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Rebellion has Blue Roots

July 9th, 2012

So I’ve had blue hair for over half a year now—I think? I can’t imagine it’s been that long (it’s been a while since I posted photos)! I went from turquoise to a deep blue to a regular blue. It was a lot of fun while it lasted (it was a semi-permanent color, of course). Over that period of time, I have gotten a wide variety of reactions. Some of the more memorable reactions were guys yelling “cool hair!” from several feet away, girls asking to touch my hair, and little girls stopping to talk to me everywhere I went. On the negative side, I had mothers sighing and rolling their eyes while they ignored their daugthers’ vocal fascination for “the girl with the blue hair over there.” Also, I had people thinking I was into anime cosplay, and to that I would just say, “I like punk.” The worst comment I ever got in public, which happened on many occasions, was “Hi/hello Katy Perry!” Shoot me, please.

Why wouldn’t some people pierce their nose if they would pierce their ears? Why wouldn’t some people pierce their eyebrows or lip if they would pierce their nose? Why wouldn’t some people get tattoos if they would get cosmetic surgery? Is it a conviction or a preference? The conventionals have the same odd reaction to people with unnatural hair colors as someone with piercings or tattoos—possibly even worse. HAIR COLOR IS NOT PERMANENT, even if it says so on the box. I would say that there is a stark difference between the two.

Permanent or not, the conventionals look into what it represents. Sure, I can buy into that (no sarcasm). Even though it’s hard to discern, I do believe in staying away from “the appearance of evil,” 1 Thes 5:22. Pertaining to modesty, there might be a select few who get aroused by women with unnatural hair colors, but that is a very narrow number from what I am aware of (depending on where you hang out also). Women’s hairstyles haven’t really been too much of a distraction in the office—unlike showing cleavage—unless it literally obstructs others’ vision. That is why you don’t generally see Christian girls covering their hair for protection from sexual predators.

So what else could be a reason why unnatural hair colors leave a bad taste in the conventional’s mouth? It might also be because it represents rebellion. Rebellion isn’t such a bad thing. I’ve been embracing it all my life. However in my earlier days, especially as a teenager, it wasn’t the good kind. I still automatically turn my nose up against anything too popular, without really having a good reason for it. I may be immature in that way. So to be compared to the queen of today’s pop was my warrant to murder someone. I am appalled by shallow expressions of meaning (as they dictate lifestyles “artistically” and/or technologically), and I will not stop rebelling against it by whatever means I am allowed.

What I am wearing: Boston Proper lace shirt – Hanes blue t-shirt – Steve & Barry’s jeans – LS sandals – Manic Panic Shocking Blue – Sally Girl nail polish

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18 Responses to “Rebellion has Blue Roots”

  1. Natasha Atkerson

    It’s been soooo long since you’ve posted an outfit!
    I can’t believe I’d ever say this-but that blue hair looks good on you! :)
    I’m a ‘sort of’ rebel-mine is mostly in less noticeable ways (dressing modestly, socially etc.).
    Oh, you asked in a comment on my blog if my hair is lighter-the answer is yes. Although I’m not entirely sure why! It’s super weird (I think most people believe I’m lying!) but my hair actually changes color! I’ve never used dye on my hair-but it used to be super dark. It can change depending on shampoo, but also for no reason and some from the sun lightening it.

    Cute outfit too, Rachel! Is it hard to dress with blue hair? I’ve always thought it would be, perhaps not! :)
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  2. Rachel @ a la Modest

    Thank you, Natasha! Yes, I did find it difficult to adjust to dressing up with blue hair. For some reason, winter dressing was fine. Layering clothes looked really cool with blue hair. Then the warmer months proved more difficult, especially since I tried not to wear white or very light colors, because my hair color would sometimes get on the clothes when I sweat or when it rained. I just actually dyed my hair a different color after taking these photos—-black :-) I love it. Last time I did this was when I was in high school. I don’t actually have natural black hair.

  3. Izumi

    I love your hair and the whole 90s vibe. xx

  4. Louanna

    you look amazing!

  5. Rachel @ à la Modest

    Thank you!

  6. Mary Lou

    wooow i´m so impressed by your absolutely fabulous blue hair! what a cool girl you are!!!! i have to follow you now via facebook;)

  7. yuka

    omg i totally know what you mean! when i had blue in my hair i got all kinds of dumb comments.
    but anyway, you rock the blue well!

  8. kat

    such a lovely top! :) really loving your hair!!! :D


  9. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    Rachel! I love that you posted again! I really love the color!!! That is sad that you’ve been called Katy Perry. ew. Talk about comparison with an immodest woman. :: sigh ::

  10. Heidi

    You look so lovely in blue hair! It suits you well. :)

  11. Rachel @ à la Modest

    Thanks Heidi!

  12. Rachel @ à la Modest

    Thank you so much, Kat!

  13. Rachel @ à la Modest

    Yeah I know… my response to at least two of them was, “I hate Katy Perry.”

  14. Rachel @ à la Modest

    Yeah I know… some people can be really narrow minded.

  15. Brenda

    Wow!!! So cool!!! Chic-chic ;-)

  16. Lidiya

    Lovely look. Love your acessories.

  17. Rachel @ à la Modest

    Thanks, Mary! I just saw your comment. For some reason, this went to spam.

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