Some people have lot’s of it, others wish they had more. So why do we have hair, what purpose does it serve? I can remember the first lecture in hair school. The program started off with an answer to this question. Hair served 2 purposes, protection & adornment. Hair protected us from the sun, cold, bugs, injury, way back before sunscreen, clothing, bug spray, heating & a/c. Hair also made it easy to tell who was who at a quick glance.
Today, since we have parkas, polar fleece, copper tone, & roofs over our heads, hair is all about personal choice & style. It’s one thing we can permanently change over & over again, because it is something that completely replaces itself over time. You decide you like long hair, you grow it out. Decide lighter is better than dark, you make it blonder. Like straight over curls? You alter the structure to take them out. Decide to start all over? cut it short. Today, hair is as much a fashion statement & accessory as it is an indication of personal choices.
Science & technology have given us the opportunity to change the appearance of our hair quickly & often. Society gives us cues on what is in style & desirable, & offers us chances to thumb our noses at such constructs. Celebrity culture gives us examples to follow. Remember the Rachel? Or the Becham bob, Posh Spice? Sheryl Crow Curls, or the chunky bands of color Kelly Clarkson sported?
Our hair still helps us attract like minded people, or potential mates. We can change it to make our significant others happy, or not…
Hair. It is incredibly important to our sense of beauty, belonging, even self worth. Studies have shown that how we feel about how our hair looks has broad effects on our lives. Our productivity at work, social interactions, & self confidence are all deeply impacted by our own opinion of our hair, & often times more so my the opinions of others. Self image is impacted by as much as 80% if we don’t think our hair is looking good. It’s been studied & determined that a bad hair day or string of them can be more impacting on how we view ourselves than having a visibly pronounced scar. Hair is very important to us indeed.
As a stylist, I always find it funny how ppl react when they learn that I am a stylist. Being viewed as an expert, people seek vindication on their choices, or try to shield themselves from possible judgement. I often hear people say “don’t look at my hair, I didn’t do anything with it!” or “Ugh, my hair is horrible today, don’t judge me.” as they grab it, pull it, try to cover it, or put their hand over their grow out line. It’s funny, because a stylist, above anyone else should understand the wide variety of personal choice hair styles represent, & should be the last to ever pass judgement.
I often hear people say “don’t look at my hair, I didn’t do anything with it!” or “Ugh, my hair is horrible today, don’t judge me.” as they grab it, pull it, try to cover it, or put their hand over their grow out line.
The loss of hair & the remedies are an industry unto itself. Wigs to replace, extensions to fill out, or add instant length, hair pieces to cover, surgical, & topical remedies are thriving businesses that go to show how important hair is to most people. In fact, thinning & balding have been one of the biggest concerns my clients have. Both women & men alike.
I recently read that 1 in 4 women & upwards of 70% of men are dealing with significant hair loss, & most want it to stop. The majority want to reverse it. Up until recently, I didn’t have an effective permanent remedy other than surgical procedures or drug therapies with mixed results & potential side effects. There are new non drug therapies on the scene now that are proven effective & offering tremendous results. These are great alternatives for someone who doesn’t have the finances for expensive procedures, or don’t want to risk the use of drug therapies. Personally, I think going the natural route is always the way to go when possible.
Having healthy, beautiful, hair that tells our story is something that most people want but often struggle with. Maybe you or someone you know is struggling with their hair, you’re welcome to share this video with them, or connect with me to see if I, or the person who shared this video with you has an option to help. You’ve got nothing to lose but more bad hair days.