Do you have a blue-haired teen?
I have a blue haired teen. Her hair is beautiful – a blue, green, aqua mix that reminds me of a mermaid arising from the sea.
She gets comments from all kinds of people – random strangers young and old. Shy children ask their mothers if she was born that way or why she did that. More outgoing kids ask her directly. Women in their 60s and 70s let her know that they love it. Even the homeless call out comments to her like, “Great hair day!”
Fairies and mermaids are big in this house, even though we’re way past the stage where my kids knew, for a fact, they were real (because mommy said so). I even owned and eventually sold a company with the name “Yogafairy, LLC.
We’ve made and drawn mermaids with blue green hair for a good 10 years now, probably more. But somehow I never predicted I would live with one.
During my own life I’ve been through multiple cycles of “alternative” hair styles. My teen years in the ’80s were spent with big hair and the side of my head shaved. Colors weren’t popular at the time, but you can bet your first born that I would have dyed it if they had been. As I moved to college and then graduate school, I had super short hair worn with the requisite huge hoop earrings.
Since you start counseling clients pretty early on in graduate school, the emphasis was on looking respectable, particularly because most of us were so young. Over time the hair became a bit longer and the shoes a little less wild. I worked for several years after graduating and then stayed home with my kids in their early years. Since I wasn’t working, I decided that purple and pink hair would be wonderful.
My youngest’s first birthday pictures show her in pink and brown leggings and me with pink streaks in my hair. Later, pink bangs emerged.