Bad hair days are a bummer; that much we can all agree on. But according to one psychologist, they’re also bad for our health: Vivian Diller, Ph.D, recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post about how a bad hair day can negatively affect your mental health and your overall well-being.
According to Dr. Diller, “how we feel influences how we look and vice-versa,” and your looks can also affect your personal, social, and professional lives. It seems shallow, but if we’re all being honest here, it rings true: If you see someone looking messy and unkempt, you’re likely to think negatively about them. And if you feel unattractive on any given day, you feel worse. Dr. Diller actually goes one step further to break down the role hair plays in our lives, from developmentally (thick, lush hair is considered a sign of good health and virility) to aesthetically (your hair is one of the top three features — after height and weight — that people use when describing you).
So, what does that mean for your mental health? When your hair looks crappy, you feel crappy, which can lead to feelings of depression or sadness. Conversely, something as simple as a good hair day can make you instantly feel good about yourself and influence your interactions with those around you. So, if you’re feeling down in the dumps, getting your hair did might legitimately turn your frown upside down. (HuffPo)
Do you agree with Dr. Diller’s assessment or do you think it’s a load of hooey?
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