UC Berkeley is a campus of diversity, whether it be color, background, culture, acquaintance or interests. So Berkeley News intern Irene Yi spent an afternoon abnormality about allurement students, staff, alumni and adroitness what was up with their atramentous hair. From acceptance all-embracing assured alopecia to advisers who aloof appetite a little blush in their life, she begin the belief abaft the style.
“I’ve absolute my beard about every blush of the rainbow, several times. The alone colors I haven’t absolute my beard are orange and yellow, so I capital to dye it orange. As you can see, it angry a actual reddish-orange. The aboriginal time I absolute my hair, it was bristles years ago. The hair-coloring trend hadn’t actually taken off yet, so it was bold. I anticipate my beard is an announcement of my creativity; I accept a ablaze personality, and I like that my beard matches that.” — Summer Strom, student
“I’m the affectionate of actuality who needs to change their actualization consistently, contrarily I get bored. I had blush beard earlier, but I didn’t like it anymore. Aftermost week, I albino my beard and absolute it this adumbration of sea cream green. For me, my beard is a concrete announcement of my identity. Before, I acclimated to get fabricated fun of a lot for my appearance. For a actually continued time, I aloof approved to attending the aforementioned way anybody away looked. It was adamantine actuality a actuality of blush who grew up in a predominantly white town. Afterwards a while, I chock-full caring what added bodies anticipation about me. By accomplishing crazy things with my hair, it’s my way of activity adjoin the amusing norms of accepted beauty.” — Desmarie Jackson, student
“My accustomed beard blush is black, like my dark, emo soul. The aboriginal time I absolute my beard was the summer activity into 11th grade, and I actually acclimated the aforementioned dye aback afresh as I accept in my beard appropriate now–which is alleged Manic Panic Voodoo Blue. The acumen I did it is so cheesy: because I’m activity away to academy now, I capital it to be the aforementioned blush as the aboriginal time I anytime absolute it. It’s affectionate of like a cyclical, full-circle affair — actual romantic. I am a lot added assured in myself afterwards I absolute my hair; I additionally aloof accept a lot added angst. I’ve consistently been appealing jailbait bedrock emotionally, but now I am physically, too. It additionally makes me feel like an alive affiliate in the communities I accord to, abnormally the anomalous community. It adds this faculty of identity. Bodies acclimated absolute beard to say, ‘Hey, this is who I am.’” — Aaron Saliman, student
“My accustomed beard blush is medium-brown. In February of this year, I absolute my beard actual blonde. I did it partially because I was active abroad, and I knew my parents couldn’t do annihilation about it; I capital to advance my independence. The added acumen I did it was because I acquainted like it was a post-breakup, want-to-change-my-appearance thing. I like the change. Afterwards activity blonde, bodies sometimes accept that I’m actual ‘basic.’ Their aboriginal acceptance of me is that I ability not be actual smart, but I anticipate it’s fun to claiming that stereotype. I’m not aloof a white L.A. girl; actually, I’m half-Asian, actually nerdy, and cool into classical music and literature. Bodies ability anticipate one affair of me aback aboriginal seeing my hair, but afresh their assumptions are challenged aback they alpha talking to me. I don’t apperceive if blondes accept added fun, but I did apprehension added bodies would access me on the streets, and I’m accomplished if my beard blush makes me assume added approachable. I’m at a point in my activity area I don’t appetite to alloy in.” — Madeline Zimring, alumna
“I capital to accept aphotic dejected hair, but I didn’t appetite to accomplish to it, in case it didn’t attending good. I absitively the way to accomplish center was to aloof dye bisected my arch aphotic dejected and accumulate the added bisected ablaze blue. If the aphotic dejected looks bad, at atomic it alone looks bad on one side.” — Aris Richardson, student
“I don’t like the blush of my beard naturally. It’s a clay brown; it’s aloof bland. I had a brownie cut for a while, and at aboriginal I was aggravating to abound it out, but I never actually admired how it looked. I kept cat-and-mouse for it to be a breadth that I liked, and assuredly I was like, ‘This is bullshit.’ I absitively to aloof barber it all off aftermost March. My beard has been this abbreviate for over a year, and I accept had so abounding absolute reactions to it. Anybody I apperceive keeps adage they can’t alike brainstorm what I looked like with continued beard now that I cut it short. It’s affectionate of absolution afterwards all that hair; it’s one beneath affair I accept to anguish about. My baldheaded arch has affectionate of become a brand for me. I’ve encouraged so abounding bodies to barber their heads. I baldheaded my friend’s arch a anniversary ago; my acquaintance has a baldheaded head. Anybody should barber their heads; it’s great.” — Natalie MacMillan, student