Mention to a coworker, friend or complete stranger that you are having a “bad hair day,” and it is unlikely that you will be questioned about what you mean. This phrase enjoys near-universal meaning today, and speaks succinctly to the importance of a good haircut for women and men alike.
Personal appearance preferences, from clothing style to makeup to jewelry and accessories to hair color and cut are all ways to outwardly express your inner sense of personal identity. This is nothing new – self-adornment in these ways and more has been a part of popular culture for thousands of years. In this post, learn some reasons why getting a good haircut is so important on multiple levels.
A Good Haircut Can Be Liberating
In most cultures, having long hair is commonly recognized to indicate the wearer is female. Conversely, having short hair is typically recognized as a male hair cut preference.
While today people of both genders can wear their hair long or short, for many decades, the choice to cut hair short or grow it long was as much a cultural and political statement of rebellion or a declaration of liberation as it was a stylistic choice.
In other words, the type and quality of your haircut can open up new opportunities to try on a whole new place in society – one that perhaps might not be accessible through other means.
A Good Haircut Is a Time and Money Saver
Essence Salon said, “Having your hair cut by a professional who understands how to work with your hair type (curly, straight, thick, fine, et al) and length can make all the difference between having a cut that is done right the first time and one that requires multiple, expensive repair cuts.”
Also, a good haircut will keep your hair healthier by removing dead or frayed hair and giving you insight into the best way to care for your type of hair. Your stylist will be able to tell if your hair needs more moisture, more hydration and more nutrients and can recommend the right products to achieve these goals.
By having your hair cut well and taking the benefit of a professional stylist’s insights, you can save both time and money at the salon and enjoy a haircut that is easy to style and maintain at home as well.
A Good Haircut Boosts Self-Confidence
If you are not feeling at your best physically, it can be relatively easy to choose looser, flattering clothing to disguise problem areas on your body. But it is much harder to hide a bad haircut you don’t like.
Your face – your eyes, your smile, your expressions – this is what people see first when they meet you. Since more than half of communication is nonverbal, other people can tell when you are feeling more or less self-confident just by looking at you. You don’t need to say a thing.
In this way, having a great haircut that you love will naturally support you to present a more self-confident appearance and manner. When you are feeling more confident, you are more likely to take leadership roles, take the initiative on new relationships and ask for what you want in life. Having a fabulous haircut can also help you meet new people because they may ask you where you got your hair done and offer you compliments as an ice-breaker.
While it can feel challenging to carve out the time to schedule a professional salon visit with all the other to-do lists on your plate, this is one task that should not be neglected. How well you like your hair (or not) can spill over into every other area of your life in negative or positive ways.
A good haircut can save you time in the morning (giving you that precious extra five minutes of sleep), keep more money in your pocket, encourage you to speak up at networking meetings or to go for that big promotion. It can help you put your best foot forward at every opportunity with confidence. A hair cut is not frivolous – it is an essential part of succeeding in life.