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Does Your Hair Color Determine How Fun You Are?

Does this mean you have to go blonde?
IMAGE Taylor Swift | instagram.com/taylorswift ART Naomi Torrecampo

Dyeing your hair is a trend that will never go away because it's really fun to change your hair color every now and then. People look at you differently when your hair color turns to pastel pink from your usual jet black hair. But what if you go blonde?

When it comes to stereotyping, blondes get the most of it. It's nearly impossible to control. It has been a universal belief that blondes have more fun. But is this even true? Is having more fun really based on your hair color?

The color that will forever be associated with the famous doll Barbie and the legendary Marilyn Monroe, golden locks are believed to give off the impression of a brighter and perkier personality. Blondies are seen as outgoing, younger-looking, and approachable. There's even a study that guys prefer blondes because they're likely to see them first. With a hair color like that, you'll surely stand out from the crowd. Plus, this hair color also goes with everything—any skin color, clothing, shoes, and even make up! via TheTalk.com) 

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BuzzFeed did an experiment with Devin Lytle, where she dyed her brunette hair (something she's been sporting her entire life!) to blonde just to see if society will perceive her differently. When they showed a picture of her as a brunette to some random strangers; they described her as artsy, intimidating, and serious. And when they showed a picture of her as a blonde; they described her as artsy, curious, and sweet. Her theory that people perceive blondes as more fun is true. But did she have more fun as a blonde? Not really. (via BuzzFeed.com)

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"Just because society has decided that being white and blonde makes you some sort of 'ideal' beauty, that definitely doesn't mean it's true. Whatever my hair color—red, blonde, brown, or no hair, I know that I can have as much fun as I well please." —Devin Lytle

It's not just about being blonde. You can have fun whatever color you choose to dye your hair with. We think trying something new and different is what makes it fun and exciting. If you're in a room full of blondes and there's only one brunette, we're sure you'll want to try being a brunette. So if someone likes and describes you based on your hair color, don't trust it. YOU ARE NOT YOUR HAIR COLOR. So love your hair color, and do what you do best—being awesome and fun in your own way.

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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