I think I was 8 when Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual album came out. I remember being at a friend’s house when the video for “Time After Time” came on. I was instantly enthralled. Who was this woman? LOOK AT HER HAIR! People can have hair like that? Are you kidding me? My little mind was blown. I suddenly wanted to grow up to be Cyndi Lauper, or at least have hair as cool as hers was!
And so began my love of unnaturally colored hair. This love was even more firmly set when I was about 12 and browsing through a book on the history of fashion. In the section on 1970’s punk there was a picture of a couple — the woman had waist-length blue dreadlocks, blue-painted eyebrows and neon yellow eyeshadow. In other words, probably the most amazing and beautiful thing I had ever seen. I think there was a man in the picture but who CARES what he was wearing, right? No way he was as super cool as Blue Dreadlock Woman. I really wish I could find a copy of that book and see if the actual picture lives up to my memory of it! But sadly, I don’t remember the name of it!
I started dying my hair unnatural colors in my freshman year of high school. And I haven’t stopped. I’ve had brief periods where I’ve either not dyed my hair, or just used natural colors, but for the most part it’s unnatural colors. I find my favorites are blue and pink and I also find I tend to dye my hair according to the seasons. Blue for winter. Magenta for spring (like azaleas!). Hot pink and neon orange for summer. Maybe purple for fall. Though this year I have broken the mold and used turquoise for spring. I like to think outside of the box, what can I say?
For the most part, I use Manic Panic hair dye. Not just because I love their dyes but also because I love the company itself and everything they stand for. While I’ve used dyed from other brands, I always come back to Manic Panic.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me why I like to dye my hair crazy colors. Most people assume I do it for attention. Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually, I am a deeply introverted person and I really hate attention, even when it’s positive! I’ve even thought about buying a normal-colored wig in my usual hairstyle to wear out in public for those times when I just don’t feel up to dealing with people’s comments. Most of the comments I get are nice and that’s fine… but I’ve also had people come up and yank on my hair to see if it’s a wig, make mean comments, follow me around in stores like I’m going to shoplift something etc etc. But I do feel very strongly about remaining uniquely myself, even when it’s not comfortable. I feel it’s important to be myself and to be true to myself. And the truth is, I’m a brightly colored person.
But you really came here to see pictures, didn’t you? Well, come with me on a journey through time and space…(if you get that reference, I ❤ you),
Warning: I make goofy faces. Seriously, you cannot even know how hard it is to keep a straight face when I take a picture. Next to impossible!
The last few are the most recent, and my hair is currently turquoise. So, what do you think? What colors do you think look best?
Have you ever had unnaturally colored hair? What was your experience? If not, is it something you’d want to try? Are there reasons you can’t even if you want to?
I know a lot of people think crazy colors are the domain of the young. Bullshit, I say. I think it’s awesome at every age and one’s age should never be a limit to one’s self-expression. I think it may be even easier as one gets older — if you’re 60 and have neon pink hair, who’s gonna nay-say you? The only limit is your imagination!