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.