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To dye, or not to dye?

October 27, 2013 Everyday Hair & Beauty


I love colourful hair. If you’re only new to the blog, you will only know me as having this brown/blonde ombre hair colour, but before that, it’s been all sorts of colours. From the age of around 13, I’ve been dying my hair. When I first watched the film clip for No Doubts “Ex-Girlfriend” and saw Gwen rocking bright pink braids, I knew that one day I would have pink hair.


My current colour is the most natural colour i’ve probably had in 10 years, and the fact that it’s been the same colour for around 8 months is, well, pretty crazy for me. I went away on holidays with Aqua hair, and came back blonde. I never ever thought i’d be a blonde, but it didn’t look as bad as I imagined, so I decided to keep it for awhile. 8 months later, here I am. However, I’m missing my coloured hair more and more by the day.


People would often ask me “Why do you colour your hair?“. I think I surpirsed most people when I’d often say “because it’s pretty“. It’s not some political statement, some crazy rebellion. To me, pink hair is more my “natural” hair colour then the one I was born with. Pink is my ‘go to’ hair colour, when I look at myself in the mirror and see myself with pink hair, it feels right.

hairzsIt’s hard work though and damaging to your hair. While the coloured dye is a vegetable dye and perfectly fine for your hair, to get the brightest results, I have to bleach my first, which dries it out. My hair is in the best shape it’s been in for ages, plus the longest. Oh! Not to mention, its expensive. My favourite brand (Special Effects) costs around $30 a bottle, and remember, this is a wash out colour. I used to have to re-dye or touch up the colour every 2 weeks.


But oh I have the itch, the craving, the need to add some colour to my hair. Maybe instead of asking if I should dye my hair, I should ask…

How should I dye my hair?

  • flashionaffair
    October 27, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I say go for it if your missing it. I have this itch to doooo allll my hair rather than 2 sections but my hair being curly hates bleach and would be so dry not to mention the hassel of redying it. i hate it when the colour starts to wash out right. go pink again maybe jsut do the ends rather than re bleaching your roots. it could look quite cool as an ombre!! then you would not have to bleach the ends either!

  • Brittany Norma
    October 27, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I reckon you should go for it! Right in time for the Blogcademy too! I always wished I could die my hair, but it doesn’t work well. You look killer with bright hair!

  • Nessbow
    October 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I say go for it if it’s what you really want. You look gorgeous as a blonde, but I love your rainbow of hair colours. Plus, it’s just hair. If you get bored with it you can always change it back.

  • Sabrina Kwan
    October 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I’m honestly not one that normally LOVES dyed hair, but I think you pull it off really nicely! Go with blue or orange!



  • Rai
    October 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I know that feeling lovely! I’m so missing my pink hair but unfortunately work tolerates my tattoos and not much else! xx

  • Carla Benstead
    October 28, 2013 at 1:01 am

    $30 for Special Effects?!!! It’s works out about $15 here – if you ever think it’d work out cheaper to buy it here and have it posted to you just let me know. Have you tried Directions? That’s my brand of choice, and much cheaper too! 🙂 xxxxx

  • WookieWifey
    October 28, 2013 at 6:38 am

    As a fellow colored-dye-addict, I have to agree with your decision to dye it. I know what it is like to look in the mirror and just not feel like YOU without the fun, bright colors. Also, remember, you don’t have to do ALL of your hair. Sometimes I do all pink or blue, but I’ve also done streaks and chunks of one color or several throughout and even once did rainbow (which was AWESOME). Have you tried Manic Panic? I swear by it and it lasts quite a bit for me and I always get vibrant colors. I bleach from dark brown to blonde first.

  • ninjanun
    October 28, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I KNOW THAT FEEL. I currently have neon pink hair but the root growth is now 3cm, not impossibly bad but getting there soon. I’d already decided that I’d let my own colour grow for at least a few months, after which I’d have a decent amount of fresh, healthy hair to destroy with bleaching (haha) but it’s so BORING. Plus I have no idea how I’d manage the transition. What do I doooooo.

  • Bonnie Equality
    October 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Wow, that is super expensive for Special Effects dye.

    I could maybe help you get some Pravana dye. They are amazing and eco-conscious, and the dyes are super vibrant and long-lasting (especially with ideal care). You would LOVE their Magenta (hot pink) and Wild Orchid. Message me on fb if you’re interested in hearing more? <3

  • Kathryn OHalloran
    October 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Personally I’m not a fan of natural colours mixed with unnatural colours (I guess that’s the best way to describe them) but atm I’ve got my hair a dark copper with some bright coppery orange highlights. Well they were bright, now a manky yellow, getting it redone next week.

