Eight Hair Colors

Only Hair: Every Color I Dyed my Hair This Year

I didn’t start the year off with a mission to completely destroy every follicle of hair on my head in a bath of multi-colored dye. My thought process at first was, quite simply, that I had never had black hair. I had been blonde and brunette, have had red and green and orange and purple, but never black. So, I tried to go black with a non-permanent dye. It didn’t work, so I used a permanent one. I bought red lipstick and tried to pass myself off as snow white. Considering though that I am much more of an earth-tone girl (I much prefer brown shoes, pants, etc. to anything black) the lust for black hair was very very short lived. I decided after my first attempt that this would be the perfect time to experiment. Try a bunch of colors out, see what I liked best. And so I developed a mission to have twelve different hair colors, one for every month this year. So what if I fried it with ammonia or I didn’t like the color? It is only hair. It grows back, it can be dyed again.

My hair has officially stopped paying attention to the color I have dyed it. This last color looks absolutely no different than the one before it despite the fact that I chose a light brown without a hint of red and that last color had already faded quite a bit. After I dye it now, about a week later the color will revert to whatever I dyed it three tries ago. Maybe my hair is trying to tell me, “enough already”. And I agree. The last couple of times I didn’t really want the change but felt as if I owed it to myself and my two loyal readers who might actually care, to finish off, above and beyond, my goal. I dyed my hair thirteen times this year.

I will still have to dye my hair again next year. First to get it to the color I want to keep with and then to maintain it, but I assure you that every dye will be done with the same brand, and the same shade. Which color that will be, I’ll let you know later. For now, you can choose for yourself, as I present…

Sixteen different hair colors collage - I dyed my hair thirteen times in twelve months - it's only hair!

(note: there are 16 pictures, the 13 times I dyed this year plus my incoming color, a wig I wore, and the one time I actually got a hair cut)

Please leave a comment with the number of the color you liked best (please don’t everybody choose 10, and if you do at least leave something serious too). I’ll then see if all y’all agree with me. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • kt (j3llybellybean)
    December 18, 2006at8:26 pm

    12, hair color and cut. but you might want to let your hair grow out and keep it cut & healthy before re-dying it a color and sticking to that color.

  • Scott
    December 18, 2006at11:28 pm

    hmm, 16 looks pretty good so far, but I like darker hair

  • Lindsay
    December 19, 2006at12:10 am

    I was gonna say how cute you looked in the last picture… haircut is awesome and color is awesome… but then I didn’t because I thought that was kind of weird, but now here you are inviting comments, so:
    that last picture of you is absolutely adorable. I vote for 16 totally.

  • Anonymous
    December 19, 2006at12:53 am


  • Chris
    December 19, 2006at8:09 am

    I love the #9 hair. That was the color for the wedding right? It’s light and works well with your skin tone.

  • Rob
    December 19, 2006at9:15 am

    Like Lindsay, I like 16 with the style, but I also kind of like 8.

  • Rob Montague
    December 19, 2006at10:57 am

    I liked 11 because it made you look like Donna from that 70’s show.

  • val posing as mattyk
    December 19, 2006at6:19 pm

    since mk refuses to leave comments, i shall post his emailed response for him…
    I dunno… #10 does look pretty cool…. But I think I like 14 the best. It’s hard to tell on my monitor—can you die your hair the different colors so I can see them again?

  • jen
    December 19, 2006at9:20 pm

    12, i like the style in that one too.

  • JoeJoe
    December 20, 2006at8:33 pm

    How can I be expected to pick one when I’m so used to a new Val hair color every few weeks? I choose 12, though I would be intrigued by your natural hair color … what is that again?

  • Chris
    December 21, 2006at4:08 pm

    6 or 9. 🙂

  • Jenny
    December 21, 2006at7:38 pm

    I have to say I think I like #12. I liked the style though too that goes with it.:) But… #10 was pretty rad!:)

  • dragonbane
    January 2, 2007at10:37 am

    11 & 12. I’m a sucker for red though. 🙂

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