Nora Binkis | Staff Writer

Teenagers are dyeing to fit in.

Middle schoolers are now trying to express themselves through their hairstyles and color. Dyed hair could significantly impact a person’s physical appearance, but is unique to a person and can express who they are.

Orchestra teacher Kristen Thiel said deciding to dye hair takes time and consideration.

“It does require quite a bit of upkeep as you can see your roots grow out and then it looks bad,” Thiel said. “Make sure it’s something that you really really want to do.  But it’s awesome once you have it– it’s really fun.”

Middle school students are dyeing their hair to embrace their fun side in a fashionable way. For seventh grader Isabel Frischhertz, a first time hair dyer, it was a hard decision to color her hair because of the daily upkeep, but she loved the pink-color it gave to her hair.  

“You have to know what you’re getting into, it takes a while and it’s harder to maintain than normal hair,” Frischhertz said. “If you have a certain hairstyle that you do every day like a braid or straight hair, it’s much easier having it colored because when you wake up you can brush it out and people will be like, ‘oh your hair is so cool because it’s dyed.”

Laura Vaughn, a cosmetology instructor at Aveda Fredric’s Institute, said as long as your scalp and hair are healthy, it’s okay to dye your hair, even at a young age.

“I was ten (when I first dyed my hair), so I think it just depends on when you can take care of your hair,” Vaughn said. “Really you can get it colored at any time. It depends on the scalp. You need to make sure the scalp is healthy, but if the hair’s healthy, typically people go about 3-4 weeks between colorings, so I think that’s okay.”

A new trend is dying hair more vibrant/candy colors rather than natural colors. Celebrities such as Katy Perry and Kylie Jenner have dyed their hair vibrant colors from mint green to cotton candy pink, which is influencing teens’ color choices. According to Vaughn, vibrant colors don’t damage your hair more than natural colors.

“(The color) doesn’t really matter; it just depends on how healthy you keep your hair,” Vaughn said. “So if you do highlights but you keep your hair healthy and you use protein treatments and everything like that, then it’s just as healthy as all over color.”

The major cause of hair breakage/damage is through chemical hair treatments such as dyeing and straightening, according to  Eighth grader Molly Shields said hair dying can be damaging, but when dyed, it adds to your look.  

“I (have dyed my hair) purple, yellow, orange, red, blue, dark blue, and turquoise,” Shields said. “I think (hair dyeing is) just something different or something new just to add on.”

Thiel said that with hair dyeing, people can express themselves with their hair and still be in fashion.

“I think it’s another way of expressing your uniqueness,”  Thiel said.  “Fashion has been going through phases–it always has.  And the way you dress expresses your personality a lot too, but fashion is also very either you’re in or you’re not. I feel like dyeing your hair is just a different way of saying okay, so I’m kind of fitting in, but I’m also doing my own thing as well.”