Hair esteem: How important is hair to self-image, attractiveness, and overall appearance
Hair, if not the first, is one of the things people notice first about you. It gives a quick peep into your personality, identity, and interests. It has a way of informing people of your age, gender, social class, and even more. Hair, as one of your salient features, frame your face and configure your facial appearance. And as such, affects your self-image. A good and well thought hairdo would compliment your facial features, and inflate your self-image. Self-image on the other hand, has been proven scientifically, and even maybe by common sense, to be directly connected to self-esteem.
A good self-image which connotes an appealing appearance, majorly but not restrictively fueled by a nice hairdo, would impact your life, and affect in a good way your relation with people. In a world of "filters" that is constantly preaching perfection, you'd agree that, people can have insecurities about their look, or any particular feature, that might subject them to a recurring cycle of poor self-image, and in turn, relegate their self-esteem, which translates into social reclusion and sadness. This goes to prove that a captivating hairdo, would not only make you attractive, it'd also boost your self-image, and guarantee your all-time happiness. To stress the importance of hair, it's believed that the style and quality of your hair predicate your social consciousness, and expose details about you. Here are some to look at:
- Slicked back / styled hair looks orderly and neat which communicates a message of the person being socially cognizant of his appearance.
- Thick, wavy / curly hair indicates virility, youngness and capability.
- Long shiny, straight hair indicates a well-nourished and hardworking individual who puts considerable efforts into taking care of himself. (Regular brushing and combing)
- Hair that has no or any noticeable grey strands of hair indicates liveliness, youngness, and procreation possible kind of being.
That said, it'd interest you to demonstrate the deep relationship that has been established between hair and self-esteem, over the years. The psychological power this particular physical feature exert would be exposed using a wide range of perspectives that's evident throughout man's history. Below are some of it:
- Developmentally: Biologically, we inherently tend to believe babies with thick hair are heartier than those with little or none. We measure the degree of healthiness and beauty by their type of hair. Even as they grow, hair is always a considerable factor to determine if they're doing well developmentally. When they approach adolescence, those with thick and grown hair are usually more attractive, and are easily inducted into the social world. While those with poor growing hair might be subjected to a bad self-image, and social exclusion in turn. Also, as they grow old, loss of hair would be attributed to aging, declining health, and decreased fertility.
- Historically: The vital role hair plays in how we estimate people can be dated back to ancient time. In the Greek and Roman times, elaborate hairdo is a symbol of wealth and status. Royalty are always measured by a special kind of hairdo, and social class is usually a function of hair. It was said Cleopatra was famous for her thick, black locks. And even during American colonial times, upper class men and women are distinguished by their choice of hair. If over time, hair has been a huge factor in how we classify people socially, you'd agree hair would go on to be very important in strengthening how people see themselves.
- Aesthetic purpose: Hair alongside smile, eyes, and skin are the things people would notice first about you, and likely to remember about you. Hair organizes your face and play a key role in your appearance. It'd attract people to you, improve your self-image, boost your confidence and encourage your social participation.
- Anti-aging notion: It has been biologically established that aging comes with varieties of declination - loss of strength, cognition, virility, and even hair. So, loss of hair or poor hair growth in a young body, would immediately translate into agedness, and self-image would be done a huge damage. This emphasizes the essence of hair in self-esteem, and social relations as a whole. Any anxiety or insecurity in how you view yourself would result to a wane in confidence, and most likely lead to social ostracization, which tells unhappiness.
With all that said, you'd agree that sense of attractiveness is deeply connected to not only confidence but self-esteem also. Confidence which will birth self-esteem and happiness, through social integration and relations, is usually associated with feeling in control, and hair esteem is one good way you can be in control. Decorated, neat, and well styled hair would make you feel secured about your external appearance, and that'd go a long way in your self-image, confidence and happiness.