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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Craft Review: String Art Kit

It’s product review time again and this time we are taking a look at a String Art Kit I ordered off Amazon to keep Jack busy while he’s at home. As it was, it kind of backfired… because I ended up doing the kit too.

Let’s take a closer look…

As I mentioned, I ordered the kit off of Amazon… but as luck would have it, it’s totally sold out now. The one I ordered had three designs (an owl, a starburst, and a YAY sign) and it cost $16.63.

Here are some similar sets I found that are still available:

Jack decided to do his own thing and not follow any directions… so here is his original design:

As for me, I’m a rule follower… so I decided to make the owl.

Step 1: I put all the pins into the foam board backing, making sure to keep the colors consistent with the example.

Step 2: I started adding the string, first the branch and then the owl body:

Step 3: I finished adding all the different color string and I went back over some areas that weren’t filled as much as I wanted them to be. And here is the finished product:

I think it turned out awfully cute, but the kit was definitely a bit too hard for my 8-year-old boy. If you have an older child, or one a bit better about following the directions, this type of kit might be a better fit.

If you’re an adult and you’d like to try a ‘fancier’ version of string art, I found a couple cute kit options with a wooden background and nails:

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Craft Review: Kid’s Mosaic Stone Kit

I had a poll up on my Instagram and Facebook asking what kind of blog posts you all would like to see from me, and one of the topics that came up a few times is that you’d like some product reviews. Well, with Jack being at home so much it kinda makes sense to do a few craft/game reviews! The first one is for the Kid’s Mosaic Stone Kit.

I purchased a shrink-wrapped Mosaic Stone Kit when I was out thrifting at some point. I have no idea how much I paid for it, or exactly when I thrifted it. But it has been living in my ‘craft corner’ for quite a while. Over the weekend, I was digging through some potential projects and Jack and I decided to give it a try.

The kit was pretty simple and contained all the ingredients… you never know when you thrift something! All you have to do is mix the concrete, use the stained glass pieces to make your original design, and let it dry for a day or so.

I found two similar kits on Amazon with Prime shipping:

There were warnings on our kit about inhaling the dust when mixing, so I took it outside and mixed it with water into an old tupperware. I didn’t have Jack help with this, due to the dust. But once I brought it back inside he helped pour the wet concrete into the mold.

Then, Jack used the stained glass pieces to create his design – first on the countertop before transferring it into the concrete. He smushed each piece into the wet concrete and we put the wet mold out of the way for a full day.

After about 24 hours, I popped the stone out of the mold and let it sit upside-down until the entire stepping stone was completely dry.

We are SO HAPPY with the finished design. The cement somehow has a sparkly/shimmery finish and the design turned out beautifully. I added it to our front walkway and when I do leave the house, it’s makes me smile.

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