At some point in the 90s, many males looked into the mirror and, apparently feeling inspired by Nirvana’s debut album title, decided their hair was looking a little too dark and melancholy.
Hair bleaching was ridiculously popular in the 90s and even into the early 00s because no one knows how to let a bad idea die. There were many options for the style of hair bleaching one could choose, from an all-over bleach to just the tips (teehee!) to a sort of tortoiseshell effect if you were feeling complicated.
I feel like there is so much to say about this particular trend but I think it’s best that I let these example pictures speak their 1,000 words apiece:
My 7th Grade Boyfriend:
So far, this doesn’t appear to be a trend that is in danger of returning but I’m sure we’re only an Anson Elgort and a bad decision away from a resurgence.
Note: A very special thanks to my 7th grade boyfriend, Judson, who, when I asked if I could use a photo of him with bleached hair, immediately sent me three.