Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Have you ever noticed...

...that many women of Eastern European descent dye their hair bright colors?

We've noticed it a ton here and have been offered two explanations.

1. During Soviet times all forms of personal expression were discouraged or forbidden. With independence people have gone over the top simply "because they can." This is notable in dress, building styles and accessories. On the surface it seems sort of compensatory, but I think it is quite possibly just the relishing of freedom of expression.

2. During Soviet times there was only one color of hair dye available - a sort of reddish/purplish color. For older ladies who had been dyeing their gray hair, they either grew it out and looked sort of clown-like (and were more easily distinguishable - a bad thing in Soviet times) or they bought the one color available.

Either way, I don't think I've ever contemplated the freedom represented by an aisle of hair dye. Just goes to show all the small things we take for granted.


MamaShift said...

It's often referred to as CIS Red.

Sorry to have missed you there in Lithuania, but it's great to read your blog!

Aaron said...

If you ever get the chance you should read "How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed" by Slavenka Drakulic.