Welcome, fellow Marvel nerds. I, like the rest of the internet, have not stopped thinking about Black Widow since its release last Friday. While there are so many Easter eggs and haunting themes to discuss at length, there's one small reoccurring detail about Natasha Romanoff that seriously needs to be addressed: her hair.
During her 10-year run in the MCU, we've seen Natasha rock a ton of different styles and colors, from a brightly red curly bob to long wavy ombré locks. Besides her unique fighting style and sassy quips, Nat's hair has been a staple of her character.
So, it makes sense that her solo movie would also focus on her ever-changing hairstyles. We see her go from blue hair in her childhood to her signature red color to platinum blonde, which helps to explain her drastic appearance change in Avengers: Infinity War.
However, because Marvel is not known for being simple storytellers, I believe Nat's hair journey in this movie is more layered than one might think.
When we first meet Natasha, she's a preteen living in Ohio with shockingly blue hair. Since we know she was there for an undercover mission alongside her surrogate sister, Yelena, it's not far-fetched to believe her hair was dyed for the mission.
Since Natasha was much older than Yelena, she wouldn't have asked too many questions about changing her looks. But Yelena is a blonde, so why was Nat's hair blue?
I think Nat dyed her own hair blue after arriving in Ohio after her dark roots started to grow back because she wanted to keep a piece of her individuality while working abroad. As Yelena noted during their car conversation, the Widows never truly had any control over their own lives, so dying her hair blue could've been Nat's first serious act of defiance and the beginning of becoming her own person.
Next, in present day, we see that Nat's hair is back to her original and signature red color. After escaping the Red Room, joining and taking down S.H.I.E.L.D, and being forced on the run from the government, Natasha maintained her own sense of identity by not compromising a real part of herself.
Cut to the end of the film, where Nat sadly had to leave her newfound family of Alexei, Melina, and Yelena behind to face the backlash from General Ross. We then flash forward a bit to see her meeting back up with Rick Mason sporting a freshly dyed head of blonde hair.
Eagle-eyed fans probably spotted the box of hair dye Nat held while holed up in her trailer, but disregarded as she went about the events of the film. So, why would she suddenly dye her hair blonde in the end?
Many speculate her dye job stemmed from her being on the run, but I think this was more of a tribute to the little sister she just reunited with.