Just posted on Facebook "Middle-aged public
service announcement: if anyone has ever wondered whether semi-permanent Manic
Panic-y dyes work on gray hair, they do not."
(I never thought I would say this, but maybe you
should friend me on Facebook? I never used to go there, and in some ways still
prefer Twitter maybe because it’s mostly strangers, but I have grown to enjoy
posting something quick and dirty there and occasionally interacting while here
it's just me being self-absorbed and needlessly introspective.)
I've seen young people online (I've been fascinated
with sites like We Love Pastel Hair! lately) saying that when they get old/go gray they'll just keep
dyeing their hair bright colors. But it doesn't work like that. Bleaching to
white makes the hair porous while naturally white hair resists dye. I knew this
already (I unsuccessfully experimented with dark blues maybe a year ago) but
went for it again this time with Special Effects, which seems to be highly
pigmented and gets raves over the Manic Panic of my youth (actually, the first
brand of this type I encountered was Directions, in the late '80s, which still
exists though no one ever mentions it. I'm pretty sure it was their Tulip shade I wore in my senior yearbook photo).
What I'm trying to do is turn my white pieces a
pinky mauve, subtly not candy colored (hair chalk, which is really just chalk,
is all the rage but that's too temporary). I guess like old lady hair, but not
old lady hair you really see in this day and age. Last week I tried Goldwell
Virtual Mauve (spurred by this photo) a total pain in the ass
to track down online. It's a real salon hair dye using developer so I thought
it might actually do something. It did not.
So, Tuesday I went more emo (I really, really hate
that word) and used Special Effects Joyride diluted with conditioner because I
didn't want to look like this necessarily. Also nothing.
This afternoon I tried again using it straight from
the bottle, and despite looking bright
and rosy on my head, making me very nervous that I'd end up a '90s burgundy, it
also did nothing. Eh, there might be a hint of pink, but that's partially to do the light in my bathroom, which has a violet cast.
All I can say is that it really defeats the benefit
of having white hair if you have to bleach it to color it.