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  • Sue W.

    The time I tried to dye my hair red and got bright, bright purple!

    • Karen T

      Lol. A lot of these comments, including yours, are getting me leery of ever dying my hair!

      • Sue W.

        I finally figured it out and have found my color now…Don’t give up Karen…LOL

        • Karen T

          I’ve never even tried. But I may have to pretty soon. Lol!

  • Melissa Furr

    My dye story is a horrible, horrible mistake. My daughter, Ashley, wanted to color her dark brown hair, black. She, at the time, had very long, thick hair, so I bought her two boxes of black hair dye. I, about a year ago, had gotten blonde highlights in my natural auburn hair. So I wanted to color over the highlights and go back to my natural red hair. I also bought two boxes of my color. We get home and take all the dye boxes out of the bag. I’m reading the directions for the dye…My daughter is looking at one of her boxes of color. I put my box down, she puts her box back. She says, you go first mom, I’m a little unsure if I want to do this now. So, I grab a box of what I thought to be the red hair dye. I mix the color per the directions, separate my hair accordingly, and begin my dye job. When you first start, the color coming out of the bottle hasn’t fully developed, so it still looked to be the right color. Shortly after starting though, it starts to get darker and darker, until it looks black. I’m really wondering why this red looks so dark, so I grab the box from the trash only to find that it IS black. I’m already halfway done with my hair by now, so I go ahead and finish, hoping beyond all hope that this will turn out to be ok. Well, let me tell you, red heads need not ever try to go black. It looked horrid. This was supposed to wash out in 28-30 washes…I still, 3 years later, have black tints in my red hair!

    • Karen T

      That’s horrible. I hope it grows out soon for you.

      • Melissa Furr

        Thanks Karen T so do I

  • edeliz

    The first time I went to get professional highlights, went to a new salon. They must have assigned me the newest stylist there, cause I ended up with orange, and I do mean orange, streaks all over. Pretty nightmarish. The salon owner ended up fixing it, but dang, that was a nasty dye-ing situation.

  • ramadevi

    When I was living back in my country I used to apply henna to my hair. Actually at that time I just started getting white hair. So I decided to apply henna to get color to my hair as well as it is healthy for the hair. After coming here I started coloring hair with dye. Still I do it. Recently I saw some videos in youtube to color hair with beets. Lol, I tried it by making beet juice. OMG, I messed up whole bath room and living room. Everywhere I got stains on the floor, on my dress etc. I got to do double work to clean up the mess. Also the colour did not stick to the hair. I tried once thats all and now I am back to my dye. May be leisurely people do this, but I dont have that much time to do it. Better for me to color my hair every weekend. I do try sometimes other techniques to color my hair, some times tea or coffee. In emergency when I dont have dye at home, I do this. It is not bad to get color from coffee or tea, it gives at least slight color to hair.

    • Karen T

      I’ve heard washing your hair with beer makes it shiny, I think some teas would make it healthy, but coffee? I’m not sure about that. Lol

      • ramadevi

        Coffee also act as conditioner. It gives color to hair too. I use instant coffee paste to color in emergency, it gives light brown color.

  • Maria

    Well is it my hair 2 years ago and I love it I look so sexy lol am going to start my hair again

  • Marce McHone

    This was fun, tye dying tshirts and cutting slits in them for summer, i have always lived on the beach I f lake erie, so summertime fun with fruends growing up, tye dying shirts was a staple every year!!

  • Jason Pike

    A good old Greatfull dead t-shirt. Got to the the dead.

  • Noel Stewart

    A farmer in Scotland dyes sheep with NON-TOXIC dye to entertain passing motorists!

  • Kari McDowell

    My husband was playing in a baseball tournament and between his different games I went home and colored my hair. Well the color didn’t go very well and I went from being a red head to pitch black hair. When we went back to the tournament everyone thought he had brought a different woman with him. My one girlfriend was about to curse him out!

  • Michaele Dalin Goodson

    About five years ago I decided to give Xmas gifts from my farm. So I gathered the pecans, jam, and basket weaving material. I wanted to make each basket to suit the family member it was for. So I Ritt dyed the basket material a different color for each person.everyone loved them.

  • DM

    I was in middle school and all the craze was about the dye shirts. I made my own and was so very proud!!

  • Ray Ayala

    Whenever I have travelled in the south west I always admired the use of dyes to make native American blankets with all those attractive designs and colours. I used to have one on a dresser in my dining room, but it disappeared.

