When self-confidence factors into hair coloring


Mainstream via Flickr cc

Behind the Scenes with Aveda™ – Osklen SS14 – Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Spring Summer 2014 – #MBFW #NYFW – September 17, 2013 – Creative Commons (cc) photos distributed by Mainstream via Aveda Corporation

Natalie Coccagno, Staff Writer

Every girl and guy has contemplated the common question of an ordinary teenager; to dye my hair or not?

While this may be a simple and acted-upon question for some people, other may have many struggles, mainly consisting of worrying and parental acceptance.

In my opinion, I think it’s worth it. I mean, you only live once (ha, ha), right? Teenagers now live in an age where acceptance is more wide-spread and it’s the ‘cool thing’ to dye your hair. Even if it’s a small shade darker or a completely different color to yours, everyone goes through the phase of wanting something new.

Sometimes, change is good. It feels nice to change your look, which can also boost your self confidence. Do whatever you want to make yourself happy.

A common and understandable problem with dying hair is the expenses. Depending on your color, the expenses can go from alright to completely outrageous. But as I said earlier, you only live once. Who cares? Instead of wasting money on something you don’t need, spend it on something that will make you happier with yourself. If your parents are paying, maybe help more around the house and make sure to turn the lights out when you don’t need them on. Also consider spending a little more time with them, just to show them that you appreciate their acceptance and money going into your new hair.

Another common problem with hair dying is the constant worry of it going all wrong. Although there’s a chance it may happen, you could either get very professional help or just go for it. Why not, right? If it all goes wrong, consider dying it to a darker color that will help cover it up, and if it needs cut short, then do it. It’ll give you a new look, and chances are that you can rock it. If you have the confidence to look good with it, you will.

Before you dye your hair, though, consider dying a strip of your beautiful mane. You don’t want to do it all at once, because when you dye a small strip before the whole thing, you can get a feel of the color. Maybe you want a shade darker or lighter. You never know, and the worst guilt would overcome you if you do a wrong color. Better safe than sorry in this situation.

Don’t listen to people’s advice unless it’s professional help telling you it would never work with your type of hair. If your mother is telling you not to do it because ‘you’ll regret it’, but all of your peers are telling you to go for it, take your gut choice. Don’t base it off of pressure from your parents or peers. If you really want to do it, try to explain to your parents why you would want to do it. If you’re just considering it but just have a bad gut feeling, still get to the step where you dye a small strip to the color. This will help you decide if you like it or not. Also, as I said, make sure that you do get professional advice health wise. Your parents might slip to them that they want he or she to tell you that they don’t like the color. If you like it, then do it.

In another situation, though, where you don’t like the hair color, then do not do it. Why would you? Simply re-dye the hair strip back to your hair color (or if you’re feeling risky, cut it off).

And lastly, there are complete pros of hair dying, because yes, those exist. For those being bothered by thin hair, dying your hair makes it thicker and helps it voluminous. If you use the correct product, your hair could be healthy as it is normally. You just need to be smart about your decisions, and sometimes the internet is incorrect when it comes to product. Make sure to get advice one on one with someone who works in the hair field.

So whether you’re showing this article to your parents to help convince them to let you dye your hair, or you’re just reading it because you’re contemplating the question yourself, please use it to your advantage.

Note: I haven’t ever dyed my hair. Just because I haven’t doesn’t mean I haven’t done my fair share of research and had a great deal of questions to ask my hair dresser. Quite honestly, I’m using this to help convince my parents to let me dye my own hair. But remember, do what makes you feel comfortable. Your own opinion is everything.