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From Dark Brown to All Colors of the Rainbow – The View
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From Dark Brown to All Colors of the Rainbow


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From across the hall with all the bright, fluorescent lights, her hair might look natural; a dark shade of brown she was born with. A common color might make it more convincing that this is the real deal, but if you could see that hair’s past, you’d know this is just another change of colors she wanted to try.

Dying hair has been done by many girls, from natural colors to highlights to all colors of the rainbow. It’s become a way to express yourself, make a statement or just get away from the same hair color you’ve had your entire life.

“I’m always doing something different or changing something. My hair’s a way to do that,” Shelby Thompson,9, said.

Ale Hale,11, has been confronted about dying her hair unnatural colors such as blue and green.

“I just didn’t really care what they thought and did what I wanted to,” Hale said.

Hair dye can be found in colors like brown, red and blonde, or even blue, pink and red, and they all could be found on top of the heads of girls around South when walking through the halls.

“Neon colors really catch my attention, but you don’t want to look like you’re about to be in a circus,” Thompson said.

Reyna Jackson,9, said she doesn’t want to dye her hair because it’s damaging and once you dye it, you want to continue dying it.

“When people dye their hair frequently people might call them things like, you know, fake,” Jackson said.

There are girls with dyed hair at South, including girls with neon colors. Olivia Morris,9, said dying hair has become more popular.

“More people are trying to stand out and they’re doing things like dying their hair,” Morris said.

However, Thompson said dying hair has become less popular since middle school.

“We were looking for something new to express ourselves then, and now it’s just not really like that,” Thompson said.

Hale said after dying her hair blue, a girl came up to her and asked if she was crazy.

“I did this to show people I’m unique,” Hale said.

Thompson said after attempting to dye her hair blonde from a box, it was platinum on the top and faded into dark brown on the bottom, and after trying to make a quick fix with red hair dye, she resembled Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

“I looked like an idiot, which is what stopped me from using box colors,” Thompson said.

At Walgreens, you could purchase box hair color from around $6.99 to $49.99, or you could get it done at a salon from anywhere around $20 to over $100, so if you do choose to dye your hair, you can choose between a wary method that could turn your hair into a joke, or the more expensive but reliable choice.

So when that shade of brown that looks completely natural from across the hall shows up again, it may be that this hair is just another color she wanted to try.

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