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1. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 10y

Why do some old ladies dye their hair purple? Do they suddently turn colour blind in their old age?

2. Posted by isisshuru (Full Member 57 posts) 10y

HAHAHAHAHA!!
Ohmygod! Now you truly know where the term 'blue-hairs' comes from!

Their hair turns 'purple' (or blue) cuz they tried to dye it black (which is usally made out of indigo dye), and as the die fades or doesn't take, the gray and blue...well ya know.
Hilarious!

3. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 10y

I've always seen it as "blueing", a technique to keep gray hair from turning yellowish, which it will with age...

I've also seen lots of teenagers dye their hair blue, and red, and purple, and green......

Funny world, isn't it?

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

What ever happened to just wearing big hats? If the Queen can pull it off...

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

I like hats... I have several... And not gray enough yet so start using the blue-hair stuff...

For most women, they either use the shampoo with the "bluing" or "whitening" agent too often themselves, or go to a stylist who has really bad lighting so they don't notice the "blue or purple" tinge before letting the client leave the shop. Also, as we age our ability to distinguish colors starts to diminish so those who use the bluing themselves - don't see it.

Viv - Asians, as a whole, do not "go gray" as quickly as caucasians. You are in luck!!!! But, we'll save a bottle for you just in case...

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

Quoting beerman

I've also seen lots of teenagers dye their hair ...red..

hey! it's all natural baby.

7. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 10y

Thanks for the education in hair dying; it does make more sense than my "old ladies are wacky" theory. However, I still have difficulties fathoming how a black dye can fade into BRIGHT purple. There's a patient in my hospital whose hair is so purple that it's almost florescent! Do you think it would be really rude to point it out to her? I'd put it in a playful way, like, "I had the exactly same hair colour when I was 15! What kind of dye did you use?" By the way, I did have purple streaks in my hair when I was 15; it wasn't a dye though, they were extensions. Oh the crazy teenage years.... *sigh*

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Viv - if they don't realize it - don't mention it. They will only get pissed off at you or their hairdressers. Let them live a little and think they are main stream - even if it's not "becoming" to them.

Yes, people with lighter colored hair will develop that purple tinge to their hair if they have used an indigo-based dye. Just as women who have blonde hair will develop that hideous orange tinge after using a henna based dye. It all depends on the components of the dye itself.

Hey - you are still in luck!!! Though, I'll save a bottle of bluing for you when the time comes...

9. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Im totally getting a blue rinse when I get old, I think its really cool...Ill most likely have a load of cats too and chase kids with a broom!!!

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Twinkle

Im totally getting a blue rinse when I get old, I think its really cool...Ill most likely have a load of cats too and chase kids with a broom!!!

I think Twinkle has been attending the Isa School of Aging...
(We have a load of cats - 9 inside and 21 outside, and my broom is always at the ready!! Haven't gotten the blue rinse yet - not enough gray to make it worthwhile.) ;)