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I’ve received several reader queries about my worst hair color experience. So I thought I’d start a new series called Tidbits. It’s where you email me and I’ll post the question and answer to my blog.

I’ve had a few bad hair experiences… My worst hair color experience wasn’t actually a color job I did. When I lived in California I went to a salon called Five Color Cowboy. The stylists were awesome. I always did some sort of red. My stylist suggested I try a more natural coppery red to see if I’d like it. My gut said no, but I decided to give it a try anyways. I mean, it’s only hair right? I can color over it or grow it back out.

Well, the moment I saw my lovely cut with the color, I burst into tears. I hated it. I cried for three days. My stylist had me come back in and then she fixed the color to a different type of red. I truly hadn’t expected that to be such a traumatic experience for me. I don’t even have a picture of it.

This is my red hair having faded down to have orange tones. The photo was taken by a friend of mine.
I love this photo.

Some other bad color experiences were when I decided to dye my hair with a permanent black, without the help of my stylist, and then wanted to go back to red a month later. That was not fun. My stylist ended up removing as much as the color as possible, and then bleaching. She said she wished there was a hotline for people who were thinking of using a box color to go black. I actually wish that we’d taken pictures of my hair during the process because Ray said it looked like a fire… red at the bottom, orange in the middle, yellow-blonde on the new growth.

Or when I went to a new salon in Tampa, The Bostonian, paid a ridiculous amount of money for a woman to color my hair, and had the color wash out the first time. When I called to complain, she said she’d recolor it but she’d charge me for it, which I told her was ridiculous and they lost my business. Since I’ve been using sulfate free products for a very long time, it wasn’t a problem with my shampoo or conditioner.

Now it’s your turn! What’s your worst colored hair experience?

Also, have a question for Tidbits? Send me an email! You can email me at fresco [dot] phyrra [at] gmail [dot] com.