Pink Hair – It’s a Love Affair
Ever wanted to dye your hair pink? As a professional hair stylist I would say THE most popular alternative hair colour request is for p!nk hair, so you’re not alone. This atomic shade is like the blonde hair of the alternative world. Why? Because they both got binga-banga-bing-bong sex appeal! Lets look at the whys and wherefores of funky fuchsia hair and what it says about you…
Pink is traditionally a girl’s colour, and as a result is associated with cheap dab recyclers youthfulness, love and femininity. Salmon shades are a softer, less violent red. Both colors denote love, but while red is direct, hot and passionate, carnation tones suggest playfulness, flirtation and romance. “Dressed in Pink Makes The Boys Wink” is an old expression suggesting that men find this feminine colour attractive. In Japan, the sex appeal of cheery blossom tones are well known. Japanese adult movies are known as ‘pink films’ due to the colours sexual connotations. In feng shui, this colour is connected to love and marriage and is believed to soothe the heart.
Pink is probably the most famous alternative hair colour. P!nk, the singer, made her name from her iconic hair colour. Lily Allen also made an entrance with flamingo hair at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Avril Lavigne’s blonde and fuchsia streaks are famous in her music video “Girlfriend”. Gwen Stefani had memorable ‘Hollywood Cerise’ hair back in 2000. Kelly Osbourne (daughter of Ozzy Osbourne) not only likes magenta hair on herself, but has also dyed her dog’s fur to match. In 2006, actress Rachel McAdams sparked the question “Is pink the new blonde?” with her punkish fuchsia streaks.
Teen singer Joss Stone dyed her hair a cotton candy shade to annoy her record label bosses after they begged her to become a blonde. MySpace models Audrey Kitching and super drag queen Jeffrey Star both made a reputation with this iconic hair colour. Britney Spears even has her fluorescent wig. Tarina Tarantino the jewelry designer is also famous for her ‘pinkmoon’ hair, and even teamed up with Barbie to produce the limited edition Tarina Tarantino Barbie doll – with, of course, bright pink hair. Lastly, let’s not forget My Little Pony with its original magenta mane. Having so many celebrities – usually alternative celebrities to some degree – adopt this hair colour at one time or another only increases the popularity of having pink hair.
As it happens, this cup cake colour has an interesting physiological on effect people. It’s actually known to makes us crave sugar. This is partially why pink dye is added to cotton candy (or “fairy floss, although it would be a brave fairy – or a little runty one that’s been bullied by the tooth fairy – who’d floss their teeth with pure pink sugar”) since processed sugar is white. Psychological studies have also shown that sweet pastries are thought to taste better when they come out of cup cake coloured boxes or are served on pink plates.
This amazing colour has also been found to have a tranquilizing effect. Some studies suggest that male weightlifters seem to lose strength in French rose coloured rooms. Prison holding cells have been painted pink as an experiment and have effectively reduced erratic behavior. The tranquilizing effect of this tone was made use of at Iowa State University in the 1970s: Football coach Hayden Fry had the visiting team’s locker room painted cerise as a much-debated attempt to, erm, relax the players more than they would have liked!