I'm a conservative, teetotaling, polite married chick with a bit of a "hard rock" past. Always on the straight and narrow, but sharing the interests of my headbanging friends, I kept myself clean partly by staying away from substances and by making sure I looked "normal" and modeled good behavior. So I'm starting residency this summer, and am done with rotation. I want blue hair. I've always wanted blue hair, but it never quite worked with the life plan. Well, I mean, I could have done it and have met med students with fun hair and piercings, but I suppose my balls are just smaller than theirs when it comes to things that are against the grain. I just want the blue hair for a little while, and will dye it back before I start residency. However.... My husband is adamantly against this. He feels that it will ruin my reputation in the small town (40,000 or so surounded by farming towns). I said that nobody knows me, and by the time I start residency, put my glasses back on and dye my hair back, it probably won't matter. I mean, I'm nobody's doctor yet. He also feels that it will cause waves if other future colleagues see me. I just don't see what the big deal is. So my hair is blue. So what. Am I a different person? Isn't it their problem if they stereotype the person with blue hair? Or perhaps my husband is viewing the townsfolk as being more closed-minded than they really are. Maybe they won't bat an eye. I won't be the first person that they've seen with colorful hair, nor the last. Anyway, I'd be interested in hearing the opinions of others of residents with blue hair. I'll decide on my own whether or not to get the blue hair (bright blue, have to bleach it first, with minimal blond streaks too. My hair is brown). My husband just wants proof that he's right. And hey, maybe he just doesn't want to be the husband of the blue-haired chick. Or likes my brown hair. Or is afraid that pink is next.