• http://twitter.com/silverukiss Silver

    I only just now realized that my bias has had the same shade of hair (medium brown) and fairly similar hair styles for about the last 2 years. And really I’m not complaining, because it definitely suits him the best, as opposed to his myriads of other hair styles he went through before then. Of course, his poor band members have been sacrificed to the fashion gods in place of him.

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      Who? I’m curious…

      • http://twitter.com/silverukiss Silver

         Soohyun of U-Kiss. I could be wrong, but doesn’t it seem like his hair has stayed almost the same for the last 2 years? Minor differences, but fairly similar hairstyles and color.

        • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

          Oh, yeah. U-KISS is generally pretty good about keeping their haircolors dark, though, right? I know there’s usually one light-haired in the group for their comebacks, but I think they are one of the groups that’s better at not changing hair colors too much.

          • http://twitter.com/silverukiss Silver

             Yeah. They seem to like to have one of the Americans (or both) bright blond, and maybe one of them red, but usually the rest is brown or black. At least these days. I still remember when Soohyun had blue hair… except it was faded and looked more grey and I thought it made him look like an old man…

  • http://www.m-rated.tumblr.com/ Michelle Chin

    Maybe I’m the odd one out but I don’t get the appeal of rainbow coloured hair. What’s wrong with black hair? Or brown hair? :( Probably not as catchy on the camera but it’s still decent… 

    Also, having the best dye products or hair straightening products do not guarantee no damage. That’s why you can’t perm your hair and dye it straight after. It’s a recipe for sure disaster. 

    • taequila777

      I agree, I like their more natural tones as well. I don’t like it when “idols” dye their hair blond.

    • MEalways

      To me, because I really love the colour and it suits my personality.
      I love to highlight my hair with deep red or violet colour.
      Strangely, it makes me happy and more confident.

      Well….

    • lokifairy

       I love black hair so I don’t really understand it….

  • Black_Plague

    I swear, some of those idols are probably going to end up bald when they get older if they continue with the hair dye at their current rate. G-Dragon and TOP in particular. Hell, some of their hairstyles with the dyed color could probably be used by clowns instead.

    Kudos to the idols that don’t dye their hair at a comparable pace as those two.  

    • gowhalego

      GD is on a different league altogether when it comes to hair colour, that is apparent. But it’s funny how you compare T.O.P with GD when the blue-dye was just a one-off dye. His hair is mostly black/brown when there is no promotions going on. In fact, from what I can remember (correct me if I’m wrong), the only time when he actually dyed his hair extensively (brown is not counted) was a) the platinum blonde during GD&TOP promotions and b) blue during Alive promotions. That’s all. Throughout his whole career. But somehow there seems to be a knee-jerk reaction whenever bright colours are involved and the extent of dye jobs seems to be magnified disproportionately. 

      • leadaegyu

        i agree with you about T.O.P, and i want to add that around Goodbye Baby promotion he had a brown hair with blonde highlight, but i think that’s it including the ones you mentioned. the rest of it was his natural hair color. maybe just some non permanent coloring he used for MVs or photoshoots.

      • viettu

        I think people always mention TOP because when on the rare occasions he changed his hair color from black or brown, it was always a ‘visual shock’, exactly the effect he went for. GD on the other hand, changes too often. I know he has to keep up with the the trendsetter title, but after a while, you kind of get immune to whatever style he comes up with. 

  • SAK SAK

    purely market relations…the more shiny, sparkly, noticeable ”product”, the higher the possibility to sell tones of it, though they are same by taste and quality

  • ShineeWorld52911

    Nice choice of a topic Lindsay. I strongly dislike (I’m not gonna use the word hate) when idols have a different hair color fevery

    • MEalways

      Somehow, that’s not how it works if you have to perform for television.
      I had myself experienced when I have to get to the stage (including tv). You have to have a quite much make-up on your face. Even if the ‘theme’ is natural beauty, it never natural at all…. 

      Not because your face needs a lot of make up, if you already pretty enough or have a good complexion. But, you need to put more colour. Otherwise you’ll look pretty pale and pretty oily. 

      It really can ruin any good skin condition (because sometimes it takes hours before you can clean them all). So, you have to do facial regularly and good dermatologist at hand… 

    • leslie7622

      I also prefer the natural look but I can understand the showbiz industry’s stand on dyeing. It helps members stand out. Especially in groups with more than 4 members. Especially for boys. I can’t quite remember which group it was but I remember watching a relatively new boy group and I was frustrated trying to differentiate the members because of their similar hair styles. And I do like being able to differentiate the members because I like picking a favorite. And with boys, there are not a lot of styles to choose from that also looks good on them. So they don’t have much of a choice but change the color of their hair. Also some people’s skin tone are just better with lighter colors. Like how sunny and hyoyeon look so much more gorgeous with blond hair. 

      However I’m sure that many idols use wigs. Sunny used a wig for her short do (the first couple of times anyway). Suzy used blond hair extensions and mixed it with her black hair. However, for boys, its really hard to do that especially if they have close cropped hair like wooyoung. 

  • muggle87

    tbh, i kinda like some of the hair styles and hair color they try…. can’t imagine if idol never dye their hair. gd blonde look for heartbreaker? jaejoong silver blonde hair look during O? bang yong guk red hair look for I remember?  t.o.p blue ice cream hair for the alive album? those was some epic hairstyles. 

    though i will admit that doing that frequently can be extremely damaging… though i heard that sometimes they don’t dye their hair but put a wig on or use color hair spray. like i heard that junsu used a blue wig for his uncommitted era. if that is the case…. maybe other idols are doing that too. like i remember that time himchan had black hair then blonde hair in kcon.

