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Is a Bad Hair Day Bad for Your Health?
When your mane's a mess, does it seem like nothing goes your way? Don't worry – it's not just you.
By Regina Boyle Wheeler
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Whether you’re fighting with frizz, trying to pump up limp locks, or doing battle with the weather, having a hair meltdown may affect more than just your appearance. “Bad hair” can have profound effects on your mental well-being, causing both women and men to lose self-esteem, become more socially insecure, and even doubt their own abilities, researchers at Yale University found in one study.
The study, commissioned by Proctor and Gamble, found that people may actually perform below their abilities when they believe their hair is not up to snuff. The researchers reported that even the thought of a bad hair day made womenandmen believe they weren’t as smart as others. Socially, women reported feeling embarrassed, ashamed, and self-conscious during bad hair days while men said they felt more nervous and less self-confident.
“There is a strong correlation between what we see in the mirror and how we feel about ourselves,” says Amy L. Flowers, PhD, a psychologist with expertise in self-esteem and body image and with a practice in Macon, Ga. “Thomas Cash, a famous researcher in body image, states that up to 25 percent of our self-esteem is determined by how we feel about our bodies — you can’t hate the way you look and still love yourself,” Flowers says. “Also, we assume that others see us the way we see ourselves, so if we don’t like a particular feature (like our hair), we assume that others find it repulsive, too.” But, of course, that’s not always the case.
Hair Care, Mood, and Well-Being
Thankfully, most women report being generally happy with the results of their hair care routine. A 2010 survey conducted byShopSmart, a magazine from the publishers ofConsumer Reports, found that 19 percent of respondents said they “love” their hair and 41 percent said they “like” it.
But 44 percent of respondents said their mood has been negatively affected by a bad hair day, and 26 percent said they actually were moved to tears after a botched haircut. The reaction is understandable, says Flowers. “We put importance on our hair and face because these are features that cannot be hidden; they are the first things we notice about people.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton can attest to the power of hair. She once famously quipped, “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.”
To avoid a bad hair day, women are ready to dip pretty deep into their pockets. TheShopSmartpoll found that, on average, women pay dollars for a haircut. Also, 53 percent of women reported regularly coloring their hair. If it’s done at a salon, women shell out an average for color.
“I think women will spend their last money on manicures and haircuts because these are not seen as luxuries any more but ‘impression-formation devices,’ especially on job interviews, first dates, etc.,” Flowers says.
What Good Hair Care Says About You
“I think hair can say a lot about how we see ourselves — if it looks like you just fell out of bed, it implies that you don’t care about your appearance, which to me indicates poor self-esteem,” says Flowers. “I don’t think you have to have on a full face of makeup before going out to get the mail, but a person who is going out in public should be clean and tidy. It shows self-respect and makes a good impression.” And she urges people to "remember that old expression: You only have one chance to make a first impression.”
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