How I did it: I started this goal because I was so upset with how a month of cheap bleaching hair dyes had destroyed my hair. I wanted my old, mousy brown hair back - which was long and shiny and healthy (and didn't feel like matted straw when I washed it).
My first step was to go to the hairdresser, to try and get my hair colour back to as near to my natural colour as possible. Though this tactic appeared to work for the first couple of weeks, it very quickly started to turn coppery, and fade out again. Despite religiously staying out of the sun and drinking copious amounts of water, I could not stop the dye from turning back to the reddish/blonde colour that I hated so much. In desperation I bought another ashy blonde dye, and tried to cover up the orange. Yet again, it didn't work, only worsening the condition of my hair.
So, I decided to go cold turkey and simply not dye my hair again. This was not an easy decision, but I didn't feel like I had much choice. My hair was starting to break off at the ends, (and the middle!), and whatever I did I couldn't achieve a colour that I liked through dye. The first six months were definitely the hardest. As time passed I got used to the sharp contrast in my hair's colour, but at the beginning I used to look in the mirror and simply see my dark feisty roots glaring back at me. However, as time passed, I simply learnt to accept myself, and accept that there was a cost to achieving what I wanted to achieve. I have always been quite a determined person, but I think this goal proved to be much more difficult that I first anticipated, as it challenged not only my ability to withstand temptation, but also battered my self confidence. Your hair is a very personal thing, and a very visible thing. At the beginning of this goal, I definitely realised how much I had defined myself by my appearance, and in particular my hair.
Once I had become accustomed to my hair, and others had too, it all became a lot easier. After a while I stopped noticing my roots, stopped feeling aggrieved when others commented on my hair. After all, I knew it looked a little strange, but I also knew that the end goal was more than worth the period of discomfort which was, in the context of my life, relatively short. Apart from a few (very!) dodgy photos, there were no bad side-effects to attempting this goal, and I think I gained far more than simply healthy hair. I learnt to be confident despite my hair, which was difficult at a stage in my life when I was beginning to meet so many new people, and to look past what I had become accustomed to seeing. I think it ultimately also made me less judgemental.
I am so happy that I managed to pull through this goal, which I nearly gave up on so many times. Definitely worthwhile! Read how I did it… 14 months ago