Walk through the front doors of Fairmont High School, and you’ll not only see many different types of people, but also many different types of hair.
Although Fairmont has a few limits on how students can dress, it has no formal policy regarding how they can wear their hair. Students can style, cut and color their hair in ways that show who they really are and how they want to be seen. Total hair freedom is one of the main ways that students can express themselves while at school.
A type of expression
Most students find special ways to express themselves. For some, it’s through art. For others, it may be through sports. But perhaps the most common form of expression — even if not everyone realizes it — is the way people wear their hair.
Junior Morgan “Rylee” Smith says hairstyles help make people unique. “I like seeing other people’s hair because not everyone’s hair is the same,” Smith said.
The media has taught us to see different hairstyles in different ways. Ponytails are often associated with sports-oriented girls, but they’re are also seen as an indication that a girl is having a bad hair day or just didn’t have time to do anything with it that morning. Guys involved in sports are often portrayed with short hair or even buzz-cuts.
Whether these examples apply to all students or not, teens can find individuality by the way they style their hair.
Freedom to choose
Fairmont allows its students to wear their hair however they want. They can dye it rainbow colors or shave one side of their head. Junior Connor Young enjoys the feeling of individuality. “I like wearing my hair however I wish,” he said. “It ensures that we don’t all look the same.”
Despite the school’s lack of rules regarding hair, some students say they’re limited by parental rules. Junior Maryn Moor is experiencing that first-hand. “I don’t have the freedom to wear my hair however I want,” she said.
And not every student is impressed by Fairmont’s stance on hair freedom. “It can be very distracting,” said junior Mary Shampton, referring to how some students dye their hair wild colors. “The hair here at Fairmont is ridiculous. I don’t think people should be able to wear their hair however they want. It’s distracting, ridiculous and downright annoying.”
Change of image
It is not uncommon to be unhappy with your natural hair. People are always changing colors and styles to fit their personalities. Sometimes girls with naturally straight hair long for curls, while some girls with naturally curly hair tend to straighten theirs.
Shampton admits to dying her hair. “I dye my hair blonde because it got really dark when I was younger, so I chose to go lighter to make it look better,” she said.
But clearly not all students choose to stick with the natural color look. It is just another example of how hair is a form of expression.
Though she isn’t allowed to color her hair now, Moor isn’t ruling out the possibility of dying it in the future. “Maybe I will when I’m in college,” she said.