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      …The only haircolor I liked that you mentioned was GD’s. xD

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      …The only haircolor I liked that you mentioned was GD’s. xD

    • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

      …The only haircolor I liked that you mentioned was GD’s. xD

      • muggle87

        maybe this can convince u ^^ http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdmqkegLV71rv0d7bo1_500.png or http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5toopARBy1rtoo0mo1_500.png or http://cdimg2.crunchyroll.com/i/spire4/09012008/5/3/3/1/53313a88c988f0_full.jpg

        come on u don’t think they pull off these colors pretty well^^

        • http://twitter.com/fah2ma Fatouma

           2/3 for me. Jaejoong’s blonde hair was lovely with his skin tone *W* and BYG was damn hot with red hair.

        • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

          Trust me, I’ve seen plenty of pictures. I think TOP and Yongguk look like clowns and Jaejoong’s hair is too white; it washes him out. Not trying to be mean, because I honestly like all of them a lot, but…

          Tbh, those hairstyles are all actually among my least favorite Kpop hairstyles ever. :P I just really, really don’t like them.

        • 7cinta

          All 3 of those hair dyes were a win with me!

    • BishieAddict

      I agree with the wig comment. They should use it. And I prefer JJ’s light brown hair myself.

  • gowhalego

    Truthfully, I am not really concerned about whether their dye jobs are going to destroy their hair and scalp. I am pretty sure they put on equal proportions of expensive conditioners and other hair care products. Same goes for facial masks and treatments. The extent (and price) to which they care for their physical appearance is something that normal people with limited budgets will not be able to afford. I personally feel it’s just undue concern on the fans’ part. Just as long as we don’t have unrealistic expectations of how they should look like (e.g. yes, they probably put on lots of makeup, they probably have imperfect skin, they probably have plastic surgery, their photos were probably photoshopped. And that’s not a problem).

  • gowhalego

    Truthfully, I am not really concerned about whether their dye jobs are going to destroy their hair and scalp. I am pretty sure they put on equal proportions of expensive conditioners and other hair care products. Same goes for facial masks and treatments. The extent (and price) to which they care for their physical appearance is something that normal people with limited budgets will not be able to afford. I personally feel it’s just undue concern on the fans’ part. Just as long as we don’t have unrealistic expectations of how they should look like (e.g. yes, they probably put on lots of makeup, they probably have imperfect skin, they probably have plastic surgery, their photos were probably photoshopped. And that’s not a problem).

  • MamaWack

    I always get worried when I see an idol change their hair colour multiple times for the year. seriously these guys must look so dull, frizzled and lifeless without all the mousse and the hair sprays and gel they use to get them having gorgeous hair for mvs and photo shoots  look lee hyori the woman never dye her hair blonde and yet she’s still sexy and remain relevant. these multiple hair dyes is just wrong

  • http://twitter.com/ndooks ananda anwar

    what an interesting topic. I think their (idols) activity of changing hair color and wearing make up are related the industry. Some of them maybe do that for the sake of their job, although I’m not saying that some of them like trying something new. And the hair and make up products sometimes are the sponsors of the show/mv/fim/drama.
    I think as fans, we just have to limit ourselves, don’t expect (and complain) too much on our idols’ appearance. Afterall, they are only human…. 
    and I love T.O.P’s blue hair tho…^_^ 

  • http://twitter.com/ndooks ananda anwar

    what an interesting topic. I think their (idols) activity of changing hair color and wearing make up are related the industry. Some of them maybe do that for the sake of their job, although I’m not saying that some of them like trying something new. And the hair and make up products sometimes are the sponsors of the show/mv/fim/drama.
    I think as fans, we just have to limit ourselves, don’t expect (and complain) too much on our idols’ appearance. Afterall, they are only human…. 
    and I love T.O.P’s blue hair tho…^_^ 

  • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

    I feel bad for Zelo. According to Himchan, he’s already getting scalp problems from the hair dye. D:

    • MisOpparsSonMejoresQueTu

      I remember Zelo tried to denied this, really embarrased about it. Poor kiddo, he is so young. 

      B.A.P should get vacations once the year it’s over, and they should let their hair rest too

      • http://twitter.com/M_Wys Michaela Wylie

        They are, or at least they had a short one. They had no activities last week. And they’ve said they aren’t releasing any more songs this year (at least they’re waiting to the beginning of next year).

  • Cerovill_e

    It’s so good when SB discussed things like this, meaning some of the people here have more common sense than most of K-Pop fans. Hats off to SB!

    I think this article is enough to explain what I think about K-Pop’s beauty standard. After all, K-Idols are also humans; they’re not perfect. And I want to thank them sincerely for what they did to make fans happy all the time, even though they had to sacrifice their personal health. But they seriously have to think about their health, and take a great risk to appear ‘ugly’ in front of the public. No matter how risky that sounds, they should stop using make-up and applying hair dyes once in a while, think about their own health, and use that chance to live in healthy lifestyle again. Plus it’s for their hair and skin’s sake. After all, YOLO.

    One thing that I fear the most is when they retired, they might not be able to end their idol career with at least, good health. They might be able to fix it through medication though, but the results from using make-up and hair dye throughout their career will probably worsen their total health already, and it might take quite a long time for them to transform back to their normal looks.