Hair me out

I love color! Over the years I’ve expressed my love of colors in some interesting ways. Sometimes it has been through my fingernail polish (orange, many shades of green, black, white, red, glitter, purple, etc), clothes, different colored pens for taking notes and even with different colors in my hair. Recently (this has been in drafts for some time…) there was an article shared in Prompt-ly by Mel about how pink is the IN color right now for dying your hair. After reading this article, I couldn’t help but think of my hair-journey over the years. I’ve had many colors, but never pink-pink and I don’t think I will. I’m just not that type of a girl.

One of the first times I remember dying my hair was when I was about 14 years old. My best friend and I at the time, had roughly shoulder length hair. We cut our hair on a diagonal (not losing the length on one side), but we did opposite diagonals. So depending on who was on the left and who was on the right, you either saw a down-arrow or an up-arrow. And then we died the bottom inch or two in black.

Then a couple of years later, my group of besties and I dyed our hair with Kool-Aid (and vinegar). It worked quite well, even if we did manage to get color everywhere and especially on our hands. The Kool-Aid smell was great, even if there was a hint of vinegar to go with it. We found that purples and reds (grape (my favorite to drink), black cherry, cherry) gave the best colors.

I’m on the right hand side in the below picture. I know you can’t see my Kool-Aid dye-job, but trust me, it is there as a light purple-ish (not pink!).


I know that at some point during my teenage years I also used regular hair dye to get some low-lights (opposite of high lights). I always went darker, never lighter. I had a complex about being called a blond and thus never wanted blond hair. I think I was ditsy enough (although, most of it was an act) without needing it to be reinforced with hair color.

My first really crazy color was Manic-Panics’ Forest Green. I was 18-19 years old, working in at my first real-real job the coffeehouse. It was a cool job and most of the ‘kids’ would come in there. I definitely spent way too much time there. But, back to hair color… I dyed my longish hair forest green, without bleaching it first. The color would have shown up much better if I had bleached my hair first, but it still showed well enough. My bosses weren’t too impressed, so I had to wear a hat while at work.
I wish I had a picture of this time, but if any exist, I have no idea where they are.

I’ve also dyed my hair with henna. I loved the orange/red it would give me. I think one of the first times I used henna was when I was about 20-21 years of age. Right around the time I met Mr Siili (but I was still with my ex).

This first picture is one time immediately after dying my hair. (Notice my frog corner in the background? I loved that little wall-corner area.) The second picture was during a ‘photo shoot’ one afternoon while playing around with a cloak and fun dresses. I’ve always loved this mischievous smile on my face. I’ve also dyed my hair with henna years later while in Finland, but if there are any pictures, they aren’t anything special.

The picture below is just after I had gotten my hair dyed with red and blond stripes in Estonia. I think this must have been around 2002 or 2003. I did buy those elf-slippers from the open air market. (I still have them, but need to fix the bottom of one.)
The 2nd and third pictures just show my hair in better color-detail.

Sometime during the first few years of living in Finland I played with Manic Panic hair dye again (and some other brand I can’t remember the name of). By this point I had some Forest Green left, but I also had Tiger-lilly, Midnight Blue, Purple Haze and some other purple-ish color of which I can’t remember the name. Usually I would do a stripe or two in my hair and not my whole head. I even managed to get Mr Siili to dye his hair a time or two, mainly for Vappu (May 1st, Finland’s Labour Day) or a costume party.

One year, October 2006, I went all out for a costume party and dyed my long locks all purple. I LOVED IT! And talk about my work being shocked when I went in the next week.

A few weeks later, I decided it was time to chop all my hair off and donate the braid to Locks of Love. This was the first time in years (since junior high?) that I had my hair this short. My work was yet again shocked.

A few weeks later, I added a blue stripe in my hair. When I got tired of that, I removed the purple and blue (which turned green) and dyed my hair Tiger-lily, with a stripe of Forest green. This time my work was shocked, but they were waiting for it.

This picture must be sometime early 2007. The orange is gone, but there is still some color that is not my own. Also, my hair has grown out some.

End of August 2007 saw me with my mostly natural hair color, and a bit longer in length, at the next costume party.

Two years ago I dyed my hair a dark brown. I liked it! The below picture was taken when Mr Siili and I were in the US visiting my family (September 2010). The black cat is Sabby (aka Sabbath).

Yesterday, my hair was decently long for my weekly Paxlet pictures, but I’ve been thinking of chopping it off again for a few weeks. (My hair is up in a clip/ponytail thingy.)

And today, this is what I have now! Ignore my not-so-smiley face, it’s hard taking photos of oneself. LOL

I’ve been thinking that while I am on maternity leave, I might bleach it and dye it some funky color. Blue? Green? Purple? And then as it gets closer to going back to work, I’d chop it all off (very short) to get rid of the color. But, who knows, I may keep the color when I go back to work, I don’t think work will mind.

As you can see, there has been a long journey with me and my hair. And I know it’s not over yet!

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9 thoughts on “Hair me out

  1. Thanks for sharing your hair journey photos! I wish I was more adventurous with my hair, but unfortunately funky colours don't suit my personality or my job. 😦

  2. Love it! I, too, have had hair of many colors. My favorite, though, was when I used body-art quality henna. Such a great color that would get compliments left and right. Perhaps I'll go back to that…

  3. I love all the colors your hair has been. I've only dyed mine once, and done highlights once. When I dyed it, I was in high school and decided I wanted to be a redhead (I have very light blonde hair naturally). It turned orange and wouldn't come out (it was supposed to be one of those that would come out with like 15 washes, but it took more than a month). The highlights were just the same color as my hiar – I errantly beleived the stylist that it would make my very thin, fine hair have more body. I'm not brave enough to try color again!

  4. Loved this! And you did have a lot of different hair colours in your life! Many more than I did. I went through a phase 15 years ago, when I dyed it a few times, I'm a dark blonde and went for red-ish/chestnut kind of colour. Don't think I'd do that again now. I still do get highlights done in the winter when it's dark outside 😉

  5. Oooh, go blue! Best hair I ever saw was this great short, spikey cut that was dyed in patches of different shades of purple and blue.I love all the pictures 🙂

  6. I love them all! My Mom and aunts own a salon and I have never done any awesome colors. I have thought about it, but never did it. I was always in a job that it probably wouldn't be the best idea. I love the new haircut. I just cut mine off short too. I couldn't stand the long hair anymore and it was falling out more.

  7. So awesome…I love me some colour in my hair too, but I have been far less adventurous than you.I love that green in your hair…it is startling, but pleasantly so.

  8. I wish I could have some purple in my hair, but my dark brown hair does not go well with it.And oh, Congrats on your pregnancy…and almost being on d-day for delivering your son. Hope things will go well….

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