Many people like to stand out in a crowd. Although the typical Asian is usually a shy, inhibitive individual; there are exceptions. The bleaching of an Asian’s hair is a popular way of being a said “exception.” However, the terms “Asian” and “black hair” are usually joined at the hip. Asians are self-loathing regarding this fact, and often wish they were two mutually exclusive factors. Alas, it was not to be. That doesn’t stop Asians from trying to alter the color of their locks, often ending with awful consequences. Here’s a breakdown of the possibilities:
Brunette: This is acceptable. Most Asians naturally have black hair, so making the transition to brown hair isn’t too much of a stretch. It looks relatively natural and meshes well with an Asian’s complexion. Due to the relative paleness of Asian skin tones, becoming a brunette can be advantageous, as it effectively takes the focus away from the “yellowness” and allows their natural features to shine more prominently.
Red: Let it be noted that this category also includes red’s more exuberant cousin “pink”. Suffice to say, red/pink colored hair is for the Asian wanting to express themselves through some ridiculously alternative fashion trend. (such as goth, emo or lolita when jet black just isn’t hardcore enough.) As a hair color, red is an extravagantly unnatural choice for Asians.
Yet, it exudes that “Hey, look at me!” attitude, which may suit those wannabe extroverts wishing to make fools of themselves in public. Simply put, if an Asian wants to avoid being ridiculed in a large group of people, they shouldn’t dye their hair an extravagantly outrageous shade of this color! However, if done sparsely with a brunette twinge, it can be made acceptable. Basically with red, the more natural-looking, the better. (see above)
Blonde: This is a tough one because Western values dictate a belief that blondes are generally attractive and that blonde hair is very desirable. After all, don’t blondes have more fun? Asians like fun, right? Right…? The problem here is that the majority of blondes today aren’t even naturally blonde, emphasizing the desirability of such a trait. However, 99% of the time, “blonde hair” and “Asian” shouldn’t even be put in the same sentence together. Obviously, there are occasions where blonde Asians can come off as absolute knockouts, but a blonde Asian gives off a trashy look, as the blonde hair contrasts so sharply with the general Asian skin color. The first thing to come to mind here can end up being: *cough*hooker*cough*. Well, depending on who you ask, that might not necessarily be a bad thing…
Reality TV whore/Bleached blonde/Asian – Tila Tequila, hot or not?
Multicolored: Okay, if you’re a clown or a clown-in-training then we’ll cut you some slack. For anyone else, if you wish to don a multicolored rainbow on your head, put simply, you should be stoned immediately! Come on guys, Asians are supposedly renowned for their “intelligence”, so for the sake of all of us, just don’t do it, okay?
Anything else: Umm, are you stupid? See multicolored.
There are certain exceptions. Asians who reside in areas where ridiculous hair style trends are seen as somewhat of a norm, often can conform by sporting a ridiculous hair style of their own, often with an outrageous color that should never be seen on an Asian’s head (or many other people’s heads for that matter). Yes, this is referring specifically to people in some parts of Japan, Korea, and HK, who think they’re “oh so funky” what with their red, green & purple hair colors. Remember kids, if you’re making such an effort to be non-conformist, you’re in fact conforming, and around in a circle we go…
White people can often manage to pull off bleached hair with aplomb; unfortunately this is not a good idea for many Asians, unless that unnatural look is what they’re going for deliberately. So fellow Asians, even though you may be extremely tempted, the general consensus is that you shouldn’t dye your hair any color other than brown (or perhaps dark red). Anything else just doesn’t work! Here’s some food for thought: as much as many straight men want to try on women’s underwear, we know we just mustn’t do so. The same principle is applicable here…
P.S. This is piece not intended to insult anyone, be it Asians who bleach their hair or men who don women’s underwear… oh and just for the record, this author has NOTHING against people (especially women) with bleached hair, even though an impression to the contrary may have been given. As mentioned earlier, if done right, Asians with bleached hair, or with subtle highlights can come off as quite gorgeous. Those people know who they are… =)
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