    (I think I found it in the dining room at my sister’s house. I never asked her about it though, since she takes really good care of it and she reminds me not to touch it since it is quite expensive.)

    It’s my fault really. I should have purchased an extra one for her in the first place and she could honestly have thought I brought it back for her. I will simply have to get my own.

  • Tbag

    I suck at drawing and anything related to arts, but this one time I saw a tutorial and make a crayon hairdryer art where I glued oil crayons on top of a canvas and then blew the hairdryer on them until they melted and created a nice colorful background and I drew a boat below the crayons just to add something to it. First time I ever felt good about any type of art I attempted lol

  • Brian Vaughn

    I remember making my first tye dye shirt back in summer camp, thought it was the coolest thing ever. So after a couple of days I wanted to wear it for the first time and I did. It started raining, so of course I put a jacket on. Problem is, my jacket was white and thin. Let’s just say my jacket became a member of the tye dye community also..

  • Deb

    When my kids were little I always loved dying Easter eggs with them. They were so pretty that my daughter hid hers in the closet. It took several months to find them. They were pretty stinky by the time I finally sniffed them out.

  • Timothy Mccollum

    The guy across the street I nicknamed Tye Dye because he only ownes these shirts.

  • Colleen Goodbrand

    I had been having my hair professionally coloured, to see if blondes really did have more fun , but found that the answer to that question was “No”. When I decided to go back to my original brunette colouring, I thought “What the heck. I’ll do it myself.” HUGE mistake!! Ended up with patches of a deep green colour along with the brunette. Took a severe hair cut and several months before the green was all gone!

  • Sylvia

    Our little primary school was too poor to purchase special t- shirts for the students that displayed our blue and yellow school colors. So during the summer I’d use Michael’s coupons and buy plain white tees for my class. During the first week of school I’d take the kids outdoors and their shirts would be lined up on the grass. I’d dab small puddles of blue and yellow dye onto the shirts and the kids would use straws to blow the dye all over the shirt and then the sun would do the rest. My kids loved the shirts and I enjoyed how each one was different from the others. They wore their shirts on field trips, for open house and for our group class photo. I always joked that our class “uniform” was to dye for!

  • Diane Lane

    I was going to a Halloween costume party as a flower child and decided to dye my hair lavender. This was supposed to be a wash out dye that would last until the first hair wash. So I used the dye first problem in came out sapphire blue. Second problem it did not wash out, so my sapphire blue hair made an appearance at Thanksgiving, Christmas and of course New Years giving my family something to talk about during the holidays. Lucky for me by Easter it was finally gone.

  • MT

    So my wife was bottle blonde when we met, then after we got married, she went to a dark brown, closer to her natural color. Probably 3 years after that, she decided to go back to blonde. She asked the hairdresser multiple times if she would have to do it in steps, and she said no, it will be fine. Now she had long hair at the time, down over half of her back. So they proceeded to bleach her hair. Well, it was such a drastic change in color, plus the bleach was mixed so strong, that by that evening, she was losing clumps of hair. It took her 2 years for her hair to recover from the trauma and I’m pretty sure that she’ll never try to go blonde again!

  • carpediem5790

    The blond hair in my family’s history tended to turn darker with age. My hair was no exception. It started to turn shortly after my two sons were born –both light blonds! It was then I started dying my hair light blond to match their hair. No one ever guessed that I dyed my hair because it matched the children’s hair. My family often comments on how lucky I was to keep my blond hair! What a great illusion. What do i do when my hair starts turning gray?

  • rose morgan

    70’s fun creating my own tie-dye t-shirts, I distinctly remember a black and white one that was my favorite.

  • Kerry Tompsett

    A few months back I was determined to dye my hair purple. I’ve dyed my hair bright colors before but never by myself, only normal. I ended up a mess. My scalp ended up being dyed purple on most of it, it looked so ridiculous for the longest time.

  • Erin Estilette

    My dye story is that every time I dye my hair, no matter how careful I am, my bathroom ends up looking like a Jackson Pollack painting.

