Students “dyeing” to stand out

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t understand the trend of dyeing one’s hair with crazy, bright colors. I mean, I tried to dye my hair Pillarbox Red with Manic Panic Hair Dye back in my early college days. The shade looked a bit blood red in the canister, so it wasn’t completely off the wall, but when it was applied to my already deep red professionally dyed coif, it came out magenta.

Thankfully, it was not a bright hue, and I was just a freshman in college or else I’m fairly certain my parents would really not have appreciated my actions. 

I understand that this is a way for one to express one’s self during the transition from adolescent to adult, but the world is a different place than it was even 10 years ago. In the late 1900s and early 2000s, college students seemed to be more concerned with Y2K than with entering into the real world. Since the entire world was counting down, details of how one presents one’s self seemed to slip through the cracks. 

It is now 15 years later. No matter where one looks, the business and financial worlds are always at the forefront. I know this parallels my article from last week, but I feel it is an important topic: Always present yourself as if all eyes are on you. I’m not saying one can’t wear t-shirts and jeans, but being conservative in your dress is a lot better than standing out for all the wrong reasons. 

Looking into this topic a bit, I discovered this article titled, “How to Get Candy-Coloured Hair That Still Looks Classy.” The article gives numerous tips on how your brightly dyed hair can still be acceptable. As much as I’d love to believe this, I just can’t.

The fact that the title of the article deems the hues “candy-coloured” speaks of how unprofessional this trend is for young adults approaching the end of schooling. 

Next, I decided to do a little digging on Google for alternatives to brightly dyed hair. I searched for “brightly colored hair extensions” and five options came up under their “Shop” section. The first option is for “3 Tone Blue Ombre” braided hair extensions from Ali Express priced at $27.50. This is the higher end of the price range, while “Gradual Color Hair Extensions” from Oasap run $4.72 which is the low end of the price range.

Some celebrities also endorse their own hair extensions as well, including Kylie Jenner who has partnered with Bellami Hair and are priced at $279.99 for a weight of 180 grams and a length of 20 inches, and Demi Lovato whose hair extensions called Secret Color were ‘inspired by Demi Lovato,’ are available in four colors and are $19.99 each with $5.99 purchasing and handling.

I feel that these are both great alternatives to completely dyeing one’s hair. One can express themselves however they want with these extensions when they are out and about either with friends or at school, but can remove them when it’s time for a professional meeting. One can have one’s cake and eat it too.

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