Dying my Hair for the First Time

It’s time for a change!  I’ve kept my hairstyle pretty much the same for the past ten years. I grow it out, leave it long, cut it, then grow it out again, leave it and cut it, and it’s been this cycle for the past decade.  Mind you, this is everyone’s cycle when it comes to hair; isn’t it?!  Lol.  I just mean I’ve kept the same look and haven’t done anything drastic to it for a long time.

I went to a recommended hairdresser and pretty much told him  I wanted a cut and a change; something that would flatter me.  Hair is hair.  It will grow out.  I’m not that attached to it these days, so I let him do what he saw fit.  He recommended a digital perm.  (This is also the first new hairdresser I’ve had in over ten years.  I used to adore the one I went to, but now the distance to see him is greater and I’m interested in a new change of perspective anyway.)

Last Friday, I sacrificed some crucial last minute transcript time to get my hair permed in curls for the first time.  My hair is naturally slightly wavy, so to perm it digitally would work with my natural curls to give it more bounce and volume, as well as shape up the hair itself.

Long gone are the days when the hairdresser uses plastic rollers to curl the hair.  Instead, after rolling up sections of my hair with what looked like paper, he attached each segment to a Medusa-looking machine and left them on for about an hour, I would guesstimate.  The attachments tugged and pulled at my hair.  Perming the hair this way eliminated any use of chemicals/harsh products to the hair.

When I left, he taught me how to maintain the curls with styling creme, etc.  I’m usually super low maintenance with my hair.  He asked me to come back to put some colour in to brighten up my jet black hair.

I returned today to the hair salon and again handed the reins over to him.  It was my first time in life getting my virgin hairs coloured!!  It’s actually a big deal but I’m at a point of my life now where I’m open to change.  Hair is hair.  It will grow out.  A hairstyle and colour are only temporary.  Why not experiment with something new?  If I don’t like it, it’s still a different look and it’s not like it changes my personality or my insides.

The hairdresser underestimated the time it would take for me to get the colour and highlights in (grr), but everything works in its time and has a reason.  I was there in the chair for essentially 3 hours.  It was nice to be worked on/be pampered.

My hair is so much lighter than my natural colour with brighter-than-I-would-have-liked highlights.  It’s temporary so I’ll enjoy this phase of my hair before the next one comes in. 😀

(No pictures to share for now.  I’m returning back to old-school blogging where it’s just words on a page.  No time to edit photos and insert them.  At least I’m taking the effort to blog. 🙂 )

Anyone have a first-time hair colouring experience to share?

About stenoodie

I'm a stenographer, foodie, avid traveller, and new mom who loves to share her experiences with the world.
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2 Responses to Dying my Hair for the First Time

  1. gchan7127 says:

    I want to see your hair colour! Haha. Do you think you’ll do it again?

    • stenoodie says:

      Too bad when you actually do see it, it’ll be all faded and grown out already. It’s already been more than half a year now! Lol. I do want to dye it again but didn’t get a chance to before the hairdressers all closed before the pandemic. Now who knows when I’ll be able to go back to redye my hair. 😦

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