Questions of purple hair perplex, taunt students
By H.G. Miller
While discussing important political issues with a friend the other
day boy, I almost wrote that with a straight face. Anyway, while
a friend and I were maliciously making fun of an instructor, I noticed
Weren´t your eyes blue yesterday? I asked.
Yeah, she replied. So what?
So why are they brown today?
Because I´m not wearing my blue contacts.
Come to think of it, didn´t your hair used to be light brown?
No, it used to be strawberry blond, she told me. Then, I dyed it black, and now it´s burnt almond, which is what it was originally.
I shook my head in stupefaction and looked at the person standing across from me.
Who are you? I finally asked.
She seemed confused by the question, so I let it go.
Later, I looked at myself in the mirror.
Okay, other than any kind of a tan, what can I do to improve these meager features of mine? I asked.
You should color your hair purple, another friend told me.
As any immediate benefits of such a venture failed to present themselves, I asked why.
Because it would look cool, my friend said. Not the whole thing, just a few highlights to help you stand out amongst the masses.
You mean all of those people with banana-yellow highlights in their hair?
Yeah, my friend continued. Nobody´s really done purple yet. Not to the extent that it could be exploited.
So, I said. Why don't you color your hair purple then?
My skin's too tan.
That sounded logical. With my Casper complexion, adding streaks of brittle, plum-stained hair just seems natural.
If you don´t do something to your hair, the whole social system may collapse in anarchy. Twenty years from now, when premature balding is the big thing, those of us who didn´t chemically alter our scalps will be sorely out of the loop.
Of course, I´m not being fair here. It´s easy to poke fun at those who change their appearances while I´m too scared to alter much of anything about myself. Of course, it´s also my column.
During the course of one of these conversations, a friend inevitably will bring up my beard.
Perhaps you´ve noticed the dark-gray smudges along my chin in the photograph. Those are supposed to be whiskers. Unfortunately, I forgot to compensate for the bleeding of newsprint when posing.
Yes, for a short while, I decided to grow facial hair in an attempt to look my age. You see, I have the face of a 12-year-old boy. Although it may be making millions for Leonardo DiCaprio, the look doesn´t seem to hold the same result for me.
Mostly, though, I just wanted to do something different with myself. Look older, look sinister, I don´t know just look different. I guess we all get sick of having the same face stare back at us when we brush our teeth in the morning, no matter how handsome.
Let´s face it. Most of us have passed the major changing points in our lives. Eyeglasses have been replaced by contacts. We´re as tall as we´re going to be, and most of us can´t afford to overhaul our wardrobes.
All that´s left is messing with our hair and fiddling with eye color. Add a few earrings, maybe some tattoos, and watch the fun at your next family reunion.
And why not? This is college, right? Pretty soon, we´ll all have to get real jobs and wear suits and specified T-shirts on casual days. I guess I´d rather talk to somebody who doesn´t remember their real hair color instead of people who color-coordinate for the proper business effect.
I don´t think I´ll go for purple, though. Maybe burnt amber would better suit me.
H.G. Miller is a Hutchinson senior in English.