Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Iced Chocolate ~ The Perils Of Being A Brunette

I'm a natural brunette, very dark brown with a red tint in the sun which is great, I love having dark hair. It only becomes a problem when you get a bit older and the dreaded greys start to appear. I think I was 28 when I first noticed the "odd" grey hair - you know the ones with a different texture that stick straight up. So out came the tweezers. But now I'm in my 40's, (I can't bring myself to say which one!) I'm fighting a losing battle. I have a lovely 61 year old blonde friend who doesn't appear to have any grey hairs - she does, I keep telling her, you just can't see them yet!
After telling myself I should just go with it and go grey gracefully and do I really want to get to 65 and still be dying my hair dark brown I decided I couldn't stand it anymore. I'm no hair dye virgin, I started colouring my hair when I was 14 with Toners (does anyone remember them?!) Little sachets of temporary colour that you left on for 20 minutes or half an hour if you were really daring. I had to leave them on for over an hour as my hair was so dark. Then I tried permanent colours ~ plum anyone? Then there was henna powder. Three and half hours I sat with what looks and smells like bird crap on my head, wrapped in clingfilm to make it work faster. Not a bit of difference!

 I had a bit of a break for a few years then started again with permanent dyes in dark reddy~brown colours which look lovely but after a few weeks you have to deal with the "roots" problem. Now my solution is semi~permanent colours - that way the colour fades gradually and the greys make a graceful and gradual return after a few weeks. Until I can't stand it anymore and reach for the bottle again!
So now, my crowning glory is, according to L'Oreal Casting, "Iced Chocolate" ~ a dark brown with red highlights in the sun..........a bit like my natural colour!


  1. I had to laugh when I read your latest blog. It sounds like we have the same colour hair and the same problem! I'm in my forties and have more grey hair than my Mum (*?!*).
    I've been dyeing my hair with semis for a while & have a similar packet of hair dye languishing in the cupboard as I'm too scared to DIY the grey. I've got a few days off work so maybe I should give it a go ~ I can always hide indoors if it all goes wrong!

  2. Go for it! If it's a semi-permanent colour at least if will fade after a few weeks! Don't go for anything too red though as the grey hairs fade to a "lovely" ginger and glow in the sun :D

  3. Your hair colour sounds just like mine! I'm 24 and have a couple of grey hairs already :( I started getting them a couple of years ago! Scary!


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