why hair is important to females
We often see our hair as a reflection of our identity because it is both personal and public. Many women feel that a bad hair day equals a bad day: when a woman’s hair is too fine, too frizzy, too dry, turning grey or falling out, her self-esteem is seriously affected. This deep personal relationship between hair and self-esteem is evident throughout history, philosophy and even religion. These are just a few of the things hair has symbolized for women throughout time:
1. Femininity: History shows that hair is a symbol of femininity.
During the civil war when women weren’t to battle, hundreds
of women soldiers disguised themselves as men by cutting off their
hair, eventually being imprisoned upon discovery. After the Battle
of France in 1940, French women’s heads were shaved as punishment for their sexual relationships with German soldiers. Today a woman’s hair remains a symbol of femininity.
2. Freedom and beauty: Lady Godiva’s naked ride through the streets has made her a heroine to the common people of Coventry. The image of Lady Godiva riding a horse with her body covered with only her long hair has become a symbol of civic freedom and beauty.
3. Liberation: In the 1950s, female communists and soldiers in China favored a short bob cut just below the ears. This simple hairstyle was named the “Liberation Hairdo” because it is a symbol of women taking control over their own lives. Women continue to use their hairdo to express themselves.