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June 29, 2015 9:49 PM   Subscribe

In fashion news, apparently, Merman colour is the next big thing in men’s hair. This styling and particular coloring replaces "man buns" as the in-thing for the man-about-town. Radiant blues and purples predominate, with the occasional green, and the occasional very green. The effect also used on beards and mustaches for that rainbow-hipster identity. Headwear co-ordination is a possibility, and age is not a barrier; neither is being a merman when in a serious boardroom meeting. Yellow is also a choice, and many bright colors at once are possible. For MeFites wanting to make a statement, some do's and dont's. And finally, a personal favorite: you can be very old and still cool.
posted by Wordshore (158 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
 
I remember dying my hair neon blue in high school (and what the drama that was). I had to bleach it first, so over time it faded to this sea-green color. Never knew I was ahead of the trends.
posted by curious nu at 9:56 PM on June 29, 2015 [4 favorites]


Deleted my snarky comments and just want to say: A++ fuck a man bun this is much more awesome.
posted by kittensofthenight at 9:56 PM on June 29, 2015 [13 favorites]


I was at a business meeting in Brooklyn years ago, 07? Where the CFO with a multimillion dollar property on his hands had on a nice black suit and bright blue hair. I guess the tech crews had to make more money before the look became more fashionable.

I mean if we're going to live in a cyberpunk dystopia we might as well look the part.
posted by The Whelk at 10:03 PM on June 29, 2015 [32 favorites]


It's always something.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 10:14 PM on June 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


Oh hey maybe next season we'll get a proper blue-bearded Daario Naharis
posted by jason_steakums at 10:15 PM on June 29, 2015 [19 favorites]


I'm glad the manbun trend seems to have been subsumed by backlash so fast the vast majority of its adopters had no time to grow out anything other than a vestigial tied-back pompadour surrounded by close-cropped sides and back. Now I can go back to just having long hair that I keep in a bun because it's convenient that way and I'll wear it down sometimes and keep the elastic on my wrist, and who cares if there isn't a lazily named trend to protect my fragile masculinity.
posted by [expletive deleted] at 10:16 PM on June 29, 2015 [12 favorites]


Wow, I really wasn't expecting to see seapunk back so soon.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 10:18 PM on June 29, 2015 [26 favorites]


It's all very "Meanwhile, in the Capitol" isn't it?
posted by The Whelk at 10:20 PM on June 29, 2015 [79 favorites]


Some of these are less merman and more peacock.
posted by picklenickle at 10:21 PM on June 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


I like this.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 10:21 PM on June 29, 2015 [4 favorites]


Genital claspers are also in this year gentlemen!

But then, genital claspers never go out of season.
posted by benzenedream at 10:22 PM on June 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


Heard this being chatted about at my (Turkish, London, not entirely unfashionable but straightforward rather than hipster) barbers last weekend! It never would have occurred to me simply because I'd never considered image manipulation for hair (somehow), but the main meat of the conversation focused on how these images are being done in photoshop rather than with actual dye. Some chat about how images of fades can be 'shopped to look smoother and so on too. One of those surprise fascinating things you just stumble upon in life.
posted by ominous_paws at 10:25 PM on June 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


I want to hate this with the fire of a thousand suns, etc, but this is fantastic.

Still hate it though. I shall shave my beard in protest.
posted by carsonb at 10:25 PM on June 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


cosmetics/hair product companies have completely run out of shit to make women insecure about, but they still need to hit those third-quarter earnings projections, so it's another round of "make these products manly". I wonder what the boardroom meeting was like when they decided to go with Merman over He-Pixie or Papa Smurf.
posted by Jon_Evil at 10:25 PM on June 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


It's all very "Meanwhile, in the Capitol" isn't it?

That's the entire thesis of the books.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:30 PM on June 29, 2015 [4 favorites]


Once again the privilege of having enough hair to merit the name.
posted by wotsac at 10:32 PM on June 29, 2015 [7 favorites]


Oh come on, if I could no longer make fun of someone who looks like this, life no longer has any meaning!
posted by jimmythefish at 10:35 PM on June 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


If your life has no meaning without making fun of people, I don't know, take up tango lessons.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 10:36 PM on June 29, 2015 [19 favorites]


Tango lessons will certainly provide a vast supply of people to make fun of.
posted by ominous_paws at 10:38 PM on June 29, 2015 [19 favorites]


I was hoping this was a new Ethyl Merman hair trend among men. Alas, how wrong I was.
posted by blucevalo at 10:39 PM on June 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


Tango? That reeks of like, effort, man, we should wear grey footie pajamas and eat nothing but soylent.
posted by The Whelk at 10:41 PM on June 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


You try feeding me soylent (or making me wear footie pajamas) and we'll see how much effort is expended by the both of us.
posted by ominous_paws at 10:44 PM on June 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


I simultainiously think they look silly and awesome. While my fashion sense is nil to the negative million, I sincerely think folks who go out of their way to wear rediclious stuff are fantastic.
posted by edgeways at 10:44 PM on June 29, 2015 [8 favorites]


I simultainiously think they look silly and awesome.

Some of them are silly. Some of them are awesome. Some of them are ridiculous.
posted by jimmythefish at 10:49 PM on June 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


Silly and awesome at the same time is pretty good imho

Also I'm sad that I a) shaved my beard for the hot weather and b) Special Effects hair dye has some ridiculous supply chain nonsense going on or I'd be a tasty violette bear out and about the town.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 10:53 PM on June 29, 2015 [3 favorites]


Is this some remnant of the seapunk thing or is it something different?
posted by aielen at 10:57 PM on June 29, 2015


I feel like I'm missing a key context clue somewhere.
posted by clorox at 10:58 PM on June 29, 2015 [2 favorites]


I did this in 1999. A deep emerald green. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Now it seems like a GREAT idea.
posted by 1adam12 at 11:03 PM on June 29, 2015 [12 favorites]


Nowadays it's all done to look sleek behind Instagram filters.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:07 PM on June 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


You know how, when you're rolling up a character in a mid-00's RPG, you can customize the look by changing the colors for clothes, skin and hair, and they offer the entire pallette of nonsensical colors for hair, partly because it was simpler for the developers to have one pallette for all choices and partly because it's easy and fun and why not do it, and in one of your later playthroughs you just say fuck it and go for pale gray skin and fluorescent blue hair? This is exactly what this is.
posted by Dr Dracator at 11:08 PM on June 29, 2015 [13 favorites]


(Also Kibo was doing this before it was cool)
posted by Dr Dracator at 11:11 PM on June 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


As with all things, I blame anime.

