September-2020

Five Reasons Why a Good Hair Day Matters

16-09-2020

MHR Clinic consultant Ethan Denton looks at the psychology behind a ‘good hair day’.

Whether we’re reading about an A-lister’s latest hairstyle or watching adverts selling shampoos, conditioners and colours, there’s no doubt we’re continually reminded about the importance of having great looking hair.

But amid the persistent messaging, it’s easy to forget just why having fabulous hair matters.

Perhaps it is best explored through the experience and effect of having, what we’ve come to know as, ‘a good hair day’.

So, in this post we’ve identified five reasons just why a good hair day matters so much to us.

1) History tells us it does

Hair has communicated messages of health, wealth and status throughout history. In the Bible, Samson’s long hair was the source of his supernatural strength. Ancient Egypt’s Cleopatra was revered for her alluring beauty and thick, luscious hair. Citizens of ancient Greece grew their locks long, believing they were a life source. In the US, Native Americans wore long braids often decorated with feathers. In the UK, Queen Elizabeth’s crimson curls represented her power on the throne while red hairpieces were worn by women emulating her style. Important figures in the world’s aristocracy, judicial and political systems have long worn wigs to demonstrate their power, influence and knowledge. And almost every pop and rock star from the Beatles forward has used their hair and to enhance their attractiveness to fans. There’s no denying that history has taught us and engrained upon pour psyches the importance of having good hair.

2) Good hair is a sign of good health

 An unhealthy body produces weak, dull and often thinning hair. Thick, radiant, well-kept hair is an outer sign of good health. That good health portrays a vibrant human being to others. While a luscious hair has long been considered a sign of vitality, humans also track their biological progression through hair. Babies born with thick hair are viewed as heartier than those with little or none. As children grow we continue to recognise their hair growth as a signal of good health. For adolescent boys, early facial hair is associated with virility, while long, luscious hair is often equated with female sensuality and sexuality too. Likewise, the loss of hair as we enter midlife and old age is seen as a sign of losing our health, fertility and virility. There’s little question that a good head of hair tells the world our health is in a wholesome state.

3) Hair enhances our appearance 

A good hair day is important because, like it or not, looks do matter. Hair plays an enormous part in how we look. Hair frames the face and our face leads the way when we need to make a first impression. Hair can enhance the colour of eyes, the angle of cheekbones and the shape of a nose. Alongside a person’s eyes, smile and skin, hair is judged before other personal attributes such as body shape, clothes and manners. Hair is among the top three physical features—alongside height and weight—used to describe people. It’s important it is referred to well. Facial features are also a key component in generating attraction between two people. We rarely progress to the next stage of a relationship if we don’t find the other person attractive. Hair plays an inarguable role in generating initial attraction between two lovers and it has been used and dressed to do so throughout the ages. 

 

4) It boosts self-esteem 
Our sense of attractiveness is strongly linked to confidence and positive self-esteem. In short, when we look good, we feel good. A bad hair day increases self-doubt and personal criticism. But when we know and acknowledge that we’re having a good hair day, we gain confidence in everything we do. When we cut, colour, highlight and style our hair we’re taking control of how we look and how we feel. That control over ourselves also contributes to a feeling of well-being. Nobody is perhaps more aware of the link between hair and confidence than a person who has restored their thinning hair. Hair loss contributes to a lack of confidence and self-esteem. Once a person has regained a full head of hair, the way they feel is usually the first thing they talk about. And having a full head of hair again gives them the chance to have good hair days

5) Hair provides a sense of identity

Our hairstyles play a large role in our outward physical identity while reflecting who we are on the inside. How we wear our hair represents our culture, interests, relationships, career and the way we do things. And stepping out on a good hair day reinforces all of those things to ourselves through a sense of identity. Galvanising our identity through our hair on a good hair day reaffirms the kind of person we are and that generates a sense of comfort and security within us. That strong sense of identity reminds us who we are at our best, and why we matter to those around us. It helps us to make decisions, express ourselves and know how to behave. Conversely, hair loss can contribute to a lack of identity – something we hear all too often from clients who walk through the door of MHR Clinic.

 

To give yourself the chance of more good hair days, contact MHR clinic and we’ll get straight to giving you the best head of hair you can have.

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