• http://coinz.org Shane

    If only there was Photoshop for hair.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    or at least an UNDO button, a ctrl-z if you will.

  • http://today.maganda.org christine

    my dad dyes my mom’s hair. once, i caught them in the kitchen: she was sitting on a stool and he was standing above, bottle in one hand and comb in the other. it was the most ridiculously sweet thing i’d ever seen.

  • Cat

    Give it a day or two. For the first 24 hours, self-applied permanent hair dye always looks like it came from The Septic Tank of Hades, no matter what color you’ve done. It’ll calm down shortly.
    Did your husband do highlights, too? Now that’s a man. Cheers. Here’s to husbands that smell good and love you at the same time.

  • http://www.hamlettdobbins.com dobbinsh

    dooce, you have to own that hair color in the most unrepentant way. if you act like “hell yeah, i meant that” others will just fall in line. think about brintey and that big boa. she meant that. as crazy as it was she meant it.

  • http://darian@unremembered.com darian

    You know..I used to work at Hair at Fred Segal ages ago..you could always get a toner from the beuty supply and tone the color down if it’s too red..

  • http://www.jennifermurray.net Jen

    If you wash it right away the colour (I’m Canadian and as far as i’m concerned I spelled that right) will fade. Keep washing it and it might not look so septic…

  • http://www.acceptance.com The Inmate

    I sympathize with your capillary plight, but I still can’t understand this female obsession with changing their hair color. I’ve never seen a woman whose natural hair color was truly repulsive. I mean, if you’re 50 and you’re getting gray hairs, well okay (I’m going to spare everyone my thoughts on growing old gracefully – God knows some women in my family haven’t). But if you’re young and you’ve got nice natural hair, why slather it with chemicals?

  • sakana

    wow. discarded tampon is possibly the most vivid description of a hair color that i’ve ever read. wow. and EW.

  • http://www.thesafeword.com Kerry

    You make husbands sound so effin dreamy.

  • http://amindofamind.blogspot.com Naaman

    Give it a couple days, the color will tone down a bit — trust me, we (my wife and I) just went through this last week. And if it doesn’t, I agree with Dobbinsh: flaunt that shit!

  • http://notsosimple.net/blog/ meegan

    your hair could be green and that would be cool. but this infatuation with bratney spears has is really unacceptable, heh.

  • http://thetextobscured.net ismat

    Dooce, I’m telling you, it doesn’t matter what color your hair is, though I’m sure it’s gorgeous anyway, because you have a hot man who does the whole arm-behind-the-passenger-thing, which makes him invariably hotter. I’ve been saying it for months. Your life is complete.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, Dooce. You could always go goth for a couple of weeks. I am sure I’ve seen some goth chicks proudly sporting their Septic Tank Poopy Red do. Sickly pale, anyone?

  • Texas

    Red hair – any shade – rocks!

  • http://www.jenandtonic.ca jennifer

    Dooce, if anyone can make septic tank poopy red all the rage, its you.

  • http://www.reddeyez.com ryan

    Well it can’t be worse than albino white… can it?

  • http://thepropagandist.com the propagandist

    this is why there should be Pantone PMS colors for hair dye.

  • http://tequilamockingbird.blogspot.com julia

    “…my hair looks like …someone’s used and discarded tampon…”


    “…my hair looks like …someone’s used and discarded tampon…”

    [stares at screen]

    “…my hair looks like …someone’s used and discarded tampon…”


    i can’t think of anything else.

  • gmike

    If you want to apply Pantone colors think about it in terms of a doublehit of red plus a satin varnish. Now you are becoming a print designers dream. I love it.

  • http://weblog.mkelley.net/ M.Kelley

    There might not be Pantone colors for hair, but my wife, a lovely hairdresser, and I got into a conversation about this as I showed her around Photoshop. She said something like, “we we do have something like that “. “Company X’s colors have a chart to make y and z colors.” And I found out that each company has their own combination. Interesting for photoshop nerds at least

  • poop

    mmmmm someone’s used and discarded tampon….

    my question is does chuck like it???

  • http://www.dennis.ca/weblog dennis

    There’s no way to say this in context, so… I LOVE shopping for bras and panties! 8-)

  • http://blab-o-rama.home.att.net Beerzieboy

    Re: “Septic Tank Poopy Red” I think the Crayola colors that used to be Burnt Sienna. (Even children’s stuff is ironic and post-modern these days.)

  • http://nicoledale.com nicole

    dude, my hair is that color.


    try calling it ‘russet’ or ‘auburn’. you’ll feel better.

  • ex southern babtist

    Why did you die your hair? I think I can speak for all of us, we want to see a picture.

  • slim

    it worked, dooce. that *is* brown.

  • anna

    yeah right. that sucks.

    i did that once but with black. not ‘soft black’ or ‘reddish black’ but flat, pitch goth-girl black.

    i looked like i was someone ‘s slighlty batty grandmother with a really good face lift.

    but really, it does wash out a little after a few days. and yeah – i want a picture.

