Even though when you keep silent, people surrounding sometimes may tell who you are via your hairstyle. If you are wearing a head of super curly hair, it is possible that you are defined differently from those with straight hair.
According to Rose Weitz, a women and gender studies professor at Arizona State University, there is a close relationship between hair and perception. “It is intensely personal, but it is also totally public. And [hair is] malleable; we can change it so easily in ways that we can’t change any other part of our body. It becomes a reflection of who that person is, and a sign of our identity,” said Rose Weitz.
So, what exactly does your hair reflect?
Straight hair can reflect business
According to the TODAY.com, it is generally agreed that people with curly hair aren’t taken as seriously as those with straight hair. “Speaking in a very general way, straight hair is often thought of as more conservative and curly hair more casual,” saied Angela de Joseph, who is a former associate beauty editor for Essence magazine.
Long hair can mean less professional
Actually, people with long hair may be considered to be less professional if compared to those having short mane.
Weitz said: “Short hair in contemporary American culture is typically seen as less sexy, but more professional.” Weitz also added: “Women are expected to be feminine, but are also expected to fit in with men’s norms in the workplace, in which, more often than not, they are working with male bosses and working with male higher-ups, so, that’s always a trade-off.”
Although marked as less professional, long hair makes women look more sexy. “I refer to the fact that men prefer long hair on women as they believe it’s ‘sexy’,” said Jo-Ellan Dimitrius author of “Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior – Anytime, Anyplace.”, citing findings from her survey of over 1,500 Americans.
Hair tone can also reflect personality
According to the study done by Dimitrius, blondes are considered as actresses/sexy/full of energy but also necessarily rocket scientists, while brunettes are regarded as more serious sexy and mysterious.”
Weitz agreed on this conclusion. “In my research, red heads often found themselves stereotyped as fiery, and blondes as sexy but less intelligent.”
No definite rule of this definition
Just like what is mentioned before, there is a close relationship between hair and perception. However, there are no absolute rules. According to the research done by Weitz, identity and cultural perception are not always one and the same. Time, place and ethnic group that has power can make a big difference.