After the initial shock wore off I applauded her confidence, and I thought of my new friend from Canberra. Julia has strikingly beautiful electric blue hair. It would seem neither woman has a problem with self-expression or accepting attention.
Within minutes I saw a blonde teen with a loud top-layer of magenta hair. That was a little less unexpected since I have several young friends who choose non-traditional hair colors as an expression of their individuality or their distance from main-stream society.
But then, I did a double take and my chin dropped to the floor, as yet another woman with brightly colored locks came into my periphery. Again, she was an older woman. And again her hair color choice made a bold statement. A very bold statement. She was sporting bright turquoise hair.
As I closed my mouth and scrapped my chin up off the the floor, I began to wonder if "Candid Camera" was filming an episode. Maybe the beauty school had a color sale for finals week. Or perhaps over the weekend there had been Central Texas colorist convention gone awry.
Now don't get me wrong. I like colored hair. I myself have been known to mix up a few colors. However, since an unfortunate experience in my remote past, in which I failed to regain my blonde tresses of childhood, I tend to keep my hair color choices within a shade or three of the realm of my current natural color and highlights--although I occasionally forget and choose a medium brown rather than a light Caramel for the base, and I tend to have a heavy hand when I add auburn, which results in a bolder red hair color than I intend.
Although I admire those who wear bold hair color choices with confidence, I am not a bold hair color kind of girl. I can, and do, appreciate that quality in others.
Until, I saw this middle aged woman with brilliantly turquoise tresses.
It was not the attention grabbing raven of a goth teen. It was not the originality of a Lucille Ball Orange, which inspired a rose to be named after her. Nor was it the at-home-attempt-turned-horridly-brassy bleached hair of my High School Self. The unnatural pink of Nicki Manij, or Pink herself, pales in comparison to this hue. Even the rainbow of colors Lady Gaga or Dennis Rodman have worn over the years was no where near as shocking as this mannishly close-cropped 'do. I couldn't even attribute it to a misguided sense of sports fanatic fandom like that of my beloved Purple and Gold die-hard Cru-fans, because she was wearing a black and gold Pittsburg Steelers jacket.
And then it hit me. It was the moment I realized I was viewing something far more ominous than simple attention demanding, mainstream society distancing, self-expression.
She, like all Steeler fans, had experienced a lapse in sound judgement.
This post is part of Think Kit by Small Box
Prompt: "Ooh! Aa! What surprised you this year? Was it a jump-out-of-your-seat shocking moment? Learning something new that really flipped your wig? A moment in time that left you speechless? Leave us slack-jawed and standing silent...or at least thoughtfully quiet for a few seconds!"