So... I have gray hair. I used to be a natural redhead long ago, but no more. For a while I went "strawberry blonde" because it was so much easier to hide the gray, but I like being really red so much better. With red-red hair I feel more like myself.
The super red isn't that hard to keep up, now that I have a system. I usually do a root touch up every four weeks and then two weeks after that, I hit it with Manic Panic or some other vegetable based dye to really bump up the color. That means I'm doing some sort of treatment every two weeks. Hopefully my hair won't all fall out! My hair actually feels really healthy but with all this processing I do feel like I'm tempting fate.
Anyway, now that I've got a system it usually works pretty well. Neither process takes that long and I'm even getting better at not dying the whole bathroom red. Of course sometimes I make stupid mistakes. The last time I did my root touch up, I really screwed up.
I did my root touch-up on a Sunday and three days later I set my hair for the first time in ages. (It just been too much to deal with since we've been moving house!) While separating the sections I noticed a little spot of gray. I wasn't too worried at first. I usually miss a spot, but its never too big so I don't worry about it. Then I looked closer.
Somehow I managed to miss a GIANT spot. Basically, the entire right side of my crown is still TOTALLY gray. I can't believe it. Well, I guess I know why there was so much dye left over this time: I was squeezing the bottle, but somehow managed to avoid getting dye on my head!!!!
It's pretty upsetting. This is the best picture I could get. It's blurry, but I think you can see how bad it is. Ick!
Its a pity. I was really liking the way my set came out, too.
Knowing there's all that untamed gray lurking in there kind of ruins it. :(
I hate to do another process just for one (enormous) spot, but I'm really not sure how else to proceed. If I do another root touch-up so soon, then I should probably forgo the color boost and that will leave me looking brassy. Ugh!!! I will probably just do nothing and hope that the gray stays hidden until I touch up my roots next month.
Sigh. Has this ever happened to you? Please share your home hair dye horror stories so I don't feel so bad.