Multi-Colored Hair

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Multi-Color Hair

Let’s, for a moment, pretend that this is a valid complaint . . . .  Nope, can‘t do it.  This is the stupidest complaint yet.  The only reason this would be valid is if the character is too broke to afford hair dye or the ingredients to make their own hair dye and to keep it up.  Yes, even ancient cultures had their own methods of dying their hair with variances of permanency.

The most impressive method of dyeing hair that I have read comes from Egypt.  They made a paste out of lead-oxide, lime and other components and rubbed the mixture in their hair for three days.  Because the lead-oxide can get into the hair and break it down and form crystals inside the structure of the hair, the dye was permanent.  Probably longer lasting than the dyes you now buy at the store.  Unfortunately, lead is toxic and could have shortened the user’s lifespan, even if lead has trouble seeping through the skin.

Other methods include using herbs, clay and sometimes crushed insects, but probably don’t last as long as the store-bought brands.

And just for the heck of it, let’s list a few characters that mysteriously have multicolor hair, whether they have been proven natural or dyed:

  • Atemu and Yugi Mooto from Yu-gi-oh!
  • Death the Kid from Soul Eater.  By the way, it was proven that the stripes in his hair are natural.
  • Hikaru Shindo from Hikaru No Go.
  • A majority of My Little Pony characters.
  • Hatsuharu Sohma from Fruits Basket.  Again, natural, but it was due to his curse, so supernatural.
  • Yuki Onna and Rikuo from Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan.
  • Gregory Violet, Cheslock, and Ronald Knox from Black Butler.
  • Touya from Yu Yu Hakusho.
  • Rogue from X-Men, due to stress.  
  • Sweeney Todd from Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but it was probably due to age and stress.

I am sure I missed a fleet of truckloads, but if you’ll notice, particularly in anime, it’s only in a few characters per anime.  So what’s the big deal in having one more OC with a pink streak, or maybe a rainbow of streaks?  If the character is that colorful and has means to dye his or her hair, should it really matter?  It’s just hair.

And what if it’s a natural hair color?  Of course it depends on whether it’s possible in the universe like My Little Pony and Yu-Gi-Oh!  If the natural multi-colored hair is in a real life sort of universe, then yes, that’s a reasonable complaint, but if it’s dyed, then so what?  (Unless, of course, this character works or goes to school where it is forbidden to dye your hair an unnatural color, then that’s another valid complaint.)
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Griffonmender's avatar
All I can say on the related and much dreaded "rainbow hair" is that so long as you make it look natural as opposed to using the rainbow fill tool, it's fine. ^^
Within reasonable limits as outlined in your tutorial, of course.
And with supernatural critters, "natural colors" are kind of relative, you know?
A mermaid with long, lavender locks would probably think the brunette with the bob looks strange.