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Reasons For Coloring Hair
For a large percentage of the female population, hair coloring is a common occurrence with growing older. Sometimes it's based on the stigma that women have to maintain a youthful appearance in order to advance in their careers and private life, but for most it's just a means to maintaining a healthy self-esteem.
The same goes for men too. Not only are men breaking barriers by partaking in what used to be considered female-only ventures, like manicures and pedicures, but also they are saying goodbye to the ill-perceived notion that men should grow old gracefully and embrace their gray. Hair coloring is no longer a woman's playing field. Men are getting in the game too.
The Four Most Popular Reasons
Below is a more in-depth look at why men and women choose to color their hair.
1. Youthful appearance. Going gray is a natural part of growing older, but that doesn't make it any easier for people who feel self-conscious over their age. Most people view gray hair as a semblance of lost youth and vitality, which can be detrimental when it comes to maintaining a healthy self-esteem.
2. Attractive appearance. The vast majority of men and women start seeing gray hair in their late thirties to early forties. This is also the time most people begin experimenting with hair coloring. Why? Because it makes them feel younger, more attractive, and gives their ego a much-needed boost.
3. Combating discrimination. Many women and men in the workforce feel as if they are being discriminated against because of their age. This is especially true when an older man or woman is highly qualified for a potential job prospect, but in the end a much younger person is chosen for the position, despite their obvious lack of experience. Society has placed a burden on the older generation by letting youth reign as the ultimate deciding factor. For this reason alone, it's not uncommon for both sexes to take matters into their own hands to gain a more youthful appearance, such as with hair coloring and even plastic surgery, in more extreme cases. Although it might seem radical to others, for some men and women, discrimination is a legitimate fear.
4. Personal preference. Some men and women color their gray hair for the simple fact that they can. If a man has dyed his gray roots blond for many years, then chances are he will continue doing it because it makes him feel good about himself, and so will a woman. And really, there's no harm in that.
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