Discussion in 'Culture' started by Anna683, Jun 19, 2008.
On older women, the red/maroon is likely to be a way of covering up grey hairs. :wink:
I understand for older women, ANY hair dye will be used to cover grey; i mean there is a variety of shades to choose from, but the predominance of maroon is something i still don't understand (and i've done it myself just cuz its popular :lol
I don't think you can read anything deep into it. They just like the colour.
I've noticed that dyed hair (especially in the colors that are obviously dyed, like maroon, pink, or orange) is more common in CZ than US. I think Czechs (and maybe Europeans, in general?) consider coloring their hair sort of as a fashion accessory or statement.
In the US, there is still a small percentage of people who consider dyed hair a bad thing. It used to be -- in the olden days -- that the only women who had obviously dyed hair were considered brazen hussies. If a woman colored her hair to cover up the gray she didn't want anyone to know, hence the Clairol hair color advertisement, "Does she or doesn't she? Only her hairdresser knows for sure."
This reflects the youth-oriented culture of the US, where growing old or looking old is a negative, especially for women. So, the majority of hair color in the US is intended to look natural, as though it could have grown out of the person's head that color.
Personally, I love the variety of hair colors and wish that I had the confidence to pull off a touch of pink for fun. :wink:
I think that women are under pressure to hide the signs of ageing in Europe too. Whether the hair dye looks natural or not, the important thing seems to be that you shouldn't let grey hair show. To do so seems to be considered almost slatternly, like not brushing your teeth or having dirty fingernails. You will be viewed as "not making an effort" or "letting yourself go". At least, that's my impression of what the attitude seems to be.
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