Life, Work

Tangled up and blue

March 5, 2015

Back in October, I embarked on a tiny work project that had never been done before. It was something that should be obvious and easy, but somewhere along the way we all became okay with The Old Way which was tedious but worked well. I made a promise to myself that if I got The New Way to work, I would dye a kicky blue streak into my hair.

Eh. Not the best thing I've done.

Eh. Not the best thing I’ve done. The duckface pose, not the hair.

Last month, I got The New Way to work. True to my promise, I went out and bought Garnier wash out color in Blue Burst (not sponsored, I suck, blah blah) and got to work. I did a streak underneath my hair, so I could hide it if I wanted to act professional. To apply it, you put on a pair of gloves, squirt the dye on your fingers, and rub the dye where you want it to go. It is supposed to stay on for 2-3 shampoos.


  • It was certainly BLUE.
  • It was inexpensive.
  • It was easy.


  • It was really messy to apply, even with just one streak and while wearing the supplied gloves. The sink was blue. The bathroom tile was blue, the floor was blue.
  • Even after drying and “setting” the color it still rubbed off on my fingers.
  • Most of it washed out in one shampoo.
  • While colored, the texture of my hair was awful. It was tacky, crusty, and dry.

WM and my mom really liked it and think I should a streak done with permanent dye. But I won’t. Firstly, it didn’t feel like a fun addition to my look. I sort of felt like I was trying to be a cool mom, and being neither cool nor a mom. Secondly, you may find it hard to believe that I dye my hair. (sarcasm) So I’d have to either blue it myself after every dye, or bit the bullet and get it done profe$$ionally.

In other equally-trivial blog updates, today is my half-birthday. Hooray.

(I know the lyric is tangled up IN blue, but this fit better.)

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  • Kristen March 5, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Wish I saw it! Congrats on the work thing. That is a great feeling!

    • Kimberly March 8, 2015 at 9:17 pm

      I’m kinda glad you didn’t. All that’s left now is a streak that’s the color they use on actors when they want to make them look like their corpse was just dragged out of a river.

  • SMD @ Life According to Steph March 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I love getting something new to work. Kudos!

    I would totally rock a purple streak if my job would allow for it. But it doesn’t so I don’t.

    • Kimberly March 8, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      I’m lucky that my workplace is very new/liberal/entrepreneurial/youngish. I’m not sure if I could have swung it back when I worked at the newspaper.

  • carol anne March 7, 2015 at 1:02 am

    If I had the money to buy a second wig I would totally rock the purple and blue ombre wig I saw a few weeks ago. I mean if I’m going to be bald for the rest of my life I may as well have fun with it. I totally don’t think age means anything in terms of hair color. If you liked the blue I say go for the professional blue streak.

    • Kimberly March 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      We’ll see. We have our association’s big annual meeting in a few weeks (Spring Business Trip!) so I’m glad the blue’s washed out for now. We’ll see how I feel afterward. I say you should crowdfund the blue/purple wig!