Fashion and hair styles come from popular culture. Often, inspiration comes from the most unique places, notably psychedelic cartoons, animé or celebrities with a flair for difference. Most students rush to class without much thought given to how other students style their hair.
Latest styles hit Wilson
That is why the latest craze of hairstyles to hit the campus vary from color, cut, and style. Recently, there are more students with "buzz cuts," feather extensions, and wild colors.
These styles are changing traditional woman’s hairstyles.
Women adopt traditionally male styles
Buzz cuts are the new fashion staple to hit the campus this fall.
‘13 says, "Because I like to be unique. Be different than everyone else it’s the reason for my hair cut this way," says Aly Rice ‘13.
Students use hairstyles to fight winter doldrums
As we approach the colder months and students put on the drab colors of winter--gray and black--students breathe creativity into their hair. However, there are colors and cuts that decorate the campus for a counterpoint to the depressing weather. As we draw nearer to chilly temperatures and a hectic schedule, the vibrant campus culture gets lost under all those hoodies and sweat pants.
Rachael Kinley ‘13 says, "I dye my hair frequently, when I need a change. I mean, even I can’t define what color hair is normal."
Kinley also comments that she sticks to more "natural" hair colors because there is always the chance of professionals coming on campus and she wants to leave a lasting impression.
Buzz cuts and dyed hair have begun to appear more frequently on campus style. Military men are usually the type to have a buzz cut, but women on campus find this style easier to manage.
Maggie Sipps ‘12 says, "I am a feminist, but the truth is that I always wanted a mohawk since I was really little."
"I’m not trendy," she says.
"Think about it. I get to save a lot of water, I’m being sustainable without really trying… I once had my hair pink…but I feel confident that I really like the way I look with my hair this way. Plus I don’t sweat as much as I used to."
Wilson women who make a brave hairstyle choice also breakdown stereotypes about women and how they should look.
Trousers, large t-shirts, and skate shoes were also once strictly worn by men. Women continually breach boundaries in fashion. A handful of freshman--more than in years past--have cut their hair short in an attempt to be themselves.
Lydia Deshong ‘14 says, "I don’t really care about trends. Some people don’t realize it, but I don’t cut my hair this way for fashion, I cut it this way because of severe migraines."
All these women say that the initial reaction of their friends is shock and surprise.
These buzz cuts pose yet another challenge to norms about women and how they should look.
"Ultimately I like it, even if I do get mistaken for a guy. I get called a boy sometimes, but it’s funny," Rice says. From the looks of it, these styles are here to stay.