A woman who dreamed of having a Mrs Slocombe-style delicate blue rinse has been left mortified after a bleaching error went terribly wrong.
Amy Pierpoint is no stranger to having wacky, colourful hair dos, but the interior designer got more than she bargained for, after her subtle grey-blue do turned bright turquoise, matching her own hallway.
Things started to go wrong for Amy due to a tinge of yellow which was left in her hair from a previous do, causing the blue-rinse to go an entirely different colour than expected.
“I just wanted a purpley kind of Mrs Slocombe-type blue rinse – an old lady kind of blue – I didn’t want a shocking turquoise,”the 35-year-old explained.
“If I’d seen it on someone else I would have said ‘ah that’s amazing’ but it just wasn’t me, it just wasn’t right.”
But, it wasn’t until Amy got home that she released her vibrant new hair do was a perfect match for her eye-catching hallway wall – and she was perfectly camouflaged against it.
She said: “It was only when my mum dropped me off, I went into the house and I walked down my hallway that I realised my hair was exactly the same colour and I camouflaged perfectly against the wall.
“I really wanted to like it but in my heart I knew it had got to go. I felt embarrassed going outside, which is such a stupid thing because I wear ridiculous clothes and this blue hair’s fine [that I currently have]. I’m not embarrassed by this blue hair so why was I embarrassed by that?
“People look at me all the time, it’s nothing new, but I was walking around town thinking ‘please don’t look at me’. That hair colour was a step too far, I just didn’t feel myself.”
Vintage-loving Amy, who is naturally a brunette, trims her hair at home and dyes it every six weeks using Revolution Beauty Rainbow Drops – this time opting for the shade Blue Rays, which she hoped would achieve an ‘old lady-style’ blue rinse.
Amy said: “I’ve always done my hair myself. I’m a very thrifty person so if I can do it myself I will do.
“I cut and dye my own hair so I can save money. I’ve done it for years and it’s something that I’m perfectly capable of doing.
“Over the years I’ve been pretty much every colour except green but because my style is pretty much 40, 50s and 60s – I will only do things that could have been done in those eras.
“My hair was a baby pink colour, then a really light mauve, then it was more purple, then I decided to try something different and go for blue.
“I’d taken the colour out with bleach and then put the blue on it but I think, even though my hair was virtually white-blonde, just the tinge of yellow in my hair made it more turquoise.”
Despite giving it a go for a week, Amy wasn’t a fan and used a deeper colour from the Revolution Beauty range to achieve the colour she wanted.
Amy said: “It stayed that colour about a week and then decided I needed to sort it as I’d had enough.
“All it took was just a hint of purple and I ended up with the Mrs Slocombe blue I wanted. It wasn’t the product’s fault, it was mine.
“Even though it’s another shade of blue it’s within my comfort zone. I love the turquoise colour in my hallway, it’s one of my favourite colours, just not on my head.”
A Revolution Beauty spokesperson said: “We love Amy’s new look and definitely agree any hair colour should feel 100% true to who she is. Thanks so much for being a fan of our beloved Rainbow Drops.”