Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Longest Ten Minutes of My LIfe

Yes, I DID IT!!! Last night I colored my hair. And I have to tell you, I would have chickened out again if it weren't for the fact that I knew I had to electronically face all of you today. : ) Thanks for the encouragement. Or the nagging. Or badgering. Or ... seriously, thanks for listening to me whine and cower. I appreciate it.
I washed and dried my hair before I started--to get rid of all the "styling product build-up". I aso got a good look at my grays and realized something had to be done. I was amazed at how quickly I got the color on. Then I set the timer for ten minutes--and paced as random thoughts dashed through my head.
This stuff stinks.
My scalp is burning.
Maybe I just combed too hard.
I'm starting to itch.
Are my lips swelling?
Why do the gloves I'm using look purple?
I agonized over every possible thing that could go wrong. That took 2 minutes. Eight to go. *Sigh*
After the timer went off, I rinsed and styled my hair and studied my reflection in the mirror.


It's really not that different in color, which is a good thing. I told you I'd rather lighten gradually. I do see some minor flaws. My gray at the temples is kind of a lighter brown. It's not really noticeable unless you're studying it, but I think next time I could leave the color on for five minutes more. I'm not sure how evenly I distributed the color, but since it's so close to what I already had, I don't think it's noticeable. The ultimate test came when my husband came home.

He didn't notice a thing. Good. Like I said, gradual is the key. I don't want any sudden changes.

I'd post a picture, but I didn't have anyone at home last night to take one. Anyway, it looks pretty much just like it did. I just won't be using a coloring shampoo and conditioner this morning. That's pretty nice.

BTW, I did notice one thing. My hair seemed to have more--volume when I styled it. If 80's hair comes back in, I'm so ready. In the meantime I stuck a headband in it to tame it down for a while, which worked really well.

So that's it. Still me. Just with different maintenance. I can live with this. I might even do it again in 6 weeks.

Thanks for holding my hand.


  1. I remember the first time I color mine with permanet color. I wanted an auburn tone really dark, just those that you can only tell in the sun. Anyhow, I asked Kristi Stark to do it for me. I was in Spain and she was visiting (it was the time when Matthew and I were dating and I was working on m paperwork). Anyway, with all the color in my head it look so read, I was suppossed to wait 20 minutes but after about 5 min I starting freaking out and started yelling at Kristi... hahahah. I wonder if she thought that bad character when nervous should be something her brother should know about. I do have to say that it turn exactly like I wanted.
    Glad it turn perfect for you. It is normal that the white hair would be lighter than the rest btw.

  2. Way to go Jill! I knew that you could do it, and successfully!

  3. I'm so glad you finally took the plunge! (And even more glad that your lips didn't swell!!)


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