8 Things Pinoys Do
When They See Someone
With Unnaturally Colored Hair
By Jerica Chingcuangco
It’s not often we see Pinoys with unnatural colored hair, even in local showbiz (though the number has been growing in recent years if Instagram hashtags and the availability of unnatural colored hair dye online and in physical stores are anything to go by). Here are a few things that Pinoys do when they see someone with unnaturally colored hair out and about in the Metro.
Aside from staring, of course.
8. They yell “Yeng!” in public
Loudly and sometimes repeatedly, just in case you didn’t hear it the first time. Because everyone who dyes their hair a different color is THE Yeng Constantino.
7. They touch your hair, and then ask “Pwede pahawak?”
Whether it’s officemates (way to maintain professional boundaries there) to people you literally have just met (agad agad?!), there will be hair touching, often without permission. Sometimes people do ask permission, but they never wait for a reply. There must’ve been a memo where colored hair is public property.
6. They ask, “Wig ba yan?”
It’s like, the concept of a person coloring their hair with something that isn’t brown or blonde is so inconceivable, it just has to be a wig.
Also: “Nagcocosplay ka ba?”
5. They say, “Sinisira mo buhok mo.”
If this came from a fellow hair enthusiast, it’d be easier to acknowledge but… the people who say this usually aren’t. So, just to put it out there: when people dye their hair with unnatural colors, they do end up knowing a little bit more about how to care for it.