New Hair New You: the Cliche is True.

Seven months ago I dyed my hair for the first time.

You know that scene in Sex and the City The Movie when Carrie dyes her hair after her awful break-up with Big. Yeah that was me.So I got highlights. Then fall came around and I was done with the summery highlights so I dyed my hair a dark brown. Then last week I got bored again and got ombre.

Hair is just one of those things in life that you can control and change whenever and where ever you want. The narrator in 500 Days of Summer described this attitude best when he said: “She’d only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing.”  Whether you cut it, get extensions or dye it, new hair new you isn’t just some stupid cliche. It’s true. New hair can help you bring out another side of your personality or make you feel more confident. But if your hair can make you feel amazing, is that bad? Men always criticize the fact that we obsess over our locks, asking “what’s the big deal?” But in all actuality “when you look good, it gives you an extra feeling of confidence, which allows you to take risks. […] There’s research that shows when you’re in a positive mood, a lot of things go better,” says Art Markman, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin and YouBeauty Psychology Advisor. New hair can even help you feel younger. According to beautysage.com, in a Harvard study, women who felt that they looked younger after a cut, color or both showed a drop in blood pressure, suggesting that a simple change in your hair can make your body more youthful.

So next time, someone gives you a hard time about caring about what’s on top of your head, show them the psychology studies. And when in doubt about changing your hair, do it.

*originally published on February 10, 2014*

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