The Psychology Behind Wanting To Color Your Hair

Taylor Terminate, a Youtuber, looking really awesome with white hair.

Why do people choose to dye their hair colors such as bright red, vibrant purple, or attention-grabbing pink? Where does this desire to have unnatural colored hair come from? What is the reason behind a yearning for a shocking mint color? Is there science behind such a desire? Dying one’s hair a different color – especially rainbow hair – has slowly become a trend, with celebrities like Rihanna, Kesha, Kylie Jenner, and Hilary Duff dyeing their hair.  But using bleach and harsh coloring can leave nasty affects to hair, so why are people willing to make this sacrifice just to join in on a trend?

MTV News conducted an interview with a psychologist and celebrity colorist to find out some reasons. As it turns out, those who dye their hair latch onto a simple concept of wanting to stand out in order to fit in. Crazy dye jobs are becoming more and more normal – worn by celebrities and everyday people – and with the human urge to conform, we dye our hair.

Daniel Moon, a celebrity stylist, said, “A color explosion has happened and now is being molded to our lifestyle….” So, this new trend is spreading like wildfire and is becoming part of the way people live, the way people express themselves, and shows, with a bang, how they feel about themselves and the world. 

Nicole, a senior at Village, currently has her hair teal and purple.

On social media outlets such as Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter, individuals post pictures with interesting and creatively-colored hair,  further popularizing the interest in the trend. Individuals may create trends in our society, but technology helps to push these trends into the mainstream– we spread pictures of ourselves and images of what we are doing through hashtags, and when enough people do the same thing, a  trend hits its ‘tipping point’ and becomes less ‘alternative’ and more accepted or expected. 

Students here at Village have dyed their hair wild colors, affirming that the trend is alive and well. Nicole, a senior, first dyed her hair pink when she was sixteen years old. It then faded to an orangish color when she purposely didn’t touch it up. When asked why she wanted to dye her hair, she said she simply didn’t like her hair in its natural brunette state. She has dyed her hair nine different colors since and now does all of her dye jobs herself; she hasn’t gone to a hair salon in a very long time.

The author, Britt, with ‘Purple Rain’ hair dye.

I recently bleached my naturally dark brown hair a total of three times to prep for purple hair dye. I’ve wanted to dye my hair purple (and later ½ black, ½ white, etc.)  for a long time as I just like to change up my style sometimes, and hair color is a great way to do that. I get tired of the same old thing, and I’m not someone who needs every day to be so routine, so experimenting with hair color is a way to change things up.  I’ve been particularly inspired to attempt to rock colors different colors by my favorite YouTuber, Taylor Terminate.

So, while dyeing one’s hair comes from a paradoxical urge to both stand out and fit in, I hope it’s a cultural trend that sticks around for a while. 

Why YKK?



YKK. If you look for it, more often than not, it’s there on you.  If you’re wearing clothes/accessories with zippers and or fastenings, that is.  YKK is the largest zipper producer in the world. It’s actually a Japanese manufacturing group of companies, named after Yoshida Kōgyō Kabushiki gaisha. Which translates to Yoshida Manufacturing Shareholding Company. Yoshida comes from the name of the founder, Tadao Yoshida. Mr. Tadao founded YKK in 1934 in Tokyo.



YKK produces about half of the world’s zippers. Why is YKK everywhere and what makes it so popular? Apparently, the quality of YKK zippers beats out the competition. Tadao personally designed the machines and brought every part of the process of making zippers into his design: smelting its own brass, weaving the dyed cloth and forging the zipper teeth. YKK even makes the boxes they are shipped off in.  YKK handles all aspects of the production process. Dependable quality and delivery, and only a few cents higher than the competition.





Three of the Biggest Fails of the 2016 Oscars.

Fashion Fails

Heidi Klum


Can you spot the difference between these two pictures?

  • Heidi Klum’s dress looks like it came out of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother’s closet but there was nothing magical about this dress other than that. Sorry, Heidi.

Amy Poehler


Are those my grandmother’s curtains?

  • Nope, it’s Amy Poehler in a dress made out of my grandmother’s curtains. The only thing to do to help this dress is to burn it.

