hair dye diaries – green to fiery orange!

Say ‘goodbye’ to green & a bit fat ‘hello!’ to this fiery orange!

Arctic Fox Sunset Orange & cosmic sunshine

After three whole years of green hair, I’m finally back in the hair dye game! Seems a little funny to act like having green hair is boring but going three years without any big hair changes is definitely out of character for me. What can I say? I really loved green. I still love green and I look forward to going green again someday BUT I was bored.

I had a couple moments during the fading process that I questioned what I was doing and why I’d want to change my hair but I had already mentioned my intention to change up my hair. Y’all keep me accountable!

The Dainty Squid orange hair
Kaylah Stroup orange hair
Arctic Fox Sunset Orange, Arctic Fox Cosmic Sunshine
dainty squid orange hair

Supplies used – (affiliate links)

If you use Honey, you can almost always find a coupon for Sally’s! (The morning I bought dye, it found one for me that brought the total down another $6.80!)

Something else exciting to add – I made a video for this hair transformation! For basically all big hair changes I’ve done a corresponding blog post but I like the idea of documenting it a bit further. It should help show the true process a bit better and it’ll help keep records of what each step looks like. Plus you get to see me look like a bleach gremlin!

Even as someone who has dyed my hair basically every color, I still get nervous about how it’ll turn out. I think it’ll be really rad to have this to look back on like ‘okay, the green didn’t truly bleach out but look what I ended up with when I used this specific combination of colors on top of that.’ Ya know? I’m just very excited about this video!

Side note; y’all, I did not realize how weird it felt to talk to the camera. I think it’s kind of fun to watch how awkward I look in the first few clips compared to later in the video. It definitely took me some time to find my footing. I’m looking forward to growing more in my video skills and knowledge!

I’m excited to rock this orange/red combo for a while but perhaps even more excited to no longer be stuck with green. As I said, I loved green but I kind of got a little too attached to it. I can’t wait to experiment with new color combinations in the next few months. xoxo

You can find tips & guides in my hair master post – including Bleaching your hair 101, 7 tips for maintaining bright hair color, Two tips for switching hair colors easily. & so much more!

Author: Kaylah Stroup

A collector of weird things. Plant Enthusiast. Wanderer. Beachcomber. Forever longing for the desert.

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  • Love the orange on you!! I was nervous to try arctic fox, my friends said it faded to a pastel really fast and ive gotten such great results from punky colors and special effects. Cant wait to see an update!

    • I’m very curious to see how it fades too! I really do love Punky Colors but so far Arctic Fox is really impressing me. I still can’t believe my fingers are even a little stained!

  • Haha my 2 1/2 year old saw the photos in the post and the video and seemed dissapointed with the color change. But then again, that really isn’t you demographic soo…. lol. It is a little weird seeing the color change since it has been green for so long! But the red looks awesome! I am also loving the review for Arctic Fox, since I want to dye my hair and am a little afraid my hair won’t get light enough. I remember trying to dye my hair blue in high school and like totally failing. My hair was a little bit green for years afterwards

  • Love this and LOVE LOVE the orange!!! Arctic Fox is handsdown my fav. The colors are great, it doesn’t stain my skin and it smells amazing (which is so not normal for hair dye lol) The video was so fun!! I’ve been reading you and seeing pictures for so long, it was great to hear you as well.

    • WAIT. You don’t think most hair dyes smell good? I was honestly thinking while I was doing my hair that it’s so cool how almost all hair dyes smell so dang good! I wish the smell was as permanent as the color.

  • Love the hair! It was so much fun to actually see you move and hear you talk after years of following this blog.

  • I always love your hair! It’s amazing how you look so great with every single color. Another fantastic dye job, and seeing you on video was really fun! 🙂 Maybe someday I’ll dye my hair…

    • Thanks Eve!!!

      If you any ideas on videos you’d like to see from me – I’m all ears. I have some ideas planned but it’s always interesting to hear what folks would like to see!

  • That color looks so amazing on you! It compliments your skin tone very well. And bright, fiery colors like this are so great for summer anyhow. 🙂

  • Can you BE any cuter??? Love the dimples, they are so perfect! It was fun to hear your voice and it totally did not shock me….it was just how I imagined you would sound. Love the hair….you are one brave chick to go from green to orange. Came out awesome.

  • Long time reader, first time commenter here.

    I really enjoyed getting to see a bit more of your personality shine through the video: seeing you in action and hearing your voice kinda (wrongly, but hey) gives you another “depth”. Not sure my meaning is coming through but I hope you understand 🙂

    After following your journey for so many years, it’s lovely and I hope you enjoy video enough to put some more out! xx

    Take care,
    Silvia

  • Love the video. My hair was orange few mounths ago and now I’m think of changing collors. But I really don’t know what collor. And here where I live the beauty shop doesn’t seel fun collor. People just love to dye their hair in blond collor.
    And in your video you make so much easier this process I am so very afraid that I aways dye my hair in beauty sallon. Well, that’s it. Love to see more viedos. kisses from Brazil!!

  • So I have never dyed my hair before, and I want to dye it all like a darkish blue, and do it at home. I have kinda dark brown hair but with some lighter highlights. I was told that if you dye your hair all one color, the roots will grow out and make to dye job look bad. Is that true, and if so are there ways to stop it?

    • I’d say its more of a personal preference.

      I always like to mix colors. So, for example, with blue you’d just use a couple different shades of blue instead of one solid color. You can even change the color by adding a bit of conditioner to some of the blue before applying it to achieve something a little lighter.

      Roots happen, just consider them an excuse to touch up your hair! 🙂