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Channing Tatum Dyed His Hair Platinum Blonde

Just because you can bleach your hair, doesn't mean you need to.
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I am tired—so incredibly tired. Perhaps I'm still recovering from a Summer of Sleaze that I refused to endorse. Or maybe it's from feeling like every time I turn around, we've lost another handsome guy to a poor life decision. No matter the reason, I'm fatigued by this never-ending trend of men who dye their hair piss-platinum blonde. The trend has claimed the follicles of Pete Davidson and Jonah Hill and Zac Efron, but today, it went too far: we lost Channing Tatum.

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On his Instagram story, Tatum posted the image of his newly dyed blonde hair. I'm usually sympathetic to things like this, but this is gross. Unless he's going for a beefed up remake of 8 Mile, it's simply not working. As you can see, 59 percent of Tatum's 17.1 million followers agree that this was a Bad Idea—and 41 percent are wrong. To add insult to injury, it's not even fully platinum. It's in that weird place in between platinum and that color of urine when you feel like you're hydrated but can also still do better. If you're going to commit, go fully, startlingly, white-blonde platinum.

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But this is about more than blonde hair. This is about a short-term gain for a long-term punishment. Look at Zac Efron. I want you to look him right in the hair. Even when this hairstyle is done correctly, its victims face months of reckless abandon. Like a drug, once the blonde begins to fade and the reality of the situation hits you, you know you've made a mistake. You can hide your sadness. You can shield your grief from the world. But it doesn't change the truth. Even Gordon Ramsay gets it, and his hair just naturally does what Efron's is trying to do here.

What I'm saying is that maybe it's time we stop putting chemicals in our hair and start loving ourselves. While it may feel like we're living in the end of days sometimes, we shouldn't treat our hair like there's no tomorrow because with every day that passes, the truth will reveal itself out of Tatum's scalp. And missteps like this? They take time to heal.

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This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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