When it comes to colouring hair, I must admit: I'm a bit of a wuss.
Or maybe I just loved my jet black hair so much, I was terrified that dying it would ruin my natural colour. I didn't care that black hair seems so blah. So common.
I was happy with my black hair. Partly because I loved how rich and shiny it was. And partly because I knew that with hair as black as mine, I will get gray hairs soon enough. THEN I'd probably be wanting to dye my hair.
Sure enough, when I was in my mid-30s, I started seeing those gray hairs. It was then that I decided that yes, I'm happy to start experimenting with hair colour. Finally.
But then, I discovered that jet black hair also meant that dying my hair wasn't going to be a simple task. Even when I go to a salon, they can only colour my hair as though there were just tinges of colour in there. Not a proper full colour change. Well, they can do a proper full colour change only if I allow my hair to get bleached first before dying. And, well, I'm not ready for hair bleaching just yet.
So, I have to be contented with just tinges of colour every time I decide to dye my hair. Usually, you can only really see the colours when the light falls on my hair.
And, when it comes to home colouring kits - it's almost impossible to see the difference in colour at all. And yes, I've tried different hues and brands. Not a lot yet, admittedly. But, over a dozen hair colouring attempts have proved to me that my hair just doesn't take colour that easily.
That's why when I saw Schwarzkopf's Brilliance Luminance hair colouring kit that said "Especially for dark hair", I got excited. It promised to lighten and colour dark hair in one easy step. I picked up the box that offered Ultra Violet hair.
Yes, even after a week later, my hair doesn't appear to have done anything drastic.
Looks like there still isn't any home hair colouring kits that would do the right job for me.
Maybe I should be happy that my black hair remains pretty much the beloved black I've always had. But, I must admit, I'm becoming more and more tempted to head to the salon one of these days to get a proper bleach-and-colour. Maybe even get highlights!
What about you? Do you keep your hair a natural colour - or do you colour it? Do you go to the salon to get your hair coloured or do you do it yourself? Any favourite tips, colours, and ideas?
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.