  • Diane Krumenaker Eugenio

    My husband’s ex-wife already had had her hair processed (a perm) when she went to get her hair dyed blonde. Because of all the processing, it came out green. What goes around comes around. LOL

  • Rebecca lee

    A few years ago I was going on holiday and so before I went I decided to lighten my blonde hair. I thought that once I had a nice suntan, then it would look good to have lovely light blonde hair too. I bought a home lightning kit and I was really pleased with the results, as it turned my dirty blonde into a nice sun kissed colour. So the holiday began and we had a great first couple of days, until that is, I ventured into the hotel swimming pool. As I climbed out I noticed a few people were staring and that my friends were in fits of giggles. They eventually calmed down enough to tell me that my hair had turned bright GREEN!! It seems that the chlorine in pool had reacted with my hair dye and turned it green. I tried absolutely everything to neutralize the colour, from washing my hair in vinegar to tomato ketchup but nothing worked. I spent the rest of the holiday in a hat!! It took weeks before it eventually got back to my usual colour, so although I came home with the suntan I wanted, the green hair was an unwanted extra.

  • justinkeene

    my store tye dying shirt when i went to camp when i was younger. It was alot of fun. i kept it for long time

  • MyKinKStar

    I’ve saved a many a stained t-shirt or other cotton shirt by using dye or bleach to make spots all over in an effort to hid what would not come out! It might not be something I wear out and about (often) cause it as a fashion statement is gone, but at least the shirts didn’t end up as rags! Who doesn’t need more comfy sleeping shirts?

  • Merm123

    When I turned 16 years, my one girlfriend had a party for me and she bought a bunch of white tshirts and we spent the night making cool tye dye shirts and we made a promise that we were going to wear them to the next girl sleep over and wear them as pjs. It was so fun and memorable. Girls just wanna have fun was our motto. 🙂

  • dottie p

    i can’t remember exactly what year i think i was in 5th grade. it was during the tie dye era, yes i dated myself. we made our first tie dyed shirts in art class. apparently i did something wrong when i got my shirt out of all those beautiful bright colors, it was the yuckiest brownish black i had ever seen, after that never did i ask for a tie dyed t-shirt from my mom or dad

  • Nisha

    Hair color is one of the things that have stayed exactly the same since i was born.There was a period in my high school where it seemed like every girl I had class with was getting blonde highlights or copper lowlights. In a class full of semi-permanent and permanent dye jobs, it sometimes felt like my dull, unaltered hair color was the kind of thing with the power to alienate me from the other girls . But I always love my natural hair color and don’t wanna mess with any dye.

  • Maria Hale

    I love to dye. Shirts, totes and sheets. You have to see “Get Rich or Dye Trying on facebook. I have begun small tie dye projects. She is amazing and I hope that I can recreate her tapestries.

  • Valerie Boye

    My friend texted me and asked me if I had any white shirts I could bring over because she had extra tie dye. I was so excited because I’d only done it once before she asked me. I started digging through all of my clothes, as well as my two children’s so I could make one for them too. After 30 minutes of tearing our rooms apart, I finally found 4 shirts that I thought would be perfect. I went over to her house and she was telling me about the different designs you could make with the dye. I then decided to take it upon myself to find the perfect designs with instructions, online via Google, YouTube, Pinterest, you name it. I spent well over two hours watching videos and reading articles and was still struggling to decide because I wanted them to be unique. Well, eventually my friend was encouraging me to pick a couple that I’d found (basically saying “alright, I can’t stay up all night waiting) and helped me make them. After we were finished, she wrapped them up for me to take home. I let them sit for about 24 hours, which was really difficult to do. I brought my two kids into the bathroom with me and rinsed them out really well in the bathtub. When I opened them up, I was in shock at how cool they actually turned out! The one for my son had an eye right in the middle, a heart for my daughter and two off center spirals for myself. I still have yet to wash or wear them, I keep forgetting about them. It’s been a few weeks, maybe I should have had het wash them for me haha!

  • Natania

    When I was in my early twenties I helped run the Bible school for 5 days, Monday – Friday at my church. I worked the 6-8 year old class room, I loved being around kids so when they asked, I happily accepted. I could do any project I wanted, and we were allowed an allowance if we needed more items for our project than the church had . There were 8 children in my class so I was very confident I could handle it. I decided to let them tie dye, what kid wouldn’t enjoy that, right? I loved it when I was a kid. I got the shirts and the tie dye and thought this would be a piece of cake. I remember telling them on Monday if they all behaved we were doing a special project on Friday, they were so excited. Friday came and I had everything ready when they arrived, newspapers spread out on the tables, the shirts, the bottles filled with water and dye, rubber bands, and little bags. When they came in, their faces and reactions were priceless. I explained how to do it and they all started, everything was going perfect. I ran to the kitchen to grab my drink, I was gone for maybe 2, possibly 3 minutes and when I got back, I couldn’t believe it, it was like a zoo. They were all done and there was dye everywhere and on everything. They put their shirts in the bag like I told them but the dye was all over their good clothes they were wearing, their hands, even their faces. I had to get help and they helped me clean it up but most of their stuff was stained along with parts of their bodies. It ended in a nightmare, I had to explain to all their parents what happened and they were all really nice and understanding about it, but deep down they had to be frustrated. My confidence faded and I quickly realized and was told my mistake was taking my eyes off them kids, even for 2 or 3 minutes. Fortunately none of them got hurt, and I believe that experience helped me be a good mom years later when I had my daughter because I never took my eyes off her, remembering that day walking into that classroom.

