Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The History of my Hair.

I've seen a few other bloggers do this so I think it's time I shared with you all my different previous hair colours and styles. Featuring photos of me from way back when - which sounds fun and totally not embarrassing on my behalf, right? As a pre-warning, there are many posey, slightly emo and generally ridiculous photos where I am pulling very bizarre faces. Just remember that you too went through a phase of taking photos of yourself where you thought you looked 'cool'. And also, apologises for the fluctuation in quality of photo - many of them are from Facebook.
I cannot tell you how stupidly long this took to put together. Finding all the photos and working out the dates and order and stuff was kind of a nightmare and kind of fun all at the same time.
 The Very Beginning
Good god, look at chubbers on the right there.

2004 ~ The first time I ever dyed my hair I was 12 (and what a beautiful tween I was!). I must have been waaay ahead of my time because I went for red tips (or as we call it now, a red dip dye) which you can just about see. Had it done by a hairdresser. The more I stare at that photo, the more embarrassed I get. Good god.  

2005 ~ Almost exactly a year later I decided on red streaks instead. Red was pretty much the only exciting colour I could go - according to hairdressers. Check out that wall of hair.

2006 ~ Then got a bit restless and cut all my hair off. I was a massive tomboy (still am) so short hair has always been the natural path for me to take. Please ignore how chubby and general young I looked.

 On the right it's freshly you can see I'm not very good at maintaining my hair.
After my hair grew out I went pink. I originally wanted to go blue but the hairdresser said pink was as good as it was going to get with my hair (she lied - I now have proof). 

When that had faded I decided to redye over the bleached sections left (and I think I tried to add a few strands of my own). It was a bit messy since I didn't have much knowledge on dying at the time. I think I used Manic Panic but I can't remember. The lilac faded into a very ugly grey but here it doesn't actually look that bad.
I then got another hair cut (on the left), this time not as short as before. I dyed over my colour and eventually it faded so that the bits that had been previously bleached were a bronze colour. I actually quite liked this hair style so I kept that for a while and grew it. I also got a curly perm, but I'm really not sure when that happened - I thought it deserved a mention though.
I decided I'd keep growing my hair, thinking I'd have it long for my school prom. Unfortunately a few days before I went to Camden and someone offered me a free haircut so I said yes and subsequently ended up with a page boy cut. This wasn't against my will (if you can believe it), it's just whenever I have a haircut I pretty much give the hairdressers free reign over my hair. In this particular circumstance a page boy was not a good idea since it needed thorough straightening and care if it didn't want to look like a mushroom. I generally can't be bothered with faffing around with things like straighteners so for a long while I did have a mushroom shaped head.
 And just for extra bonus points here's what I looked like for the aforementioned prom.

After a while of this I dyed my hair again, this time with a bit more understanding and help. I used Manic Panic in possibly Hot Hot Pink, Crazy Color in Pine Green and Rusk in Purple Burst (I think). We mixed a few of the colours as well.
 Ignore my horrendous makeup, I look like I have an eye infection and my lips look awful (it's actually glitter).
I kept growing my hair and then, for a reason that still remains a mystery to me, I decided to go blonde *shudder*. As you can see, not such a good idea. The fringe is Crazy Colour in Pine Green (I think) and it's a really nice shade, so I don't regret that bit.
When school started again I had to go back to a natural colour so I went red and then very quickly dark brown due to school saying that red wasn't natural enough. This is just box dye red but I think I'd like to go red again, for a bit longer this time.
You would have thought I would've learnt from my previous mistakes but when summer rolled in I went blonde, again. I just don't know why. Although really, as you can see from that lovely photo with my cat I am more ginger than blonde (something my very ginger dad enjoyed holding over me). The photo on the left is just to show that I dyed a little bit of it Pine Green again, this is literally the only snap I have of it.
Luckily that was just a transition phase to something a whole lot more cool. My first proper full head of unusual colour (the red doesn't count). The purple is Rusk Scream in Purple Burst, the green is again Crazy Color - Pine Green and the pink is Crazy Color - Cyclamen. I cannot tell you how much I loved (and still love) this hair. Definitely one of my (+ enlisted friends) best efforts.
Sadly due to school (again) I had to dye it back to brown, which I did. But then I also cut it very veeeryy short, just a few inches. The one on the left is about a week after I had it cut and there is still a controversy to this day whether I actually became a boy during this time (just to put things into context I would say this is one of the better images of that particular cut). It wasn't so bad once it'd grown a bit and like before the tips started fading to a bronze, which was quite nice.
2010 wasn't a very eventful year for the hair, from what I can work out it stayed pretty short and I dyed it black.
2011 seemed to have had started off with a box fringe, which again, is one of those things I'm just not sure about in hindsight (although I am tempted to try another soon). After that I grew out the fringe and things stayed pretty boring (and pretty bad from what I can see) until just before I went off to uni.
Also, I know BFF1 will appreciate this here photo, BFF2 got away with it this time (disclaimer: the numbering system for the BFFs is arbitrary and to do refer to preference).
I know this photo is horrendous but it's the only one that shows the only hint of blue that ever existed.
So now we get to the stuff that for some of you who have been following me for a while will begin to recognise. This was supposed to actually be blue and pink/orange but the blue turned out green that quickly faded to blonde and the pink/orange came out just pink (Crazy Color - Cyclamen again with some Canary Yellow and Fire mixed in and Sky Blue for the blue). I think it didn't turn out right due to bad bleaching, at first I was pretty devastated but it didn't take long for me to get over to it. You can see better photos of it here.
A few months later I re-bleached my hair and got a full head of purple hair (Directions - Plum), you can see more photos of that here.
The purple stayed until it faded which by the end of it really wasn't very pretty. I then decided it was time for turquoise (Directions - Turquoise) which I think is one of my favourite hair colours. You can see more photos from when it was freshly dyed here
I think I stayed turquoise longer than I've stayed any other un-natural colour but when a play began to loom which required me to have natural hair I decided that before I went entirely black I'd try a cruella (or a split dye as I've heard some people refer to it) which I also really really liked.
Unfortunately then I went back to black for a play, but after the show I got myself a Bettie Page fringe, which I really liked. You can read/see more of this hair here. As usual, my hair didn't stay black for long. I did a mixture of Color Crazy in Fire and Cyclamen, as well as Directions in Plum and Midnight Blue. However, after that my hair was super super damaged at tips - it turns out bleaching dyed colour out of hair is a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. To read more about that and see more photos of the amazing colours go here.

