There are many ways for people to express themselves. Whether it be by getting tattoos, how you wear your clothing/ what you wear, putting on makeup (or lack thereof), and even with what you do to your hair. It is statistically proven, that about 75% of all females dye their hair at least once in their lifetime. But in 1950, when females first started dyeing their hair. It was only around 7%. Which raises several questions in my mind. Some of them being , why did it become so popular and when did females start dyeing their hair so excessively? Did most women wait until their hair started turning gray? Or was it way before then, around when they were six years old?
With every passing generation, kids experiment with new thing, younger and younger. I’m not exactly sure why though, I miss being a child immensely! You get to run around like a lunatic and not have a care in the world. But nowadays, kids are just throwing it away like it’s nothing. This is most likely because being an adult has been romanticized heavily in the media. So, kids think that it’s necessary to have long, bright blue, and purple hair at the age of six. When they don’t even realize how much stress they are putting and their hair follicles and how that might affect them in the future.
When I first was thinking about coloring my hair, I wanted it to be red. So, when I asked my mom and she said no. I looked online and read that I could use Kool Aid and leave in conditioner, to make my hair appear red (but only in direct sunlight). So, I secretly did it when I was bored one day and it didn’t turn out that bad. Though I'm not completely sure how it affected my hair, besides giving it a cherry smell for a week. From this experience, I learned that it's best to just be patient, and let someone who knows what they're doing, take care of my hair.
Later I told my mom about this and she finally let me get it dyed, because she didn’t want me to keep putting random things in my hair. My mom took me to her favorite salon and paid for my streaks to get it done professionally. The first two colors that chose to get was a medium purple color that transitioned into a pink. As a kid, I loved my bright colored hair. It made me stand out more. But now I just wish that I waited a little while because young Nicole could take care of herself, let alone her hair.
I suppose it should be up to the kid’s parents, on whether or not they should dye their hair. I feel as though parents should inform their child thoroughly about what they’re going to be doing to their hair. So, even if you grew up with strict parents, you should just talk to a hair professional, if you wanted it that badly. Instead of doing it yourself, because that always ends in a disaster. However, if you had more accepting parents. You should use that opportunity to get it done professionally. Which would have decreased the risk of your hair becoming damaged.
I asked two people what they thought about this, and Imani C. said “Don’t do it at all! But, if you really want to color it. Go to a hair salon or just read the direction on the at house kit carefull”. Lisa T. however had a different view of the subject, she said “Do whatever you want! It’s your hair! If something bad happens, just wear a wig”. Although I think she was joking a bit. At the end of the day it is your hair, just take care of it.