A “Good Hair Day”
The meaning of the word beautiful has evolved dramatically in recent years, especially when it comes to hair — from the ancient Egyptians’ braided wigs to the Greeks’ unibrows and bleached curls. In medieval Japan, beauty was defined by long dark hair and high eyebrows. In Renaissance Italy, meanwhile, a big forehead and strawberry blonde hair was considered beautiful, so the women would bleach their hair and pluck their hairlines to get the look that society at that time, considered beautiful.
Given this long and fascinating history of hair and beauty, it’s evident that a woman’s hair can have a powerful effect on how she feels about herself.
Psychology Today notes that how a person feels can influence their looks and vice versa and although it’s ideal to think that inner beauty is more important, scientific evidence proves that an appealing appearance can impact a person’s life. A person’s sense of attractiveness is strongly connected to confidence and positive self-esteem. Often, people equate confidence with a feeling of being in control and being in charge of a person’s hair can make them feel confident.
But why does a good hair day change the way we feel about ourselves? Apart from the fact that your hair frames your face, it also complements your facial features, from the color of your eyes to the shape of your nose and the height of your cheekbones.
Many believe that when you look good you feel good; however, this isn’t solely about vanity—it’s about feeling prepared, confident, and ready to take on the challenges of the day. A study conducted by researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business has further shed light on how good hair days can give women an edge and greatly impact how they feel and present themselves.
So if you ever feel like you need a confidence boost, giving your hair a little more love can definitely help. Tweaking your daily habits might work wonders, too. Here are a few things you can try:
Check the weather
Dry air can cause your hair to be more prone to frizz, while humid seasons can encourage more curl or bounce. This means you need to make sure you pay attention to the weather forecast so you know exactly which hair products to use. Here at Garbo’s Salon and Spa, we recommend a moisture-rich shampoo (like our Argan Anti-Frizz Shampoo) for dry hair and an anti-frizz conditioner (like our Anti-Frizz conditioner) for hard-to-tame tresses.
Get a regular trim
Getting your hair trimmed regularly can help prevent split ends from traveling up. If you have short hair or textured cuts, you need to make sure you cut your hair every six weeks. For long and curly hair, getting a trim every three to four months can help keep your hair healthy.
Choose a style you’re comfortable with
Choosing a style you’re comfortable with does not only apply to your hair, as it can also work in tandem with your makeup, clothes, and even your shoes and accessories. Wear a hair length you’re comfortable in, a shade of makeup you feel confident with, and a pair of shoes you won’t want to take off. When you feel comfortable with everything you have on, your self-esteem and confidence will follow.
Body positive retailer Woman Within highlights how it’s important not to match your body with a certain number size or trendy style, but to approach it the other way around. Confidence and beauty should be less about numbers and trends, and more about comfort and staying true to yourself. It’s a good thing, then, that there are more style options available now, and that we’ve moved past rigid beauty standards adopted as far back as the ancient civilizations that came before us.
Check your stress levels
We previously learned that how a person feels can influence their looks. Therefore, ensuring you’re feeling your absolute best will have a large impact on the way you perceive yourself – from your skin tone to your hairstyle! Learning how stress can affect your mind and your body is a great place to start. BetterHelp has many amazing resources to help you learn more.
At the end of the day, how you feel about yourself is more important than what others say. And if a good hair day boosts your confidence and makes you feel more empowered, then your locks are definitely your crowning glory.