Thursday, February 7, 2008

Bad, Bad Hair Day!!!

Well, here it is, I had promised some girls in the ward some pictures of what happened to me when I dyed my hair and had an alergic reaction to the hair dye. It was not a good situation at all.
Here is the story:
 
I think what started my downward spiral was the sudden death of my Grandfather who I looked up to and loved so much. That set me into a state of depression. I was living in Utah at the time and did not have many friends and absolutly no family around. I had to deal with the death of my grandfather away from everyone that I loved and I just had a very hard time with that. I am a person that needs people, and I just felt all alone. I began to become introverted, I did not leave my room much, I sleept most of the day away and only woke up to go to work, then right back home and into bed. Sleeping was my escape from the world.
I did have a roommate that really cared for me and really wanted to get me out of the state that I was in and sat me down and we decided together that I was going to rid myself of the old, sad, depressed me and become someone else, a happier more confident version of myself, the person I had lost.
 
When you want to start over alot of times it takes a new look, so we decided to dye my hair an Auborn color. We went to the Super Walmart in Orem, UT and decided together on a color of dye. As soon as we got home we got to coloring. To my dismay the color did not turn out the beautiful shade that appeared on the box, NO it turned FIRE ENGINE RED!!! Not Kidding!!!
 

 


I could not do it, could not handle the humiliation. So we decided to go back to Walmart that same night and buy a different color to try to change my hair to a somewhat normal color before I was set into a more deep state of depression. Well that plan backfired. As soon as we began putting the dark brown on top of the red, my head began to burn, so bad that my body began to twich uncontrolably, we finished the process even though I was in extreme pain. NOT A GOOD IDEA!!!! The color was fixed, I was not really a fan of the dark hair on me but it was way better than the shade of red that previously existed. The next day, as I showered, the color began to wash out a bit or something, I do not know what it was, but after the shower my eyes began to swell and become very pink. My face became very patchy and dry. I ended up having to put Bag Balm on my face to make it not crack, my face looked like the scales of a snakes skin. My eyes hurt so bad!!! My neck began to get a rash as well that went down my back. My scalp began to flake off and my hair began to slowly fall out. It was miserable!!! I had no family, no health insurance, no money, and now I was even more depressed than befor because I looked like a dead person. The doctors kept trying different alergy medications that would take away the symptoms while I was on the pills but the day I got off them the symptoms came back and were worse than before. After weeks of dealing with this I was refered to a dermatologist who put me on steroids (that made me fat) and those finally worked. I suppose I had such a bad reaction to the dye that it poisoned my blood stream and the sterroids were all that could fix the problem.
Through this experience 2 guys in my ward took me in under their wing, they would pull me out of my bedroom and take me out to dinner looking like a freak, they would treat me so well. Always doing what it took to make me smile and forget about what I looked like. They to this day are 2 of my BEST FRIENDS and will be forever!!! Thanks Bryan and Ryan!!! I also gained a HUGE testimony of Priesthood Blessings and of the strength I personally have to get through trials. It was a growing experience in the end but YIKES what a ride!!! Enjoy, my nasty photo's!!!

13 comments:

Pedersens said...

You are funny Sarah! Katie (my sister in law) told me about this awhile ago and I can not believe that! Totally Crazy allergic reaction. You know how many posts I have seen about Hair today? Everyone must be thinking the same thing. :)

Heather & Seth said...

WOW! Those are some great pictures of you! You do look pretty bad, I will not lie! Poor thing! I'm going to try do my post on bad hair day tomorrow, I need to get some old pictures scanned to compete with you! :)

The Ellsworth Clan said...

HOOOOLY CRAP!!! Ok, my reaction was nothing compared to that. You poor thing. If it helps,, I would have still been your friend!

Niki McDowell said...

I can't believe the hair dye did that to you, you poor thing. Hey at least you can laugh about it now right?

Em said...

Wow! Those are pretty bad! I am glad you recovered and you do look better as a blonde :) No matter what your adorable. We are the same mode for experiencing depression, I do the same thing- go to bed and sleep and become introverted!

Katie said...

Oh my word! coming from someone who doesn't know you...you're not even recognizable in those pictures. i thought I've had a major hair coloring disaster...it was nothing compared to that. Needless to say, I don't color my own hair anymore.

Lance and Becky said...

Oh my goodness, I remember you telling me about this! Crazy...let's just stay blond okay!

Niki McDowell said...

Hey, in response to the comment you left on my blog. I'm totally rooting for Edward. If they don't get married I might die! I also gave your book to Meagan Hacker, she finished the first one and called me to she if she could use your 2nd one too. I hope you don't mind.

Gregg, Laurie and Hailee said...

WOW! i remember you telling me about that experience, but i dont think you ever showed me the pictures! Im glad you have never had another reaction like that, that must have sucked! good thing you are so beautiful and could pull that off! =)

The Bruer Clan said...

I LOVE HAIR!!! ;) You are AMAZING!!!

The Gray Family said...

all I can say is ouch...I'm sorry you had to go through that! I guess it makes for a good story now :>)

Ryan and Brindi said...

Hey I remember all of that! I'm glad you made it through that ordeal and that you turned out as beautiful as ever! Just be careful with the dye from now on...

Amanda said...

You are a brave soul to put up such pictures. But I love that do! That is Great! I forget sometimes how bad that reaction to the dye was. Yikes!
Your page is so cute....I am jealous!