NEWS - Have you ever had the compulsion to color your hair something crazy for a change? Like you've always had brown hair, and now you want to dye it blonde, or you've always had blonde hair, and you want to dye it pitch black?
This is understandable, especially whenever we have that "itch" to change something about ourselves.
There's a popular saying that goes, "if you want to change your surroundings, change your hair color," and while it seems far-fetched at first glance, changing your hair can potentially entail a lot of societal implications. And one woman shares how these implications affected her social life.
"Men Treated Me Differently Depending On My Hair Color"
Sabrina Sallum is no stranger to the world of hair transformations.
She has experimented with virtually every hair color under the sun, ranging from the natural hues of black, brown, blonde, and ginger, to more daring and trendy shades like blue, pink, and crimson red.
In her YouTube channel, Sabrina chronicles her hair journey, documenting her experiences with different hair colors and how it has affected her life.
"I Got The Most Attention As A Blonde."
She shares in her now-viral TikTok that she's had the most attention from men as a blonde, with her DMs constantly filling up with men hitting on her. Specifically, it was only her hair that these men paid attention to.
She says that the men she seriously dated became so attached to her blonde hair that they would sulk when she expressed her desire to switch back to her natural hair color.
"It was like they literally just liked me for my blonde hair," she says in the video.
Do Blondes Really Have More Fun?
According to research by Dr. Piotr Sorokowski, some men become so attached to blonde hair because it signifies "youthfulness."
Meanwhile, according to a theory proposed by Swami and Berrett, men tend to view blondes as "more approachable," thus increasing the men's chances of being noticed.
In a club, blondes tend to be approached more because men think they have better chances with them than brunette, ginger, or black-haired women.
The Odd Reactions To Fashionable Colors
"Most guys would only look past me when I had red hair," she says, "but there's always that one guy that would be like, 'oh, I love red hair!'"
However, there was a different reaction when she switched to ginger. "When I dyed my hair ginger, there were no reactions until I dyed my hair back [to brown]."
Women tend to view hair color changes as more of an artistic choice rather than a mating call.
"When I had pink hair, a lot of girls really complimented my hair, but not so much with guys," she explains about her pink hair experience. Purple, on the other hand, "had positive feedback from both girls and guys."
When she accidentally dyed her hair green, "for some weird reason, all these guys loved it; I don't know why."
When she dyed her hair black, she says that's when she felt her prettiest, but also the color that got the least [or worst] attention from men.
"I'd Rather Have A Man Love Me For Who I am"
Now that she's back to her natural brown hair, she says she has "not gotten as much attention as before," but she's okay with that because she'd rather people see her for who she is and not just some kind of person belonging in a category.
In conclusion, Sabrina Sallum's journey of hair coloring and the societal implications it brought with it provides a thought-provoking insight into the power of hair as a self-expression tool.
Her story highlights the fact that changing one's hair color can often result in a profound impact on one's social life, as it may trigger perceptions and assumptions in others that are not always accurate.
Her experiences show that while hair may seem like a small aspect of our appearance, it holds a significant influence over how we are perceived and treated by others.
Ultimately, Sabrina's story reminds us of the importance of embracing our unique individuality and breaking free from societal expectations, even when it comes to something as seemingly simple as hair color.
So, let us dare to embrace our true selves, whether it means sporting a bold new hair color or sticking with the classic hue we've always had, and let us embrace the power of self-expression.