Do you dye your hair?

(Maureen Horswell) #21

I am dark blonde at the moment. When I was at school I dyed my hair green
and got sent home for it.

(Véronique Langlands) #22

There’s a Jean-Louis David navy blue one which might be good; if it is really yellowy, stick the shampoo on a dry tail and leave it for 5 minutes before using the normal tail shampoo (worked for me back when a million years ago I used to show a grey). We used also to put chalk into manes tails socks etc but I don’t do that with my hair :wink:

(Suzanne Fitzgerald) #23

not since 2006 when I had a massive reaction to PPD. I ended up in hospital on steroids as my whole head swelled up right down to the neck. It was horrendous! It was the first time I’d chosen a full head colour as in the past I’d only ever had highlights but I’d decided I was too light and wanted to go brown…never again. I’ve now swapped hair colouring for the odd facial…

(Véronique Langlands) #24

Aaaaaaaarrrgh horrors, hairdye allergies are really bad, aren’t they?

(Sandy Hewlett) #25

Well I have such a combination of dye, streaks, highlights, lowlights and natural grey shining through that I’m not entirely sure what my real colour is these days. I’m venturing to go a bit crazy, had plum highlights last month but they’re too muted. Now asking my hairdresser for violet and purple streaks. I’d definitely go natural if I thought that my colour would grow out as any icy-silvery blonde (a la Helen Mirren) but in reality it will probably be a grey streaked washed out mousy brown. My best friend at the moment is hair chalks, easy to apply and wash out, so occasionally I have a blue fringe and streaks. Plus no allergies from hair chalks, you can buy them from Amazon.

(Véronique Langlands) #26

I bet your hair is a lot more icy and silvery then you think! Try it and see… I have seen a thing at my hairdressers, but not tried it, called blanc perle or the like which looks icy-silvery-blonde. It is in one of those books of swatches.

Crazy colour and another brand whose name I forget are good for purple (I dyed my hair deep violet or ultraviolet and loved it) but unfortunately I found they faded to a sort of sludgy pink which was a bit too matchy-matchy with my face :frowning: they had/have hair chalks in Sephora but very pastelly.
I had beautiful deep blue hair for a while as a student but in those days it meant bleaching it first… and again blue pigments seem to fade a lot quicker than red-based ones.
I think hairdyeing is fun but what a bore having to deal with roots every 3 weeks.

(Sandy Hewlett) #27

Hi Veronique, from the roots coming through there’s a glint of silver but a lot of mouse! I once did have a of of silvery streaks which made me look like a skunk as the contrast of white/brown was a bit, ahem, drastic. I was a punk so blue and pink hair isn’t new to me. I just don’t want to grow old boringly!!! In fact most of the clothes in my wardrobe are rich blues and bright fuschia pinks and purples! Blue hair dye doesn’t last and goes vaguely greenish. As long as there’s hair colour on the shelves then I’ll keep the hairdressers in business!

(Deleted account) #28

After years of having people ask me if i die my hair due to how black it is(i actually have black, not dark brown hair), i like the fact there is some grey in it, it stops people asking.

never understood why anyone bothers dying, guess its the same as makeup, some people like it others don’t, still it all keeps me working so so be it

that said i do think there is a competition on my head, will it all go grey or all fall out first…

(Sally Fryer) #29

Quick question - excuse my ignorance, but why do you need a special shampoo/conditioner just because your (or the horse’s) hair is a particular colour? White/grey hair isn’t necessarily any different in texture to other colours…you’re surely treating the dryness/greasiness first and foremost.
Since being in France ( white hair for 20 years now, and proud of it - never used any colouring) and in a ‘loose-lime’ water area (ie loads of milky lime in the water but it doesn’t fur up the kettle in the same way as London water), I just use Bodyshop Ginger shampoo (dry skin - same shampoo for the last 30 years) and (modesty aside) am told by hairdressers (on the occasional visit - OH trims my hair beautifully) that they’ve rarely seen such a thick head of hair. (Just for that, it’ll probably all drop out tomorrow!)
If you (or the horse) need a conditioner, I suggest a small amount of an aloe vera based one.

(Véronique Langlands) #30

Horses’ tails aren’t the same texture as human hair and if they are white, have a tendency to go a pretty dodgy colour and sometimes the hairs snap off leaving nasty sticky-out bits which don’t look good. White tails (and other white bits of a horse eg socks) are supposed to be a lovely snowy white not dirty-looking. Hence the blue/ purple shampoo and conditioner. It is just a question of appearance but it reflects the care you take of your horse. You also use hoof polish so your horse has lovely shiny hooves and spend hours cleaning tack…You can spend hours and hours beautifying a horse for an event but it will go and roll in mud or plants and it will all come to naught. I spent much longer on horse toilette than on my own, as a child, in those days plaits needed to be sewn in!
Ps I have open fires, do a lot of cooking, am in town a lot, smoke etc and have extremely hard water; I like my hair to be properly white not with yellowish bits so now I use de-yellowing products as well as sulphate-free shampoo which I used before as well. I find white hair picks up dirt/pollution more (or it just shows more).

(Mary Wolcott) #31

I’ve tried Blonde Henna a couple of times, doing it at home. I thought the Henna smelled nice (maybe like fresh-cut grass or chamomile or something), but didn’t do much, color-wise. Maybe I didn’t do it right those times.

I’m now getting my hair highlighted every few months at a lovely place (not in France - but would love to know if anyone has recommendations), and was told that if I ever used Henna in my hair the salon wouldn’t be able to do highlights (let alone color), again. I thought this was surprising. Has anyone heard a salon say this?

(Véronique Langlands) #32

Hairdressers usually refuse to do chemical dyes on top of henna because they react badly together, they work differently as henna coats the cuticle and chemical dyes lift the scales and go inside the hair. At least this is what my hairdresser in Scotland (who actually did both types of colouring, but not simultaneously and not on the same person) told me. ‘Blonde henna’ is likely just to add shine, it can’t highlight your hair unless it has some bleaching agent added to it.
I suspect blonde henna is going to be a mixture of things including camomile and doesn’t contain henna the plant at all, since lawsonia ( henna) really is screaming orange-red and you’d notice!!

(Mary Wolcott) #33

Screaming orange-red… Sounds kinda fun.

(Barbara Deane) #34

screaming orange red …sort of keeps me youngish.