A teen magazine study showed that 50 to 70 percent of normal sized girls consider themselves to be overweight. Overall research indicated that 90 percent of women are unhappy with their appearance in some way. A study by the National Institute on Media and the Family reports that at age 13, approximately 53 percent of American girls are dissatisfied with their looks. The percentage grows to 78 percent by the time the girls reach age 17.
So who do most ladies turn to? In many cases their beloved hairdresser. This is a good thing considering your hairdresser has your best interests at heart, right??? Or do they? They may not and don’t even realize it!
Is your hairdresser improving on your uniquely gorgeous appearance or does he or she try to correct you? Even change you? Squeeze you into the mold? We are living in a beauty industry that sells imperfections and it’s not making anyone feel any better! It make us purchase more and be even more disappointed with the results.
On a day to day basis, women sit down in front of my mirror and immediately start telling me everything they dislike about their appearance. For many stylists, this is the first opportunity to sell you on your insecurities. Shouldn’t we immediately stop this endless and sometimes silly rant of one’s perceived shortcomings and look at the bigger picture. Why do we feel this way? Does it really have any merit or are we endlessly brain washed by the ads flashed in front of our eyes almost 24hrs a day!? Don’t get me wrong, I am just as brained washed as anyone else, but the first step to recovery is what? Realizing the problem. Right?
Shouldn’t we spend less time trying to achieve the ever allusive “perfection” and more time simply adorning and uncovering the beauty that truly exists? Then can we start to really enjoy all the things the beauty industry has to offers us? The perfect hairstyle on a unhappy woman, is exactly that, a perfect hairstyle on a unhappy woman!
So here’s my verdict. We must stop concentrating on what we consider imperfections (or what the beauty industry considers imperfections.) and begin seeing ourselves for being truly unique individuals. We can start to have fun with all the incredible beauty options out there. We can start to feel good about ourselves expressing ourselves from the inside out. That’s when cosmetics become fun and can truly make us feel good about sharing our appearance with others! Not fixing ourselves but fixing ourselves up to portray to everyone around us who we are and just how great we feel!
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