GOD I’M THE PERFECT NEW ME. This pot of wonderful not only made my curls soft and shiny, it left me smelling like a non-smoker socialite for days after. 
 
This is my new look you guys, and I really love it. It's a subtle change, but it's different enough that my ex noticed. So.   
 
Ok, now I’m a bit addicted to the whole hair dye thing and and I just want to KEEP GOING. What color do you think I should dye it next?