09/24/2012 10:12 am ET Updated Oct 02, 2012

Hair Color In Bright Hues Isn't Just For Teenagers (PHOTOS)

Brightly-colored hair brings to mind pop stars like Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Avril Lavigne and more. But not all stars with colorfully hued locks are in their teens (or even their twenties).

Case in point: 40-something-year-old artist Julie Verhoeven. When we caught up with Verhoeven at a party to celebrate her collaboration with Melissa shoes during New York Fashion Week, she had electric yellow and blue-colored hair. The designer and illustrator confessed that her natural hair color is "a horrible, dead brown," and said that she has been dying her hair every color of the rainbow since she reached adulthood. "I know it's my midlife crisis," Verhoeven said, "but I've just accepted that it has become part of my whole persona. It's what makes me happy."

And Verhoeven is not alone. Cyndi Lauper, Vivienne Westwood and Bjork are just a few other women who have opted for bright dye. In fact, Bee-Shyuan Chang wrote a story in August for The New York Times, "Getting Bolder With Age," that profiled three real-life women over 40 who tried edgy new hair styles at the Yves Durif salon.

“I don’t ever want to be plain,” an entrepreneur named Sunny Bates told Chang. “The worst thing is to look too suburban.”

Her friend Linda Holiday took it one step further, Chang reported, by coloring her blonde hair with blue streaks and a slightly ombre effect.

Perhaps, like Verhoeven, these rock-inspired hairstyles has brought them both happiness and a growing fan base. "I'm very popular with small children," Verhoeven joked. We can see why -- these women definitely stand out in the school drop-off line. What kid wouldn't be thrilled to have a mom who rocks blue hair?

Hair Color In Bright Hues

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