I let my hair grow for a while and it actually got to longest it had been since the very beginning, in 2004. But I was itching to go short again.

I was originally going to for a pixie cut but I thought I would try a bob beforehand, the bob should be coming soon though, so watch this space! For more on this hair cut, go here.

So, that's it! I hope that wasn't too boring for you all! It was definitely pretty entertaining putting it together.
If any of you have done something similar to this I would love to see it!


  1. Loved the whole head of turquoise on you :) I've only just recovered from six years of black tresses - never again!! ;)

    1. :) thank you, it's definitely a favourite. Haha, I know what you mean, the minute this play is over I'm going straight back to blue or something.

  2. this post is amazing- i love readying it!
    i started dying mky hair from when i was 12 too! very tempted to do my own version but im not sure if i have pictures of all of my hair
    its funny how your first photo is nearly all black hair and now your back to black!

    1. Haha, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
      I'd love to see your hair history! I know - but it won't last for long!

  3. Oh my gosh I loved looking through these pictures! I actually quite like the first blonde, and also love the pink eye makeup mask! very cool! It is fun putting posts like these together isn't it?! mne is here:

    1. :P thanks, you're one of the rare people who likes the blonde...oh, totally checking yours out now!

  4. I hope you used a semi black, in case you want to go back to crazy colours...?

  5. i really like the blonde with the green fringe!!its so cute!!and u really suit cropped hair too (the pic with the pink eyeshadow!)!!and i LOVE LOVE LOVE the half and half hair!!

    1. Awh, thank you. I liked the fringe - not sure about the blonde though.
      Hehe, I enjoyed having short hair, may have to get mine cut again soon.
      :) thanks for the comment.

  6. absolutely not boring me,
    you look great with your short hair!!


    1. :) heh, thanks, I'm glad I didn't bore you!

  7. Wow so many gorgeous colours! You are one of those people I envy, who can pull off so many different colours & styles! xo

  8. I think my favorite hairstyle on you from these are actually your what I would call a pixie cut. You looked super pretty in those three photos! I liked the pink make up as well!

    1. Awh thank you! I really like having short hair so I think I'm going to chop it off soon :)

  9. The Plum dye by Directions is SO BEAUTIUFUL *o*
    My hair is jet black as you can see in my avi. I know nothing about bleaching so I will be happy if you can recommend me the % I should use and how long should I leave it on my hair.. :) please !

    1. Uh, wow.
      I think when it comes to bleaching you have to be really careful. It's one thing doing it to yourself but another thing advising someone else. I've chemically burnt my scalp before so I wouldn't want that happening to anyone else really.
      For most of your hair 40vol is what you need to use because your hair is so dark but I would use 30vol for your roots, so that you decrease the risk of damaging your scalp.
      As for how long you leave it, you'll be able to see when your hair stops getting lighter, I usually leave it an hour. For me I had to do several bleaches but I would recommend leaving them a day apart and heavily conditioning in between.

    2. Okay so I think I will try to not put it close to roots ! I didn't know it can cause damage to scalp. I had a reflexion about the whole thing, and I dont' think I will be pleased to rebuy every month 6/7 boxes of directions plum (+ shipping) so I prefer to choose a permanent color. I've thought about color xxl LIVE by schwarkpoff
      Can I ask you your point of you : which color is the most similar to DIrections PLUM : Ultra violet
      , or Mystic Violet (by Color xxl LIVE)

    3. Ultraviolet is closer in brightness but Mystic Violet is closer is actually colour.

    4. Thank you a lot for giving me your point of view
      I'm hesitating between mixing
      Aubergine (semi perm, Crazy Colors) + Mystic Violet (perm, XXL Live)
      Plum (Directions) + Ultra violet (perm, XXL Live)
      I think i will have something AWESOME with plum+ultra violet *o*
      what do you think (and sorry for disturbing you :)


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