I feel like going teal was one of the most freeing things I've done. For some reason it felt like a huge deal. I wanted teal hair and I didn't care what other people thought or would think. I wanted to, so I did. Here are some things that I learned and noticed after going teal.
1. People who I had known forever said they saw me differently.
2. People will stare. As normal as bright colored hair has become socially, it's still shocking. And that's fine. But I never got used to the stares.
3. But what's not ok that piggybacks on the previous — more street harassment. I wasn't here for it.
4. I've never had so many comments on my appearance from so many strangers in my life. Random people will walk by and tell me they like my hair. Which is fine. I just never got used to complete strangers feeling the need to comment on my appearance.
5. Maintenance is a bitch. I get my hair done every 8–10 weeks and, yes, in the end it's pretty faded. To help, my hair goddess gave me some leftover of color that she used in my hair. Then about 4 weeks in, I mixed it with conditioner and did a touch-up color. Also, knowing that it's going to fade, don't be afraid to go brighter in the first place. Wash your hair as little as possible and when you do, use cold water.
In general, this was a big step for me. I've slowly been in on the road to self-love, reflection and realization. (I feel like that'll be an unending journey.) I've lived much of my life according to what others wanted me to do. But my hair was always my way to rebel. It started when I was 11 years old when my dad said I could color my hair. I went with Egyptian Plum. I've never forgotten the color name because it was a big moment for me. It was a deep burgundy and my mom wasn't super happy that she wasn't consulted on the idea.
Moral of the story: if you want to have crazy-colored hair, stop waiting and just go for it already!