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I’ve had a lot of crazy hairstyles and colors over the years. As I described in my answer to Gio’s question about hair risks on Beautiful With Brains, my high school years were filled with pink hair, dreadlocks and crazy spikes, just to name a few. I was known for my hair in school.

But, one of my favorite hair colors was actually something pretty tame: black.

I first dyed my hair black my sophomore year of high school. Here’s some photographic evidence:

The picture on the bottom was from the first day of my sophomore year, 1998.

(As a side note, that hairstyle was the last time I ever got my hair styled or cut by a pro. I do it all myself now.)

Frankly, dying my hair black was a bit of an epiphany. I realized that I look way, way better with darker hair. I mean, can you deny how adorable I look in those pictures?

But let’s fast-forward to the end of 2011. I’m 28 and I’ve been sporting red hair for the last year.  While it was fun for a while, I’ve been getting really sick of it. It’s just too light and brassy.

And what do I do when I don’t like my hair? I change it.

That’s where Bigen Permanent Powder Hair Color comes in. After trying the Semi-Permanent hair color from Bigen, I knew that it would come out pretty.

BigenPP02There are several shades of black in this hair dye, but I went with Black Brown because I wanted something somewhat natural-looking.

By the way, look at that cute red bowl! I used that for mixing. It doesn’t come with the dye, but you can get it separately, or just use a plastic bowl you already have.

I used the tricks I teach in Home Hair Dying 101 and busted out my skills to turn my hair black in the comfort of my own bathroom.

But…one of my fears came true.

See, I have long hair now. And every time I dye my hair, I worry that I’m going to run out of dye. It never happens, though. Until now.

I got about halfway through applying the mix to my head, starting at the roots, and then I ran out. I tried to spread the dye through the dry parts as best I could, but, as I rinsed the dye out of my hair 30 minutes later, I knew I didn’t succeed.

I ended up with a few large chunks of red poking through the black in the back of my head. Bummer #1.

Luckily, I’m not one of those girls to refuse leaving the house like that. I’ve left the house with far worse hairstyles and colors, I promise.

So, the next day I went holiday shopping with my mom, and we ended the day at Sally Beauty Supply.

I got my original box for free from Bigen’s PR people. When I entered Sally, I fully expected to find a price of $4.99 for the dye, or less. After all, $4.99 is the suggested retail price. But, for some reason, Sally sells it for $6.49. Bummer #2.

At home, I took extra care to apply the dye to the missed chunks of leftover red hair, then rinsed it out as usual.

Finally, my head was fully black. Here’s the before and after:

BigenPP03See? So, so, so, so much better black.

Yay! Even though I ran out of dye (if you’re going to use this stuff, get two boxes just in case), I love the way it turned out. Just like I wanted!

Bye bye, red hair.


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  1. It looks great!

  2. Love the black hair, it really suits you! You look great!

    And thanks or the link love. 🙂

  3. I didn’t think I’d like it, but the black really does look great on you!

  4. Oh wow, the black hair really makes your features pop! I’m definitely loving it 🙂

  5. Very cute! You do look good with black hair!

  6. Love the new color! Looks great!

  7. Love your new black hair. My aunt also uses Bigen to cover her white roots. She said it’s the only thing that could do the job. From what I’ve seen in my aunt’s hair, Bigen does not fade that easily or at all.

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