    From your collection of pics, I really love the blues and purples on you. Do you colour it yourself? I guess $30 a pop is a helluva lot cheaper than going to the hairdressers.

  • Veronica Wolfe
    October 29, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Have you tried Ion Color Brilliance Brights Semi-Permanent not sure if you have sally’s beauty supply there but it is super cheap at about 5 bucks a tube and you can add it to conditioner or water and it doesn’t hamper the brightness much at all. beware the teal though it lasts ages and took forever to fade and wash out just a thought

  • laura
    October 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    on you’ve done it so many different ways! Whatever you do, I think will look great! I’m with Veronica– Ion Color Brilliance is what I used when I went pink/teal/green/blue, and I LOVED it. The color stuck to my hair so much that I only needed to touch up every 4 weeks (my roots mostly)

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Sadly, it’s not a brand that is available in Australia. 🙁 I went blonder at the hair dressers, and in a week i’m going to add some bright colours myself! I still have a stash of colours here I may as well use, but I wanted to at least get the blonde done professionally.

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:07 am

    We don’t 🙁 It’s also why a lot of dye is more expencive here as it has to be imported.

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:10 am

    I used to do it all myself, yes! I just went to the hairdressers and had it all lightened more, a full head of foils, $150 thank you very much 🙁 While I used to bleach it myself, it’s in such a great condition and longer then it’s ever been, so I wanted someone professional lighten it a bit more for me. However, I decided not to get any colours put in at the salon, and I’ll just use some of the bits and pieces of colours I have left over from previous dyes.

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:11 am

    I think the cheapest I’ve managed to get it was around $22. It’s because it has to be imported over here!
    Oh! That’s the dye my hair dressers use! I’ve just decided to use up some of the colours I already have here.

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:14 am

    When ever I felt like being lazy with my regrowth, i’d go dark blue or purple. The regrowth wasn’t as noticable then, but with the pink, yeah, it can be a bit of a bitch 😛
    The thing that gets me with my hair, is that I have grey streaks! I wouldn’t mind so much if I had like a streak at the front, but its a random patch in the middle of my head, and it just looks weird! I found the ombre helped me with the colour transition. Oh hair, why isn’t it easier to make it do what we want 😛

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Yep! I’ve had my hair lightened up more at the hairdressers, and I’m going to add some streaks of colour in myself.
    I have tried manic panic, they are probably my 2nd favourite brand. I find I have favourites brands for different colours. Pinks I used fudge, the aqua I use special effects, I’ve used manic panic for the aqua, as well as greens and that. They are good and there amplified range is great too.

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:17 am

    I have sooo many tubs of Directions, but I don’t like it! I don’t know if its just me, but I find it stains & that just ends up frustrating me. Yeah, I think special effects is so expensive cause it has to be imported, even if I buy it from overseas, it still ends up costing me heaps. I think the cheapest I ever got some was for $22.

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:17 am

    See, I’m lucky enough that I don’t have to worry about that. It’s more just been me being lazy and trying to grow my hair!

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Thank you! I’m thinking of keeping it similar but with maybe some oranges streaks put through to add colour!

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:19 am

    That is true! I’ve gone lighter at the hairdressers a couple of days ago, i’m even more blonde and its sooo weird to see! Going to add in some colour myself before I go to Melbourne! Just some bright streaks I think.

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Thank you! I’m going to add in some bright coloured streaks just before I go to Melbourne so its nice and fresh! I had black hair for awhile, actually when I started to want to have bright hair, it was black. I was a teenage goth! I had really long hair at the time too, similar to yours. I started with just dying the tips bright red. Then a layer of hair underneath.

  • Natalie Mulford
    October 30, 2013 at 3:22 am

    See, my hair doesn’t mind bleach toooo much because it’s actually really oily. I went to the hairdressers and she’s lightened my hair, a full head of blonde foils, and i’m even blonder then before. The ombre is less noticable now, but it’s a much better canvas for colour. I’m thinking of mixing a few different colours as streaks at the tips of my hair.

  • Michelle
    October 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Why not go a really nice golden blonde and get a bob!

  • Nerd Burger
    November 1, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Oh man! You know what I’m going to say. COLOUR IT!!!! But as my hair is the worst it’s ever been (it melted last time I put peroxide in) I’d say do it gradually. I was pink, then orange, now to get pink again I’m redish purple and in a month pink. I too have been dying since I first saw Geri spice with the red and blonde and just like you it feels normal to me. I saw go pastel pink. Less cost because you just mix 2 tbs pink with lots of conditioner, less messy and it would totally suit you.