(I do wonder how good these look in person cause the most successful dye jobs look natural - highlights, underlights, mid tones, hue variation. Etc. so it doesn't look like you dipped your hair in look aid, but rather it's a natural hair color and that color just happens to be greenish blue. I mean I can barely be arsed to keep up highlights on my natural color let alone maintain a cerulean shading into sea foam look. Maybe they look better in photos with a bloom filter? Or it's the fussy, time intensive nature that selling the popularity.)
posted by The Whelk at 11:13 PM on June 29, 2015


(Also reminded on how women's hairstyles in the 40s in the UK and U.S. Got super complicated and full of pins and curls and layers, because it was a way of showing off without requiring expensive supplies or rationed materials , it took time, not money.)
posted by The Whelk at 11:14 PM on June 29, 2015 [5 favorites]


Sorry, but this is the cool look right now. We call it entpunk.
posted by sebastienbailard at 11:27 PM on June 29, 2015 [12 favorites]


Fake birds? How poser, a real Urban Druid would have stalwart sparrow familiars nesting in thier hair, chirping tiny secrets.
posted by The Whelk at 11:30 PM on June 29, 2015 [12 favorites]


I'm a woman with half my hair pink, and there's a lot of effort and money that goes into maintaining that. I actually love it when guys do vivid colors in their hair, too. In Seattle we're all rather common, but when I visited Missouri - and even Manhattan, I didn't see many other folks with much dye in.


My stylist and I were talking about 'sand art' hair the other day... We were positive they were all wigs until the recent spate of articles about it. Now she's estimating the prices she can set for that.
posted by taterpie at 11:30 PM on June 29, 2015 [18 favorites]


Yeah making this look good requires a looooot of time and effort or the ability to pay people to put in the time and effort for you. Mermen hair is a stripped down version of it but it seems to be coming from the same place.
posted by The Whelk at 11:36 PM on June 29, 2015


This was briefly a thing back in January when Buzzfeed posted 23 Bold Beards That Will Sexually Awaken You. Then it lay dormant for a few months and now apparently it's back again, branded as "mermen" by a few sites. I'm not convinced it's a real thing, probably just a collection of instagram photos a Buzzfeed writer threw together that someone decided to revive 5 months later for page views. Of course, the fake trend might become a real trend, because that's how this sort of thing works.
posted by naju at 11:42 PM on June 29, 2015 [6 favorites]


It's replaced the undercut (after Straight guys stole it a while back) as the queerish indentifyier for the 25 and under set.
posted by The Whelk at 11:48 PM on June 29, 2015 [7 favorites]


This is great if you want to make yourself look like the alternative "tougher" version of your standard character model, from deeper down in the dungeon.
posted by turbid dahlia at 12:22 AM on June 30, 2015 [21 favorites]


Have we forgotten this so soon?

Other words that struggle feverishly for attention in my befuddled mind include "Brony" and "Blue Rince".

I am also reminded of friends of mine who have fallen. Whose minds have already been touched by a colourful contagion that can strike at any time, at home or on the street, and leave them suddenly silent, motionless except a frantic stabbing at their phones. I'm talking Ingress, a powerful neurosis that already populates their strange fantasies with green people and blue people. Should this spread to actual hair colour, I see nothing but trouble ahead, as we all, infected and sane alike, are forced to live in a heavy-handed metaphor for racial prejudice.
posted by Devonian at 12:24 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


ctrl-F “Meet The Deedles”

Nothing? Really? Apparently I alone am cursed with terrible memories of '90s advertisements past.
posted by Going To Maine at 12:57 AM on June 30, 2015


Genital claspers are also in this year gentlemen!

My imagination is struggling over how to reconcile that with a 'Merman' context.
posted by Segundus at 1:12 AM on June 30, 2015


But I was thinking of a plan
    To dye one's whiskers green;
And always use so large a fan
    That they could not be seen.


--Lewis Carroll, the original hipster
posted by darksasami at 1:16 AM on June 30, 2015 [11 favorites]


You're not a real man unless your pubes are blue.
posted by hal_c_on at 1:16 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


My geography is full of man buns. I don't think its going anywhere.
posted by infini at 1:17 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I love this one. Of all the colours I dyed my hair (washing out the red dye was a strange moment), green was never one of them. And now I want to try. I've been growing my beard since last September. Might try this.
posted by Solomon at 1:18 AM on June 30, 2015


Salutations,

This message serves as notice that I have been approximately this shade (Rusk's Deepshine Direct Teal ifyoumustknow) for more than a year now. Since it is somehow important to me that everyone know this, I expect my membership card to the hipster club be faxed to me within 3-days.
posted by fragmede at 1:33 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Where the CFO with a multimillion dollar property on his hands had on a nice black suit and bright blue hair.

Yeah if you're a trust fund baby or a CFO or CEO then you can afford to do whatever the fuck color to your hair as whimsy dictates. But good luck impressing during an interview with bright blue hair. Not everyone has the privilege.

