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Never Say Never

IT'S that season when hormonal and non-hormonal factors are driving the women around me to do major changes to their hair. Different styles, cuts, colour, whatever. So why wouldn't I be carried away, right? (Even if two of my resolutions for the year are to keep my hair long and leave it the shiny, natural black it is). But I love colours too much and when I saw the colour revolution bubbling around me, I just had to get mine done.

First step was research. Lots of research because I rather go bald than to live with bad hair. So I googled and googled, and came up with a few ideas. Colours in mind were deep blue, aubergines and greens in Ombre style. I thought these colours were a good match for my natural black. Ombre's all about understated funky and it makes classic braids and buns look edgy. Note to self was to avoid red at all cost.

Second step was to have a partner in crime. So I had Mek Zhin. Meks has the most beautiful hair ever. Thick, healthy and glorious + we share the same colour sense (except that she likes purple too much and I don't). So during one tea time, we took off to do our hair. Funky colour Ombre!

I wanted something like this
OR

This ! Love the blue and green
 SO I can do this 

These random streaks add character to the braid
OR this

Not too keen on the gray but I love the style

Third step was communicating our idea to my most trusted hairstylist, Min. I love this Korean man for the way he's handled my hair and soothed me during my worst hair crisis. He's the type who'd tell you what's good and not for you, and wouldn't carry out a project simply because it won't do your face or hair any justice. So upon understanding our special needs, Min projected a worried face. My heart sank because I knew right away what he was about to tell me.


"This requires double or triple bleaching. Otherwise the colours won't turn out right, and bleaching can damage the hair," Min said.

Bleaching would damage my hair, not Meks. Mine's too fine. Hers is good. After an hour of consultation and discussion among us, he began with Meks. For me, he suggested reds and browns, without the bleach. I thought about it and in the instant he put the first dye onto my sectioned off hair, I changed my mind.

"Just use red. All over. No highlights". Very spontaneous. Min didn't complain so that must be a good sign. Or he was just letting me be but I did ask him for a thousand times during the application if everything was going to be okay. While at it, I also texted the one person whom I've known to have had red hair for the longest time, Saby, for words of encouragemnt. She still does, and it's hot on her.

Meanwhile, Meks' process was a long one. Bleach. Wash. Bleach.Wash.Colour. Wait. Wait. Wash. Dry. Glee. Love it.

Meks had this in mind
AND she got this

This pic taken with a phone cam doesn't do justice AT ALL but it's really nice

My hair turned out a deep red. Wasn't too happy in the beginning but I'm getting adjusted to it. Just when I said never to red, I'm living with it now. I might like it more next week.

Mine is red like this. It's on fire outdoors.


Comments

  1. Don't worry dear...it's just hair colour....not a tattoo! You can change it anytime ;)

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    1. it's not too bad now after my second wash. the colour just got deeper and better set. i will just have to get used to it, Saby.
      :)

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  2. Now I'm curious why you said you wouldn't go with red in the beginning. I had red streaks in my hair, it was good when it was new, but kind of faded into a dull brown as time went by.

    I told myself I'd never colour my hair again, but now I'm intrigued by the blue/green style.

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    1. i've done red when i was 18. just thought the colour didnt match my skin tone so much. Min said my red would fade into a kind of copper. its worrying me already. lol

      i said the same thing just 6 months ago and oops, i did it again ! yes, try the blue/ green. i love the combo. so cool.
      :)

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  3. i agreeeeee, photo doesn't do justice at all. hahaha, lets take a better one when i get back ;)

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    1. yeah, we need a real camera :p
      this pic is better than the second one you sent me.

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  4. Jaya, I love red, especially on dark hair. I bet it looks scrumptious. You could always buy those clip in, coloured extensions and play!

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    1. hey Juliette! i do love red but i just feel that it may not suit my skintone that well ? i should go look for those extensions. good quality ones are hard to come by :)

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  5. Going all Pippy Longstocking are you? hahaha Run Red Run, Rudolph the Red Haired Reindeer, Has all my ranting hurt your red? Nod and red and agree. Have a nice red day!

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    1. hello Pat! i love the Red from 'Once upon a time'. its cool that she's also the wolf. you have a nice, catty day :)

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  6. I adore Meks hair, even on what might be a bad photo it looks fantastic. Great read on the hair Jaya. If yours is like the photo then it's going to look damn fine, I'm glad things worked out so good.

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    1. thanks Matthew. if i can get a better pic of Meks' hair, i'll put it up, k.

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  7. I really like the mixes of color

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  8. Anonymous29 July, 2012

    Jaya I want to colour it now blue and green _fuzzy

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    1. arghhhh! now everyone likes it :)
      go do, k.

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  9. We are in cahoots. I had my hair dyed auburn last week. I have a little streak of pink and a little streak of blue on the right side, with a pink feather. In a couple of months, it will be another color. I bet you look beautiful because you have such a sweet smile. Nothing could make you unattractive.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. hey, that sounds awesome actually. i was just imagining it. and thank you, Janie for the compliment.
      :)

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  10. Blah, I don't know. I have a thing for girls with short red hair and I've been trying to get Theresa to get a hair style like that for years but she refuses to.

    Oh well...

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    1. short red hair is quite cool. maybe she would one day.

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  11. I can just imagine your hair must be stunning in the red. And I must admit that I LOVE blue-green colour and the purple is nice too. Now I'm convinced I have to do my hair too ;D

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    1. it's not too bad now, Azra.
      yesss! you have to get your hair done in blue-green. i think it's really, really nice.
      :D

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  12. I'm not sure about the I'd-rather-be-bald part, Jaya J. You're talking to a guy who photoshopped his picture for some ID card the other day hahaha. But um.... where's your picture? We need to see that red hair. SHOW ME THE HAIR. SHOW ME THE HAIR. Would it help if we all said 'please'? ;)

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    1. oh i mean that part abt going bald, RC. i mean we are talking about having structurally damaged hair, which means that its probably not hair anymore ? so it can feel more like straw and you dont want to run your fingers through that.
      you're vain then :) but vain is valid.
      no pic of me :( please no :)
      hahahaha

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    2. Anyone who puts on a batsuit and thinks he looks good has to be vain. But you're changing the subject..... where's that pic?
      SHOW ME THE HAIR
      SHOW ME THE HAIR
      SHOW ME THE HAIR
      SHOW ME THE HAIR

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  13. my artist daughter has red and purple hair.
    I have had the same #32 brown for about 30 yrs.

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