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Von’s Vice – Hair Dye Disaster

Published on September 1, 2012 . Blog, Issue 53, Von's Vice

Dear Von,

I recently attempted to dye my naturally brunette hair blonde and have ended up with broken, reddish hair. My wedding is in November and I’m desperate to have my long, healthy hair back. Is there any hope for me?

Carolina – Tyler, TX

Dear Broken & Brittle,

Every gal I know has experienced a hairmare at some point in their lives. Although your timing is particularly dreadful, there are several things you can do to bring your hair back to life. Hair healing will not be instantaneous, but with commitment and creativity, you are sure to have beautiful hair when the time comes for you to walk down the aisle.

Pick A Professional Judging by the results of your blonde ambition, I’m guessing you attempted this drastic hair color change at home. It is now critical to trust your hair to a licensed professional. Ask your friends, family, or strangers who have healthy looking hair who their stylist is and make an appointment for a consultation. Consultations are usually free and give you an opportunity to determine if the stylist can meet your special needs. Find a specialist who works with a quality line of hair products and ask to see pictures of their work. This doesn’t have to be the same person who will style your hair on your wedding day. You need someone who will create and execute a plan for hair recovery that will probably involve a cut, corrective coloring, and several deep conditioning treatments over the next few months.

Feed Your Hair Changing your diet may not give you instant results, but there is no substitute for good nutrition when it comes to healthy hair. Start with a healthy scalp by making salmon, sardines, and flaxseed, all full of Omega-3 fatty acids, part of your daily diet. Vitamin C deficiencies have also been linked to weak hair so counter this with citrus fruits, strawberries and even broccoli. Beef up your protein intake with fish, beans and nuts. Vitamin A protects against dull, dry hair. Sweet potatoes, carrots, kale and butternut squash are great sources of this vitamin and will help heal your damaged locks from the inside out.

Keep It Cool While you are in recovery, stay away from the blow dryer, flat iron or any other form of direct heat. Get creative to find ways to style your recovering hair. The internet is a great source of alternative ways to achieve looks such as volume and curls without heat. Explore new styling products to create a look you love without compromising your hair health.

Fake It Till You Make It If Dolly Parton isn’t willing to loan you one of her wigs, extensions are a great option if your heart is set on long hair. Find a service provider that specializes in extensions and again, ask to see pictures of their work. Have the extensions put in a few months before your wedding. This will allow you to experience the extensions and determine if this is the right option for your big day.

Create a Diversion In addition to bridal stores, the internet is bursting at the modem with unique accessories for your wedding day. Wow your guests with your strong fashionista flair and keep the attention off your stressed tresses.


This unique lace cap is a throwback to the 1920s. Shown here with long hair, this piece would also be the perfect pairing for a modern pixie cut. (www.etsy.com/shop/deLoop)


Make a memorable statement with this oversized flower hair clip. The soft look of the piece is sure to leave you feeling fantastically feminine on your wedding day. (www.etsy.com/shop/bethanylorelle)

Peace & Lipstick,


VC_autumnVon Criswell is a native East Texan originally from Nacogdoches.  After graduating from Baylor University, she focused her sights on the beauty industry.  Von has worked as a Make up Artist, Stylist and an Art Director for print, runway and film.  She later received her Esthetician’s license in pursuit of understanding the functions of the skin as well as total body wellness.  Von and her family now make their home in Tyler where she works as a freelance Make up Artist and consultant.
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