Right now, my hair is down to my shoulder blades, and it's more than halfway down my own natural hair color. I bleached my hair almost white a couple of years back, and then decided to grow my own hair color out. The first few months were really bad when the roots started to show, but it got better and better and nowadays it looks like I have dyed the ends blonde on purpose.
I started dyeing my hair in my early teens, and I've had a variety of different colors in my hair since. It's been platinum blonde, traffic light red, dark brown / black, had pink highlights, blue highlights, red highlights... You get the idea.
I don't know why I decided to grow my natural hair color out. I didn't have allergic reactions to hair colors, I liked the different shades that I tried on my hair, and my hair didn't start falling out or wasn't otherwise suffering from the horrible treatment... (much.) I guess when I think about it, it all comes down to me being so damn lazy. I mean, the dyeing project was a time-consuming one. Every month or so, I'd have to dye the roots and/or spruce up the color otherwise. It took around two hours, more if I had a bright red or something of the like, because then I'd have to first bleach and then dye my hair again.
So, I went and dug around my photo folders. I have started taking photos of my life around 2004, so I have about 10 years' worth of pictures stashed away... So let this be a #throwbacktuesday of my hair (because #throwbackthursday is so last season). Also, I'd like to point out that I have been so fucking emo at some point that it's not even funny. Or actually it is extremely funny. I laughed at some of the pictures. A lot. Hope you do, too. ;)
Without futher ado, my hair from 2004 to 2014. Warning, massive amount of pictures ahead. 41 pictures to be exact. But well, I wanted to document the changes, and there were times when I changed my hair color once a month...)
Oh my god I look young.
I had this red hair for quite some time.
It was a pain to maintain.
I actually went from red to dark to this bleached yellow monstrosity, but I don't have pics of the dark hair in between.
I didn't have pictures of 2006 and 2007 that much, but I returned to red for some time in 2006. Then I went to this. This is the shortest my hair has been since high school, and I haven't cut it that short after 2007.
I had a more natural-toned hair color around this time. I think it might even have been at least partially my natural own hair color. #emointheforest
omg, hahaha I was such an emo. :D
This was not permanent color, because it's faded away before the next photo, which is two months later.
Dear god, those bangs. Apparently I was not a fan of seeing anything? #imsofuckingemo
Apparently the ends are dyed, but I've concluded it's mostly my natural hair color. The bangs are slightly shorter too, so I can see again! :D
Yeah, definitely growing out my natural hair color here (and getting rid of those bangs!)... why did I give it up at some point?!
So, I went darker. Can't for the life of me remember why. #sostupid
Oh look, I added a flashy blonde ~highlight at the front. #deargodwhat
I'd had the dark hair with the highlight until this. Then suddenly BAM! bleach all over! #wtfwasithinking
Oh look, I did manage to get it look somewhat more even-toned.
No, wait, I bleached it again. gg me.
I discovered shock-color highlights! #lolpink
The fun part about shock-color highlights is that you never know what you get once they fade. #orange
Oh hey, let's cover up the orange with blue! *insert that Eiffel 65 song here*
Once the blue faded, I dyed my hair darker again. Only you can see that my hair was in such bad condition that the color didn't stick to all parts of my hair. Those "highlights" are completely unintentional. D:
The Return of the Bleached Highlight! *drum roll*
Because of course I wanted to go back to the color that requires the most maintenance. #herewegoagain
Since I am lazy, here's how well I maintained the red hair. It basically just faded into this. :P
Oh hey, we didn't learn anything from 2005 (or 2006 for that matter), now did we? #headdesk
Of course, the color is absolutely divine, too bad it only looks that radiant for the first three days after dyeing.
I'm going emo again, dyeing everything black besides one red highlight.
(...2005 called, they want their emo sass back.)
Oh hey look, the highlight has changed color. Here you can see what the bleaching is doing to my hair. Ugh, it's so dry it looks like it's going to crumble away any second now.
So then I went all black.
No, wait! Let's bleach this hair a little bit more! ...because it definitely needs that. #hairtorture
At this point you can see the laziness again. #roots #omgyellow
Yeah, I took one look at the pictures from October and went dark again. #seriouslywhat
So here I'd gotten to the point where I wanted to grow my natural hair color out again and I'd cut the split ends and just let the dye fade. I'd gotten such a good start, then I saw this picture and panicked.
So then bleach happened. Again. My poor hair.
I treated my hair with a conditioning color mask that was supposed to be brown. This is what it did to my bleached hair. #prettyinpink
Luckily the pink faded away relatively quickly.
At this point I'd taken my hair a bit more seriously and treated it with conditioners and moisturizing treatments, so it looks better.
I attempted to dye my roots darker to match my natural hair color (I wanted to grow my natural color out again)...
...but it didn't stick to my bleached hair. So I decided, "Fuck it."
This is the point where I decided to stop dyeing my hair altogether.
Roots. And orange ends. Yay.
After one year of not dyeing my hair at all.
It's starting to look like it's dyed like this on purpose. #winning
Definitely happy I stuck with the no-dye plan. Loving my natural hair color!
So there. My hair has seen all colors and all kinds of lengths and cuts, but no more. I'm sorry for all the hairdressers who won't be getting any money from me, but I find my hair is now a lot easier to maintain. I cut some of the split ends myself when need be, but now that I haven't dyed my hair in a long while I've noticed I don't need to cut my hair that often. Right now I'm just waiting for it to grow so long that I can cut off all the dyed ends, and then I'll just focus on growing and caring for my hair that isn't treated with chemicals or blown to hell with bleach.