A few weeks ago, I was at my doctor’s office.
The nurse asked me if my hair color was natural.
This is a difficult question for me to answer because I have no idea what my “natural” color is anymore.
When I was a child and up until my thirties I was a blond. Naturally, I am bright blond.
Yet when I hit my thirties my hair began to turn dishwater. Then as a few more years passed it was turning brown.
Eventually, I just began to dye my hair to achieve a consistent and prettier color.
I experimented for years looking for a color that worked with how my hair was naturally growing in. Looking for a color that felt like me.
There were times I attempted to dye my hair back to my original blond.
Every time I tried to go back to blond my hair turned out very red.
I played around with being a redhead as well.
Finally, I discovered that I liked a deep red in summer and a darker auburn in winter.
Sometimes to this day, I will dye my hair an auburn with some slight purple hues.
That is my favorite color.
It was not until I figured out my favorite hair colors that I began to feel “me”.
We know that our hair color can affect the way that others perceive us.
Can hair color also affect the way we see ourselves?
We can dye our hair any color we want but does it change us?
We have all heard the sayings and know the stigmas.
Blonds have more fun, blondes are ditzy.
Redheads are hot tempered.
Brunettes are more intelligent.
We could list these stigmas all day long.
The fact is, when I was younger I did feel like a typical blond.
I think I was a typical blond as for attitude, and stigma.
For me going red or auburn was a turning point.
Yes, I had grown older. I had more life experience. I had matured.
Still, going from dirty blond to red overnight could not have possibly changed me. Could it?
I seriously doubt that changing my hair color realigned my molecules, my DNA, my essence.
Yet as a redhead, or as a woman with auburn hair, I was empowered.
Have you ever felt the color you were born with was not really you?
Perhaps for some going blond is empowering. For some, it may be going jet black, or fairy dust blue.
If changing your hair color creates a feeling of empowerment I say go for it!
It may not change your DNA but it sure can change your attitude and outlook of self.