In Style Magazine recently came out with an article about hair that states:
95.8% of Female Newscasters Have the Same Hair
Here’s what it says: Wear your hair down, in a smooth style that hits at the collarbone or above. Updos and complicated styles are a no, as are drastic color changes. Youthful appearance is key (better dye those grays away!). A bit of wave is okay (and increasingly popular at some stations), but ringlets and kinky curls are not.
Then I’m at the gym on a machine watching MSN or CNN or whatever newscast is on, and there it is…. a majority of the woman adhere to these ridiculous standards. Is it really a standard? Are we that ridiculous? Then I go home and watch an episode of Friends (from the 90’s mind you) and see that the characters of Phoebe, Monica and Rachel all have the exact same long straight hair with a part in the middle, and had to turn it off.
What’s the deal? Well, hair is important. I don’t care who you are, or what you do, most of us care. So, it’s not totally ridiculous to know of this statistic so, let’s be real here.
Growing up I longed for straight flowing hair. I remember I would wake up in the morning, and the first thing I would do after getting dressed, is go to the bathroom downstairs to do my hair. Everyone in my family knew to let me be, and do my thing, and would spend a LOT of time trying to make it perfect. If I happened to have a good hair day, it was like a drop of heaven. (Ok, somewhat ridiculous.)
Then in high school I discovered a straightener, and would straighten it all the time. My natural hair was wavy, and a washed out dirty blonde. When it was “tamed” so to speak, I felt pretty. And getting my hair professionally straightened for a Christmas dance, or Prom was a major luxury, and a big deal. (Maybe more ridiculous, I know but okay.)
Then in college I discovered hair dye, and started to dye it bright red, or tangerine orange. It was fierce, bold and rad. But I was tired of taking time to straighten it so, I cut it off to cut down on the time I needed to straighten it, and sported a chic modern hair style. (Less ridiculous, and more pragmatic.)
Now? I could give a you know what about the texture of my hair, and like it all wild and crazy. I tossed out the hair dryer, and straightener and just let it breath. I’m also still growing it out, which takes years cause it is thin, or I should say thinning, but I feel the freedom of letting my hair be whatever it is meant to be; whatever it wants to be. And every day is a different style based on however it feels I guess.
I am 41 years old. It took 4 decades to get to a place where my hair is free. Where I am free from some ridiculous straight hair standard.
I don’t know what to say about the 95.8% of women that suffer from having to fit a “standard.” Yes, it’s probably mostly a job security related situation but, it’s the audience that fuels this ridiculous standard. Yet, when it comes to hair dye, I see a lot of millenniums walking around with blue hair and pink streaks, and it’s considered “in.” So, it’s all just flat out – ridiculous.
Why do we care so much about our hair, and what does your hair say about you?