Control Streaks? Hair Colour & Psychology

14 June 2010

In light of Rihanna’s hairstylist dubbing her new fiery ‘do “Matador red” last week and our Friday morning discussion about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s neon dye jobs, we found this article on NY Daily News really quite intriguing. It suggests that hair chameleons like RiRi, Kelly Osbourne and Lindsay Lohan don’t just switch their hair colour because they’re bored of what they see in the mirror - instead, such gestures can have deeper psychological meanings... 

Psychologist LeslieBeth Wish comments, "If you dye your hair a certain colour, it lets people know the kind of people you want to draw towards you, be they, mavericks, risk-takers, or nonconformists.” It may be a matter of sending people that see you a message or, alternatively, a matter of control.  For example, when things in your life are uncertain and changeable, altering your hair colour, cut or lipstick shade can be a way of regaining control, since these things are easy to manipulate… Makes sense to us!

- Rose Beer 


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