Why Are We So Attached To Our Hair?

Hair and identity are very closely related. Much like your fashion choices, how your hair is cut and styled sends a message to the rest of the world about what type of person you are, your interests, and which sub-cultures you fall into ‒ if any. Our hairstyle can say a lot. It can say if we’re trendy, alternative, old-school, natural, and so much more. 

As a busy hair salon in the Killara/Gordon area, we have helped many clients reach their hair goals. We’ve also had hundreds of conversations about hair and identity. In this article, we’ll shed some light on a few reasons why we become so attached to our hair.

Flexibility Of Identity Expression

Unlike most of our physical features, hair is probably the only aspect of ourselves that we can change in an instant. And we don’t even have to do something drastic like cut or colour it! We can simply put it in a different style or use a new hair accessory. We can do something casual, formal, or simply express how we feel that particular day. Our hair provides us with so many ways to express ourselves.

Cultural Identities

Hair plays an important role in many cultures around the world. Different hairstyles can have different messages or associations. If you have any cultural heritage in which hair and hairstyles have a special meaning, you may feel very attached to your hair and avoid cutting it too short and experimenting with modern styles.

Hair And Health

While someone with hair loss issues or genetically thin hair can still be very healthy, we generally associate long, thick locks with health and vitality. That is yet another reason we become attached to our hair and experience negative emotions if we start experiencing any issues with our hair.

At the end of the day, a bad hair day or a shoddy haircut is more than enough to put most of us in a bad mood. While we shouldn’t put too much emotional attachment onto our hair, looking after our locks can really help with our identity expression and confidence.

Are you looking for a professional hair salon in Killara? Here at Envy Room in Gordon, we offer a comprehensive range of professional hair services and can offer you expert advice regarding cuts and styles that will suit your identity and lifestyle, as well as which products will help you reach your hair goals. Call us today to book an appointment.