With this generation of celebrities breathing new life into the neon and other bright colored hair styles, it might be time for the rest of us to join them. I’m not suggesting that trying to be like a celebrity is any way to live your life, but I am saying 2012 might be the year that you, personally, can pull it off. Had you tried to do it in 1963, it probably wouldn’t have gone over so well.

While there are several reasons why you should consider dying your hair some brilliantly flagrant color, and one of them is to piss off your parents; that shouldn’t be the only reason. When I went through my hair-dying phase I was every color under the sun and there was this glorious satisfaction when I’d come out of the shower with a new color and my mother would stand there and stare speechless. I was 17 years old.

Since then I have dabbled with other colors, but mostly not my whole head as I used to do. I’ve found that I’m more of a “few streaks” kind of gal, although at the moment I’m all brown. But also at the moment, I’m thinking it’s been too long that I haven’t let loose with an explosion of color on my head. I think the time has come once again.

I may not need convincing, but maybe you do. Let’s cover some reasons that may have you running to the nearest salon or the nearest jar of Manic Panic.