I have had many ups and downs with my hair. It is naturally crazy thick and wavy, and dark reddish brown. When I was in eighth or ninth grade I got blonde highlights which turned green after hours in the pool. And then we would use kool aid to dye it pink and blue and purple. Then I decided I wanted to dye it maroon at about 16. It looked nice, but the more I dyed it to keep the color going the more I started to look like I was trying to be Ariel from the little mermaid. It wasn't the best look, and I have 2 years of school photos to haunt me. I then tried to strip the color with bleach and ended up with ORANGE hair for about two months. I then decided I was dyeing it black. Which I loved but the maintenance was awful, so I eventually let it grow out natural. Now I can't even imagine dyeing it at all. I have also been cutting my own hair since I was about 15. There have been some minor mishaps but I prefer it. It saves money and for some reason I have never liked a haircut I've gotten at a salon.