What is it about hair... Why is it that a good hair day will imbue us with the verve and the energy to take on just about any challenge that comes our way, and a bad hair day can cast a shadow over the entire week let alone the day... In fact bad hair days are biblical - just ask Samson what a bad cut did for him!
In the last two weeks I've had an extra spring in my step and it's not just down to the yoga and the vitamins - I had my tresses tamed by the lovely Andre at Wim Coiffeur...
I happen to have the good fortune of going to a salon that understands the importance of an immersive experience - from the collection of trinkets and nick knacks and art that adorn the walls (so that there's always something to look at), to the magical hands of Muriel who will massage you into sweet oblivion at the basin, to the delicious coffee and biskuit (or Wim's special "love tea" blend), to both Wim and Andre who just get what it is to care about their clients. They listen to what you want and temper that with a bit of their expert know-how...
Being showered with compliments on my cut, was like putting the cream into the eclair and got me thinking about the psychology behind my good hair days?
A Harvard study discovered that women who "felt that they looked younger after a cut, colour or both showed a drop in blood pressure" - in other words a good haircut has the power to positively affect your physiology.
“Every strand of hair has a blood supply and reflects what’s going on in the body,” says Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D. (Psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of “Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty”). A lush head of hair is visual cue of an individual's health and youth (with the reverse - thinner, greying hair - indicating old age); it is also an equal-opportunity fertility signal for both men and women!
According to Tresemmé 23 percent of women won’t leave their house on a bad hair day, which is not so far-fetched if you consider that women and young girls receive more compliments for their hair, smile or eye colour than for their talents and abilities (source Dr. Marianne La France, Professor of Psychology and Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University).
So of course health and vitality begin with the thoughts you cultivate and how you fuel and care for this magnificent piece of machinery you are in possession of, but certainly hair plays a vital role in our self-confidence... It frames your face and is a prominent part of a first impression and so getting it right, is a game changer.
My "hair philosophy" is that the skill of any great hair stylist lies in their ability to understand the unique nature of each client's hair and deliver a cut that yields a low maintenance care regime. I'm not interested in a cut that's going to require a whole armoire of products to keep it looking "coiffed" (even more so because I believe in less is less as a consumer) and twenty minutes of attention in the morning... Who has the time and patience for that?
And it means that in a day and age where just about everything is becoming automated, there are still some things that will ALWAYS require the human touch and HAIR is certainly one of them!
Here's wishing you a week of good hair!
(For a consultation with the wonderful Andre, contact Wim Coiffeur on 021 439 6131)