“Lochte Blue” is now a thing. Before he hits the water for the 200m individual medley to get that 12th medal on August 10 in Rio de Janeiro, Ryan Lochte aimed to make a fashion statement — by dyeing his hair a glowing silver sort of light blue (you can call it “Lochte Blue.”) On July 31 the swimmer announced it on social media, using the hashtag #turnup, crouching in front of a brick wall. Thousands of comments on Instagram followed, along with nearly 40,000 likes, and, soon, we’re guessing, serial dye-rs. Don’t think this makes it OK.
There are two types of guys who can get away with neon dyed hair — athletes and rock stars. Think of Adam Levine or Rodman. Notice something in common? Men can certainly dye their hair, and that’s especially true if they’re going gray. We suggest going to a professional (something Lochte did right), and knowing what you want to do ahead of time.
When it comes to dye jobs, think long and hard about if you really want to do it. Consult your barber — or maybe do some research about a salon that offers it. Ask your significant other what they think. And remember, at the end of the day, when all the cameras are turned toward him, Lochte’s blue locks will be tastefully hid away under a swim cap.