This year, a new fad began when some students came to school with their hair partially dyed in bright colors. The colors have ranged from pink strips, to green bangs, and even bright blue from the neck down. The issue has progressed to the point that disciplinary action will be taken.
“On Monday [Sept. 17], anybody who doesn’t have their hair back to a natural color will get a detention for a uniform infraction,” Principal Patty Beckert said.
This rule is stated on page 24 of the school handbook under Student Dress Code. The punishment for a uniform infraction is detention for the first three incidents. After three, students will receive a Saturday work detail, which requires four hours of work on a Saturday morning and a $20 fee. The aspect of the hair color policy that is different from other uniform infractions, such as not wearing a lanyard, is that some student have used permanent hair dyes.
Measures will have to be taken to remove the hair dyes if they are permanent, which can be expensive and difficult. This is why the administration gave the students a week to get the color out of their hair. Still, the rule is not a new one. Some students who dyed their hair knew about the rule, and did it anyway.
Sophomore Haley Elliott, who has blue accents in her hair, explained that she thought it was okay because she saw many other students with colored hair. Now she has to try to remove the color without cutting it, since a great deal of her hair is blue. “Mr. Kissel said I have to try and get it out, or wear it up until I can,” Elliott said.
Junior Patrick Hayslip said he had a green streak in his hair during summer, and it was not easy to remove. “I had to go to the hair salon to get it done. They tried to dye it back to my natural color, but it turned black-ish blue.”
Results like Hayslip’s are not unusual when working with bright hair dyes. According to Bob Singleton, the owner and operator of Hair Taylor’s Salon, dying with bright colors can be risky. “Bright dyes, especially in primary colors, are like food coloring. The dyes you add will mix with the original dyes, and could make it worse. You can’t just dye over them. In the case of blue dye over blonde hair, adding blonde dye would most likely turn the hair green.”
This is why Hayslip’s hair turned black when it was dyed brown, and why it would be difficult to remove the blue from Elliott’s hair. “Even hair bleach doesn’t work sometimes over bright colors.” Singleton added. “It will only lighten the color to be more of a pastel.”
Beckert said that the hair color policy has not been a major issue until this year. Although she did not make the rule, she agrees with it and feels it needs to be enforced. Beckert said, “The idea of having ‘rules’ to follow is about self-discipline. That is why Catholic schools raise the bar when it comes the way we dress and present ourselves, as well as setting guidelines for acceptable behavior.”