The Six Most Common Reactions To Bright Hair

16/03/2016 Lifestyle, Personal 13

The Six Most Common Reactions To Bright HairSo today on the blog I’m going wildly different: I’m going to be talking about hair. In particular, bright hair.

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!).

The Six Most Common Reactions To Bright Hair

My current hair colour…I’ve gone pink again!

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).

  • Staring

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?

13 Responses to “The Six Most Common Reactions To Bright Hair”

  1. nordie

    For the old people: just remember they’re called “the blue rinse brigade” for a reason. If they say something, you can point out that they started it!

    I used to have a Mallen Streak (that one streak of white in an otherwise dark head of hair) and was occasionally asked if I put it in (erm, I’m TWELVE…..). That’s long gone, replaced by….I honestly don’t know. Judging by my roots every 6 weeks or so, my natural hair colour is almost completely white, but is regularly died. To the people who say “I didn’t know you died your hair!” I go “Well, I dont spend £45 every six weeks for you to know that I do!”

  2. Silvara

    If I like the shade, or think it looks good on the person, I always try to tell them so. Even when it’s a random stranger. *grins* Dad on the other hand, is one of those grumblers. And he’s never as quiet as he thinks he is. He’ll point at people with wildly colored hair, or especially lots of piercings. And complain in a loud voice about how ‘ugly’ it looks and how he can’t understand why they do that to themselves. I’m always like, ‘uh, it’s their body/hair. If they like it, why should you care??’

    I dyed my hair red in high school. A good friend and I had the same skin tone, and she wanted to go red but was afraid it wouldn’t look good on her. So I said if she bought the dye, I’d do it first and she could see how it looked. And then of course she decided not to go red! *laughs* That was when I discovered my hair was easily confused. I’m blonde. I was much blonder back then than I am now. When my hair started growing out? It grew out red. Not the same shade as I’d dyed it, but it was unmistakably red!

    Then a few years later I dyed my hair teal so I could cos-play as Michiru from Sailor Moon with my now ex. And my hair went, ‘nope! I like this color so I will not grow out or allow it to wash out!’

    I get an inch of growth a month. So when 3 months went by and my hair wasn’t any lighter, and had no visible color difference at my roots I got worried! *lol* The dye was supposed to wash out in 10-12 washings. Yeah. Not so much. I bleached my hair twice and ended up looking like a demented zebra. I had every shade you can think of between white, blonde and the original teal, in stripes all over my head. Waited a week, and then went to a professional salon. The lady couldn’t do any better, so she told me I had lice (I didn’t!) and that she couldn’t legally work on me. So I had to dye it dark brown to try to fix things. I don’t dye my hair anymore, too worried about what my hair will do next!

    • Laura

      Haha, a couple of family members of mine are grumblers like that but they’ve had to shut up a bit now, seen as I have bright hair and tattoos and stuff now! 🙂
      That’s so crazy that your hair grew out red after you dyed it! At least you and your friend didn’t end up with matching hair, anyway, even if she did change her mind after letting you go first!
      I have had the same problem with blue and green hair dyes though – they are impossible to wash out! I did all sorts – hair colour strippers, washing up liquid, really abrasive shampoo, and nothing would move it! I just dyed over it in the end. I think my hair is pretty weird too though, so I’m never entirely sure how it’s going to work out (for example I have one patch of hair underneath that pretty much never changes colour – it is determined to stay ginger no matter what!). It would probably be best if I stopped dyeing my hair too, but I feel like I’d look weird with my natural colour now! I’ve forgotten what I look like with it.

  3. Litha Nelle

    I’ve had my hair every color of the rainbow except green, black, and blonde (though I was blonde as a kid, not so much as a teen). I think recently it’s gotten to the point of overkill- too many people (many of whom once ridiculed the practice) have gotten on the bandwagon. When I did it ten years ago, it wasn’t really “cool”- I would have people judge me on my looks, and even then my hair wasn’t a brighter shade- I’ve always favored the darker pops of color like dark blue and dark purple, never bleaching my hair, just applying color. I still have a penchant for coloring my hair wilder colors (I can’t stand my natural grayish brown), but I have to say, some people can’t pull it off and/or choose the wrong colors (you’re naturally excluded from that- I love your bold colors). I don’t think people really realize- once you color your hair, your wardrobe kind of changes as well, and if they don’t change their wardrobe to complement, it ruins the look.
    Ironically, my biggest supporter of my bolder colors (like dark blue) was my grandmother. Not who you’d think at all.
    ~Litha Nelle

    • Laura

      Sounds like you’ve had a lot of different hair colours then! I don’t know about you, but I do just get bored after a while and have to change it.
      It has definitely gotten to the point of overkill though recently now that it’s ‘cool’. When I first wanted to start dyeing my hair bright colours in high school it was only the more alternative people who you saw with it (which was why I wanted to do it – I was a bit of an emo kid back then!), but now it’s quite mainstream. You do definitely have to watch what colours you’re dyeing your hair though, which as you say, some people don’t realise. I’ve had a couple of colours that i really didn’t suit, so i had to change it quickly, and my wardrobe does always change with each hair colour (for example, now I have pink hair I feel like I can’t wear anything too pink or I’ll look like Barbie!).
      Your grandmother sounds pretty cool by the way! 🙂

  4. Jackie

    Oh no! I am not keen on dying my hair. Part of it is intimidation. I really do not like drawing attention to myself, and dying my hair a bold color would certainly to that. I also have dark, brown hair, and I shudder to think of the process to strip my hair of that color to replace it with another (and the upkeep!). That being said, I’ve always envied people with bright hair colors. It’s just so neat and seeing the bright colors always makes me happy! I have friends who take inspiration from sunsets and dye their hair multiple colors of orange and blue and purple hues. So charming 🙂

    • Laura

      Luckily I don’t have naturally dark hair (my hair is light ginger), so I don’t know if I’d bother if it had been really dark. As you say, the amount of bleaching you’d have to do would be quite a facing! I just use a blonde hair dye on mine, and I only need to do it the once, so it’s not too bad, and my roots aren’t too noticeable when it grows out.

  5. Natalie @ Flowers in my Books

    THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS. I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 13 and I’ve been dyeing it bright/pastel/funky colours since I was 16 (I’m 18 now) and I’ve gotten all of these reactions and then some. The one reaction that I really don’t like is when people start touching my hair and when people (usually those people trying to sell stuff on the street) yell after me like ‘hey! pink lady’ it just really annoys me. I’ve had parents who have told their children that dyeing your hair bright colours means you’re a ‘slut’ and people who have said it makes me look cheap. All I know is that having my hair a fun colour makes me happy and it’s when I feel like I’m expressing myself the most so screw everyone else!

    • Laura

      I’ve totally had that too where those people are trying to sell things and shout ‘hey, you with the blue hair!’ and it’s super awkward because I tend to try and pretend I haven’t noticed them if they shout me (because I’m weak and will probably end up being forced into buying something!) but you can’t really do that then unless someone else with blue hair just happens to be walking by too!
      That’s horrible that people have said that about bright hair colours though! I don’t know how it could possible make you a ‘slut’, having bright hair, but I’ve had people tell me it looks cheap too, and I think that’s very unfair. Even if you think that, I don’t know why you would say it out loud!

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