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Dyeing Your Hair
Dyeing Your Hair

Learn English with this dyeing your hair English lesson

Date: Sep 21 2018

Themes: Alternative, Fashion

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations


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Have you ever dyed your hair? You probably threw caution to the wind, went to your hairdresser and asked him to color your hair fluorescent orange. No? You’re not alone. A lot of people think changing one’s hair color isn’t for them. It’s a big step, that’s for sure!

It must be hard to work as a hairdresser at a salon. It’s one thing to add highlights to someone’s hair, but to change all of it to another color is a big deal. If the person getting her hair dyed doesn’t like it, it’ll take a lot of work to get everything back to how it was before. That’s why it’s so important to know exactly what you want before the big day.

Find out what Marni has done to her hair and what Lily thinks of it in this English lesson about changing the way you look.


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Lily:  Why are you wearing that hat?

Marni:  OK. Are you ready?

Lily:  Yeah.

Marni:  I just went to the salon and I had my hair dyed!

Lily:  Oh my gosh! You look great. Your hair is a lovely shade of fluorescent blue.

Marni:  I know. I just wanted to do something crazy. I threw caution to the wind and my hairdresser just went for it.

Lily:  Wow, she did a great job. I wish I could do that. I really wanted to get some purple highlights. I have this office job and they have a dress code. People are really intolerant about flying your freak flag around here.

Marni:  Do they think that’s unprofessional if you have that kind of hair color?

Lily:  Yeah, you know.

Marni:  I don’t plan on having this forever, obviously, but for a little while, I thought it’d be fun.

Lily:  I salute you, my friend. I think it’s a great choice.

Marni:  Thanks!


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Lily wonders why Marni’s wearing a hat. Surprise! Marni dyed her hair blue. Not just blue, but fluorescent blue. It’s a really big change and she’s kind of excited. You have to be pretty brave to make such a big change in the way you look.

Even though Lily likes and compliments Marni’s hair, she doesn’t think she could do it herself. Unfortunately, Lily works in an office that has a dress code. She knows that her boss is intolerant to crazy hair colors, so she doesn’t want to seem unprofessional by dyeing hers. Lily seems disappointed by this fact and wishes she could really be herself at work.

Do you dye your hair? Have you ever dyed it an unusual color? What did you friends and family think? Should unusual hair colors be OK at all jobs?



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Russian Federation

As for me, people can dye not only hair, but I can’t understand how it associates with expression ‘throw caution to the wind’. I favor flying my freak flag. It looses from thoughts about my style and I can have some result.

06:17 PM Oct 09 2013 |



Cote D'Ivoire

Great ! Good stuff ! I’ve decided to change my look and this leeson comes at great moments when I was looking for words to claim my style. I take care of my hair. 

02:05 PM Oct 09 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

it is really good for us to make changes . . .

but i think if you want to dye your hair pay attention that your hair color has a little symmetry with your eyes color or your skin color. i know it will make you really more interesting !

i never dye my hair but i think it cant be too bad ! i like my hair with its real color


11:47 AM Oct 09 2013 |



Russian Federation

Long long time ago, when I was a weird carefree teenager studying at school, I once decided to throw caution to the wind, refresh my appearance and make it way more eye-catching. As a result, I got my hair died into RED!! And it wasn’t like just simple coloring when you have all your hair colored with a hair dye – my hair was dyed with bright spots of it making me look like I got the tin of dye fallen right on my head! Oh, jeez!! It was really shocking to everybody in front of whom I appeared! The amount of people’s attention turned out to be much more then I had expected)))

11:31 AM Oct 09 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i like to threw caution to the wind but not exactly in this part ;))

11:06 AM Oct 09 2013 |




yestoday , i went to the salon near my mansion to get a haircut .  my favorite hairdresser adviced me to dye my hair fluorescent grey .

on reflection , i decided not to throw caution to the wind .  i think when i go to company today, my boss will fire me . cos my boss is traditional and he will say “u look so unusual and unprofessional ”. haha.

actually , i colored my hair in university , but now i dont do this . cos it’s harm to health . but i think appropriate color make u more beautiful and attractive . sometimes we can try .

08:43 AM Oct 09 2013 |

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