Sunday, February 8, 2009

I Gave into Pressure and Hit the Bottle

Ok, I know what you are thinking. "Lashonda, no! Drinking it not the answer." It is not a liqueur bottle, it is the hair dye bottle. I have had suggestions to pluck them, get one of those wands to hide the color, make sure my headband covers it, and the list goes on.

Well, I decided to dye my hair. My husbands suggestion, black. I did this color years ago and it makes me look dead. I thought about blond and had the box in my hands several times as I stood in the hair dye section of the beauty supply store. This was a color I visited in college and I remembered the drying effects it had on my hair. Plus I was smaller and I was not sure my now round face was ready for blond.

Looking at all of the different colors of red on the shelf I went with Red Hot Rhythm. My hair has always come out shades darker than what the box suggest for brown hair, so i figured this color would go nice. Now, I am a little scared that it will take on an ashy look. Can your hair look ashy? Hmm. That is food for thought.

As I type this I have second thoughts, but there it is, sitting on my bathroom counter. Calling my name. Telling me to take the plunge. Now, I know you are sitting there thinking, "why not a rinse?" I have tried those and in the sunlight you can see the color, but it does not cover my grays. At least with the dye my grays take on a nice highlighted look.

I am hoping that I do not have to go back to that same shop and get one of those wigs. Wigs are something I have always wanted to try, but never got up the nerve. I am not really sure what my apprehension is with a wig. I mean my hair has always had a nice length but I have worn the same style in my hair for years. Side part gently bumped under at the ends. I have switched it up and had side part, curled up and side part, full layers curled under. This was pretty and thanks to the doobie shop in NJ. A place that is not found in Jacksonville.

I have had those life moments when I had the Salt and Peppa side bob and the Hailey Berry cut, but I come back to hair that I can place in a ponytail when I feel like it. Although my sister made me give up pony tails and I have started to use headbands as my new pony tail. I hate to do my hair.

I love braids, but sitting there to get them done drives me crazy. I have had Janet Jackson Poetic Justice braids(always sat on those), micro braids, shreds(FL's micro braids) and different types of braids designs where my scalp was on fire for a week after because it was like a mini facelift. I have sat for over 18 hours getting my hair braided. I even had a stylist whose kids kept running in and out of the house and she kept taking smoke breaks(not cigs, but she did offer me some of it. I guess that was nice of her, just not what I did.). After 18 hours she was not done, my mom was ready to get out of Newark and my sister found someone to finish the top of my head the next day. I always wondered why she never offered her services in the beginning. Sitting in that house off of West Runyon(sp) in Newark at 10p was not a safe feeling.

Ok, so all of this said, I can not tell you how it looks because I am now off to take the plunge and see what comes out of this bottle. Will my kids run, hiding from the clown. Will my husband laugh until I cry. Only time will tell. I will let you know how it comes out and if it looks ok I will post a picture. If it looks bad, no picture because you all will not have the chance to post my picture on hot ghetto or some other crazy site.


Dera Williams said...

LOL. This is funny. I am very conservative now but back in the day I used Flaxen blonde and there were times my hair was actually blonde and not reddish. But I hear you about covering up the gray. As long as they are making dye, I will be using it.

Ladysilver said...

I may go back to blonde..or at least blonde highlights this summer. I really have to think about that blonde ambition was cute for a while...we shall see

Genesis said...

Hey Lady!

The thing with color and grey is making sure the product is for grey hair. I used to color my mom's hair and anything with ash in it usually camouflages the grey (especially if you're going for a blond) but, usually the grey will show up slightly lighter (maybe even pinkish) than the rest of the hair strand. Not trying to scare you, but I'm a licensed stylist and I've seen the worst of the worstest (yeah I made that up) color

Hope it works out well. And speaking of bottles, I might hit one myself. I don't have grey but I'm tired of black!!!

Ladysilver said...


thanks for stopping by. I wound up with a very light tint of red in my hair. they grays are an interesting shade of red. Not bad. I think the next time I hit the bottle I will spring for professional help.

Southern Diva said...

I have gray strands here and there, but I refuse to dye my hair right now. I keep telling everyone I earned each of those grays, so I wear them proudly. I'm sure I'll feel that way until they start taking over- then I'm running straight for some sexy brown dye myself. LOL

Niambi Brown Davis said...

I color my hair; as I said in one of my own blog posts, when my hair is dark I look like Bela Lugosi. So I'll be hitting the bottle until there are no strands left to color! :)