The Great Highlighting Fiasco!
- February 11, 2017
- Theresa Bertuzzi
For the first time in seven years I have a full head of hair. As it is growing in I am learning why I had so many bad hair days before I had to wear a wig; I have some seriously freaky cowlicks. No wonder my hair never went in the direction I wanted it to go in. This hair wants to grow into a weird looking Faux Hawk. My daughter thinks it is pretty cool but I just think I look like one of the trolls from the troll movie. It is also coming in much darker than I am used to since my hair was always bleached out from the sun and then I would dye my roots to match the bleached out hair. This hair has never seen the sun so it is pretty dark. So I decided to dye it the other day as I no longer have to always wear my wig around the house anymore and I am more comfortable with blonde hair. I bought some hair lightener that you are supposed to use on darker hair to really lighten it before you use the regular hair dye to get the colour you want. After using the lightener, my hair was platinum blonde and now I wish I would have kept it that colour for a while because it was really cool; a platinum blonde faux hawk. I ended up dyeing it a medium blonde and I matched it up to the colour of my wig which now seems a little bit boring. I am considering dyeing it pink next month just to add some excitement. I know it is all going to fall out again once my meds are lowered so I figure I may as well have some fun with it while it lasts.
While I was dyeing my hair my son asked me to dye his hair blonde. I looked at him like he was completely crazy. He must have a bad memory because I have tried to lighten his hair, at his request, on numerous occasions and not once have I gotten it right. The first time I tried highlighting his hair for him he was only about seven years old. Some of the kids on his hockey team had highlighted their hair blonde and he wanted to try it. So I bought the kit and we gave it a go. To this day I am still not sure how I managed it but when I pulled the highlighting cap off of his head all I saw were polka dots. His head was covered in bleached blonde spots!!! My mouth fell open and I couldn’t believe what I saw. My daughter was watching with a really shocked expression on her face and my son took one look at my face and her face and knew that something had gone horribly wrong. He was like “what??? Is something wrong?” To which I replied, “ummm, let me get my camera because I’ve got to get this on film!” Thank goodness he has a good sense of humour because when he saw what I had done he started laughing hysterically. I couldn’t leave the poor kid like this though so I packed the kids up in the car and took them over to the grocery store to buy some blonde hair dye. I redyed his head so the whole thing was light blonde. It looked a little weird but way better than the polka dot hair do.
My last attempt at dying his hair was last summer. I figured I would give the highlighting cap one more try and this time I would be careful not to pull any hair from the sides so he wouldn’t get spots like the last time. “Brilliant, right?” Nope! Do you know what kind of animal has dark hair on the sides and platinum blonde hair on the top? A frigging skunk that’s what. The poor kid had a stripe of bleached blonde hair that made him look just like Pepe Le Pew!!! He was such a good sport and told me he thought it looked cool. He wore it with pride around the house that night but at about midnight I heard the poor kid sniffling in his bed and when I went in his room he broke down and said “I look like a skunk!!!” I started to laugh and said “buddy, you so do!!!” This was followed by an emergency trip to an all-night drug store where I could buy more hair dye to dye the top dark blonde again so the poor kid could face his friends the next day and not be teased for the rest of his life. I did manage to fix it although he ended up having kind of an orangey hue that stayed with him for the majority of the summer.
Needless to say, when he asked me if I would dye it again for him my answer this time was “no!” Actually my answer was “are you insane???? Do you not remember what I have done to you??? No Way!!!” Although to tell you the truth I am considering it because I really hate failing at things and I have yet to do this one thing successfully and hey, he’s asking for it!