If you're like me and most Asian girls, the hair you're born with is either very dark brown or black. As a child (or perhaps until now), you've received much praise on how long, straight, and silky your hair is. You take pride in it and love your “cultural roots,” but you also sigh at Gigi Hadid's blonde babylights or Jennifer Lawrence's golden lob.
While we know that blondes don't actually have more fun (they just have more options), light-colored strands make the perfect canvas for letting almost any shade pop. Meanwhile, dark-haired girls have to set the stage through a rigorous bleaching process.
Bleach is not a temporary pigment that latches onto our hair; it strips away our hair's natural dark color and it's a permanent treatment.
It's comforting to know that many light-haired girls covet how black hair makes the skin look fairer and more luminous, frames the face more dramatically, and highlights the eyes. Yet the grass is greener on the other side, and don't we girls know that in so many ways?