Anyone who is aiming to look their best, investing in their body and face, is going to also want to have a good hair stylist. We, at TSLMS, firmly believe that people will feel their best when they look their best- and looking their best requires that every visible part of them is maintained and manicured. This most definitely applies to their coiffure. A good hairstylist will be able to accomplish just the right look and assure that look changes when it needs to.
We acknowledge that this particular piece is a little bit off topic for us, but it is relevant to the entire beauty lifestyle that we ascribe to. Written either for the TSLMS member, or anyone who cares about good hair, we have a strong connection to hair – as our members also work to remove unwanted growth and build back lost locks for many people. Those too, need a good hair professional who can help them shape and grow as we do our work.
Why Good Hair Matters
Men get their hair done too, but the real spenders tend to be women. Some invest almost every spare penny they have into their hair. Others, those that fall into the more average category, spend about $80 and 11 hours a month on their hair, or $55,000 in a life-time. (Source). That is a lot of investment. Those are US numbers; but this isn’t reserved just for this country. In fact, good hair is almost a universal quest.
Take for instance, an article written in the Express Tribune (Pakistan), entitled “10 reasons why your hair is the most important part of your look!”
A woman’s hair is the first most noticeable part of her beauty. It enhances her personality. It’s an important part of your appearance and sets the tone for your entire look. A bad hair day is just a bad day. Here are 10 reasons why a good hairstyle completes your entire look:
- It enhances your beauty
- It can make you look like a professional or a bum
- A bad hairstyle reflects badly on the person who wears it
- It’ll give you confidence
- It complements your features
- A bad hair style affects you more than you know
- You will feel smarter and more capable
- A good hairstyle even complements a simple dress
- It shows you take care of yourself
- You’ll be remembered because of your hair
Clearly that article was a ‘fluff’ piece, but it proves a point that most of us believe because we see it every day. Good hair is intentionally designed to suit the person and their features and to make them appear more like what they want to emulate, whether that is smart, fun, sexy, or some combination. Bad hair instigates biases that can have a damaging impact on a person’s life and career, especially in some racial groups, as a study published recently by Dove points out – which means that this is actually serious business.
Studies On Hair Bias Proves You Need A Good Stylist
“Black women report being 30% more likely to receive a formal grooming policy in the workplace — at both the application and orientation phase — according to new research from Dove. Additionally, the survey found that hairstyles inherent to Black identity — locs, braids, and natural curls — are perceived as less professional… The groundbreaking C.R.O.W.N. Research Study surveyed 2,000 women ages 25-64 throughout the United States working in office settings uncovering how societal norms and corporate grooming policies unfairly impact Black women in the workplace, including how they are judged differently based on the appearance of their hair.” (Source).
This has broad implications for almost every single person, regardless of their race or gender – though particularly sharp and poignant towards those of color. The professional workplace demands a certain look and those without that look will find themselves struggling. Inc.com points out that further research shows that hair is part of the total package of style and grooming that impacts not only how others perceive a person, but how they actually perform:
Like it or not, your clothes and presentation communicate volumes about you as a person. The question is not whether you care about fashion, it’s more about what you’re communicating intentionally or unconsciously through your fashion choices. Just as the actor in the right costume moves and speaks differently, so does the everyday person.
Hair style is part of that presentation.
Matching Style To The Face
When people get work done they are frequently changing the appearance of their face. Sometimes they are making it look younger and sometimes changing its shape and structure. People are creatures of habit and many people stick to the same hairstyle year after year. However, this can work against them in the case of a whole new facial, or a rejuvenated facial look. A good hair stylist can help your client to match the hair cut, color, and style to achieve the total look that they were going for when they had you work on their face.
Afterall, as NBC reminds us, “No two faces are the same, but most faces fall into one of four categories: oval, long, square or round. Each one has different haircuts that look perfect for them…Bangs or no bangs, blunt cuts, or long layers — it all depends on how you cut and structure someone’s new look. When you’re cutting, what is really important is body structure and facial features. A great stylist knows how to balance all of those compliments and give the client the look they’re looking for.”
Encourage your clients to find the best so that they will be the happiest with your work and their hair.