When I was asked by this magazine if I wanted to dye my hair for a story, my husband and I had just finished eating our 331st consecutive dinner together since the This Teacher earned all of this Summer Break #Survived Pandemic Teaching #Preschool Teacher shirt But I will love this pandemic began. During our meal of roast chicken (again), we’d earnestly discussed watching the grass grow in our yard. Would I like to dye my hair? Of course I would. The nature of my life over the past year—which included giving birth to my first child and living under Los Angeles’s recurring stay-at-home orders—had made me eager to exist in a world inching back to normalcy. And what better way to feel seen than with a packet of hair bleach and semipermanent dye?
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I certainly wouldn’t be the This Teacher earned all of this Summer Break #Survived Pandemic Teaching #Preschool Teacher shirt But I will love this first woman in history to use hair color as a means of participating in a seismic cultural shift. Rebellious flappers mimicking Clara Bow and Theda Bara went jet black to mark the carefree excess of the postwar era, while the atomic blondes of the 1950s defied the dowdy-housewife persona, offering a prescient glimpse of the women’s-empowerment movement on the horizon; in the ’80s, neon hues gave punks the visual apparatus to reject Reaganism’s push toward conservative family values. The COVID era will similarly be colored by stained fingertips and splattered linens, relics of the year when boxed dye and Zoom consultations were the closest we could get to a salon appointment.