Others read much into a hairstyle

RIGHT CUT: Laura and Nanette Barter work with clients at Lush Cuts and Beauty Organic, Buderim.
RIGHT CUT: Laura and Nanette Barter work with clients at Lush Cuts and Beauty Organic, Buderim. Shaneene Levey

WHAT does your hair say about you?

Plenty, according to Sunshine Coast hairdresser Nanette Barter.

The subject has been thrown in the spotlight after a couple of recent studies with a few hair-raising results.

While it is no surprise, research commissioned by Queensland hairdressing franchise Bossy Hair, found our hairdos had a big influence on our self-esteem. It also concluded we read a lot into how others wear theirs.

The study found a majority of men (52%) and women (64%) were more productive at work when they felt good about what was sitting on their heads.

It also seems we are a judgemental bunch - with three quarters of females believing women who wore their hair loose were less efficient in the workplace than those who wore it back. It also found almost half of participants said they had less respect for co-workers who made no effort with their appearance.

Ms Barter, from Buderim's Lush Cuts and Beauty Organic, said a person's hair had a big influence on their self-esteem and she always hoped clients left her salon with a spring in their step.

"I think presentation gives people confidence," she said.

"I think it can really give them that feel-good factor. If your hair looks right I think it gives you more confidence."

Another study by the makers of shampoo Head & Shoulders found that Aussie guys believed brunettes made the ideal partners and blondes were less trustworthy.

The survey of 1000 Australian men and women revealed that 39% of men and 60% of women preferred partners with brown hair.

A quarter of men said that brunettes made the best lovers while 39% said brown-haired partners were the most appropriate to take home to meet their parents. While blondes were considered the most mischievous, 36% of male respondents reported blondes were the most likely to cheat.

Ms Barter said some clichés were well-worn truths and hair said a lot about people's personalities.

"I think blondes are more out going and a bit more adventurous," she said.

Topics:  hairstyle

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