Why is hair so special for both men and women in today’s society?

Blog Why is hair so special for both men and women in today’s society?

Why is hair so special for both men and women in today’s society? Hair has so much value in today’s society because, back in our caveman days, hair had a strong evolutionary advantage. While we have lost the whole nomad lifestyle that characterized our ancestors, our modern brains still retain much of the “neurological wirings” that allowed us humans to survive in the wild back in the age when being a “hipster” would have led to immediate death. Hair has served to protect the scalp and skull in both men and women, and, in women, hair that was capable of reaching long lengths was useful for infants to hold onto, with this being one of the purported reasons for men subconsciously preferring women with long hair: long hair signals a woman’s ability to sustain the life of a newborn. Hair is actually very strong when paired into locks and hair has no nerve endings, so it can be held tight by an infant as if it were a rope, which comes very handy when a female would have to carry his infant, especially when running away from danger. In men, long hair would serve to give a bulkier appearance, which, together with a thick and bulky beard, would roughen up a male’s physique; this in itself being beneficial when intimidating other men prior to battle or to even avoid confrontation in the first place. You must be healthy to produce high-quality hair strands Biologically, to be able to grow lustrous thick hair strands, your health must be in top shape, thus healthy-looking hair hints that a person is healthy enough to dedicate part of his/her body’s metabolism to growing a physical trait that is not critical to sustain life (i.e. you can be bald and live a perfectly-healthy life, so hair is not needed to live unlike skin is). Back in these aforementioned primitive days, long before we had all sorts of medications to cure all sorts of ailments, being in top health shape had an evolutionary advantage, so men and women would subconsciously analyses a person’s health status by looking at their hair (among other physical cues). Ergo, the healthier and fitter you were and looked, the more you’d procreate and pass on your DNA. This also applies to body shape, by the way, which explains why men and women also go out of their way to sculpt and “tone” their bodies. As we modern humans have changed our lifestyle from a nomad one to a sedentary one, the evolutionary active role of hair is no longer needed, yet healthy-looking hair will still hit the right spots in the brain when seen by either a male or a female, and this why both women and men can spend incredible amounts of time and efforts on their hair; sure, hair is no longer needed to safely commute on a daily basis from your house to work without fearing that another tribal member slashes your head in battle, but hair will certainly enhance your looks by hinting that, were you to have to depend on your hair (among other physical traits) for survival, you’d do a pretty good job at it. Hair is a highly-visible asset In terms of the visibility of hair, well, hair could not be located in a better position in the body. Scalp hair sits on top of your head, so it is highly visible and is spotted immediately when someone sees you at a first glance. If we take into account the hair’s intrinsic ability to subconsciously enhance your attractiveness by reinforcing the evolutionary advantage that is still sought by our brains, then it begs no question that both women and men will try to make sure that their hair looks its best no matter what. In fact, many women and men will not think twice about faking their hair via wigs and/or hair extensions, which is akin to getting a boob job or wearing shoulder pads: it enhances your physique outside of what can be achieved by your genetic makeup. On top of (no pun intended) hair being highly visible, hair is also highly malleable and can be put into a myriad of shapes and styles in an instant. Unlike other physical traits such as facial structure or height that cannot be changed, or unlike skin tone that takes time to change, hair can be revamped ipso facto; you can essentially have one hairstyle and 5 minutes later have another hairstyle. Just this fact alone of being able to change your hair in an instant makes hair a highly-desired asset to own and customize as the right hairstyle can even give the illusion of having a more refined facial structure! Hair is basically a tool to temporarily enhance other features of yours that cannot be enhanced on their own.

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