Sorry, I'm feeling cranky today and this just rubs me the wrong way.
posted by zardoz at 1:37 AM on June 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


Are there examples of extreme coloring (unnatural) hair dying - male or female - where the hairs don't look thin, dry, unhealthy, or false? There must be a way to match these colors, these greens, purples, blues, to skin tones in a complementary way, but, from every picture provided, it always looks... it looks very bad. Cheap, crappy, artificial. It must be possible to create exotic hair colors that are flattering to the face and skin, but I can't think of any I've seen recently. When St. Vincent went grey, she just looked like an old witch.
posted by Auden at 2:03 AM on June 30, 2015


Yeah, zardo, I was feeling much the same. Having had job stress enough from messy, but natural, hair, this reeks of hipster-privilege-art-studentiness. Then I thought: these lads are rather younger than me. They're presumably untroubled by too many job interviews.

In summary: Onya lads. Get in there.
posted by pompomtom at 2:07 AM on June 30, 2015 [6 favorites]


Max Jenius was way ahead of the curve on this one—33 years ahead (or six if you prefer internal chronology).
posted by The Tensor at 2:13 AM on June 30, 2015


My geography is full of man buns. I don't think its going anywhere.

I live in Niagara Falls, Ontario and I made a short day trip to Toronto last week to visit my sister. I went to a local coffee shop in the heart of downtown and I saw four man-buns during my walk to the coffee house, only to find myself being served coffee by a man with a man-bun.

THEY. ARE. EVERYWHERE.
posted by Fizz at 2:21 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Meh, some of us have been rocking this look since 1983.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:27 AM on June 30, 2015


Hair? What hair?
posted by pseudocode at 2:30 AM on June 30, 2015


We need a manbun tumblr, methinks... The Nordics will blow you away ;p
posted by infini at 2:30 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I remember dying my hair neon blue in high school (and what the drama that was). I had to bleach it first, so over time it faded to this sea-green color. Never knew I was ahead of the trends.

Oh yes, the eighties. I was seventeen. Bangs from a growing-out mohawk (no, we did not take ourselves seriously) bleached, followed by a saturated blue that faded, leaving my hair a translucent blue-green like fishing line, quite fitting to my Northwestern marine environment. (I also was spending a lot of time in a harbor because one of my best friends was living on a boat, which reminds me that one of our punk band ideas that existed in name only was “The Plastic Seamen” and the album cover would have been photographed in that harbor.)
posted by D.C. at 3:05 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I like this look. But maybe that is because most of those examples are of men who would be attractive no matter what.
posted by Halo in reverse at 3:11 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Genital claspers are also in this year gentlemen!

My imagination is struggling over how to reconcile that with a 'Merman' context.


'Cos sharks have them!

Mermen are a bit like sharks.

I am super tickled that this is apparently a 'thing' again (my last memory of it is being a greebo circa 2000...). The examples look great, although yeah, it's a pretty high-maintenance, high-skill look! Maybe I'll go down the barbers for the first time in forever and get them to have a go, although red was always more my colour.

I'm both annoyed and pleased that the distinction between a queer haircut and a straight one is getting blurrier.
posted by Drexen at 3:47 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Brought to you by the people who made Ed Hardy T-shirts popular...
posted by Nanukthedog at 4:01 AM on June 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


The world will never run out of fashion victims.
posted by jonmc at 4:34 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I did this in 1999. A deep emerald green. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I had blue hair in 1989. Currently I doubt that it would be flattering, giving the thinning on top, but I'm always in favor of people having fun with hair color.
posted by Dip Flash at 4:42 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Reminds me of the Tyroshi from A Song of Ice and Fire. Daario Naharis in particular with his blue hair and golden moustache. (Book/show spoiilers.) It probably wouldn't have translated well onto the screen.
posted by dhens at 4:48 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


This was briefly a thing back in January when Buzzfeed posted 23 Bold Beards That Will Sexually Awaken You.

Nothing against the men pictured in that article, but the headers and captions on those photos are the most horribly stereotypically listicle-esque ever. It's like an editor at Buzzfeed looked at Clickhole one day, took its articles completely seriously, and said "The descriptions on Clickhole listicle items are so good, I can't even. Ours need to be more like that."
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:53 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Dye, dye, my darling.
posted by scratch at 4:59 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Hair? What hair?

Yeah the whole hair thing is pretty played out. I replaced my hair with locally-grown heritage hemp woven into dreadlocks. You don't have to wash it, which helps the environment, and the insects that nest in it are a great source of protein.
posted by dephlogisticated at 5:05 AM on June 30, 2015 [7 favorites]


Sea punk's not dead!
posted by kaibutsu at 5:10 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


But good luck impressing during an interview with bright blue hair. Not everyone has the privilege.

My last two job interviews I've been rocking purple or lilac hair and I got the job both times. But perhaps I have tech privilege.

Also I'm not a dude so I guess I'm not cool, just attention-seeking or whatever
posted by corvine at 5:13 AM on June 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


I love this. I also love men with their hair up in buns and find "man bun" to be dismissive. Honestly, anything that gives men have a chance to play with their looks is fine with me
posted by biggreenplant at 5:16 AM on June 30, 2015 [12 favorites]


In Seattle we're all rather common

I moved away from Seattle ten years ago (and miss it very much). My reaction to this was: "Is everyone else just now finding out about blue hair?"
posted by Fleebnork at 5:32 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Some of these are definitely people who're really doing it, but someone on my Tumblr commented on this post that was going around kind of wtfing at the fact that men's facial hair normally doesn't take color that well and yet a lot of these pictures somehow have beards that came out the same color as the rest? And, like, the one guy with the slightly lighter eyebrows in the Bustle article, there's a link to his Instagram and in virtually none of the pictures except that one are his eyebrows colored. I think it's pretty clear that Photoshop is at least being used to enhance a lot of these. Which I find a little disappointing just because the ones that're real are very fun.

