There are definitely some pros and cons of brightly coloured hair, that’s for sure! Luckily for you, I thought I’d sit down and type them all out, just for fun. Because we love fun here.
Despite the pros and cons, I love my hair, I love the different colours and I even love the fading mixtures and pastel hues that come afterwards when I’m too lazy to keep up its brightness. I’ve had brightly coloured hair for around two years now and I don’t see me going back to a “normal” colour anytime soon.
I have never felt more like myself, or loved myself, as much as I do with coloured hair. But with every choice you make, there are pros and cons but for me, no matter how long the list of cons, the pros will always out weigh them. Actually, being comfortable in my own skin will outweigh any pro or con.
But, just for interest, I thought I would share my own pros and cons to brightly coloured hair. There are other pros and cons that I’ve seen but I haven’t included them because to me, personally, I don’t consider them either a pro or con.
For example, I can’t consider “limiting my job options” as a con, because I do have a job and will have this job for the next 2 to 4 years
The pros of brightly coloured hair
I look awesome
True story. I love waking up each day and looking at my hair in the mirror, when everything else is going to the toilet, I can smile about having awesome hair.
It’s a great people repellent
To me, this is always a plus. I like my peace and quiet so I’m happy that you don’t want to sit next to me on the bus because I’m weird-looking.
It can brightens up any outfit
Some days, I just don’t want to make an effort. I want to wear a boring black tee and yesterdays jeans, but somehow, it never looks that boring with coloured hair and I really like that.
I’m very easy to find in a crowd
This is more of a pro for other people than me. I’m a wander-off-er, it’s very helpful for Kris when I’ve disappeared to just look over the crowd for the bobbing pink head. It’s also great when you need to meet people for the first time, a quick “I’m the one with green hair, I’ll take my hat off” and it’s an easy peasy way for someone to identify me. Plus, it instantly disperses the awkwardness of meeting someone new because you instantly have something to laugh about.
You are not so quick to cast judgement on others
We all do it, we all judge people whether on purpose or by accident. But, being on the other side of the judgement has made me a lot more aware of my own thoughts about others.
Something about having hair that makes me stand out makes me go in to “own it” mode.
Lots of colour options
So. Many. More. Plus you can mix and match dyes, to make even more colours! And you can have two colours! Three colours! There are so many possibilities!
I take better care of my hair
Prior to dying my hair, I didn’t bother to look after it. Now, I make a conscious effort just to keep it in tip-top condition.
It’s a conversation starter
Depending on the mood I’m in, this can go either way.
The cons of brightly coloured hair
You will more than likely end up bleaching your hair
It was a dark blonde but I wanted to go white, so bleach was needed. Now I only bleach my roots, unless the new colour is dark enough to cover them, and rarely the whole lot, only if I want to remove lots of the colour.
You will have to put up with plenty of unsolicited opinions and advice from others
Such as, what colour they prefer, because every time you change the colour, they tell you that that colour is the better colour. Without fail. Or they will tell you how many times you bleach your hair (despite never being there) and just anything else hair related because they are now an expert hair-care guru. Much like the people who become a nutritionist when you tell then you’re vegan.
The classic: “I wouldn’t do it myself”
Well, that’s jolly good.
You will be known as: “The (hair colour) haired girl”
Or guy, or whoever. I am continuously referred to as the blue-haired-girl, even now without blue hair. People will take it as far to introduce you like this rather than use your actual name, like you are some kind of novelty toy.
People will stare, point and laugh at you
It happens, there is no way to avoid it. Yet, it doesn’t happen everywhere, or at least it doesn’t feel the same in different places. In the UK, not a bother, no one stares and if they do, it’s usually followed by a smile and sometimes a compliment. Go to the Netherlands, it’s the same. Even going to the south of Belgium it’s pleasant. But walk around my local town and you’d think I was growing tentacles out the top of my head. I have actually had one person laugh in my face and people on the bus tap their friends and point at me out of the window. Quite frankly, I could be far weirder looking!
Colour maintenance can be hard work
A downside if you just aren’t in the mood, but most of the time I find maintaining it quite fun and like a little experiment. It can just be a little time-consuming.
The questions never end and you will never have the correct answer
“how do you pick the colour?”
“why dye your hair?”
“what will so and so think?”
“Isn’t your hair dry?”
The questions go on and on, yet no one will be satisfied with the answers you give.
Every now and then you’d like to just blend in
Self explanatory really. Just want to get through the day in peace without everyone noticing that you just walked into a room, sometimes I want that.
Everything becomes a hint of colour
I have one towel that I always use for my hair and it’s a rainbow. Along with my shower, the tiles, some of my clothes and anything else you can imagine, they will become stained with colour.
To me, the cons are not really reasons to not have coloured hair. It’s more a list of the things or situations that can bother me now and then. Except dyeing everything, that’s a definite negative point but you get used to it. Most of the comments from others have to be taken with a pinch of salt, they want to give friendly advice or compliment you by saying things like “this colour looks less like a wig than the last one”.
Do you have pros or cons to add to the list? Do you have any questions about hair?