As you may have noticed from my picture in the sidebar, I have a bit of a penchant for dyeing my hair bright colours, and it changes quite a lot. In fact the blue is actually two hair colours ago, I just hate taking photos of myself, so can’t be bothered updating it with every change (the fact that the above picture is just of a few boxes I’ve had left over from various experiments just goes to show how many different colours I’ve been!).
I first started dyeing my hair bright colours about a year and a half ago. After years of enviously scanning through some of the more edgy fashion blogs and admiring some of the bloggers’ vibrant locks, I finally took the plunge by dyeing my hair shocking pink. As in, I looked like a pink highlighter…and I loved it!
Since then I’ve been an array of different colours, from pillar-box red to pastel-y blue (as in the sidebar pic) and vivid magenta (my current colour, although it’s washed out to pink in this photograph!), and I’ve long since forgotten the exact shade of my natural hair. I’ve also noticed quite a variety of reactions to having crazy bright hair, some good, some not so good, so here are a few of the most common:
- Random people telling you they love your hair.
One of the best things about having bright hair (aside from having hair that reminds you of a My Little Pony) is the random compliments you get. There have been many times when I’ve been lining up to buy something in a shop or just walking down the street and I’ve been stopped by someone complimenting my hair, and that always feels good!
- Random people touching your hair.
One reaction I’m not such a fan of? Hair-touching. Apparently having a vibrant hair colour invites strangers to touch your hair, and I’ve had a couple of weird experiences including a drunk women fondling my hair at a train station (super awkward).
Despite the abundance of bright-haired ladies (and men) that you see around today, there’s no doubt it does tend to draw some attention. Disapproving old people and kids in particular tend to do a lot of staring, the old people to tut and the kids to shout ‘look at that lady’s hair’ to their parents before being shushed for being rude (I really don’t mind!).
- ‘That’s really bad for your hair you know!’
Yes, I’m aware that bleach and hair dye aren’t doing my hair any favours, but thank you for your concern! It’s odd how people seem to say this more to people with bright hair than to people with dyed blonde hair. Apparently that extra step of dying over the blonde (usually with a vegetarian, semi-permanent hair dye) is what really does the damage!
- ‘Have you dyed your hair again?’
This is pretty much the reaction of everyone I work with, and sometimes you kind of just want to say ‘No, actually my hair just changed from blue to red of its own accord!’. Of course I’ve dyed my hair again!
- The non-reaction.
This is 2016, loads of people have crazy hair colours, so it’s really no big deal. For every hair toucher and double-taker there are about a million people who have no reaction at all, and I love this! It really goes to show the way society has now reached a point where self-expression is widely accepted, and people are freer than ever to be themselves.
So have you ever dyed your hair a bright colour? Would you? And anyone who has, what has been people’s reactions?