Monday, June 01, 2015

We All Should Have Rainbow Hair

I'm technically a middle-aged woman. There are things I shouldn't think are cool. I should be shaking my head, all Golden Girls-ish, and mumbling to myself about kids today.


But there's one trend I find absolutely mesmerizing. I would never do it because it would look ridiculous on a middle-aged woman. But for a young woman, I think this is beautiful.



I've seen people my age (and older) shake their heads at it. I've even seen them refer to young people with multicolor hair derogatorily, using terms like "Rainbow Brite." For the record, Rainbow Brite's hair doesn't look like this:




It looks like this:



I think the problem with this new hair trend is that it goes against what we're used to seeing. For centuries, hair has been varying shades of a few select colors. You're blonde, brunette, or a redhead. That's it. Anything else is "unnatural."



Yet we don't limit our clothing or nail polish colors. At times, we don't even limit our eye-makeup shades.



Apparently we aren't stopping with multicolored hair, either. Are you ready for the new trend in hair color?

Are you sure?

GRANNY HAIR!!!

Don't get too excited if that's your natural hair color. Apparently to pull this off, you have to be really young.


And really attractive.



Otherwise you just look prematurely gray.



What do you think of these new hair trends? Would you ever dye your hair a daring color?

68 comments:

  1. Its a great look, always nice to try something different!

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  2. These kids today!
    Hey, if it's what they want to do and they can still get a job with that color hair, then why not.
    Sadly I already have the grey look down pat.

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    1. I'm guessing in the general corporate world, they might have a difficult time getting a career-type job. Like visible tattoos, older generations still have bad perceptions of oddly-colored hair. For creative types working at startups or internet companies, though, it's actually probably respected! Plus more people are freelancing or working remotely now, so they may not even have to go into an office every day. In that case, as long as they could get through a Skype interview without being judged by someone who doesn't like that look, they're golden.

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  3. The most recent instance of technicolor hair I know of started with punk in the late 70s, and it's never entirely gone away. So by my calculations, rainbow hair is entirely middle-aged.

    What I find interesting is that anything that's "fun" seems to have a permanent "only got young people" stamp on it, and always gets totally detached from history as well.

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    1. When leggings came back in style, a fashion consultant said, "The rule is, if you wore it the first time, you aren't allowed to wear it the second time it comes in style." I see middle-aged and older women in leggings all the time. I say if it makes you feel good, do it.

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  4. OMG.....I have never heard of the granny hair trend. That is truly awful looking on a kid!

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    1. One of those Jenner kids introduced it, I'm told. Kylie, Kaylee...heck, I can't keep any of them apart. Sadly, if a Kardashian/Jenner does anything, the world's teens follow.

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  5. I think they call that rainbow hair dying 'ombre' I know because it is used on cakes too :) It's pretty unlike the grey style which we do not like.
    My beard has always been multicoloured :) Blond hairs mixed with darker ones :) But I don't grow it so.... nobody knows

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    1. Nail polish, too. I have some hombre nail polish on the way from Incoco as I type this!

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  6. I have a thick strand of purple in the front of my hair and I love it... I'd do it all purple if it wasn't so difficult to maintain. I'm middle aged but I will never act that way... oh... no granny hair for me... lol ♡ xox

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    1. Someone said that getting the hombre look requires multiple visits to the salon. I asked someone else, though, and she said it can be done in one visit. I wonder if it depends on the initial hair color?

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  7. I like the look of long hair that's been dipped in another color. I saw a woman who had brownish hair that she'd dipped the ends in green and boy did it look fabulous.

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    1. I think it can be very eye-pleasing when done correctly.

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  8. I love the idea of funky hair colors - I'm just not bold enough to do it myself or "cool" enough to pull it off. See, right there - is "cool" even the word anymore? Sigh. I am so old.

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    1. I asked a teenager and was told that most of them just say "awesome."

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  9. If I could magically grow hair once again, I'd dye it! But I don't think that's happening :)

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    1. Haha, well, that's a reminder that we should all just be glad we have hair!

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  10. I heard of the granny hair trend and I don't get it. I'll take rainbow hair though. I think it's really pretty.

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    1. I do, too...and you're young enough to pull it off!

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  11. I'm with you, rainbow hair done right looks nice and it's fun. I'm not as big of a fan of the granny hair, but that's personal taste.

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    1. Maybe we'll get used to it as we're getting used to rainbow hair? I'm guessing it won't be around long enough for that, though!

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  12. I don't like the gray hair on young women trend. I really don't think it looks good at all. Other than that, I say do what you want. I refuse to ever be someone who says, "Kids these days." I see so many people my age doing that and I want to shake them.

    Every generation has its "thing," and "kids these days" aren't any better or worse than kids in past generations. They just have their own trends. I even like a lot of their trends. And I don't think it's a matter of age whether you can pull certain things off, but more about personality and personal style. I can see some 90-year-olds pulling off the ombre and multi-colored hair, while some 13-year-olds wouldn't be able to do it.

