Once upon a time, when I was a young girl of 16, I was a wee bit rebellious. I didn't sneak out of the house or do drugs or any of that, but I did occasionally see how close I could get to that invisible line before my parents would step in. One week, my mom went out of town. My dad has always been a little less strict in the parenting department. I decided that, in the absence of my mother's watchful eyes and stricter rules, I would try a little hair dye experiment. With the help of my older sister, I bought a bright red dye at the store and proceeded to apply red streaks to my dirty blond hair. I'd been allowed to dye my hair "natural" hair colors before, so this extremely Ariel shade of red was just a very small step beyond that, right?
Not only was I dying my hair without permission, which was apparently against the rules, it didn't actually come out red at all. It was an unmitigated disaster, a sunset of orange and pink. Hot pink, in fact.
My parents, needless to say, were seriously displeased. When my mom got home, they conferred, and my punishment indeed fit the crime.
I was required to wear hats over my new hair every time I left the house, so that no one could actually see my rebellious streaks. Frankly it wasn't a terrible punishment. I look pretty cute in hats, although I did get rather sick of them after 3 months or so. It took a little longer than I would have liked for all the pink to fade out, and I was left with rather hideous blond streaks which made my hair look fake and my (real) tan faker.
I learned my lesson, though. I never again dyed my hair without permission.
Unfortunately, however, I didn't actually learn the entire lesson. Honestly, I loved those pink and orange streaks, I thought they were really cool. And now that I'm grown and married and jobless, I am filled with a strong temptation to dye my hair another interesting hue. I find all of these images so inspiring and fun and girly!
What do you think? Have you ever/would you ever dye your hair an unnatural color? If so, what color?! Should I risk it, or am I too old now?