My stylist usually has hair some shade of pink, and I've talked to her about it and she says that it requires touching up about once a week if you want to keep it up, and that it's rough on her hair even though she's naturally blonde. I think one of the reasons that this is actually an easier thing for guys is that you can be really rough with the bleach and if you've got short hair, you're going to be cutting the ends off before it starts to look bad. Trying to keep this up with long hair would be a nightmare. I've been considering doing it for awhile, but I can't commit to that kind of maintenance. Seems weird to paint this as a gendered trend, though, I'm seeing it a lot more now regardless. Like, it used to be a thing you might do at home, but professional color results look much better and it seems now to be a much less weird thing to ask for. But, ugh, expensive.
posted by Sequence at 5:52 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


You know what I don't do anymore?

Understand anything.
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:53 AM on June 30, 2015 [18 favorites]


Metafilter's relationship with fashion trends is always fascinating to me.
posted by cell divide at 5:57 AM on June 30, 2015 [6 favorites]


I really like these! I was hoping the future would look like this! Also, taterpie, that sand-art hair is AMAZING! I wish I could do that but my hair is super dark and I don't want to bleach it ):

I also approve of any trend that promotes awareness of merpeople and other denizens of the sea.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:03 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, no f*cking way this flies in my office, or anywhere else with grown-up jobs outside of creative. You will be seeing no blue-haired attorneys, financial advisors, i-bankers, management consultants, judges, or insurance executives.

Not saying that it's right, but if you're client-facing and not a barista (or in tech, with its youth addiction), your coiffure options are still fairly limited.
posted by leotrotsky at 6:11 AM on June 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


High cost, high maintenance cosmetics for men. Sauce for the gander, indeed.
posted by klarck at 6:16 AM on June 30, 2015 [8 favorites]


When the hell is big David Letterman hair (c.1988) going to be in style?
posted by bonobothegreat at 6:25 AM on June 30, 2015


The preferred term is "person of Mer".
posted by dr_dank at 6:30 AM on June 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


My hair is pretty weird as it is, with a a south-american footballer + skater combo. I've thought at times to dye it in a reddish brown (kind of the colour it gets if it's long enough, but lighter), but green, in a few days I'd have a lawn for hair, including a earthy tone on the roots. This seems both incredibly time and money consuming, particularly considering I've last sat down on a barbers' chair some... 5 or 6 years ago. Maybe even longer.
posted by lmfsilva at 6:32 AM on June 30, 2015


As with all risky fashion trends, it helps to be hot as fuck.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:37 AM on June 30, 2015 [24 favorites]


Bless their twee lil' hearts.
posted by BurntHombre at 6:44 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'd try something like this, but don't you have to bleach your hair white first, then go blue? That wrecks your hair, no?
posted by jeff-o-matic at 6:46 AM on June 30, 2015


I sort of like the man buns. Wait, strike that. I like the man bun on men who can totally pull that shit off.
posted by Kitteh at 6:47 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Every time I see photos like this I think "maybe I should Photoshop my chin fuzz and see what I think" and then I never get around to it.

I mean. I have MacLaren ancestry, and legend as well as a few totally accurate internet geneology sites says that the Loch Voil Mermaid is an ancestor. (My wife says that explains all kinds of stuff about me.) So having a weirdly colored beard is my birthright, legendarily speaking.

So is a really hot supercar but I've yet to convince them of that. Would the beard help?
posted by Foosnark at 6:49 AM on June 30, 2015


I am not a fan of this lumberjack/hobobeard fashion sensibility, no matter the color. :(
posted by qcubed at 6:56 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


I can't believe we've gotten this far in the thread and no one's mentioned MeFi's Own John Halcyon Styn, whose mane has proudly graced pink hair dye boxes for several years now. I happened to come across this at a Walgreen's in Charlotte, NC, while visiting my mom, and was rather unsettled in a worlds-colliding sort of way.
posted by MrMoonPie at 6:57 AM on June 30, 2015 [4 favorites]


My own guess is that this is all just low-profile advance marketing for the live-action Tinkerbell movie that Reese Witherspoon is starring in and producing for Disney. [SLTVariety]

Can't wait!
posted by wenestvedt at 7:05 AM on June 30, 2015


Yeah, no f*cking way this flies in my office, or anywhere else with grown-up jobs outside of creative. You will be seeing no blue-haired attorneys, financial advisors, i-bankers, management consultants, judges, or insurance executives.

In 50 years, though, I wouldn't be surprised. Everything becomes respectable once it's been around long enough.
posted by emjaybee at 7:09 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


(What I mean is, because all those guys look like they will fit in great with this crowd when the movie comes out.)
posted by wenestvedt at 7:13 AM on June 30, 2015


I worked in the financial industry about 15 years ago, and whenever I had to hike down to the CBOT, I would be perpetually delighted to see a rainbow of hair colors on humans of all configurations. I don't know if it's still like this, but back then, runners in particular seemed to have been allowed free reign when it came to personal attire and accoutrements -- I'll never, ever forget the Smurf blue-mohawked kid who sprinted all the way across the Merc trading pit with a fist full of tickets right at opening bell. Those were the days.

High cost, high maintenance cosmetics for men. Sauce for the gander, indeed.

This. More preening, please! I'm a person who enjoys ogling all manner of dudes while putting a minimal amount of effort into my own appearance, so I'm all about #mermanhair and its ilk for the above and many other reasons. For example, I do so hope to one day be able to start busting into groups of men talking about their own aesthetic preferences and interjecting with my very important opinions, nonsequitur-style: "You know, I really prefer men who don't wear makeup/care about fashion/dye or style their hair. Real beauty comes from within!"

