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Why Did Markiplier Stop Dyeing His Hair?

In a video uploaded to YouTube on September 11, 2015, Markiplier glides his hands through his dark hair. “I want kind of like a bright pink, a very obviously pink, pink,” he explains to the hairdresser. “This is going to look great,” she responds. Ultimately, the entire top of his head is solid pink and at over five million views, his fans seem to love it. Soon enough, Markiplier is celebrated as one of seven YouTube creators with the craziest hair.

Who is Markiplier?

Markiplier, or Mark Edward Fishbach, is well-known online as one of America’s top YouTubers. As of September 2020, he has a total of 27 million YouTube subscribers. The 31-year-old star is largely recognized for uploading videos depicting playthroughs of video games, voice-commentary, and live charity streams. Many fans also describe Markiplier as “the most caring YouTuber” due to the amount of gratitude regularly shown to his followers.

Why Markiplier Dyed His Hair

Working through different colors like pink, blue, and purple, Markiplier finally landed his streak of hair dyeing on his favorite shade – red. Aside from the fact of the coloring process being fun for both himself and his followers, the question still stands: why did Markiplier originally dye his hair pink?

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It’s no secret that Markiplier is apt to upload live charity streams almost monthly to raise money for different charity organizations. Some of these donations have gone to establishments like the Cancer Research Institute and Save the Children. Markiplier and his YouTube community have raised over $1 million in charity donations and continue to raise that total.

In a live charity stream for the Depression and Bipolar Association, Markiplier promised to dye his hair pink if fans were able to reach $100,000 in donations. After hitting the goal, Markiplier happily kept his promise to color his hair alongside fellow YouTube stars, JackSepticEye and Cyndago.

Why Markiplier Stopped Dyeing His Hair

The star spent nearly a year testing new shades and keeping up the color. After being famed for a willingness to rock the fun hues, fans of Markiplier might wonder why he ever stopped dyeing his hair. Markiplier’s hair coloring abruptly came to an end toward the end of 2016. In a video uploaded in January 2017, Markiplier pops into view with very dark hair once again. To explain why he decided to return to black, he states, “I never intended it to be a permanent fixture – I didn’t even intend for it to be there for a year.” Continuing, Markiplier describes that the hair color was difficult to maintain, and for numerous other personal reasons – counting his wild hair color interrupting many friends’ wedding photos – he chose to go back to his natural shade.


Markiplier’s effort to sustain his promise to the generous donators has been very well-received. Although most of his fans will deeply miss his vibrant red hair, his reasons for giving it up are easily understood. Markiplier ultimately stopped dying his hair because, although it was fun, the vibrant color was not a low-maintenance style choice and it was time to put it to rest. While all good things must come to an end, Markiplier’s striking hair will go down in YouTube history.

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  • Ashtin is an American freelance writer and aspiring editor. She is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English, and is currently studying editing at the University of Chicago. Alongside her freelance work, Ashtin pursues the hobby of creative writing. She has a regular yoga practice, a deep love for mystery novels, and a fascination for all things true crime.

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