The not-so-Blues

A few weeks ago, I dyed my hair blue – not my whole head, but a fairly substantial bottom layer. The impulse to dye came not from a Clementine-esque desire to mark any major life change (although I’ll admit after reading the post, I pondered hair dye pretty seriously), but from feeling like I wanted to challenge myself – both aesthetically and, you know, in life. I wanted to get into the habit of doing things I didn’t think I could do. Hair seemed like a good place to start.

In the time since, I have learned not only that I should never underestimate the power of hair dye (and the Worn blog), but a few other things, too.

(And I do feel braver.)

10 THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT HAVING BLUE HAIR

1. It looks nice with blue hats.

2. It stains my towels.

3. And sometimes also the tiles in the shower.

4. And my neck, at the beginning. And the collars of my shirts.

5. It’s a good way to make friends. (I continue to be shocked by the number of strangers who talk to me about it. I have met more people in my classes this year thanks to my hair than in the last 3 years of my degree combined.)

6. It looks really cool in braids.

7. It has dramatically increased the number of conversations I have about Smurfs.

8. It has also dramatically increased the number of times people serenade me with songs that have “blue” in the lyrics.

9. It has given me a (very tiny bit of a) reputation as a rebel.

10. It makes me feel tough. In some ways, I feel like it gives me permission to be tough.

What have you learned from your hair-dye experiences?

- Hailey Siracky

16 thoughts on “The not-so-Blues

  1. I’ve had had purple, black, and white braids for about a month and a half now and I’m a second voice to prove the “coloured hair makes people talk to you” theory.

    I’ve had coloured extensions* before but the colour has always been presented as an after thought added to the black hair. According to the strangers of Hamilton and Toronto having more colour really suits me.

    *http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_30PRmkOl4ro/SoLdshvu7ZI/AAAAAAAAUl0/8N18hvP28kE/s1600-h/hair-braid-styles.jpg

  2. “It has dramatically increased the number of conversations I have about Smurfs.”
    Heh. It has also dramatically increased WORN website blog posts referencing Smurfs.

    I think it looks bee-yoo-tee-ful. The colour and placement of it is really lovely – I’ll call it Understated Rebellion. Now that I think about it, it sort of makes you even tougher…
    x.g.

  3. Love your blue hair!

    I learned that I got really tired of the whole process of dyeing and the stains. I learned that it made me feel like I was always fighting a losing battle against the grey. Which is too bad, because I think hot pink would be fun, and I wasted all my dyeing energy on a boring auburn. I’m much happier owning the grey.

    Now ask me what I learned about going grey…

  4. I love it! It looks amazing up in the bun and the braid! I had hot pink highlights for a while and this is inspiring me to bring it back…

  5. I had pink hair when I was 16. It was meant to be streaked, but when my friend rinsed the dye out of my hair, the colour ran. My brother said it looked like I had cotton candy for hair, but I liked it anyway.

    Lesson learned: Blonde hair picks up dye really easily! It also stained a white and black bathing suit I wore a few days later in the pool, but it eventually washed out, it was just the portion around the shoulders that my hair touched that turned pink.

  6. I laughed so hard reading this .. well written !
    Also, seeing how the blue and brunette hair go together in a braid makes me want to dye an under chunk of my hair an outrageous colour.

  7. dyed my ends blue with food coloring, since i have blonde ends to begin with. it only lasted one wash, but those few days were so different. i actually got second and third looks from people- very odd! i really liked it though.
    can’t wait to do purple :)

  8. I dyed my whole head green over the summer. The number of people who talk is really amazing – and the number of really obvious comments made! I’ve had so many people come up to me in a line up and Tim Hortons and be like, “whoa, did you know you have green hair?”

    Also: if you dye your hair dark green, be very careful about red. The number of comments regarding christmas go up significantly. Also the number of carols sung to you on the subway in June.

  9. Baillie – I had it done by a professional. I was a little scared to do it myself, because my hair is dark and needed to be bleached before it could by dyed blue.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who experiences comments from strangers. I find it really amusing, and kind of nice. Emma, I’ve totally had that comment, too – “Are you aware that your hair is blue?” Well, yes. I’m thinking green might be next… thanks for the warning :)

  10. I TOTALLY love your look. Although you probably won’t have your hair like that now. I am dying mine soon, I was going for ombre style, and now, after seeing your beautiful style, I’m no longer sure which one to choose!

  11. Can you post a picture of where exactly you layered your hair to dye it like this? I’ve been wanting the same look for over a year~!

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