Quarantine Hair: Revisiting Box Dye

Like many of you stuck at home during this coronavirus quarantine, my roots have been growing out. According to my handy-dandy little calendar reminder back when I had plans that weren’t scratched out… 3/31 was when I hit 10 weeks since my last colorist appointment. Which means my roots were driving me CRAZY.

I’ve talked about Overtone before: initial post and 6 month update post. Well, I’ve been doing a mix of colorist appointments and Overtone Vibrant Orange conditioner for the past 2+ years and it’s been working wonderfully to keep me just the right amount of ginger that I like to see in the mirror.

My only complaint about Overtone was that it doesn’t stick to my un-dyed roots, which made my colorist appointments necessary. However, I saw they came out with a new version called “Vibrant Orange for Brown Hair” so I decided to give it a try.

I instagrammed it and gave a mini-review at the time (click the arrow to see all the photos).

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Mini review: Since we are all stuck at home for awhile, I figured it was the perfect time to try out Overtone Orange for Brown Hair. I’ve been using Overtone orange for awhile and was hoping the brown hair version would stick to my roots better. Pic 1 and 2: it is awfully bright on. I saturated my dry hair and left it on for 10 minutes. Pic 3 and 4: close up of roots and hair in sunroom. Pic 5: hair in outside light. The verdict: brighter then I would have liked and no better root coverage than my normal Overtone. I’m curious to see how this fades and think it might be much better in a week. I think I’ll try the new Overtone Ginger next. #overtoneorangeforbrown #overtone

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Long story short, it still did not stick to my roots. Here they are one week after Overtone in all their 10 week of re-growth glory:

Since we have basically no hope of hair salons opening for another month (at least), I decided that now was the perfect time to try boxed hair dye again. Normally, I’m not the type of person who would be scared of boxed dye. In fact, I dyed my own hair starting at age 15 and did a ton of different colors – red, purple streaks, green streaks, pink streaks, etc.

HOWEVER, 5 years ago I grabbed a box of dye and it straight up ruined my hair. You can read about it and see pictures here: Ginger(ish). The box dye totally messed up my hair to the extent that I had to go to the salon and spend three hours getting the color stripped out, adding in highlights, and then re-adding in an all-over color. It was time consuming and expensive… and I learned my lesson. Ever since then, I’ve let my colorist handle my hair color.

Until now.

I went ahead an added a box of Feria Intense Copper C74 to my Amazon order. It looks awfully orange on the box, but it was the closet to my current spicy ginger I’ve been enjoying. If the color was off, I’d use Overtone again to try to get it where I want it (since it should then stick to the dyed hair).

Also I figured, if it looked horrible, it would probably fade in the weeks/month(s) before I see people. See, quarantine BRIGHT SIDE!

So here we go… I mixed up the dye and sectioned my hair into 4 sections. The dye looks incredibly pastel orange, but I’d already committed at this point. I followed the directions for a ‘touch up’ rather then the full all-over-color job. I saturated my roots for 15 minutes. And then went ahead and added to the color to the rest of my hair and waited 10 more minutes.

Here’s some photos from the process:

In the past, I’ve always erred on the side of leaving the dye on too long. But this time, I tried to slap it in as quickly as possible and keep my timing a little on the light side. So rather than a full 15 minutes to start, I timed myself putting the dye on the roots (which took about 3 minutes) and then just left it on for 12 minutes more or so.

And I somehow got lucky! Because this time the dye did exactly what it was supposed to and blended my roots into the rest of my hair color!

So. Much. Better. And I feel like myself again!

Now, the big question is… will I return to my stylist when this is all over?

Oh, and also welcome to the big reveal of my blog update! I had been having some issues with comments showing up correctly, so I updated the whole look of my blog to fix it. I know change is hard, but do you like it?

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Clothing Purge Report: January, February, March

It’s Clothing Purge Report time again. Rather than just showing you what I purchase, I also like to show you what items leave my house and how I sell or donate them.

First a quick reminder… here’s my criteria for where I sell:

  • Poshmark/eBay: items that are in perfect condition.
  • My Instagram page: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition. I’ll typically post a collage of what I’ve listed elsewhere.
  • Facebook Sale Groups: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition in specific brands, such as Anthropologie, Boden, and Stitch Fix.
  • Donate to Thrift Stores: items in good condition or showing wear.

