Does a bad hair day affect your well-being?
Having bad hair may lower self esteem.
We all have them—bad hair days—the morning you wake up that no matter what product you throw in your ‘do, it’s not ‘do-ing’ what you want it to. So you leave the house in a funk and secretly have a slightly less elevated mood, no matter how much you try to convince yourself this is not the case. But little did we realize, having a bad hair day can do more than affect your afternoon. Bad hair can have a serious impact on your overall mental well-being, says a new study.
Researchers have found that people have a tendency to perform well below what they are capable of when they believe their hair doesn’t look good. The study, conducted by Proctor & Gamble, found that even the thought of a bad hair day made both men and women feel less intelligent. In addition, it was reported that men feel less self-confident and more nervous when they don’t like their hair, while women feel embarrassed and ashamed.
“There is a strong correlation between what we see in the mirror and how we feel about ourselves,” Amy L. Flowers, PhD, a psychologist with expertise in self-esteem and body image and with a practice in Macon, Ga, tells San Jose Mercury News.
“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 said. “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.”
More from Living: Looks guys love (and hate)
“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.”
Tell us: Does your hair affect your mood?
Photo: Courtney Bell/Getty Images
More from Simply Chic:
The hottest manicure styles of 2013
75% of women say they've purchased a designer knockoff
The most "OMG, WHAT!?" looks from London Men's Fashion Week
People tell me I'm pretty, but I suffer from female pattern baldness. Some days I can camoflauge it, some days, not so much. So, yes, it does affect my self esteem. I'm also a 4 year cancer survivor, so I'll have to say getting breast reconstruction effected my confidence and self esteem more, albeit in a positive way. Not having a breast in this culture was the hardest thing I've had to deal with.A bad hair day doesn't seem so bad when I remember what it felt like having a crater in my chest! :O)
My suggestion for a bad hair day are to have plenty of cute barrettes (adults can wear them too) and a Scrunchy or two in your arsenal. Better yet, start from scratch if you can't get your hair to behave.
beauty tips and style advice
What if they were covered in Swarovski crystals?
Forget spanx! These clever pieces use color blocks and patterns to help you look thinner. Click through for 15 pieces that will ensure you won't have to hit the gym post-Thanksgiving.
Celebrity beauty looks made headlines this year. Super short cuts topped the news, but that wasn’t the only trend creating a buzz. Punk looks turned haute, peroxide blonde became the color of the moment, and braids reached an unprecedented level of artistry. Here, we look back at the most memorable hits and misses. For more year-end roundups, check out the Best and Worst Red Carpet Looks of 2013.
From the good, the bad, to the just plain bizarre, we’ve rounded up the top 13 hits and misses to grace the red carpet this year. For more year-end roundups, check out the Best Hairstyles of 2013.
=Hairdresser Rossano Ferretti can expect plenty of business following my news that the Duchess of Cambridge booked in to his luxury hair spa for a marathon six-hour session recently.
Selena Gomez with short hair? Behold the evidence at the KISS FM Jingle Ball last night.
Having a sister means stealing each other’s clothes and fighting over the bathroom mirror. It also means enjoying two wardrobes and sharing new beauty-product tips and tricks. Here, our five favorite sets of celebrity sisters and the beauty lessons we’ve learned from them.
Most regrettable trends come with warning signs: Do your teeth set off metal detectors? Are your lashes prone to tangling? Are your shoes ugly and uncomfortable? Here is this year’s crop of bad fads.
Restoring botched brows can be a major pain in the...arch.
In order to cope with the intense feelings of jealousy I experienced when seeing Jennifer Garner’s flawless hairstyle last week, I decided to contact the stylist responsible for the look, Kylee Heath, and find out what exactly she did to produce these glorious results.
Apparently, every celebrity in the world decided to dye her hair over the last few days—or at least Duchess Catherine, Sienna Miller, and Pamela Anderson did.
It was the chicest family night out ever in London yesterday, as Victoria Beckham hit the red carpet, along with her ADORABLE sons, Brooklyn, little fashionisto Romeo, and Cruz, to support the premiere of the soccer football documentary Class of ’92, featuring superstar dad David. And she looked perfect as always—in Victoria Beckham, of course.