Is it better to have straight hair? Good Morning America’s Taryn Winter Brill set up a “beauty behavior lab” to answer just that. With flat irons blowing off the shelves and once curly celebrities going straight (i.e. Nicole Kidman), one wonders whether there’s something to the notion that straight is better. Does it effect the way people see you? Are you more likely to get a date with straight hair? How about a job?
And though I don’t typically find much of interest on those morning shows, I found this segment REALLY interesting as I’m always coveting other girls’ straight hair (yes…I’m talking about you, Sara). And I’m not convinced that it’s just a bad case of the “grass is greener” syndrome.
Anyway, Ms. Brill undertakes a compelling (though arguably unscientific) study in which she goes both curly (her natural hairstyle) and straight, and then has guys, kids and job placement professionals rate her.
The bottom line: she’s more likely to get a date with straight hair, more likely to get a job with curly, and the kids…forgetaboutit – they think she looks like a two bit ho with curly hair.
And apparently her findings aren’t surprising to people whose job it is to specialize in first impressions and hair (and I have NO idea what kind of job THAT would be, but…whatever). Whereas straight hair is seen as more physically attractive by men, it conjures up images of someone who is self-centered and preoccupied by employers. In contrast, curly-haired gals are seen as more trustworthy, lower-maintenance, and more dependable to job recruiters (albeit more “frazzled” by potential suitors).
And now that I think about it, I’m not sure where that leaves those of us who are somewhere in between…with usually-wavyish-but-straightish-if-it’s-not-humid-frizzy-if-it-is hair. Did that make any sense?
But my favorite part of the clip has got to be when one poor fellow gives a picture of a curly-haired Ms. Brill only 3 points out of 10 (10 being the highest). She marched right into the room (from behind a one-way mirror) and told him that that was “unacceptable”. His response, “Sorry about that.”
So, go straight…get a date! Go curly…get a sweet job!
By the way, I tried REALLY hard to make that last part rhyme.
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