My most favorite dudes [tw: rap metal, face paint] were sporting some fabulous glow-in-the-dark neon green at the tail end of their last tour, which was pretty tight, but ye gods, when they do it up turquoise-style? MROWR.
posted by divined by radio at 7:18 AM on June 30, 2015 [5 favorites]


not to be tooooo snotty here, but first this 'trend' is based of one set of photos spread across a couple of different websites and dating back at least a year if not more (some of these photos have been around for a while and i think some are even Movember based). second, i go out A LOT, like a lot a lot, mostly to art, music and fashion-y events. you'd think that if this were the new style or whatever then maybe it would crop up on artists or music fans or fashion people, but not really. i mean it was just gay pride here right after gay marriage was legalized in the US and while there was the occasional dyed beard here and there, it was pretty easy to recognize that they were "occasional" as in, for that specific occasion. i was out all last week among pretty big crowds of a fairly wide variety of people and i didn't really see any guys with colored hair. a few girls with that washed out lavender hair trend that's been going on for a while, or with their hair dyed silver like an old lady's, but no dudes.

the only way this could be less of a real world trend would be for the New York Times style section to write a big article on it.
posted by Conrad-Casserole at 7:24 AM on June 30, 2015 [9 favorites]


It's ok in Islam to dye your grey hair as long as you're not attempting to disguise the fact your hair is grey*, which leads to the rather attractive old people with bright orange hair shown here. But dyeing with natural henna is a pain in the arse (washing out the gritty paste) although it can turn nicely streaky, with a range of colours on the same head. The semi-permanent dyes like Manic Panic and Special Effects can end up all streaky and diffuse as well, which some people may prefer. But the blue pillow cases! The blue towels! the sofas and easy chairs with blue smudges all over them!

My daughter kindly dyed my hair with permanent colour in a more ordinary shade recently. It was fine for about two weeks before the harsh half inch of grey started showing through, which is an awful look. I think I prefer unnatural colours generally, and the attitude of dying hair for fun rather than cosmetic improvement. And vegetable dyes that produce a lot of texture and shading rather than one flat colour. So yeah, I wish the photos weren't enhanced as I think the look is more interesting with more variations.

*reductive summing up of a complex convention.
posted by glasseyes at 7:25 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


so, the 90s are back basically? manic panic will make a comeback.
posted by ChuckRamone at 7:26 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


And by the way, that guy is about 65. Very old indeed!

Tut.
posted by glasseyes at 7:30 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's ok in Islam to dye your grey hair as long as you're not attempting to disguise the fact your hair is grey

Someone better tell the Saudis. King Abdullah was 90 at death, with a beard blacker than shoe polish. That said, they're kinda the epitome of "Do as I say, not as I do."
posted by leotrotsky at 7:31 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]




"The world will never run out of fashion victims"

Like someone who isn't on the clock working some manual trade, with chafed up swamp ass from wearing jeans? Like someone with a lifestyle that isn't strictly sedentary, in high heels? There are many ways prevailing fashion makes us suffer, a few boring people thinking you look silly for not looking mainstream is minor comparatively.
posted by idiopath at 7:54 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I used to have green/turquoise hair about ten years ago and it was rad. If you're gonna do it, my advice is to never wash it. Color really stays in that way.

I may have told this story here before but I also have a colorblind friend and we were hanging out shortly after I dyed my hair. We were at McDonalds and a woman ahead of us got her order and was walking back and complimented me on my hair. And he sort of squinted at me and said "yeah... you got a, uh, haircut right?" and I'm like "dude my hair is bright green" and he's like "naaaah" and actually took some convincing before he finally believed me.
posted by griphus at 7:57 AM on June 30, 2015 [8 favorites]


How is this not a Clickhole article?
posted by maryr at 8:00 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


There are really great color saving conditioners (cause dying dries your hair out like hell) but they're pricey and should be used like, at most once a week and some people's scalps can't take that and it turns into a scabby scalp mess.
posted by The Whelk at 8:00 AM on June 30, 2015


Actually one of my more on-trend friends dyed his hair in this way recently.

It's always so depressing to read the responses to something like this, where half the comments are "that's ugly!" or "what fashion victims", with a strong undertone of "those people must think they are SO SPECIAL but obviously they are just fashion sheep". At the very worst, it's harmless self-amusement and can be quite cheap - when I dyed my hair funny colors, I did it myself.

Also, really, why can't men grow long hair and put it up [without a lot of snark about "man buns" and fashion victims]? It's hardly as though long hair on men has never been seen before in all of human history.

