At Comsewogue High School’s senior prom on June 22, student Megan Nishiyama stood confidently among friends sporting a gown she purchased online and a new hair color she finalized that morning.
In a sizable student body, her dazzling look stood out at Watermill Caterers in Smithtown.
“I wanted [my hair] to actually be white, but this was the next available option considering my circumstances with my hair and whatnot,” Nishiyama said. “So this is completely fine; I love this color.”
Nishiyama’s bob was a soft green/gray, complementing her forest green gown from Etsy. Her co-worker, who currently attends cosmetology school, had been helping her craft the look.
“We’ve been bleaching my hair for the past three days, day and night,” she said.
She wasn’t the only one to match her hair color to her dress for the occasion. Senior Luna Khalil added specks of silver to her curls first. The dress selection came second.
“I’ve been trying to get some silver hair all year!” Khalil said. “I’ve been struggling a little. It’s really hard to get this color. Then I came across this dress and I was like, oh this is my hair anyway! It’s not like I was trying to match it; it just happened.” Khalil added lots of bleach and purple toner to achieve her hue.
Another color-coordinator in the group was Abby Murphy, a soon-to-be junior at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School in Port Jefferson. She accompanied her boyfriend of 10 months, Comsewogue senior David Bradley, to the prom. She’s been dying her hair teal for months, and the shade matched her gown precisely.
“I’ve had it a couple different colors, but I like this one the best,” she said.
“It does look nice definitely,” Bradley agreed. “But honestly, I love her no matter what her hair color is.”