As I was scrolling aimlessly down my Instagram timeline recently, I couldn't help but notice a chromatic theme in some of the self-adsorbed "#cèlfies" I robotically double tapped — in particular among the celebrities I follow.

Bright-colored and pastel hair has suddenly trickled its way into my social media newsfeed as a new thing with Hollywood's A-listers and peers donning green-streaked or grey tresses.

Kylie Jenner was spotted at this year's Coachella, a music and arts festival, on two separate occasions wearing a short bubble-gum-colored wig and a long sky-blue tinted wig.

Rihanna topped off her dramatic Met Gala ensemble with a burgundy "do," and TV personalities Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne have both distinguished themselves with pink and purple hair.

Even Grammy award-winning rap artist Lil Wayne experimented this past February by dipping a few of his dreadlocks in different colored dye. The result was a purple, green, blue and red-matted catastrophe. Nonetheless, male celebrities seem to be making the trend a staple, too. The most recent culprit, Chris Brown.

So, you may be wondering who cares if these celebrities are opting for hair the shades of Skittles, but in most cases, a trend always seems to travel from popularity to young adults, tempting them to conform to its unorthodox deception. I've already seen friends who have decided to take a bold approach to their hair color by abandoning subtle brunette and blonde hues and opting for an orange ombrè or blue highlights.

The only problem with trying to emulate the elite has to deal with every part of our realities versus theirs.

More than likely, celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Lil Wayne don't have to worry about impressing an employer for a job that comes with health benefits and a 401k. Therefore, they may operate under more of an impulsive urge than we have the pleasure to.

I am in no way condemning the people who have already decided to say "to heck" with normal hair colors, but with some decisions, especially those dealing with fashion and hair, there comes a penalty.

Personally, I am a huge fan of Beyoncé and the store Forever 21, so I fall prey to trends all the time.

For my high school prom, I was inspired by the Queen B so much that I decided to wear chestnut brown and sandy blond hair — good thing it was store-bought hair. After my high school graduation, I accepted a job at a doctor's office, which meant I had to shed my obnoxious look for my natural dark brown hair.

Maybe our society places too much emphasis on things that should be an individual's choice, such as the color of our hair. But for now, think twice before you pick up that bottle of bleach, ready to blissfully dye your hair to rainbow perfection because you may end up being scrutinized at your next job interview — and with very little hair.


Shanae Hardy is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at

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