#TMIishTuesday #53 – I Dyed My Hair!

Hey,It’s
finally happened! I’ve been telling you about dyeing my hair for AGES! And I
finally did it!! It’s not blue, like I first had in mind. But it looks AWESOME!Hey there
mighty people of the internet!And welcome to issue #53 of #TMIishTuesday – my weekly Tumblr post about what goes
through my weird mind and on what you guys want to know more about. It can be something
very personal, it can be something political, it can be completely pointless –
but in 99.9 % of the cases, it involves opinions. And mine as well.

// Last week I ranted  about dubbing and the habit of the German
speaking countries to voice-over virtually every international film. And I told
you about my experiences in the Netherlands – where they simply subtitle films.
Interested in the pros and cons of dubbing? Click the link above! //

So I will divide this post in several parts:
1) Who inspired me to get my hair dyed,
2) What people told me beforehand when I told them I was planning to dye my
hair blue,
3) What colour I went for, which part of my hair I
dyed, and how people reacted to that.

1) The inspirations for the colourations
Let’s start with how I came up with the idea to dye
my hair at all. I can’t tell you exactly when it was, but I know for sure WHO
was the first person that made me go: WOH, that dyed hair, tho! (Damian, just stop
your poor attempts to rhyme all the time!)
It was… the one, the only… Tyler Oakley. Self-entitled Queen, 100 % gay-looking
(the stereotypes, I know, but come on! If not him, who else??) and trying which
colour of the rainbow (how fitting!) looks best on him. When I subscribed to
him in December 2013 (9 December, if you’re interested – which I bet you aren’t
:D), he had dyed his hair rather blonde.
However, soon after, he decided that was boring. So he explored a bit. From
bright blonde, to the iconic
purple
 – which, imho, is the best
one he ever tried! -, to extremely bright purple,
to green, to green-turquoise,
to bright blue – another one of
my favorite colours when his hair is concerned. And then he stopped it. At the
beginning of 2015, he was back to blonde and in the meantime he has his natural
colour again.

That was the time that I discovered Dave Brown, known on YouTube as boyinaband
– then for his music, now for his fascinating philosophical explorations into
the world of society and technology. Very warmly recommending his latest videos
on what artificial intelligence (aka. computers) is capable of – and what it
might become capable of
. Okay, enough promo. Why I talk about him in a
hair-related post is – obviously – his hair. Until I discovered him, I thought
that Tyler had crazy hair. Wait for Dave’s hair! Long grown (in the meantime it
has almost reached his waist :P). AND: One side dyed red! THE ENTIRE LENGTH of
it! It looks incredible!

Sometime later Fabian Grischkat, whose videos with
his friends I’ve been following for two-and-a-half years now – sometime, Fabian
dyed his hair blue. Completely. A rather light blue, pastel colour-ish. I’ve
loved it from day one.

And I should mention ChanUndSo, another YouTuber,
who in fact was one of the first YouTubers I discovered. Chan has had his
blonde streak ever since. And it looks great!

To conclude the inspirations chapter: Though it’s
not hair-related, I feel that Troye Sivan and Connor Franta also influenced my
hair dyeing. In being proud of who they are. And doing “extravagant”
things that the average male wouldn’t do. Troye pierced his nose. Something
I’ve seen very rarely on guys. And Connor painted his nails. On video.
It’s a rather rambly video, but still: He did it. Oh, and obviously Troye just
SLAYED that black nail polish!! Like, it just looks SO good on him?! Both Troye
and Connor just showed to me that being a little bit off the mainstream can
look cool. And it’s totally acceptable.

As you see, I’ve basically been playing around with
the thought of dyeing my hair for about three years. And now I did it.

2) You sure ‘bout this?
When asked about the reasons why I dyed my hair, I
always have to swallow down a rude comment. Like, EVERYONE asks me: “But
why have you done it?” – Do I need a reason to dye my hair? Why DON’T you
dye yours? 😀 Like, I get that you don’t see too many people with colourful
hair. But especially the way I did it – one patch of turquoise on one side of
the fringe (quite like Chan actually) – it’s not that much of a deal?

Forgive my selfie skills. They’re non-existent.
 
I told my colleagues beforehand cause I wanted to ask my boss about it. I work for a government institution and people can be rather conservative there. Especially, if you are working with patients – which I do. Another thing: The clinic I work for is located in a rather rural area. Yes, it’s “only” 30 minutes by car until you get to a city that has it all. But right there… like… There’s not much? After all the place has only 7k inhabitants. That multiples the “that’s weird!”, “you shouldn’t do that!” comments.

As I told you briefly last week I talked to my
boss  beforehand and he didn’t really
like the idea of me getting blue hair. In fact he told me he thinks that
people, who dye their hair colourful, “are just begging for
attention”. Even though I told him it would only be one streak, he didn’t
like the plan. He did ask some other people (probably his bosses), though. And
apparently they told him he couldn’t forbid such a thing. All I know is that I
got a text a day after when I was in school: “Dear Mr. X, I
got your number from Ms. Y and wanted to write regarding your hair dyeing
question. If you wish to bring about a change of appearance, you may do so. KR
A. Z.”

