That Time I Went Scarlet…By Accident

You know those little beauty habits that you just know you should stick to but never do? Putting on a base coat before you put on bright nail polish. Using a different face cloth every day. Using toner.

Performing a strand test before you cover your entire head in hair dye.

SONY DSCYeah, decidedly not ginger. Definitely red. But not ginger. This doesn’t even really show the genuine actual fire engine redness of my hair right now. Five years I’ve been home dying my hair, so I guess I’m pretty lucky that this is the first time it hasn’t turned out how I envisioned. I’m also lucky that I’ve actually been this colour before, so I’m not freaking out too much. But sweet jesus, did I get a fright when I pulled off the towel. I’d like to have a word with whoever takes the photographs for the Garnier dye boxes – there aint nothing copper about this colour.

I do feel kinda like a superhero with my super bright hair, harking back to my rebellious youth where I bounced between scarlet, plum and purple. Okay, that youth was about a year ago, but still. Fond memories. But I don’t like it as much as my ginger.

However, having just stopped torturing my hair with my straighteners, I think it would be very silly to dye it more than once in a week. So for at least a week, I’m gonna be working the Little Mermaid look.

And so, I’ve done what any sensible girl would do, having accidentally dyed her hair scarlet. Although I suppose a sensible girl wouldn’t have accidentally dyed her hair scarlet in the first place. But having done the unsensible, the only sensible thing to do was to channel Moira from American Horror Story. Obviously.

SONY DSCAs making the best of a bad situation goes, I’d say this is pretty damn good. And next time, I’ll do a strand test. Probably. Maybe.

What beauty rules do you constantly break? Has anyone else experienced a surprise hair colour? Get in touch in the comments or at @EscapologistGl.

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