Happy Wrath Month, sports fans. Or rather, US Women’s National Team (USWNT) fans.
Honestly, I’m not all that into soccer, but I confused all my algorithms with a month-long USWNT obsession and now I have to sift through a bunch of Wimbledon coverage to get to the good stuff. As a result, my Instagram is mostly advertisements for athleisure and Ashlyn Harris. I sort of miss those weird burning tampon ads, but the stories showing up now are Emmy-worthy.
As USWNT coverage wanes and the ticker tape is swept away, I find myself wondering why. How is it we’ve lost coverage already? When my Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup last year, I heard about it for months. So why don’t WORLD CHAMPIONS get the same amount of attention?
Since their historic win, the team and their captain Megan Rapinoe have been touring the country with their medals and trophies. They’ve spoken, danced, and even accepted a key to the city. Slowly but surely, however, a wall was placed between the athletes and their achievement. The country extracted all the joy out of trouncing the Dutch 2-0 and then quickly distanced themselves from the politics of the sport, like the question of equal pay.
These fair weather fans also took issue with the way in which the USWNT celebrated their win. Captain Megan Rapinoe in particular was accused of being arrogant. Her public confidence and pride in her talent, as well as the talent of her teammates, was perceived as unsportsmanlike conduct. Dancing apparently demeans the game or something.
If that’s true, we should all raise our children to become arrogant soccer players, like Rapinoe and the rest of the USWNT. If spreading your arms after a game-changing goal or not being more demure about winning an international championship is arrogance, then I want to be arrogant.
The first step in that Rapinoe-esque transformation would be dying ones hair the perfect lilac-pink that she wore during the Cup. Here are 15 great dye options, including the one her colorist, Richard Drews, used to create that International Soccer Star look.
1. Lime Crime
Lime Crime is scented, making the dyeing process a lot easier on your nose.
Get it here for $16.
Rose Red is budget-friendly and fades nicely over time.
Get it here for $7.27.
Another fading dye, Shocking Pink gives you versatility as well as quality.
Get it here for $7.49.
If you’re going for a Hot Topic vibe, Killer Candy is a good choice – albeit a little messy.
This dye will give you vibrant color without veering into clown wig-territory.
Get it here for $6.62.
Get Atomic Pink here for $17.
Get Candy Floss here for $8.28.
Get Hot Pink here for $11.15.
For the indecisive, Pink Fetish stays for a short three weeks and sells for relatively cheap.
Get it here for $12.49.
10. Lunar Tides
Get Lychee Hot Pink here for $11.99.
11. Good Dye Young
Ex-Girl Pink is made with bergamot oil which gives the dye a citrusy smell.
Get it here for $23.94.
12. Manic Panic
For a range of shades, Manic Panic can be mixed to create deeper or lighter colors.
Get it here for $9.95.
13. Arctic Fox
This vegan product will dye your hair a soccer star pink and comes with an added conditioner to help keep your new ‘do healthy.
Get it here for $18.99.
If you’re not down to dye your whole head, this glitter is a solid compromise that will give you a pink shimmer without the commitment.
Get it here for $25.44.
15. Pravana Vivids
Get it here for $9.99.