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Hair Today Gone Tomorrow

by Emily Gundrum, Mirror Staff

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Since the fifth grade I’ve been dying my hair all these crazy colors, and to me it has helped to define and shape me and my character.

It lets me express myself and have fun.

The first time I dyed my hair it wasn’t love at first sight, though, and I had second thoughts almost immediately.

That first time I went from my natural dark brown to being a platinum blonde. When the process was done I looked in the mirror and immediately started to bawl.

What I saw in the mirror was definitely NOT what I expected or envisioned. 

“Why, why, why?”, is all I could think.  I was terrified of peoples opinions on what they would think about my hair.

It was so awful to me that I begged my mom to not make me go to school the next day.

My worries, however, were for nothing because they loved it! I got so many compliments, which made me feel better about my new do.

Maybe it wasn’t as bad as I thought, and I loved the attention the new color brought me.

This was the start of the never ending dyeing process. Soon I was trying a new color with regularity.  

I’ve had my hair dyed  blue, green, purple, pink, red, green, blonde, black and many shades of brown.

People complimented me all the time on the newest colors and everyone had different opinions on each color.

It taught me many things about myself, like how nothing last forever, but also about other people, such as how people are very quick to judge.

Dying my hair brought me a lot of confidence, too.  I soon learned that it didn’t matter what people thought because I wasn’t doing it for them, I was doing it for me.

Believe it or not, since I was in the fifth grade, I’ve worn my natural hair color maybe twice.

Some people might say I’m addicted, but I don’t think that is true.  

Truthfully, I dye my hair because I get bored. I like change and I enjoy being creative and showing it off, and really, life is entirely too short to have boring hair.

It can get pretty pricey because it is more than just dyeing.   I also have to keep up with the roots, and refresh the color if I don’t want to look like a zebra.

Especially if your hair grows as fast as mine.

I’ve learned that bright colors like blue, purple, red fade at a pretty decent speed, which can be a lot of upkeep, and a lot of money.

Normally I redo the color every 1-2 months depending on how fast it fades or changes.

No matter the cost or the upkeep, though, I enjoy doing it and I love how people always compliment me on the changes.

You’ll never know what I’m gonna do next because I barely know most of the time myself.

I just go with the flow and do whatever looks fun or is a pretty color.

I change it a lot because it’s fun to be different.

It shows my creativity and helps me to stick out and be different.

Life is too short to have boring and dull hair.

You’re never too old to have fun and stand out.


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Journalism: Coldwater High School
Hair Today Gone Tomorrow