As I reflect on this year, I realize I miss my blue hair! I had it for 6 months this year and I loved it. Being the chameleon I am, eventually I kind of missed having my blonde hair so I switched back, then back to red haha. I love trying new styles. Admittedly, being a (proud) woman of color, having non-‘natural’ colored hair has it’s pros and cons. Before I get into that, here are some outfit details!
I really loved this outfit. It was so simple, but elegant. This is one of my favorite sweaters because it’s comfortable and warm. Also it’s hard to go wrong with a black maxi skirt!
Scroll below for tips before dying your hair & a list of pros and cons!
I’m currently in a reddish / pinkish hair mood so that’s why I have my current hair style. I’m trying to give my hair a chemical break. I may go back blue, but it depends on my mood! One of the hardest things about blue hair or any ‘abnormal’ color is the maintenance. To keep it beautiful and vibrant, you need to get the color replenished every month or so. Also if you’re a person or woman of color, sometimes it doesn’t look as ‘natural’ or fitting with our skin tones. In some pictures my hair looked almost like a wig! 🙁 To be honest though, if you don’t care what other people think or care if it doesn’t look natural, go for it! I don’t regret my decision, it was so fun. Sometimes I wish I can have a magic button to easily switch back.
If you’re thinking about dying your hair to a lighter/more vibrant color, there’s a few things to keep in mind:
- If you are a person of color, you probably have pitch black hair. You need bleach! Unfortunately, to get any of those cool, colorful looks you need some bleach! The first time I died my hair I got some bleach to make blonde highlights. It was pretty and helped pave the way for my colorful streaks.
- Bleach and hair color will damage your hair. Luckily, my strong thick Asian hair saved my ass. It still remained ‘mostly’ healthy even after the many times I’ve dyed it! I’d recommend getting kertain treatments to keep your hair nice, strong, and shiny! If you don’t take care of it, it will eventually look like dried up hay (especially if your hair is any tint of yellow on the bottom 😛 haha).
- It might take time to get used to it…I remember when I first saw my hair completely blue I was shocked. I wanted it to be faded and subtle, and it was nothing but. Unfortunately, you need it to get vibrant first if you want that faded look later. Regardless, it is going to be shocking, but don’t worry! With time you’ll forget what your previous hair looks like. Worse comes to worst, you can always dye it a different color!
- Your hair will recover & grow. If you’re debating about dying your hair, or don’t like your current color, relax – it’ll grow! It might grow slowly, but it’s not the end of the world. If you’re just getting started, you can try dying your tips and see how you like it! You can always chop it off later if you don’t like it, or if you want to be bold and daring dye more of your hair!
Just to give you a better perspective, here’s a quick list of some pros and cons of how it is to have colored hair especially if you’re a POC!
- Your hair is unique & you easily stand out
- You will most likely get a lot of compliments
- Even on a bad hair day, your hair will look great
- Clothes with the same color, complimentary colors, or neutral colors will look great on you
- You need to get color touch ups to maintain it’s vibrancy
- Some clothes (depending on the color) will look better on you than others
- You will get a lot of attention (good & bad)
- It’s not as common and less accepted in the corporate world (which in my opinion I think is baloni, but it’s the sad truth in some places – honestly if you want rainbow hair then own it and don’t apologize, don’t change who you are just to fit in & be accepted, they should change their mindsets not you)
- Some colors may look better on you than others (my tip is having a darker root to have it compliment your face more!)
TLDR – If you want to try it, go for it! Life is short. Dye it and dye it again. Start with the tips, or take a risk and go all out! Find some reference pictures, a good salon with great reviews, and that courage inside to let your colors shine. 🙂 Let me know if you dye your hair or have any other tips I missed!