How Our Hair Defines Us- Let’s face it. Our hair is our sanctuary, it’s what can make or break our confidence.
If we get a bad haircut, we feel horrendous or if we just have a plain old bad hair day, then it feels like our self esteem has been shot. But, when it’s a good hair day and you’ve just come out of the salon with a nice beautiful blowout – it’s like WOW, who is this QUEEN?
It might be the reason that we are so self-conscious about our hair is because it’s the first thing people see. Our hair sits right at the top of our heads thus, making it the center of attention and It Matters.
The way we style, cut, dye, or maintain it says a lot about the kind of individual we want the world to see.
It becomes our identity, a part of our personality. At work you might tie it up in a bun or ponytail to display you are a work-oriented woman, or at parties you might wear it down straight or curly to show you are in relaxation mode. Even the coloring of your hair plays a part of what kind of individual you are. Unnatural hair colors such as Blue, Purple, Pink, or Green display a fun, rebellious side. Hair has been styled in various trends throughout the decades for women.
In the 1920’s you had short bobs and waves, in the 50’s you had rolls of curls and pins, in the 60’s we kind of had a break by waving our hair free long and loose.
But now, women are looking for blended colors, or long waves with little volume. It seems never ending and unfortunately not all these trends are healthy or fitting to every woman. You spend time, money, and energy styling your hair. You try keeping it up to date, or simply alive and attractive to the eye. However, sometimes just keeping your hair to your natural liking can be the best and most comfortable option. Especially when we are home attending to No One, can we let “our hair down” and relax.
Hair is a big factor in defining age.
As women get older, the hues in our hair begin to fade from our dark vibrant colors, to greys and whites. Some women begin to spot them earlier than others. We end up buying products like root touch ups, hair dye, or we just book an appointment to the salon. Some women embrace the natural greys, while other women will continue to color their hair until their final days. Neither is shameful or vain, it’s all in the way a woman wants to present her unique beauty. I myself have naturally black hair. If I had a full head of grey/white hair, I would try an unlimited amount of colors in various combinations! Just because of how easily the new color would display. A punk-rock grandma one might say.
Your hair is defined by factors all around your life. Your lifestyle, your culture, your social media influences, all these factors come into effect on how you want to identify as an individual when styling your hair.
You may not realize it, but we take all these minor and major things into our subconscious and then express them consciously. Ultimately, just think to yourself next time you want to spice up your hair. Do you want your hair to resemble who You are or the image to fit with mainstream media?
Written by Jennifer Ruiz