  • Rusty Carper

    A few years back, I dyed my hair blonde and tried to highlight it with blue hair dye. Well, instead of my hair having highlights; all of my hair turned aqua blue! It looked pretty bad, It took over two weeks for the dye to wash out.

  • Dicksy Maneschyn

    Back in the day if you got tired of old window curtains one would simply dye the curtains and it was like a new remodelling of window treatments had taken place!

  • Jason Provo

    I was a goth punk in high school. In addition to the spooky clothes and make-up, I dyed my hair black…for years….
    I remember I started to see large amounts of dyed hair falling into the drain when I showered. It was on my pilllow after a nights sleep. I dyed it to oblivion and I had major hair-loss by the time I was 25…hence the bald shave ever since…
    My brothers and even my parents all have a full head of hair still. Not me. The gothic “black sheep” of the family. I wish I never dyed my hair. Suffer for fashion they say…

  • Paul Clément

    I’ve never dyed anything in my life but I do recall the elderly lady across the street from us who used to dye her hair and I swear it was blue. Does anyone else have a similar memory from the late 50’s and early 60’s?

  • Bethany Crosby

    My dye story. After Xmas I had bought some brand new sheets (Burgundy) to match my drapes in my room. Anyway long story short. I woke up ,went to the bathroom, looked at myself in the mirror. N onesie if my face was pink. I had slept with a skimpy nightie n my side,back,legs n but was pink. N to top it off. I had a appointment that morning. I had to call to rescedule. I was pink for 3 says. N couldn’t go outside. I took like 15 showers in the 3 days I spent at home. I couldn’t even had company. I never told anyone. So let’s keep it a secet. Lol.

  • Amanda Watts

    My dye story is about having fun with my daughter and transforming us from native black hair to platinum blonde hair…and having my husband do the work… talk about fun…

  • OceanGirl

    This past Space Day, April 12th, I came up with a great idea to teach more about the planets. My 5th grade students and I dyed white foam to look like the planets. Much like the process to dye Easter eggs, we dipped white foam instead. The project turned out great because they did end up looking very close to the actual planets!

  • Irene McKenney

    I use to dye my hair. Always did it in the master bathroom where there is carpet. Well, one day I dropped the dye & what a mess. I had to put a rug down on top of the dye trying to hide it. But of course, my husband found it. Darn can’t hide anything.

  • Carol Miller

    When I think of a dye story I immediately get a shiver up my spine. It happened when I was a senior in high school. I worked at the shore with two of my best friends. We were desperately trying to work and save money for our tuition. Well, one day we got the bright idea to put some “highlights” in my hair. Now I had very dark brown hair, almost black. So, we got a bleach kit from the drug store and proceeded. The only problem was the timer was suppose to go off in 10 minutes. Well, evidently the timer on the stove was broken, unbeknownst to us and when we finally realized it 20 minutes had passed. My hair was literally very blonde and actually singed in spots. I was in tears and couldn’t possibly go out looking like that. After trying to calm down, we decided the only thing I could do was purchase a wig. So I drove over to Atlantic City to purchase a decent wig. Well, that whole experiment cost me not only a bundle of money but the misfortune to have to wear a wig in hot weather for the next two months till my hair grew out.

  • Mitzi Carpenter

    In the 70s, tye-dye was the in thing. I was in high school then. I had tye-dyed t-shirts, and dresses. Wish I’d saved those now that they’re back in style. I also wish I’d saved my body from back then, too! LOL!

  • Theresa Holly

    I worked in a factory years ago and saw how they made the material and eventually in another part of the factory they would either dye or put a print on plain white material. Very interesting.

  • Zain

    I never tried to dye my hair lol. The natural color is good for me.