In "The Outsiders", why does Pony have a problem with Johnny's idea to disguise themselves?

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In chapter 4, Ponyboy and Johnny flee from their hometown and travel to Windrixville, where they hide out in an abandoned church on Jay Mountain. In chapter 5 , Johnny goes to the store to buy supplies and returns to the abandoned church with a bottle of peroxide. Ponyboy...

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In chapter 4, Ponyboy and Johnny flee from their hometown and travel to Windrixville, where they hide out in an abandoned church on Jay Mountain. In chapter 5, Johnny goes to the store to buy supplies and returns to the abandoned church with a bottle of peroxide. Ponyboy panics as Johnny flicks open his knife and explains to Pony that the police have their descriptions. He tells Ponyboy, "We're gonna cut our hair, and you're gonna bleach yours" (Hinton, 61). Ponyboy initially refuses to allow Johnny to alter his appearance, and says, "Oh, no! . . . No, Johnny, not my hair!" ( 61). Ponyboy takes pride in his long, silky hair because it is what distinguishes him as a greaser. Pony's hair is a significant part of his identity, and he refers to it as his "trademark." Johnny then explains to Ponyboy that it is better than having the police cut their hair, which is something that they will definitely do once they catch them. Johnny finally convinces Ponyboy to let him cut and bleach his hair, which makes Ponyboy miserable and depressed.

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In chapter 5 of "The Outsiders" Johnny and Ponyboy are on the run from the police because Johnny killed a Soc while trying to protect Ponyboy.  Johnny decides they need a disguise.  He buys peroxide and tells Ponyboy he must cut his hair and dye it blonde.  Ponyboy has a big problem with this.  He tells Johnny he doesn't want to cut his hair because it took him a long time to grow it just the way he wanted it.  He is very proud of his long hair and he doesn't want to change it in any way.  He finally agrees and Johnny cuts Ponyboys hair with a knife, then Ponyboy cuts Johnny's hair.

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