Stacy Dash’s unnecessary cameo


Looks like we’re gonna have to make a cameo at the Val party”- Cher, Clueless

  • The Clueless star should’ve just stuck to cameos at valley parties with her on- screen bestie. Dash was recently in the news for wanting to end BET and Black History Month. So, when she walked on stage as “director of minority outreach” as Chris Rock said, the only funny thing about this joke was Chrissy Teagan’s reaction.


And now for the only thing the Oscars got right……


After six nominations, Leo finally won his Oscar!!!



Nike Air Mags: What We Know So Far

So this year, the Nike Air Mags are supposed to be re- released.

The Nike Air Mags are the shoes that Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future 2 when himagee travelled to 2015.

In honor of the year and film, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield says they are going to release the model again.

The were originally 1,500 pairs which were auctioned off in 2011 on ebay and the proceeds went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research.

These pairs auctioned off in 2011 had functioning lights and came with a charger and magnetic box.

The 2015 model allegedly also come with a functioning auto- lacing system.

The 2011 models sold on auction from anywhere from three to six thousand dollars and buying a pair now would cost between six and nine thousand dollars.

No one knows the retail cost or release dates so far, or how limited and difficult they will be to get. Some speculate the new model will be re-released on  the 21st of October because that is the exact day Marty traveled to.

Fashion Review: Neckbeards

Both neckbeards and fedoras, respectively, have skyrocketed in popularity in the past few years. Walk down any street within the vicinity of trendy hipster towns from Williamsburg to Venice Beach, and both looks were in full bloom.

However, a community of grown men, known for watching the television show, “My Little Pony” and the like, have adopted both trends, morphing them into one.

Since this overtaking, the fedora and neckbeard have become a symbol for a kind of atheists who are stereotypically known for their persistence in making others aware of their beliefs. They are known for paying little attention to personal hygiene, hence the neckbeard.

This group,not so cleverly nicknamed, “neckbeards” or “fedoras”, has become so associated with the hat, that even those who are not part of the group can be mistaken for members simply because are seen wearing the upturned brimmed headgear.

Due to this association, fedoras are no longer a viable option for fashionability and, sadly, neither is the neckbeard. While many a hipster may look good in a fedora or with a mess of un-groomed neck hair, it is probably best to avoid association with this dangerous group of gamers, atheists, and Cheeto munchers: the Neckbeards.

2013 Met Costume Institute Gala: A Review

By Amanda Long

Every year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds an extravagant gala. The selected A-list attendants gather together to display their interpretation of the artistic theme. This year’s theme was, “PUNK: Chaos to Couture”. “Punk’s signature mixing of reflexes was fueled by artistic developers, such as Dada and Post Modernization”, said Thomas P. Campbell (Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art). “So, it makes sense to present this exhibition in a museum that also shows the broader output of those movements.”



Singing sensation, Beyonce, wore a black and orange Keso dress with over -the -elbow gloves and boots to match. While she looked absolutely gorgeous, the look wasn’t quite as stunning as last year’s.

Kim Kardashian walked up the red carpet with Kanye West. She was dressed head to toe in a floral patterned dress which shocked with gloves attached to the dress. Many fashion critics declared it a “fashion don’t”.

Kim Kardashian in full floral

Kim Kardashian in full floral

Miley Cyrus strutted in a fishnet dress by Marc Jacobs. Her dress definitely reflected the theme and of course, was an original choice.

Miley Cyrus in all her fishnet glory

Miley Cyrus in all her fishnet glory

Anne Hathaway punking out with her new blonde hair.

Anne Hathaway punking out with her new blonde hair.

Anne Hathaway looked stunning in her dress by Valentino.  Her hair and makeup corresponded perfectly with her outfit.

Jennifer Lawrence went with a simpler dress. Ankle length, with matching shoes made upped the ante of the simple silhouette. Her face veil definitely added a bang to her attire.

Zooey Deschanel was a rebel, walking in with her signature bands swept to the side. She wore a blue seersucker gown, custom designed by Tommy Hilfiger.  Of the dress, Hilfiger said, “The dress was an original, quirky and fun take on the punk theme.”

Jennifer Lawrence, with veil.

Jennifer Lawrence, with veil.


Zooey Deschanel, fresh faced and dressed in seersucker, pushed against the punk theme.