One might almost think that this had something to do with that whole "fragile masculinity" thing.

~~~
If you dye your hair colors regularly (and if you keep your hair short) it gets very routine - you do it before bed, let it dry before you lie down, use a dark colored pillowcase and rinse in the morning. Once you've done it a couple times, even if you're a careless butterfingers like me it's pretty easy to be neat.
posted by Frowner at 8:06 AM on June 30, 2015 [14 favorites]


Welp. Not only did I just hear about, for the first time on Metafilter, the cool new trend in mens' hairstyles, I also just heard about what was apparently the trend before that (the man bun? I had to google image it). Which is to say, I am suddenly feeling really unhip, y'all.
posted by likeatoaster at 8:18 AM on June 30, 2015


I did this in 1999. A deep emerald green. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I had blue hair in 1989.


yeah well I started using the red mud from the cave upriver in my hair when thrag and gork and all the rest of them were still using the white clay from near the watering hole
posted by poffin boffin at 8:18 AM on June 30, 2015 [18 favorites]


Likeatoaster, you're better off that way.
posted by jonmc at 8:20 AM on June 30, 2015


White clay is due for a big retro come back if you can find the right Mastadon Horns, they're like super rare right now for some reason....
posted by The Whelk at 8:22 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


So much to learn...
Not sure I can Google genital claspers at work, but I assume you're not just talking about hands, because I already use those.

As far as the colors go, this is so not me, but I still approve (of most of them).
posted by MtDewd at 8:29 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


I've been thinking on and off about going blue, as a short haired lady. I've never dyed my hair, but it's something I always told myself I'd do when I started going gray at all, just to shake things up, but lately I've been considering not waiting for that. Every time I look around at colors though, I get stuck on how brilliant they all are. In my head I really want a mix of Metafilter blues and almost slate gray, but it doesn't seem like hair dye does muted tones, for reasons I can't quite figure out. Is it hard to mix blues with small amounts of black to step back from the jewel tones?
posted by deludingmyself at 8:30 AM on June 30, 2015


I thought buns were ridiculous but then I saw this Heems video and he looks awesome in it and now I am sad there's no way I can grow my hair out without it looking like I compose and perform prog-metal for a living.
posted by griphus at 8:31 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm still waiting for hairy backs to have their moment in the spotlight.
posted by grumpybear69 at 8:38 AM on June 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


I am hearing that white or silvery grey is a trend in terms of dye for women's hair and I wish I could get on that. I have seen it around on the Interwebs and damn, those ladies look fine. Mine would just end up being a weird yellowy white instead of the sleek super awesome white/silver look, knowing my luck.
posted by Kitteh at 8:45 AM on June 30, 2015


#ChemicallyFriedTextureOfUncookedPastaHair
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 8:49 AM on June 30, 2015


Mine would just end up being a weird yellowy white instead of the sleek super awesome white/silver look, knowing my luck.

I've seen it go the other way a lot more often since silver hair took off: people using so much toner to balance out the yellow that they end up with this odd sort of purplish-gray hair. It doesn't look bad, but it definitely looks like they didn't end up with what they were going for.
posted by griphus at 8:51 AM on June 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


Random thoughts from a dude with unconventionally colored hair.

The thing about having an unconventional look is that you must have self confidence. It is the exact opposite of being in high school and frantically trying to style to the exact mean so as to be completely unnoticeable as you fade into the background foliage. You can, as for as I can tell, pretty much rock any style at all as long as you've got self confidence.

People say things, almost almost positive. You get the strong sense that many, many people want to be more flamboyant in their personal style but also feel that they can't for whatever reason.

Life is too short to be bored or boring.
posted by LastOfHisKind at 8:53 AM on June 30, 2015 [7 favorites]


many people want to be more flamboyant in their personal style but also feel that they can't for whatever reason

Yep. I would like to look as weird on the outside as I am on the inside, but I don't want people talking to me about it or staring at me. So I just don't.

I have a Facebook friend with way worse social anxiety than mine who did their hair in a gradient of colors from green to purple. They've gotten all kinds of reactions, mostly positive, and it's mostly a confidence booster once you make it over the initial hurdle.
posted by Foosnark at 9:00 AM on June 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


Re: This would never fly in grown-up land

I submit to you a government employee who may or may not have been closely involved with snooping on all of us, and who is totally willing to say that his job absolutely makes America safe, and generally seems to be just the sort of guy that the NSA adores, so much so they let him do an interview which seems like a great honor for someone working in the most secretive government agency we know about. And not only does he admit to blue hair and nose rings, but the photograph of him shows his hair dyed a purple that reminds me of a raspberry Now-and-Later.

I still feel like I'm not entirely sure what's going on here so any conclusions to be drawn about the NSA's ability to know what will be cool in the future or how they can accurately predict the pendulum of fashion are not going to be made by me.
posted by clorox at 9:14 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


My 2 cents on this would never fly in grown-up land. My BFF works for the US government as well in a financial accountability and policy review capacity and she is tattooed as fuck with fun hair. But yeah, in grown-up jobs, YMMV.

I work as a second-string admin in a financial advisory office and I am not even allowed to wear boots, much less have fun hair anymore.
posted by Kitteh at 9:18 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


I submit to you a government employee

My BFF works for the US government as well

Notice a trend?
posted by leotrotsky at 9:23 AM on June 30, 2015


For the haters - Hendrix has a few words.

For man-buns? Shiva would like to dance (see you there, on the bottom, hater? The dwarf of ignorance? Yeah. Shiva would like to dance).

That said, the guy on the right, here? He has a few words...

FOR GNOMEREGAN!
posted by symbioid at 9:36 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I remember when I had hair.
posted by Shoggoth at 9:46 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


You will be seeing no blue-haired attorneys, financial advisors, i-bankers, management consultants, judges, or insurance executives.