This update is going to be awfully short… because I’ve sold ONE item in the last three months and earned $25 on Poshmark.

That’s it.

And not for lack of trying. I tried sharing each item in my Poshmark closet every day to see if that helped and got bupkis.

Last weekend, I decided to do a little Poshmark closet cleaning and deleted a bunch of items that had been listed for ages. I added them to my thrift store donation bags and will drop everything off when the pandemic passes. I also photographed a few new items and added them to my closet.

But that’s about it.

Have you all had any luck selling anything?

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March Thrift Haul

It should surprise absolutely nobody that I didn’t have the opportunity to do any thrifting in March. With the Coronavirus pandemic, out of the last 30 days, I have spent 19 of them at home. However, when I visited my friend Lindsey last month, we did find some fantastic scores at a couple consignment shops and I hadn’t had a chance to blog about them…so let’s take a gander at my secondhand finds!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Marrakech Moto Jacket, $24

I’ve been low-key looking for a soft moto jacket and this one is absolute perfection. It’s like a cross between a jacket and a sweatshirt with super soft and comfortable material. For $24 it was a no-brainer. Once we got in the car, I did a quick google of the brand since I wasn’t familiar with Marrakech and it’s sold at Anthropologie. Of course.

Actually, it’s STILL being sold at Anthropologie for $150 and it came out in August 2019. Why someone bought it and almost immediately sent it off to the consignment shop is puzzling to me, but I’m happy they did. The one I bought is a large, and the fit is perfect. In fact, it was so perfect I threw off the topper I was wearing that day and immediately started wearing my new moto jacket!

Plaid Fleece Coat, $20

This coat was pretty much an impulse buy. I didn’t really NEED another coat, but this fleece version with the tie belt was awfully cute and only $20, so I added it to my pile. When I shared my dressing room pictures on Instagram, this was also the most popular look with people telling me to BUY IT NOW. I wore this to work a few times before I started working-from-home and it kept me nice and toasty on the metro. The pockets are nice and deep too.

Eileen Fisher sweater, $20

I’ve talked before about how I can’t resist a great Eileen Fisher sweater, and this one is so soft and a versatile neutral color. It’s an open cardigan with no buttons or pockets and it looks great over a blouse for work, or a t-shirt on the weekend. It had a thrifty smell when I bought it, so I threw it in the washing machine on cold and layed it flat to dry. For some reason, this distributed the color so that there were dark streaks down each arm! So, I tried again – one more run through the washing machine on cold and this time I hung it on a hanger to dry… and thankfully the color went back to normal.

Kate Spade sparkly cardigan, $20

You all know I love an embellished sweater, so when I saw this pretty Kate Spade version, I pounced on it! I’ve noticed that Kate Spade clothing tends to be cut small, so even though this is an XL it doesn’t feel very big at all.

On the Kate Spade website, similar cardigans sell for $200 – $300 (which is INSANE), so $20 for this one felt like quite the steal. I’ve already worn this to work and once I get back to dressing up I will wear it again and again!

LaMarque Leather Moto Jacket, $37.50

Okay, this jacket was the most amazing find of the whole trip! I felt it on a random rack shoved in next to a ton of crappy stuff and immediately pulled it out to take a closer look. The dark blue leather is some of the softest leather I’ve ever touched, but I had never heard of the brand. The consignment tag had it marked at $200, then marked down to $150, scratched through for $75.50 and finally with a tag for $37.50.

So, I let my fingers do some googling and…

Source: NeimanMarcus.com


This is the LaMarque Donna Classic Leather Biker Jacket and it is still selling in stores for $595! Now, did I NEED a lightweight leather moto jacket? Nope. But was I going to put it back and walk out of there… also, NOPE! When I took it up to the register, the lady told me that she’s so happy that someone bought the jacket, because the owner had purchased it for $595 and decided she didn’t want it.


Anyways, her loss is my gain. I love, love, love the jacket and have worn it a bunch of times since I brought it home. I didn’t know that my closet had a leather moto jacket sized hole, but apparently it did.

So there you go, I purchased THREE coats and TWO sweaters for a total of $121.50 and I’m not even a little bit sorry about it! Do you have a favorite from this month’s scores?

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