Pros And Cons Of Dying Your Hair

Pros And Cons Of Dying Your Hair

Confessions of a purple-haired girl.

Debating whether or not to try out that bright hair you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest? Do you want mermaid hair, but are too afraid to try it? Read through this lit of pros and cons, and make up your own mind about it!


1. You will feel more like yourself.

Expressing yourself is important. Some people do it through clothes, some through makeup, others just with personality, but coloring your hair is definitely a valid and exciting option!

2. You will look awesome!

Colorful hair is super pretty and unique to you. After all, nobody is born with lilac tresss, green streaks or flaming red bangs. It is definitely a unique way to make yourself noticeable.

3. There are infinite possibilities.

Galaxy Hair, Sunset Hair, half and half, the options are endless! You can have basically any combination of colors you can imagine.

4. You meet a lot of cool people.

While bonding over which colors to choose, you might be surprised to find out how cool your hair stylist is! Or maybe your dye job will get you into some really great conversations with complete strangers, and potentially new friends.

5. It’s safe.

Unless you bleach your hair every time you change colors, or are using chemical-heavy formulaic dyes, your hair will be a-ok! Hair dye is becoming progressively more plant-based, and often conditions your hair while it sets.

6. Change.

Changing your hair color, much alike changing your hair cut, can bring about change in your life. Had a bad break up? Going to a new school? It’s the perfect time to try out that color you’ve always been too afraid to try. It’s the same idea as rearranging your room. And if you don’t like it you can always start over.


1. Fading.

Depending on the dye you use, and your shampoo, your hair may need frequent retouching. The longevity of your color is best ensured by using permanent hair color, and dye-safe shampoo. Some people use temporary dye, let it fade out, and use this as an opportunity to switch colors again.

2. People won’t always like it.

…and they don’t have to. You might get a sideways look, or negative comment every now and then, but it’s nothing to worry about. If people have nothing better to do than judge you for your hair color, that’s their own problem.

3. It can be expensive.

Having a truly intricate hair color might cost you a lot from the local hair salon, but it’s definitely worth having it colored evenly. If you really can’t afford it, there are plenty cheap, drugstore alternatives.

Cover Image Credit: Mackenzie Dineen

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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