This seems like a weird sort of complaint to me. Okay? So, even if that's true... so what? Exactly what percent of the population is occupied in those positions or even wants to be? I've heard this same sort of criticism levelled at the idea of smart people getting visible tattoos. "Creatives" seems like a pretty broad category if it's literally "everyone else". I mean, even if you're just talking about people with decent jobs, you've got software developers, graphic designers, chefs, electricians, college professors, auto mechanics. Most CPA firms run pretty conservative, but my current employer is in the real estate industry and our office is heavily casual and nobody would care if I colored my hair something bright. (Not that I want to stay here, so I'm not.) Our controller usually shows up at work in jeans and sports jerseys. Not all grown-up jobs are places that require you to wear suits, and a lot of places are getting more casual all the time. When my mom (also in accounting) started in her current position (at a larger company than I've ever worked at), jeans were for Fridays. Now, she was saying the other day, they've officially gone to allowing them all week. Piercings and and tattoos and colored hair aren't yet as acceptable as jeans, but they're really getting pretty close.

Our ideas of acceptable visual presentation are changing, and to say this is unacceptable by referencing the jobs which are absolutely last to adapt to new cultural standards for acceptable clothing is really, really weird. I was told when in law school that as a woman I should never wear pants to interviews because there are still people in this area who won't hire women who wear pant suits. I'm pretty sure we don't imply that women lack maturity for wearing pants to work, as a general rule. The jobs people always reference for this stuff are not actually the bulk of "grown up jobs", they're a tiny subset of things which historically skew heavily towards people who're conservative, white, and upper-class. The stuff you have to wear to be an attorney or an insurance executive is the stuff that was considered "this is what you have to wear to look like a grown-up" fifty years ago.
posted by Sequence at 9:53 AM on June 30, 2015 [7 favorites]


Merman drapes will NEVER match the Merman carpet.
posted by jeff-o-matic at 10:03 AM on June 30, 2015




You know, this is ridiculous and it delights me. Mermen, you get down with your bad selves. You look like you're having fun!

I secretly wish I could do the sand art hair, but I just cut all mine off.
posted by chatongriffes at 10:16 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


Cute men are cute.

News at 11am. Will repeat in loop.
posted by infini at 10:18 AM on June 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


am I too old? Is cute an out of date word for men? What is the current word for eye candy?
posted by infini at 10:19 AM on June 30, 2015


I can't decide whether to dye mine black and blue or gold and white.
posted by flabdablet at 10:23 AM on June 30, 2015 [6 favorites]


I think it's fun when people have fun. I have some concerns that this kind of dye work, which is hard work if you're dealing with any serious volume of hair*, will turn into below-minimum-wage labor-exploiting jobs a la nail mills, but other than that I think it's awesome.

I'm watching all my FB friends let their kids get summer colors (most of them aren't allowed at school) and remembering how while I *did* color my hair in middle school, it was dictated (and often performed) by my mother to make me blonder and prettier-per-her-standards. I would have rocked mermaid hair.

As an older person who is reaching the point of not caring about your negative judgements on my personal style choices, it's kind of a relief to be able to participate in cohort-signifiers as I please. I'm a fat white middle-aged woman, and I have to deal with a lot of assumptions about what that means about me, especially from people who assume I share their conservative or racist or hate-everybody opinions. Until I put my nose ring in, and suddenly young/not-white people chitchat with me in the grocery store line and other waiting situations, nobody turns to me to bitch about "those people", I don't get side-eyed in young-people environments, I get less fat-lady microaggressions. The difference is really surprising, and I think my hair is next.

*Back in the early 2000s when this was a hardcore mail-order-beauty-supply situation, I had a roommate with mid-back-length curly hair that we did in peacock colors. It would take me all day, or two half days, in the garage with him sitting on a dining room chair covered in an old sheet, but it looked amazing.
posted by Lyn Never at 10:24 AM on June 30, 2015 [8 favorites]


I think I need to try some of this Pravana dye that is being thrown around here. Especially in that "sand art hair" up in the comments. My lady hair is currently a mix of yellow and magenta that becomes a sort of red depending on how the light hits it, and it would be cool to have a dye to play with that didn't run quite as much as the stuff I currently use.
posted by egypturnash at 10:57 AM on June 30, 2015


Ah but they say all fashion comes around, when are we getting back to the classic collar?
posted by sammyo at 10:59 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


Does anyone know how to safely dye a beard? I've heard it's not very safe, as you need to bleach hair near your face..
posted by justalisteningman at 11:33 AM on June 30, 2015


Seapunk: it's like normcore, only with SpongeBob Squarepants in lieu of Jerry Seinfeld.
posted by acb at 11:41 AM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


New trend: Assless chaps, blue-haired man-buns. Go.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 11:44 AM on June 30, 2015


I wish I still had my diver's license from the 80s when I had a fuschia and teal spiked mohawky thing. I died my hair bright colors for years and so did all of my guy friends. Being unable to grow a green slime color out completely before a job was what ended up leading me to dye my hair black in the late 80s/early 90s and then I got used to having sheets and walls that weren't stained by Manic Panic so that's where I ended up settling.
I'm really glad the colors are making a mainstream comeback, I never lost my love for the look, even if I'm not high maintenance enough for it now. Still, it's tempting to consider doing this as my old lady blue rinse in a few more years because I bet the quality and lifespan of the new dyes is much improved.
posted by stagewhisper at 12:31 PM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


bleach hair near your face

You can get cosmetic quality facial hair bleach in darker hair regions like in Barcelona or Bangalore. Jolen is available in Walgreens I think. Its very mild.
posted by infini at 12:33 PM on June 30, 2015


So, the other day, I noticed these visibly older (late 60s at the youngest maybe?) ladies, mostly grey/silver, out having a ladies night out. One caught my eye, her bangs were bright magenta.

Why yes, I will wear purple when I grow old!
posted by infini at 12:34 PM on June 30, 2015


I have had blue hair on and off since my teens (I'm a thirty-year-old woman). I went back to blue a month or so ago and have, as always, gotten almost nothing but positive comments about it. Someone at my kids' daycare stopped me the other day to say he'd seen a guy earlier that day with a blue beard and he wondered if there were, like, a club or something that we were part of. So apparently merman hair has made it to upstate NY? The guy from daycare seemed disappointed that I couldn't provide any information about the blue-bearded fellow.
posted by SeedStitch at 12:40 PM on June 30, 2015


Face skin isn't really any more delicate than scalp skin (if anything, most scalps have no sun damage) which gets bleached all the time.

But here's a detailed description from a cosmetically savvy person. She's using 20-volume developer, which is on the gentler end of hair bleach, but some people may not get enough lift from 20 if they have black hair. (Note the Sweet-n-Low tip, I remember first learning about that from James Marsters, who played Spike on Buffy and had to get bleached every week.)
