The acne and the hair dye: Taking the plunge

It’s been over six months since I last dyed my hair. At that time, my skin was at absolute rock bottom and my mum was refusing to dye it for me. But I asked my dermatologist if it would be OKย and he said it would. I practically punched the air I was so pleased.

But the problem is, it wasn’t OK.

I can’t prove that it was the dye, but my skin did seem to get a little bit worse after it was dyed. It was probably just in too much of a bad way at the time and I shouldn’t have risked it.

But I don’t like having grey roots.

Who does?

After that, I accepted that I couldn’t or shouldn’t dye my hair.

The grey stripe down the front (kind of like Caitlin Moran’s, but not remotely cool) came back pretty quickly. Strangely the reddy-brown dye faded to a blonde. It was actually quite nice. And it blended OK with the grey stripe. The brown and grey roots were right on top of my head and visible to only me if I looked in the mirror (or very tall people who looked down on my head).

It was OK! I could do this no dye thing!

But as the summer ended and the dye faded further, the nice blonde became less nice and the dark brown and grey roots grew further down, so it wasn’t just me and and very tall people who could see them.

My hair was a mess.

Dark brown, reddy-brown, blonde and grey.

Nobody needs that.

Hair, hair dye, acne, skin, selfie

Photo taken at strange angle to reveal the full horror of the multitude of colours

It had to be dyed! My skin is now completely clear. For pretty much the first time in my life. I still have another month on Roaccutane every day (and then a slow wind down to nothing). This was the right time to dye it.

My friend, who’s a hairdresser but sadly lives a long way away, said the dye I’d been using was all wrong. She said I should get it done professionally, but I’ve never liked the idea of that – it’s the ongoing cost and the need to keep going back to get it done. Plus, I’m not great with having people fiddling with me and endless small talk. While many people find going to the hairdresser to be the ultimate in relaxation, I find it quite stressful! (Partly because I don’t actually like relaxing.)

So I decided to choose another home dye.

If I had a pound for every time my mum or husband said ‘I think you should go lighter’, I would be a rich woman. But home dyes won’t make your hair go much more than a couple of shades lighter.

I chose a different brand and one that was a bit lighter. I did my skin test 48 hours before and it was fine (hooray!) and I took the plunge.

The dye didn’t give me any trouble, although I was slightly disappointed with the end result. It was a definite improvement, but my hair is still a bit multi-coloured. There is still the contrast with the dark roots and the grey streak at the front.

I guess having it done professionally might be the only option, but I’m going to try just dying the roots and the grey streak in a few weeks to see if I can even it out a bit.

But the good news is – MY SKIN IS OK!

Long may it continue. Goodbye grey roots.


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I think it looks brilliant, such a transformation. So pleased that it didn’t hurt your skin too.

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    • Thanks very much! It was quite scary to give it a go and such a relief it hasn’t affected my skin.

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  2. Glad your skin is ok, , I find I always feel instantly better about myself when I’ve had my hair done. I haven’t dyed my hair in over 4 years now, keep changing my mind on what colour to go for. PS you are looking fab ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to say! I didn’t ever dye my hair until I was 36, but needs must now!

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  3. It looks gorgeous. Yay for finding one that’s gentle on your skin, which looks brilliant by the way! I get mine done professionally now. They always say to come back in 6 weeks but only go every 3 months. It seems to be ok, ish!

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to say ๐Ÿ™‚ Every three months doesn’t sound too bad! I may have to go down that route soon.

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  4. You look fabulous and you have done a great job on your hair. My scalp flairs up a bit when I dye it so understand the pain it can cause x

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    • Thanks very much ๐Ÿ™‚ It doesn’t seem to affect my scalp luckily, just my face!

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  5. your skin looks lovely in fact the best i’ve ever seen it and the hair looks so nice. I just spent a fortune at the hairdressers getting my hair dyed to a shade that will allow for the roots to regrow grey but blend in with the natural (dyed) hair colour, it involved having the hair bleached, a toner applied and grey foils being put through, I’m really pleased with it, i’ll send you a few photos on twitter later

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    • That sounds a really good idea! Thanks very much, I’m very pleased with my skin and my hair ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I really like it! Holland & Barrett do natural hair dyes if I remember rightly, girl I used to live with used them (I’m assuming that because they’re in a health shop they must be good!!). If you do try a hairdresser, then go to Stroud’s award winning organic hairdresser maybe?? Harriet’s Organic Hairdressing. She’s on facebook. Good luck x

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    • That sounds really good, thanks. I’ll bear her in mind! x

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  7. Gosh Sarah what an amazing transformation with your skin. I am so glad dying your hair didn’t irritate it again. You look gorgeous Sarah xx

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  8. It’s looking so much better Sarah! And you hair looks fine but I really do think you could treat yourself to a salon experience. You deserve it. x

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  9. Love the new colour! I keep thinking I should go for it at the hairdressers as my grey roots are getting more obvious every time I reach for the box of hair dye. I have terrible genes – mum and sister both fully grey at 40 and I’m 40 next year! I’m finding it harder and harder to blend the colours right and end up with contrasting roots BUT the cost of going to the hairdresser I cannot justify and I like you find the whole hairdresser thing a bit stressful too. You look fab ๐Ÿ™‚

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