Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton once said, “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” A swift jab to our media’s obsession with aesthetics, but one that also poses the question: why do we care so much about hair?Sharing is caring! It’s okay to download the image below as long as you credit our website!
Most women have a perpetual love/hate relationship with their hair. Complaints run the gamut from split ends to baldness. But frizzy hair seems to be the subject of most women’s hair issues.
The cause of those frizzies comes from the hair’s structure. Hair strands are covered by a cuticle that is reminiscent of overlapping roof shingles. When the hair is dry, the shingles will lift away instead of lying flat. And since dry hair steals moisture from the air, humid days will also cause the lifting of the shingles and, thus, frizzy hair.
But aside from the frizz, even women considered to have radiant hair have issues of self-perception. Recent studies have revealed just how strong are the feelings women have concerning their hair and what they would trade for “perfect” hair.
It appears that women often struggle to achieve the “ideal” personification of beauty, brains, and someone who can master a blow dryer. From unruly ringlets to stringy strands, bad hair days and bad haircuts, women have been fussing with their hair in “complicated styles,” as early as the Imperial Rome era, according to Wikipedia.com
In a recent U.S. survey, two hypothetical options were presented to female participants: gain ten or more IQ points, or a lifetime of great hair. According to StyleList.com, 57 percent of surveyed women opted for great hair!
Other polls show that to get silky tresses:
27 percent of surveyed women would give up chocolate forever
32 percent were willing to stop texting forever
A full 91 percent of U.S. woman say they have serious issues with their hair:
46 percent said they battle frequent frizz
41 percent said they have dull and/or lifeless hairMotherhood
Most women will spend hours fiddling with their hair each week when they are not spending money on hair care products. It is no surprise then that motherhood increases the likelihood of hair hate.
The lack of time to spend on their hair, guilt about money spent, and the general stresses of motherhood combine so that 60 percent of busy and active mothers questioned say they are dissatisfied with their hair. This is apparent in studies that show:
34 percent of U.S. mothers surveyed said they would refuse to have their photo taken for fear of be embarrassed by their hair.
75 percent with children under five said they were “sick and tired” of their hair style.With Age Comes Better Hair Styles
Hair issues start young. With age the level of concern continues. Only the type of concern changes. In one study, 45 percent said they’d spent the decade of their twenties damaging their hair because of styling and heat exposure.
Still, women prefer their hair in their twenties and think their hair hits its peak at age 29. In the twenties decade, women have gone through the experiments of their teens and now have more disposable income to spend on hair care products.
But it takes time to find the right look, according to surveys of U.S. women. A third of those questioned said they finally found the hairstyle that best suited them in their thirties.Good Hair Costs Plenty
Women spend a lot trying to find that perfect head of hair. On average, women spend almost $50,000 through their life on hair management. Which may be overdoing it since a British study found that 13 percent of women think their hair is worth between $8,000 and $16,000, though some would go well over $1.5 million.
Annually, U.S. women spend freely on hair-related products:
$160 per year on shampoos and conditioners
$520 on haircuts
$120 on styling products
$330 extra on color-treated hair“We constantly hear from women about how they are frustrated with their hair. Women want their hair to look great but they also have busy lives, and it can be a challenge to find the products that work best for them.”Julie Marchant-Houle, Pantene (senior marketing director)Women often get mad at their hair
According to studies, 54 percent of women say they are more likely to get angry over their hair than their significant other. And the average woman spends 2.5 years of her life fussing and fiddling with her hair.There is an Alternative
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