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    1. True--two areas that are different--obesity rates among young people are MUCH higher than previous generations. That's a serious problem--much more serious than hair color! Another is the "everyone gets a trophy for participating" mentality that I think is teaching young people the wrong lesson...but we can't seem to turn either of those trends around, so I guess maybe a future generation can fix it!

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    2. LOL

      Well, I meant like style and music trends. Ha ha. But I do agree about the other things. Parents have become ridiculously overprotective. I noticed when my daughter was young, it was rare to find parents who allowed their children to just go outside and play all day like we used to. The world quite literally is not any more dangerous now than it was 30 years ago, but people have convinced themselves it is.

      So, less activity, higher obesity. Shocking! :-) And the "everyone gets a trophy" thing is insane. I'm a big believer in figuring out a person's (even a child's) talent and fostering that. But no one is good at everything. I was always the teacher's pet in English class because I'm good at pretty much everything that happens in English class. I was lousy at math past seventh grade. And I don't feel bad about that. It just isn't my strength. And that's OK and it should be OK. I've made a good life using my talents and I have managed to not need to do geometry in order to get here.

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  13. If they want to do it, power to them, but they'll get granny hair soon enough, so not sure I see the point in that, to each their own I guess

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    1. So true. I think because of the shock factor. It's pretty extreme, so it gets attention.

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  14. Gray hair looks really good on young, beautiful people. I love the multi-colored hair trend. That first pictures is awesome. I wish I could do that but I don't think I could pull it off. Plus, I'm afraid of ruining my hair like I did when I dyed it black as an idiot teen. :P

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    1. I dyed my hair black as a teen, too. Luckily I used that temporary stuff that washed out in 30 days. After a couple of weeks, it had faded quite a bit. I don't know if they even make that temporary shampoo-in hair color anymore.

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  15. haha okay NEVER to the granny hair, I could never do it! I do like the rainbow hair though! When I was a teen i tried anything and everything trendy and I don't regret a thing, so I think it's super fun (not for me, but def fun).. my fav trend growing up was the swarovski tattoo stickers on the abs! lol

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    1. I haven't seen that one, but that sounds very interesting!

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  16. Some people can carry of these hair colours very well. Wish I could do the same :(

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    1. Yeah, I don't think I could have pulled it off even as a teen!

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  17. I think all this looks great on the young ones. Go for it. I would if I were young. Why not.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  18. I like to look at new colors in hair. My favorite hair color is white hair (not blonde) on young African women. I think it looks exotic and super cool. :)

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    1. I don't think I've seen that. I need to Google it!

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  19. whenever i see stories on the web about the latest star to go with gray hair, i remember my mother 'tsk tsking' about her sister-in-law who dyed her hair gray when she was young and dating to look chic. so i'm guessing it's been a fad before many, many years back - like 70. :)

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  20. Granny hair? Now that is a new one. I think I am just jealous that I don't have any hair to color...

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  21. I admire those that go with an unusual hair color. The nice thing about hair coloring is it will grow out and if you don't do it too often, it won't ruin your hair. I probably wouldn't have dyed my hair any unusual color though in my youth. Granny hair is indeed a new one for me too!

    betty

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  22. I dunno, I kinda dig the grey hair on the younger women and the coloured hair on the older ladies. Is that wrong?

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  23. Granny hair? I've done a lot of hair coloring to avoid looking just like that. I've been gray since late teens, to one degree or another.

    If the colorful hair is done WELL, it's stunning - but I see too many people who just don't keep it up well. BTW, my daughter-in-law is a certified colorist who trains others. She does a great job at this.

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  24. Personally, I refuse to dye my hair because I'm obsessed with hair health and I know too many horror stories. But I do love the ombre/"unnatural" color look, if you can pull it off. Also, the whole gray hair thing (is it called gray balayge? that might just be different shades of gray) is actually kinda cool.

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  25. Granny Hair is just plain wrong-lol Now my Oma (grandmom) always had a nice purple tint to her hair instead of the usual blue. I love these bright colours and would have been so tempted to do this and still would love to dip my ends in a vibrant blue but I work with people who have bad credit. I don't think I would be taken seriously with blue hair even if it was on the ends. Some people look great in the wild hair like you show here but others don't. My niece had so many different colours and she looked best in lavender and this hot pink but horrible in blue and green. The bad part is it ruined her hair so she is growing out the bad hair now. As for the eyes-love it also as long as one knows how to apply it.

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  26. I really like the rainbow hair look. Vibrant, exciting...
    I don't die my hair, and have earned my grays but if I did I would love to have the courage to go down the rainbow route. I went blue many years ago for a party, and loved it.

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  27. The young are all beautiful. If I was a teen, I'd be dying my hair in a second just for the fun of it!! At my age, people would call me freaky...and you're right about the gray hair.

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  28. I love the different colored and multicolored hair. I've always wanted purple in my hair, and in college, I colored it purple with a non-permanent color once. It looked really good, but I doubt my current job would want me to come in with purple hair. I like the granny hair too. I really love the lavender-gray color. If I had the money and worked for myself, then I'd totally color part of my hair some color. Maybe purple. Or bright red. Not all the hair, but a portion, like the tips or a streak.

