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How Having Green Hair Has Affected Me

Posted by on March 25, 2009

If you haven’t already noticed with the layout change, I changed my hair to a nice aqua/teal colour last week, from a previous blonde (which lasted a week), and purple before that. Since I have gone green, I’ve had a greater than normal number of strangers approach me, for numerous reasons, and I can’t help but wonder if having green hair has made me appear more approachable.

On my way back to Kuala Lumpur from Perth, I was approached by two different people at separate times, so I thought I’d talk about those. The first was at Perth airport, waiting in the passport check point. The woman was probably about my age, and was seriously freaking out because she had never flown overseas before and thus never experienced this part of the process. She asked me if I had, to which I explained that it was a very simple process, and tried to calm her down a bit. We certainly talked a lot more than I normally would with a stranger waiting in a line!

The second incident was just after I got off the Sky Bus at KL Sentral, and an English woman helped me collect one of my bags. After that she asked me if I knew if she could catch a train to [insert random name of some hotel here that I can’t even remember]. I said I didn’t know, and she explained she asked me because she thought I lived her. I told her I do, but I don’t know where that hotel is. I actually found it incredibly interesting that she assumed I live in KL right off the bat. What about my looks or actions could have made her assume such a thing? I’m white, for starters. Not too many white people live here compared to Chinese, Malay and Indians! Certainly I think it would be odd even to think a white person with green hair would live here. The only thing I can think is perhaps I looked like I was confident and knew what I was doing when I got off the bus, and I wasn’t confused as to where to go next.

Anyway, that was my adventure in travelling home to Malaysia, and enjoyment of seeming more approachable with green hair.

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Dominica has a strong interest in exploring diversity in media, seeing people subverting corporate control of creativity through crowdfunding and indie publishing, and spending as much time as she can travelling the world and discovering culture. This is what she most regularly blogs about. In her spare time, Dominica is primarily focused on long-form improv theatre, and writing and publishing speculative fiction. You can find links to some of her free and published stories and screenplays on her writing page, or check out her pirate time-travel novel Adrift. Though born and raised in Australia to American parents, Dominica lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 2008-2014, until she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She also has a background in web programming, filmmaking, and stand-up comedy. For more information, check out her about page, or any of the specific pages about her various creative pursuits in the links at the top of the page.

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