Beauty Confession: I've Been Using Sun-In

I threw caution to the wind and decided to embrace whatever damage may happen as a "look."
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I threw caution to the wind and decided to embrace whatever damage may happen as a "look."

Historically, Sun-In has been the culprit in countless hair disasters. Practically everyone I know has a Sun-In horror story. And yet, I'm using it now.

I’m sort of disgusted with myself, so I tried to figure out why I’ve gone back to the bottle, knowing full well that my hair is already super trashed-out and destroyed anyway.

In sixth grade, I remember dousing my head in Sun-In with my friend, laying out and blowdrying it to speed up the process. Of course, my naturally mousy-brown hair turned orange. Then everybody was all like, "Sun-In completely ruins your hair!" and I didn't think about it again until I looked in the cabinet under my mom's sink and happened upon a bottle of Sun-In Lemon-- most likely my sister's, though she does not claim it--while I was looking for sunscreen. Since I was on the way to the beach, I grabbed both.

Despite the fact that my hair has been recovering from serial bleaching, I never actually reached the level of lightness I desired. When I saw the Sun-In, I figured, "What do I have to lose?" since my hair is already fried.

Now, I'm not a complete idiot. I know Sun-In is basically pure H202 (hydrogen peroxide), and I know that that's very drying to hair; paired with the sun it's a double-whammy. But people use sea salt sprays, even though salt is an abrasive, to mimic the look of a little roughing-up. I would also like to mention I barely go out in the sun, which means I’ve used Sun-In for three days tops.

The totally misleading color matrix on the side of the bottle is… totally misleading. So brunettes, use with caution. Natural blondes, I presume, can do this, and many other things, without consequence. But it does lighten hair.

In the end, I guess I’m not after a perfect head of hair with not a single split end. I already blew that. My hair is fun. It's uniquely mine and I have grown to like it, split ends and all. In fact, I concentrate the Sun-In on my ends for a lighter look.

Sometimes my hair makes me feel like a badass Poison groupie or something, which can be kind of cool. The added damage gives me a sort of hair-metal crunch (which I’m dealing with by overcompensating with conditioner). Again, it's a look that may not suit everyone's taste, but I like to add a little rock nostalgia and white-trash flair to my beauty routine when I can. Or already did. I am so lost.

I call the look "washed ashore," inspired by the time I got sucked under a wave in Montauk and it felt like someone was beating me up.

I call the look "washed ashore," inspired by the time I got sucked under a wave in Montauk and it felt like someone was beating me up.

Now, if someone with less damaged, actually blonde hair uses Sun-In, I would guess that their results would be better, but these people probably have better things to do, like go to actual salons and have nice hair.

My opinion on damaged hair is that it can actually look cool if you keep it in check. Think about all the things we do to make our hair look a certain way; a degree of damage is to be expected with all of them. I mean, these days, you can't even wash your hair with ordinary shampoo without the media being all like "SULFATE-FREE OR YOU'RE GONNA DIE!" That’s an exaggeration, but you get what I'm trying to say.

Pain is beauty. And my favorite horrible thing to do to myself is to use Sun-In when I go outside. (Someone tell me to stop!)