Tuesday, 14 April 2015

On hair colours and personalities

When thinking about who you are and what makes you tick, a lot of factors are significant. But have you ever thought about how much of your looks are crucial for your personality? How much you are made of your appearance? For example, in what measure do your height, your size or your hair colour determine who you really are?
Are hair colours and personalities linked?

Off the top of my head, I would have said no. I don't believe that my brunette hair makes me any more special, cool or pretty than any other person. There are a lot of flaws in this way of thinking. Because if brunettes were inherently cooler than blondes, would that mean that all brunettes are equally as cool? Or would different nuances then make differences, too?
It's a weird concept to connect hair colours to certain attributes. After all, nobody really picks their behaviour due to their hair colour. Do blondes feel obliged to behave less intelligently, just because the cliché says they are? Certainly not. And are all brunettes boring and the same? Wouldn't think so, either.
But somehow, hair colours still seem to influence people.

When I was nine years old, my biggest idol was Hermione Granger. I wanted to be just like her, and did my best to adapt her ways into my own. I had my Grandma sew me black cloaks, and I always tried to be bright and intelligent. That she and I share the same hair colour helped me a lot in my efforts. It would have never been so easy to identify myself with her if we hadn't had that basic mutuality.
Identification is an important aspect that hair colours can create. Be it a fictional character, celebrity or a friend, it is more natural to emulate someone who has something in common with you. Therefore it helps to shape your personality in young years. Who you imitate, and who you try to be, can definitely stem from such simple similarities.

Clichés are easily created around hair colours. Especially if you have a very prominent one, red for example, you will be confronted with them quite often. They are definitely able to influence these people. But I believe that they can do it in two ways. Either, you start to develop in the direction that the cliché sets. The core of a prejudice is often the truth, and if you are referred to it often enough, it may start to apply to you, too. But on the other hand, it can influence you in exactly the opposite way. Upon hearing a certain stereotype often, one can get sick of it and try their best to get away from it. And then, such a cliché does not apply to you at all.

I reached the conclusion that our hair colours are part of our personalities. They influence us, in what small a way it might be, and make up a part of who we are. I don't think that a specific hair colour brings specific attributes with it. But I also believe that if I was a different shade, I'd be a different person. Think about it: Would you be exactly the same if your hair colour was something totally new? Take it as a chance to reinvent yourself. When you can change hair colours, why shouldn't you also change aspects of your personality?

When it comes to colouring your hair, your possibilities are endless. I recently heard about a hair care company called Madison Reed, who specialize in hair dye. They have re-engineered hair colour, making it a healthier, salon-quality alternative. They created dye that is free of PPD, sulfates, resorcinol, ammonia and gluten! Since you surely don't want to damage your hair too much when colouring it, this alternative might be worth a look.

What do you think about this topic? And what hair colour are you sporting for summer? Let me know!

xx, Misch


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