Unfortunately, I've run into a bit of a snag as far as dyeing my hair goes: when I rinse out the dye in my hair, I develop a bad rash under my pain-relief patches. The rash lasts a few weeks and looks awful. Sigh. So far, I've just been going ahead and dyeing my hair in spite of the rash, but I know that's bad so I'm afraid to dye my hair again. And now I'm not quite sure what to do.
Right now I've got a half-inch of roots all over. The colour of those roots varies depending on where they are. On the top of my head at my part and crown, the roots are a light ash brown with silvery grey strands. The roots showing above my ears are almost translucent - I guess they'd be ... beige? ash blond? skin colour? And the roots at the back of my head are a light ash brown with no grey.
I talked to my hairstylist about my situation during my regular haircut today. I can't afford for them to colour my hair for me all the time (which would prevent the dye from contacting my patches - but doesn't guarantee that I wouldn't have another reaction) but I'm not sure how to go about growing out my roots... or if I want to do that.
One solution would be to somehow strip out the current colour in my hair and to cover it all with a semi-permanent colour that's close to either my natural colour or my greyer colour. Then I think I only really colour it one more time with a less harsh dye - after the bleach, of course. This is something that my hairstylist would have to do. But... I *like* my dyed hair, you know?
My hairstylist suggested highlights in basically the same colour as my dyed hair to break up the root lines so that the growth is less obvious. They'd have to be touched up every few months but wouldn't be quite as obvious as the current hair. The highlights don't touch the scalp - only the hair - so a reaction could be avoided. Then at some point, when the growth has gone far enough I could just cut my hair into some cute pixie cut or something.
Of course I have no idea what I'd do once I had the current colour out of my hair, either. Stay with highlights? Highlight a different colour that worked better with light mousy ash brown?
I just don't know what to do. What do you think? I'd appreciate any thoughts, ideas, or recommendations you have. I'd like to go back to having pretty hair... right now, it's not at its prettiest.