posted by Lyn Never at 12:41 PM on June 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


I'm trying to grow out a pixie cut and thus treating my naturally dark hair with as much love and care as possible, but oh god I would just KILL to be able to dye it turquoise. My Pinterest browsing is full of wistful longing.

These guys look amazing.

...Everyone looks amazing! And shouldn't give a damn what the lawyers/bankers/judges/anyone else looks like as a way to judge what they can or can't do. Criticizing how someone wears their hair is rather low.
posted by erratic meatsack at 1:52 PM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


My hair is currently purple and turquoise, and I have what is by all accounts an excellent beard.

I maintain that it is not going to be dyed unless I acquire a sea-going vessel and use it to plunder other such vessels, no matter how many times people ask me if I'm going to do so.

Which is frequently. But luckily slightly less frequently than random passers-by compliment my hair.

My extremely invalid statistical methods indicate that young black men like my hair when it is freshly dyed and vibrant, and attractive blonde ladies prefer it after a couple of washes and it has faded and blended somewhat.
posted by flaterik at 3:12 PM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


ugh I have been wistfully following the #rainbowhair and #sandarthair trends on instagram lately and telling myself firmly that goddammit, lfr, you colored your hair all sorts of unnatural shades for nigh on twenty years throughout the 80s and 90s and it was a COMPLETE PAIN IN THE ASS that ultimately necessitated cutting it all off every six months, and also keep in mind that you are in your late forties now, and that all the girls pictured are also young and beautiful enough to pull anything off, not to mention your hair is much too long and thick to take kindly to this so yea just keep clicking.
posted by lonefrontranger at 3:41 PM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


I am surprised nobody has mentioned spray-on hair coloring, which I would guess is responsible for many of the brightly colored beards.
posted by grumpybear69 at 4:27 PM on June 30, 2015


I remember when I had hair.

Yeah, me too. I'm thinking of trying to start a matte-toenail-polish and sandals trend instead for dudes, I think that's a Pacific Northwest thing just waiting to happen.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 4:58 PM on June 30, 2015


WHERE ARE THE TRIDENTS
posted by pleasebekind at 7:27 PM on June 30, 2015 [7 favorites]


Yeah sorry 90s goths and ravers kinda beat you to this by twenty years. I guess that's long enough for it to be retro now?
posted by ead at 9:30 PM on June 30, 2015 [1 favorite]


echoing the others that did this way back when. I was in college, Manic Panic deep blue was the color, and I thought the faded green was horrid.

Also, I work for the federal government, I'm lowly enough that to be memorable, I'm that guy that has a lot of different t-shirts. I've been thinking of dying my hair blue again and start wearing polos...
posted by numaner at 4:35 AM on July 1, 2015


I saw a lovely vibrant rainbow beard the other day in person, so it does exist.

My hair is naturally a medium brown (ash, but I dye red from time to time, so everything but the roots has a red rather than ash cast.) Back when I had bright blue hair I did have to (a) bleach first (which on waist length hair means years of straw) and (b) deal with a rather unattractive green fade. The best I had was a midnight blue that faded to auburn. I keep looking at the rainbow effects and trying to figure out if you use darker colors so the yellow is practically brown anyway, would it be possible to do it so that the inevitable roots just become part of a smooth brown-yellow-orange progression.
posted by Karmakaze at 10:00 AM on July 1, 2015


numaner, that green doesn't look so bad to me. Maybe it was just the contrast with the original blue that made it so horrid to you?

Me: 30, programmer, turquoise hair that gets refreshed every three months or so, whenever I can be bothered. I'm tickled to discover I'm so fashion-forward! (Well, if I were a man.) I have a lovely, laidback working environment and, despite working on projects for the government and a big national company, have never been told to change my hair. I know I'm lucky but I do think coloured hair is getting more acceptable in lots of working environments (ditto tattoos and piercings) (and that's a good thing).

My fella: "So, since I was thinking of buzzing my hair off for the summer anyway ... maybe we can try dying it blue first?" Thanks for this thread, Wordshore!
posted by daisyk at 10:11 AM on July 1, 2015


Oh yeah, I meant to agree that having brightly coloured hair does make you very memorable. I just kind of forget it's there, so I'm perpetually confused about how all these people know my name and face when they're virtually strangers to me.
posted by daisyk at 10:14 AM on July 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Meh, some of us have been rocking this look since 1983.

You, lawn! Get off my kids!
posted by flabdablet at 11:08 AM on July 1, 2015


keep in mind that you are in your late forties now

I am in my late forties and I have big chunks of purple and radiant orchid in my hair. The joy of late 40s is no longer having to give a fuck. If you really want to and your job isn't a problem, do it!
posted by immlass at 11:19 AM on July 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


The joy of late 40s is no longer having to give a fuck.

This.

So many things, so many times, this. Would favourite again. Highly recommend.
posted by infini at 11:39 AM on July 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


The joy of late 40s is no longer having to give a fuck.

Though I am only in my early 40s, I am pretty nearly out of fucks already.

And lord, yes, let's not forget that someone already did this once and so it can never ever be done again, and certainly not with VASTLY improved chemicals and techniques. I've been breathing a blend of mostly nitrogen and oxygen since 1972, so all you poseurs can stop showing off with your being alive schtick.
posted by Lyn Never at 11:58 AM on July 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


I bet the quality and lifespan of the new dyes is much improved.

Sadly no, though there was an ask recently where someone recommended some kind of lovely conditioner that enhances colour.

Purple fades to blue, blue fades to purple, what's up with that?
posted by glasseyes at 12:58 PM on July 1, 2015


The main thing I notice is that the color range is both broader and more subtle than what was available in the nineties. It seems like most of the nineties colors are still available (and the thing with that faded green is that it was gorgeous before it faded - a beautiful art nouveau blue-green. I always used to do my hair that color.) and there's a lot of really nice pastels.

I have a meeting with my nominal supervisor tomorrow and I am going to float the "what if I dyed a streak in my hair" thing with her. I'm thinking a deep blue or a streak of blue black would be a good way to start. I just envy the kids today with their ability to dye their hair all these lovely pastels.
posted by Frowner at 1:00 PM on July 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh shit, I kind of want a really understated dark green now. Like, really understated.
posted by Quilford at 3:21 PM on July 1, 2015


Yep. I want Best Answer coloured hair.
posted by Quilford at 3:29 PM on July 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


shia_lebeouf.flv
posted by Drexen at 7:54 AM on July 2, 2015


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