  • Anonymous

    Washing with dishwashing detergent post haste will tone that puppy right down.

  • http://paulsboutique.blogspot.com Paul Gutman

    There’s an irony that Dooce has been calling people “Dirty” for a while, and now…well, her hair’s kinda dirty. Sorry there…

  • http://www.sherwin-williams.com Ex-liontamer

    I’d say I am of the “no-so-girly-yet-not-too-manly”-man” variety. For instance, Mrs. Ex-liontamer and I recently deliberated over the hallway wall color for about 3 weeks. (The front-runner: Bare Branches by Martha Stewart). However, when it comes to Mrs. Ex-L’s hair color, make-up or, well, just about anything she’s wear, I leave it up to her.

  • http://www.ihorace.com The New Guy

    A picture, a picture – we want to see! (and no the squares ain’t enough)

  • http://www.kaneblues.com/ kane

    All these wonderful & loving descriptions about Husband… Christmas must be around the corner. Speaking of Christmas, just glue a cotton-ball to your red hair and claim you are in the Christmas spirit.

  • http://www.pbase.com/bast Bastherself

    I think one the sexiest things a man can do to a woman that’s not sexual, is to wash and brush her hair. Same with hair color. There’s just something so intimate about it.
    Oh, I have red hair, but I just got blond highlights in it. It looks so fantastic.
    But if you do try the highlights, I recommend professional help.
    And a pic of the tampon hair would be great.

  • http://mydogatemydaypass.blogspot.com Sumsumm

    I can commiserate. I’m thinking my hair guy must have been doin’ shrooms the day I asked for “natural looking highlights”. Apparently he thought I was a cupcake or maybe a mini-wheat… all I know is that I ended up frosted.

  • http://kiwi-kath.diaryland.com kath

    I just can’t imagine you non-blonde. We need pictures!!!!!!!!
    P.S. Dennis: 38C and size 7 please, I’ll reimburse.

  • http://www.cantsaycuzidontwantthefreaktofindit.com megchem

    1.jealous cuz you found a good smelling boy…i had one once but he got away
    2. My friend died her hair with one of those fading ones (it didn’t fade) and we decided her color was pumpkin. $160 to fix
    3.For a second this morning i felt like charlie’s angels…thanx

  • http://www.goldensushi.net Ching

    It looks ok to me.. But then again, I’ve never-ever died my hair.. I’m clueless when it comes to color! Hey, at least it’s not puke-green!

  • http://www.apple.com G4

    Command-Z, not Ctrl-Z.

  • Coyote

    Ohmygod! Dogs LOVE to chew on used discarded tampons. At all costs, keep your head away from Chuckles!!!

  • http://www.antisocialdiva.com antisocial diva

    i have had my hair various shades of red (accidental and not), but i don’t think i’ve ever come quite close to the used tampon look. something to strive for.

  • http://www.mediasparkles.com/blog Vera

    What’s wrong with used and discarded tampons? I collect them.

  • http://brittney.pitas.com brittney

    I never even knew I liked the arm-behind-the-passenger-seat thing until just now.

    Simultaneously I feel utterly single.

  • http://www.posterboy.org Shan

    Oh Dooce it’s fine. I had that color about a month ago. But I WANTED that color. I went into the salon with a picture and they mixed the color for me. Everyone loved it. Oh course at times I have a bit of a punk look … so maybe that’s why. But just go with it!

  • http://romi.diary-x.com Romi

    thats just priceless :)

  • Lisa

    Let’s see a picture! We’ll be kind, I promise.

  • garage beautician

    as a natural blonde who spent many years as an unnatural brunette, i have often encountered this issue. all you gotta do is buy another box of a neutral brown (not chestnut, not reddish, somewhat ashy brown), and dye over it. people will tell you you’re gonna go bald for dying it over so quickly, but they are stupid, and i am right.

  • Suz

    Be happy it’s not brand-spankin’ new copper penny orange. I had a friend in high school who went to one of those hair shows and was too stupid to know that “dying” her hair blond meant stripping it of all natural color. So, when they “tried” to dye it back to her natural brown…OOPS, it didn’t work right and ended up a hideous copper orange color that made her look jaundiced….I say “dark red” is a much better oops.

  • blair

    you should walk around with your tits hangin out. that should take the attention off your hair.

  • http://www.tiny-empire.com/cicada/ cicada

    The base color for all brown hair is red, but I think that they overdo it in hair color. I’ve colored my hair a lot, and never been exactly happy with the browns I’ve gotten. Even the ashy colors are a bit too red for me — I like red hair, but not on *my* head. Wash your hair with Johnson’s Baby Shampoo — it’ll strip away some of the redness and tone down that color. But anyway, I’ll bet you still look great. Maybe Britney oughtta be thinking about you?