Hair expression: clipped and dyed

By Jessica Johnson-Petty
February 21, 2012

When it comes to hair, you must find a style that best fits you. Hair is a great thing to use to express yourself and show your true colors.

The crown of glory of sophomore criminal justice major, Ariel “Cali” Brown, is notable around campus.

With her head half-shaved and the other half low-cut dyed blonde, Brown dares to be exactly who she is.

The decision to cut her hair was an easy one.

“I was going through a phase in my life that I wanted to start over,” Brown said.

A website advertisement requesting 10 inches of donated hair to the Cancer Society marks her new beginning and confirmed her consideration.

“I just gave them half because I couldn’t go through with the whole thing,” Brown said.

The hairstyle that Brown rocks is definitely a popular one. Celebrities like Cassie, Lala Vasquez, Carmen Electra and Willow Smith have rocked this hair style.

Having one side of her head shaved since October 2011, she has had multiple designs in her hair,  but is currently settled on a blonde look, making her style unique to who she is.

“I decided to go blonde because I’m always doing something different and I have seen a lot of people with this hair style but I have never seen anyone dye just half of their hair,” Brown said.

One thing that remained the same as she started her new phase is her source of independence.

She decided to dye her hair on her own, attempting a dark brown color. The interesting thing is, the blonde was a mistake.

Her mother asked her if she wanted her to do it, but Brown wanted to dye her hair herself.

She is more than satisfied with the color of her hair and wears it with confidence.

“It’s not a permanent color, I just wanted to try it out,” Brown said. “College is the time to experiment with your hair; you’re not really into the real word yet.”

A lot of people may ask if the style, along with the color, is not very marketable when it comes to professional aspects. Brown argues against that.

“My job at Express accepts anybody, not on how they look but if they fit the personality of an Express employee,” Brown said. “They accept me for who I am. Even when I get designs, they are shocked.”

As far as cheering is concerned, Brown thought that her coach would not approve of the hairstyle because it was not “cheerleader appropriate.”

Initially, her coach was shocked. To Brown’s surprise, after her coach learned the reasoning behind the cut, she liked it because it was done for a good cause.

She lives her life for herself and hair does not define who she is.

“Hair does not change who you are, it compliments your style,” Brown said.

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