Should You Get Blue Hair? Yes.
So I got blue hair.
Before you pull the “Huh? You’re 26, isn’t it a little too late for blue hair?” or “How are you ever going to get another job?” – my mother has already beat you to those questions, thank you very much.
Honestly, I got blue hair because BLUE HAIR IS FUN. You know what else blue hair is? Expensive and time-consuming. However, I don’t care a teeny little bit. People with blue hair don’t care. Case in point. Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Should I get blue hair?” Well, I think you should get blue hair! But read my experience first.
The salon & stylist:
I got my hair done by Alter Ego in Raleigh by Shawna Causey, and she’s easily the greatest hair stylist on the planet. When I get really rich (from robbing banks, obv), I’m going to hire Shawna to follow me around the world and do my hair and let me feed off of her positive energy. Aspen also helped her, and she is ridiculously cool and I also my hair inspiration. Follow her on Instagram to generally less awesome about your hair (but also get you in the salon).
Here’s what my hair looked like before:
5 p.m.: It was box-colored red, with BEAUTIFUL roots. And by “beautiful” I mean, “dear God why was I allowed out of the house.” Fun tip – in before photos, they make your hair look EXTRA gross so that the after photo looks super sexy. Did it work?
Blue hair is not a quick process.
Now, if you have dark hair, remember that going blue is NOT A SHORT VISIT. It is not your average two-hour hair appointment. I was in the salon for six hours. …Now that you’ve picked your jaws off the floor, here are the steps we did.
First, I got foiled. Basically I got a zillion blonde highlights. Since I was only getting an ombre and the rest of my hair was red, the rest of my head had to be dyed brown. In this photo, I’m still feeling great, drinking my tea, having no idea what’s ahead of me. I have a lot of hair and Shawna is a perfectionist (exactly what you want your hair stylist to be), so this was no joke.
Two and a half hours later, in this photo I’m trying to remain optimistic, and not think about how hungry I am or the fact I’m about to fall asleep in the chair. Mad props to Shawna and Aspen for not being like “this bitch is so lame” then and there.
Oh, look, my hair is ALMOST PLATINUM. WHAT. SHOULD I BE WORRIED. Nah. Shawna washed my hair, and then had to dry it. This is the first wash/dry of two I’d go through that day. This is where I started getting *really* bored, as shown by this terrifying face. Also, I was REALLY starving.
Then it was time to get the blue applied. My whole head had to be foiled again. Shawna and Aspen whipped up two custom blue colors for me. Here are the blues they used:
All colors were by Pravana. From vivids, to pastels, no one was spared. It was here that I succumbed to the hunger gods and ordered Shawna and I Jimmy John’s. I even answered the salon’s door with foils in my hair. I’m sure he was terrified.
8:45 p.m.: NOMZ TIME.
Shortly following this, Aspen went home since it was now 9:30 p.m. and she’s a human with a real life. I had been there for 4 and a half hours. Note that both of these girls have awesome hair, so this served as my motivation not to give up when my butt was going numb.
Losing it, in the pursuit of fabulous hair. Luckily the Pandora station was playing Aaliyah so I had the motivation to stay awake. (RIP bb gurl.) After sitting with foils on my head for a second time, it was finally time to wash out my hair. Shawna applied a clear coat to seal the color, then washed it, conditioned it, dried it, and then curled it. That’s how I got that model picture at the top. That photo was taken at 11 p.m. It was 110% worth the money, the time, and the hunger. I’m obsessed with my hair.
Blue hair after three days:
This photo is a *no filter* image of my blue hair outside a few days later. Sometimes it looks a little green, sometimes it looks blue. Basically, I’m finally fulfilling my dreams to be a mermaid.
Are you considering blue hair?
If you’re considering blue hair, here are a few crucial questions you must ask yourself.
- Do I have the money to do this right? Do not try to do this yourself, unless you’re a hair stylist. Even then, it’s way better to have someone else do it.
- Make sure you bring snacks.
- Is your job okay with it? Some places don’t dig blue hair. Those places are no fun, but sometimes those places pay your rent. You definitely don’t want to invest in this hair just to get rid of it a couple days later.
If you have no hesitations to the above questions, GO GET YOURSELF SOME BLUE HAIR, LUVAH.
Got questions about blue hair? Leave them for me in the comments.