Teenage Wasteland My Hair DISASTER, And What It Looks Like Now! Mikaela Foster

When I was 10, I was visiting my Gramma for a few weeks when she suggested that I get a few blonde highlights in my hair. I had never had my hair dyed and I thought it would be fun, so I said yes. We went to the drug store and bought a do-it-yourself dyeing thing. I got home, we did it, and my whole entire head was was ORANGE. It was so not a good color on me. I was even embarrassed to even go outside, so we called the salon and went in the next day. I dyed my hair blonde. I thought it looked bad, but everyone else said it looked nice so I kept it.

I got home and my mom hated it! To my pleasure, she said that she would get it back to its original color (brownish) by doing one of those do-it-yourself things – the same one that made my hair orange. Once we used it, my hair was a disaster. It was so blonde that it was almost white and I could swear for a minute it even looked purple.

My final resolution was to chop it all off. I was on the junior provincial swimming team so it was better anyway. Plus, my hair was also really messed up from the chlorine. I had an Emma Watson pixie cut and everyone said it looked cute, but I was still not too crazy about it. This is it after it grew out a little.

Now, my hair has grown out. My mom promised me for my 12th birthday that I could get a streak. I always thought that my hair was really boring so getting a streak would make it awesome. Even though my birthday was 6 months ago, I just got it. Its kind of a magenta-ish color. Tell me what you think! I really like it.

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  1. Totally cute.
    My hair’s green & blue right now, so I get how exciting dying is – hope your color lasts, hon! ^^

  2. Oh, goodness. I hadn’t meant for my comment to be that long. Sorry! D:

  3. Well, at least you didn’t try to do a streak like that at home! Last summer, my mom went COMPLETELY INSANE and decided to let me dye my entire head of hair fire engine red. We did it at home, though.. Which, needless to say, had disastrous results. I’d been dyeing my hair since I was about your age (my natural color is a dark ash blonde that looks gray, ugh), so we had to bleach it to get the color out. That took two steps since the color was so dark. Then, the dye that I thought was supposed to be a kinda dark-ish red turned out to be fuchsia, about like your streak. Only I didn’t have enough to cover my whole head properly, so it came out looking like I’d dyed my hair with pink highlighter fluid!! My 15-year-old brother called me Bubble-Gum Head for two days. Once we finally got the right kind of dye, the red looked a lot better. It took a quite a bit of upkeep, though. And of course, a few months later I had a similar disaster trying to cover it back up to a “natural” shade to comply with school dress code for my senior year… I wanted to go back to something closer to my natural shade (maintaining fake color is a LOT of work, no matter the shade, and I was getting tired of it after 6 years. The red-hair debacle was the straw that broke the camel’s back.). So, first we had to use a color remover to strip the red back out. Then I tried 2 different shades of ash brown, since I thought going a bit darker might help cover better. They each came out a rather hideous shade of purple-brown. You know that color you get when you try to mix red and blue food coloring to get purple Easter eggs, but it comes out brown? That’s what color my hair was. Finally, the night before school started, my mom and I just said ‘forget it’ and covered it all over with black. Which of course was a disaster to try to lighten back up… My hair grows so slow that I still have scars from those battles in the bottom 4 or 5 inches of my hair. *shudder*

    Thankfully, both your hair trauma and mine are in the past. It sounds like we both learned from it though, which is good. I really like your streak!! I wish I was brave enough to go there again. I’ll probably just do clip-ins or extensions next time I want some color lol. Yours looks great! :)

  4. you’re only 12? aww! i like your haircut, & you’ve got a total chloe moretz thing going on. rock it girl!

  5. The streak looks great! :) We’ve all been there with a hellish hair experience or two.. keep experimenting with your hair!

  6. I love it!

  7. Gonna throw this out there. You may want to have your thyroid checked. A side effect of thyriod issues is your hair turning orange in color when you try to dye it.
    The pink streak is cute btw. :) I had a hair disaster that turned my hair a teal green color once. Yikes! :)

  8. Your mom is so understanding. I was your age the first time I dyed my hair. I didn’t have help from my grandma, but from a friend my age. Needless to say, our inexperience in the hair dying business caused a lot of headaches. My mom went ballistic, gave me a 2-hour lecture and made me take money out of my allowance to pay to get it fixed at the hair salon. Good times. Your hair looks gorgeous, by the way.

  9. SO CUTE. I once dyed my hair ginger and I loved it — my natural colour is chocolate brown. I want to go back to ginger some day!

  10. Love, love, love it!

  11. I love the streak! I’m 23 years-old and I’ve always wanted one myself, but my mom won’t even let me get one! Can you believe that?! :) I just had a recent hair disaster by cutting my own bangs! Bad idea. Hopefully they will grow out soon… <3

  12. so cute, just like aria off pretty little liars. love it!

  13. I think it looks really cute!

    Stephanie Sparer | 7/10/2011 01:07 am
  14. I love it!!!

  15. 12 years old – that seems to be THE age for hair disasters :P mine involved pinking shears and a package of cherry kool-aid!

  16. ahhh, the hair disaster. It’s a rite of passage, and luckily a self-correcting one.

  17. Love the color! Great style dove…keep it up<3

  18. Love it !! Always wanted to dye my hair a crazy colour or get purple streaks :)

  19. doing hair all by yourself can make a real mess.
    my “sister” (the exchange student who lived with us for 5 months) bleached her hair and i had to try to fix it, cause it was orange and all weird.
    i had a lit of experimenting with my hair. blond, brown, black, red, orange, pink, green, whatever colour i could find :p

    your hair look really nice now.

  20. I have had similar hair disasters and let me tell you, yours has recovered in a far more adorable way than mine did!