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Why I Color My Hair
I’ve changed my hair color so many times over the years that I’m not even sure what my natural hair color is anymore (I just know it contains some gray). Yes, despite all the many things I fear about our world — underground caverns, the coming zombie apocalypse, submarines, and earthworms come to mind — I’m downright courageous when it comes to the color of my coif.
Senior year in college, I wore it mahogany brown with a single blonde streak in the bangs, which I kept long, swept to the side and always, ALWAYS tucked behind my left ear. After graduation, hoping it would make me look older and more responsible, I trekked up and down San Francisco’s steep hills with long, jet black hair flowing behind me. A few years later, after a gut-wrenching breakup, I entered my red phase, hacking my hair into a short bob and adding angry vermillion streaks. And when I felt I’d finally moved on, so did my hair, which morphed into an optimistic fawn brown with sunny golden streaks.
While I haven’t made any big hair color changes lately, I’ve made some minor ones along the way, like the dainty, honey-colored streaks I wore last spring, the subtle burgundy pieces last fall or the caramel ombre highlights I’m sporting now.
Oh, sure, I also color my hair to cover my gray roots (which, slowly but surely, multiply every year), but that’s never been the main reason. I do it more to explore different parts of my personality, to reinvent myself, and to show the world how I feel.
How do you feel about changing your hair color? Have you ever done it before? If you have, please share some of the changes you’ve made.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,