The Emotional Side of the Haircut

Hair frames the face and is one of the most important and essential features when it comes to first impression. This is valid for both sexes but women, in particular, use it as their strongest weapon when they want to attract someone or express their feelings and emotions.

According to the psychologists, hair is one of the features that not only attracts attention but is most often recalled after a social interaction. Besides, the haircut is one of the things we are in charge of, when all the rest is out of our control.

A new haircut can be both emotional and empowering.

Here is how to approach it.

Why appearance matters

Let’s face it – we are living in a culture, dominated by selfies and saturated by images. Hence, we shall admit that appearance matters. And it matters a lot. Therefore, the decision to change one’s hairstyle is always an emotional one. For women it is much more emotional than for men, though.

Our general sense of attractiveness and beauty is determined a lot by hair. Long, healthy, shiny hair makes you feel like a goddess and you are often treated as such. Shaggy, unkempt, thin or greasy hair automatically puts you in a lower division.

Therefore, if you want a boost in your confidence, you can try changing your hair style. Sometimes, this is the only thing that you are truly in control of and can be quite empowering for your overall emotional state.

Catch the spur of the moment… or not

In some cases, people believe that dramatically changing your hair style after an unpleasant event will help them. Lots of women grab the scissors after a breakup in an attempt to express their bitterness with a cut. In some cultures, women cut their hair to show that they are mourning the death of a beloved one.

While changing your hair style can be liberating in some cases, in others you may end up regretting that you cut your hair as a spur of the moment decision.

Changing your hair style dramatically is a significant decision, which needs to be well thought of. Make sure that you are cutting or shaving your hair for the right reasons – because you want it, because it will good on you or your long hair is damaged and needs a relief. Never change your style simply because the others do it as it is currently trendy or just because you cannot tame your hair today. Here are a few suggestions to try – put it in a ponytail or braid, try some waves or choose funny accessories.

All that said, we shall also admit that sometimes good things happen exactly at the spur of the moment. You have been thinking of a hair style change for long, but you didn’t have the guts to do it. Then one day you pass by a professional hair saloon and you jump in. You can end up cutting your hair short or adding hair extensions to rock the long tresses you have always wanted and walk out of the saloon happy, revived and feeling in control of your hair and life.

Changes in style are never only good or bad and it is nice to have someone to consult you if you are in doubt.

Consult with your stylist

Your stylists knows your hair best. So, if you are considering a dramatic change – in style, length or color, make sure to go to your saloon and not to a random one. Your stylist will be able to give you advice on which hairstyle suits you best, depending on your hair type, face shape and other features. They will know if short or long is the style for you (link to article). Your stylist can also figure out whether you are in the right emotional and mental condition for a drastic hair change and offer an alternative style that will suit you best.

The good thing with hair is that it grows back and there are many options. You can always cut it more, add hair extensions to compensate for length, volume and even color. Therefore, it is worth being bolder and rocking a new more avant-garde style from time to time.

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