Okay, three things about this: 1. I couldn’t even
make it sound as posh and formal as it is in German. It’s just unreal! 2. I got
the f*ing official GO by my boss! 3. Props to him for taking the effort! I
asked him on Wednesday and was only going to return to work on Monday. He did
that extra mile to ask a colleague for my number and then texted me. That’s
cool!

Anyway, so my boss knew about my wish to dye my
hair. And as you would expect in rural areas, word spread from there. 😀 When I
returned to work on Monday, the entire department knew. And I was their gossip.
For the entire three days that I was there this past week, they only knew one
topic: Damian is going to dye his hair! And blue as well!

“Are you sure you want to do that?”, “But why blue? Can’t you
dye it a normal colour?”, “How did you even come up with that
idea?”, “Be aware that that really sticks out. You will get the looks
by lots of people then”

And I was like: You know what? I’m still gonna do
it! They didn’t quite understand. And they didn’t want to. But that’s fine. I
just did it anyway.

After a failed attempt to bleach my hair, it worked
the second time (with more bleach). Then it was time to choose the colour. And
my hair dresser (who, btw, has dyed her entire hair a bright pink – and it
looks f*ing great!) showed me one she had used before. On the paper on which
she put it, it looked like a blue tone with a tiny note of green. It turned out
to be a rather bright turquoise. But I loved it! And I still do. Three days in.

3) The after-English. Er… After-Math.
The first one, who saw, was a good
friend of mine. He said he didn’t even realise at first sight. To be fair, he
was facing the sun 😀 But he liked it. Never in a million years would do the
same, but said it looked good. His mother passed as well. Was surprised.
Not sure, if she liked it, but didn’t back off in shock as well. 😀 Then it was
time to show my parents. Apparently my dad had overheard part of my convo with
the two others and was prepared. So was my mum who he had told. But they hadn’t
seen it. I had told them I was debating getting my hair dyed a year or two ago.
Now it came as a surprise to them. They really liked the colour.

Since I spent the weekend at my parents, I also saw friends of my parents and
my aunt and uncle. The friends REALLY liked it. They were going crazy about it!
Really cool as a start! My aunt and uncle, who are quite the conservative kind
of people (AND live in a rural area), didn’t make any comments about my hair.
I’m surprised at that.

Then came Monday. And work. I have to say I was a
little bit unsure about it. Like, so many colleagues had told me they probably
wouldn’t like it. And none had been really excited about it. But: Things turned
out really chill. Almost everyone was surprised I didn’t dye ALL my hair. It’s
not like I had told each and everyone a dozen times before it would only be a
small part, but hey! Who listens anyway? -.-

Anyway, most people made remarks about it. Most positive, a few neutral, but
none negative. I don’t know what happens behind my back, but to be quite
honest: I don’t care! Let them have their gossip really! I dyed my hair –
and I like it. I’m confident enough that I’d tell any haters off. And I think
being that confident actually is part of the reason for the positive feedback.

So what’s the take-away from this? People are cool
with it and it looks absolutely awesome! Oh, and it’s sometimes scaring me when
I face the mirror. But that’ll ebb away eventually. 😀

Before I
go let me know your thoughts on colourful hair. Would you ever dye yours? If so, which colour? Tell me, I wanna know! Place a comment, tweet me, dm me, or do anything else
you can think of to get to me.

This week’s Queer Shoutout goes to freakodelic, a small YouTuber, 23 years old
(if his bio is still up to date :D), who makes videos about his experiences
being a trans man in Germany: The “typical” changes testosterone
brings with it videos, but also on the whole bureaucratic hassles of getting
your name and gender legally changed, and the like. He’s the first German trans
person I found on YouTube who talks about all this kind of stuff. Check him
out, if you’re interested.

As always: Next #TMIishTuesday next Tuesday. If you have any
questions in the meantime, just ask away.
Whatever you’re curious about – I don’t bite. 🙂

Until then: Stay mighty!

Linkage:
– Tyler
Oakley: Kissing Straight Boys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcF0Qwozxmk
– Tyler
Oakley: Embarrassing University Stories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCLf4UvGj_c
– Tyler
Oakley: Streaking With YouTubers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l-xHazwYcw
– Tyler
Oakley: My Deadly Sour Cream Gun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBOkSrQ-Fo4
– Tyler
Oakley: 20 Emojis That Need To Exist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh8SzLOgCTE
– Tyler Oakley: How I Met My Queen This Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0LACGwbRuE
– Tyler
Oakley: Tyler Oakley Reacts to Teens React to Tyler Oakley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNS04P8djk4
– Dave
Brown: These Google AI experiments are crazy! This is the future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4thhWiWnqI
– Dave Brown: Why AI will probably kill us all.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPAmbUZ9UKk
– Fabian
Grischkat: http://instagram.com/fabiangrischkat

ChanUndSo: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChanUndSo
– Troye Sivan: https://www.youtube.com/user/TroyeSivan18
– Connor Franta: https://www.youtube.com/user/ConnorFranta
– Connor Franta: Painting My Nails & Other
Things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X2ZG_isjBI
– Queer Shoutout: freakodelic: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBn_3X1D-R_lcsBe-tQUWtg

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