Last summer around this time, I went through some kind of quarter life crisis. I can’t really call it as mid-life crisis, as I’m only 25 – so quarter life I shall call it, lol. Anyway, I basically went on a hair color rampage.
I’m now a recovering hair color addict.
Over the past year, I changed my hair color, literally, about every month. Before the major changes, I had long, flowing, silky dark hair. Dark brown, almost black, almost to my waist. I guess I got tired of having the same old look, so I drastically cut it into a chin-length bob and highlighted it.
I got so many compliments, I didn’t know what hit me. People stopped me just to say how much they loved the new short, lighter hair color. It felt good to be noticed. But then… I wanted pink hair.
Yes, you read that right – pink hair. I blame it on Gwen Stefani. I wanted her beautiful candy pink hair she had in the early 2000s, exactly like in the picture, on my head – since I was 13 years old.
So, after the semester finished, I finally did it. I bleached my hair, got a few jars of Manic Panic, and gave myself pink hair.
And… I loved it. Of course, it didn’t turn out as awesome as Gwen’s, but it made me happy. Until, that is, I went in public. I live in a small town, and the amount of stares I got was disconcerting. I should have seen that coming, but I wasn’t prepared for how bad it made me feel. I would get very blatant stares while going grocery shopping, and the glares I got while in restaurants made me feel like I was a freak.
I’m such a mild mannered, quiet person, and I guess the “wild” color didn’t really suit my personality or the attention it rendered. I even tried a darker pink, more of a burgundy/raspberry color, thinking it might be an easier color to live with. I did like it better, but I missed having “normal” hair. So, I died it black.
Then, the frenzy started. It seemed every time I got bored, I wanted to change my hair. I went through many different looks, different dyes, different brands. I had pinks, purples, black, highlights, blonde, varying shades of red, and different shades of brown.
Here is a picture I made