Nathanial Garrod

Orange/Hair

Orange is my favorite color.

When I was younger, red was my favorite color for a very very long time. I thought it was bright, vibrant, and exciting. Around the time I became middle-school age, I moved on from red, and was in favorite-color-limbo.

In high school, my favorite color was green – the color of my high school.

Since being in college, I have decided that orange is my favorite color. Really, there was a transition during my senior year of high school.

My freshman year in college, I cut my hair into a mohawk-ish like configuration, and was able to keep it like that for a few days before I began to feel awkward.

Later in my freshman year, one of my best friends bleached her hair, and eventually dyed it. When she bleached it, I knew that I wanted to bleach my hair. However, at the time, I did not have a car, and none of my friends really supported my bleaching my hair. So I wanted.

I waited almost two years.

This weekend I dyed some of my hair orange. The process was fascinating, and it is very interesting to see social reactions to an individual who has colored hair.

First, when I went into the beauty supply store, the attendant at the store politely helped me find bleach, but she was little more than polite. I think this was due to the fact that I am male. Also, I think my height may have figured into this.

When I went into Hot Topic, the clerk was more polite to me than any clerk has been to me at Hot Topic before.

Everywhere I go, I get people giving me funny looks, making comments like “I bet he likes the SF Giants,” or curious inquiries from friends; “so, why’d you do it?”

Let me honestly answer the last question: I dyed my hair orange because I can. Because Orange is my favorite color. Because nobody actually expected me to do it. Because I love the color orange.

My hair is dyed orange as a symbol of my freedom. My ability to express myself opening in anyway I can, for whatever reason I want. Even if that means that I do not actually have a reason.

I just wanted you to know this.

I will be sharing more stories of having colored hair, and other social deviance (my potential earring) and how people react to it/how it shifts my social interactions. So you can look forward to that.

2 Comments on “Orange/Hair

  1. Christine
    March 17, 2010

    Wait are you only getting an ear pierced to be “socially deviant” (even though it’s really not considered that anymore) or because you like have a favorite ear or something?

  2. Hernan
    March 17, 2010

    good for you nathan.

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