What Your Hair Says About You

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

We wash it, we style it, we dye it. Hair. It's what many women spend hours perfecting. Whether long, straight, short or curly, a woman's hair can say a lot, at least according to one author.

Rose Weitz wrote a book called “Rapunzel's Daughters”, which breaks down, what she said, is the truth underneath the roots. So what exactly does your hair say about you?

"We will choose hairstyles based on which cultural stereotype they want to fit into." In Weitz' book, women can send a subliminal message through their locks. For some, they use their hair to grab a man's attention, to show creativity or to get a job. Others use their hair to reveal a part of themselves.

Weitz said in our society, blonde hair is viewed as more feminine, but maybe not as smart. Brown or black hair, just the opposite. Red hair: funny, feisty, but angrier. Long hair: not as professional. Short hair: kind of masculine, yet powerful.

Dawn Beagle, who was getting her hair cut, said, "I think red fits my personality. I’ve gone to other colors but they haven’t worked. I’m a red head, spicy." Jennifer Lauber, a hair stylist with a Total New You, said, "It's like an accessory. It doesn't say everything about a person, but may speak for them a little bit."

Hair, though, can also control how a woman feels about herself. Weitz said, "Women who go through chemo will talk about losing their hair as the more difficult part of the process."

But whatever the color, the cut, the style, at the root of it, it's just hair.

As far as men go, the author says a man should seem like he doesn't care about his hair. The worst thing he can do is the come-over, the mullet or the toupee.


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