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  29. I love the bright colors. I want to dye my hair pink SO BADLY. I'm just not sure that I would trust anyone around here to get it right. I'm afraid my hair would all fall out or something.
    That pic of the blue to green is gorgeous. I love it. Not a fan of the gray hair. It washes people out, imo.

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  30. I think it looks very pretty on women

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  31. Hey Stephanie,

    Yes, finally, I have arrived, I state, ever so modestly.

    Now then, I'm fine with any hair colour, even at an older age. I walked past the bingo hall and the blue rinse brigade has become the rainbow rinse brigade. The old age rebels.

    I would dye my last strand of hair. Never mind a bad hair day, I might just be having a bad hair life! :)

    Gary

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  32. Aw, shucks. I thought I finally could go "natural" and my gray would be in style. If not, I'll keep coloring it. I used to wonder why my mom did. Now, I know.

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  33. I was watching Through the Wormhole last night (one from 3 weeks ago that had been sitting on my DVR) and one of the scientists (I think she was a biologist and not a physicist) had multicolored hair. And she had to be at least 40. If not 50.

    She had short hair, but there were stripes of blue and a couple others (now I forget). And I thought, "I would love to do that". Unfortunately, day job would object...

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  34. Yes, why can't people have any colour they like? Unintentionally, I'm already rocking "grandpa chic" with the grey hair though. :)

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  35. Definitely! I've already died my hair purple and maroon in the past. I would like to do so again, but my youngest doesn't want me to copy her - she has pink streaks, currently, and last fall she had it all fuschia-pink for a while. She's considering blue streaks next. And, I'm already natural with gray and brown all mixed together - I never have thought that gray looked bad on anyone.

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  36. I do love the colored hair - when it is done right! I have seen some bad colors out there...

    My college roommate had hot pink hair for a while. It was awesome. I was not so bold - my hair has always been some shade of normal. As for the gray hair on young women, I just don't get it. But that's likely because I started (involuntarily) going gray in my 20s. I definitely didn't want to encourage that, at least on my own head!

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  37. I actually agree with you. I think the different coloured hair looks attractive. The granny hair? No. Unattractive. You make a valid point, nails, eyes, clothing, you can colour anything but not the hair? Why not? I say go for it.

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  38. Oh my - how haven't I heard of this before?! This is right up my street!! If I had long hair, I'd dye it multi-coloured in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, I don't suit long hair, so I'll have to stick with my boring brown/red hair for now! Not too sure if I like the 'granny hair' or not!

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  39. I've seen the pictures all over the internet and love it. It's so pretty. I used to dye my hair a blue/black and then switched back to my natural dark brown. Now it's dark brown with gray. lol

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  40. I get my hair dyed pink and purple or sometimes I have pink streaks with my natural sandy color. People compliment me on it all the time. No one has ever said anything negative. I'm 56 and young people tell me I rock that look.

    Love,
    Janie

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  41. I love the hair trends! I would love to dye my hair all sorts of fun colors, but I'll be honest and admit (1) I'm too old, and (2) I'm far too lazy to maintain it, then it just looks all washed out and weird :)

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  42. I've added pink to my hair and I love it! I'd do it again, but I lost the only stylist I would ever trust with such a thing.

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  43. My hair is a red that's not found in nature, so yes, I totally would. And I think you could rock the rainbow hair, Stephanie. You're still young, and you have a very youthful face. Go for it!

    Think of how much your readers would love it.

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  44. I'm all for colorful! I would do something like hair chalk (where it's temporary) but nothing permanent. I'm streaked with gray (at thirty) but won't even dye my hair a "natural" shade. So... adventurous for a day!

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  45. I'm sort of ambivalent about dyed hair. The particular guv'ment agency I work for usually has some restrictions on what you can and cannot do to your outward appearance. One of the restrictions is multi-colored (aka rainbow brite) hair. You can dye your hair a different color or you can add tasteful highlights to it, but going somewhat off-kilter like some of the examples you've shown is forbidden.

    I've also seen my fair share of bad dye jobs. The other day, I saw a young social worker enter our office building with what I call "cotton candy hair" in that she had dyed (very badly) a few sections of her hair the color of blue cotton candy.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  46. This one hits so close to home! I love it! My daughter, who is 40 just changed her hair from pink and blue to 3 shades of purple. Why should women be restricted with their color as you said? She has been coloring her hair rainbow colors for years now - at least 20 and she likely always will and I love it! And this young lady with the purple hair is President of the PTA and Parent of the Year at her daughter's school -- all with rainbow hair! I'm very proud of her.

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  47. I've always loved the idea of dying my hair bright blue. I've refrained so far, but one day I'm going to do it.

    In my social circles, funky hair colours doesn't seem that unusual, but it tends to be among the younger people. I'd love to have a go myself sometime though.

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  48. I don't get the granny hair trend- I agree that it might work for certain people. Or people who are at that stage naturally. :)

    The bright colored hair can be very stunning. I think I would feel like a mermaid with the blue and green locks. :) Fun!

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