I never dyed my hair until I was 21. I was going to say I wasn’t allowed to dye my hair but I’m not sure that was true. I was allowed to get my ears pierced in 3rd grade after begging for it for years (I guess by the age of 8 my mom could safely say it was something I specifically wanted and not something being forced upon me) so I don’t know for sure that my parents would have forbidden me from dying my hair but since I never asked, I’ll never know.
When I first dyed my hair I went from brown to red. Then I did varying shades of red/sometimes more purple than red, then blonde, then back to brown until it finally all grew out and now I haven’t dyed my hair since I was probably 23.
I’m sure there are tons of reasons I started with red (including the fact that it was a color I could do at home) but one of the big reasons was definitely Tai from Clueless.
Every girl wants a makeover at one point or another and Tai’s looks like one of the most fun ones you could have including that epic hair flip in the tub.
In no particular order here are some other ladies who have made me want to dye my hair (for better or for worse).
Angela Chase/Rayanne Graff, My So-Called Life
These two have the absolute perfect style. There was nothing I wanted more as a pre-teen than to dress like either of them (leaning closer to Angela Chase, of course) and just dye my hair and style it in interesting ways. I’m an Angela Chase/Lindsay Weir combo where I so wanted to be edgier than I was and was hoping I’d fulfill that dream in high school (spoiler alert: I didn’t).
Ramona Flowers, Scott Pilgrim
Is there anyone else you could think of except Ramona Flowers for hair dye envy? Between the books (do we call those comics? Graphic novels? I really don’t know but I love them regardless) and the movie we get to see so many hair colors on her. I had a dream of being her for Halloween and then had to think, “wait, I wouldn’t get to dye my hair, I’d need a wig because I’m not going to cut my hair like that” and it became too complicated and I gave up.
Clementine Kruczynski, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When I say Eternal Sunshine had an impact on me, I mean there were months where I was watching this movie every week. You know? I seriously went and visited Montauk just because of this movie (but luckily it’s awesome out there). But Clementine’s hair is awesome. I’m obviously partial to the blue hair and I’ve always wanted to dye part of my hair blue. One of these days!
Anya, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I liked Anya’s hair changes in Buffy because it wasn’t wild color changes it was just that she changed the color kind of frequently and the style. And it always looked amazing. When I was dying my hair I just loved how easy it was to go in, dye it a new color and feel like a whole new person. (That sounded a lot less lame in my head but I think you get the idea). It’s an awesome, non-permanent way to change your look.
Aria Montgomery, Pretty Little Liars
Before Alison’s disappearance/murder/mystery thing began Aria had wild pink hair! And it looks great! Whenever they flashback to these times you get to see “bad” Aria with bright pink streaks in her hair and I personally love that look so much on her. Solid choice, Past Aria!
Well, all this did was make me want to dye my hair, so, great! Which ladies made YOU want to dye your hair? Let me know, I need suggestions!(Main image via Shutter Stock, Tai pic via, My So-Called Life pic via, Ramona Flowers pic via, Clementine pic via, Anya pic via, Aria pic via)