About Students: Hair

A. Sue Weisler

Daniel Amburgey, a first-year chemistry student from Cincinnati, started getting creative with his hair in fifth grade when his school hosted a Crazy Hair Day.

Hair, the iconic 1968 Broadway musical, exploded as a symbol of generational defiance. Among today’s generation, hair is a vehicle for self-expression and independence. Spotted across campus are vivid colors, selectively bleached strands, oversized afros, complicated braids, and carefully sculpted mohawks, mullets, and etched designs.

It took Marie-Anne (Macha) Conde, a second-year illustration student from Haiti, six hours to create this look.


As a form of self-expression, Lindsay Dobson, a third-year fine art photography student from Chicago, started dyeing and bleaching her own hair with every imaginable color.


Noah Flanders, a second-year game design and development major from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., sports a bleached blonde afro.


Emily Luna, a first-year graphic design student from Rochester, has a cousin who is a hairdresser and did her hair.


Ren Staggs, a first-year engineering student from Oklahoma City, mixes her own colors and dyes her own hair once or twice a month. She started the rat tail a couple years ago and is watching how long it can get.


Alexander Sygowski, a first-year electrical engineering student from Newark, Del., hasn’t had his natural color since eighth grade. He likes to match his hair and outfits for special events.


Bryce Wyckoff, a first-year statistics major from Perrysburg, Ohio, changes his hair color every three months for fun.


Left: Quinn Kolt, a fifth-year applied mathematics and computer science double major from Solon, Ohio, does a color change every year. Right: Joy Anderson, a fourth-year film and animation major from Washington, D.C., made this braided wig inspired by African-American beauty culture that celebrates hair, braids, and style changes.


Left: Trinity Jenkins, a second-year chemistry student from Maryland, trained in classical ballet since she was 2 and natural hair was the rule. She decided that college was the right time to dye her hair and incorporate braids. Right: Zyan Kerr, a second-year mechanical engineering technology student from Brooklyn, N.Y., adorns her hair with dozens of wooden beads.

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