Our Hair, Our Therapy

   By drodriguez  Jul 14, 2010

Can you find the answers to all of life’s little problems inside a bottle of hair color?  Probably not, but a recent survey finds that women change their hairstyles frequently over a lifetime and often times as a way to relieve boredom or get over a bad break-up.  

The survey of 3,000 women, conducted by award-winning British hairdresser Andrew Collinge, was discussed in a recent report from FOX News.  Collinge found that the average woman between the ages of 13 and 65 changes her hairstyle at least twice a year which adds up to over 100 times over a lifespan.  

About a third of the women surveyed admitted that they change their hair after a breakup and half the women said they change their hair when they are bored.  Almost 40 percent of women change their hair as a way to gain confidence.  Collinge says, “With our modern, everyday stresses and hectic lifestyles, often a restyle or a new color is an effective way to boost a woman’s confidence.”

Collinge reports that the most popular cut he gives remains the “Rachel” layered cut that was made popular Jennifer Aniston from the television show “Friends”.  He also says that rather than making dramatic changes, women usually change their hair subtly and often.  

When it comes to color, women usually experiment with an average of 3 different shades over a lifetime while 1 in 4 women will use up to 5 colors.  More than half the women surveyed prefer to color their hair a dark brown tint.  

What do you think of the recent survey revealing women change their hairstyle more than 100 times over a lifetime and often to gain confidence?

What are the reasons that you change your do?

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Jrc3168 by Jrc3168 | Bronx, NY
Aug 31, 2010

I definitely change my hair when I am bored or need to shake something up. I've been all shades from deepest brown to red to caramel and in between, and my hair has gone from curls down my back to chin length bob.

aladkins74 by aladkins74 | Canton, OH
Aug 27, 2010

I love changing my hair color- it has been every color imaginable. I do this for fun, but I also notice that I do it when something changes in my life- jobs, boyfriend, etc.

josmommy by josmommy | toledo, OH
Aug 25, 2010

as a new mom it is a cheaper easy way to feel hot

thisiscarlymac by thisiscarlymac | Arlington, TX
Jul 31, 2010

whenever i feel like ive changed some how, ill change my hair. its like completing the new me.

scatus by scatus | nevada, IA
Jul 23, 2010

I don't change my hairstyle that often, but when I do it is usually a drastic change!! From long to super short for example. Right now I have below shoulder hair and not wanting to cut it right now I colored it red....I do change color very often....My hair color has changed so much during the years, and especially after having children, it has become a very ugly mousey brown!! I was born a tow head...Currently it is a nice lighter red with beautiful highlights, but I have been every shade of red there is!!! It feels good to mix it up now and again!!

anamika by anamika | MONMOUTH JCT, NJ
Jul 21, 2010

I change my hair style coz i get bored with the same style. feels good every time i change my hair... I am not confident about changing my hair color though......

Mizmonroe by Mizmonroe | Dayton, OH
Jul 21, 2010

I change my hair depending on the weather, and my mood.

tish1234 by tish1234 | Hendersonville, TN
Jul 20, 2010

I am lucky that I have a hair stylist I totally trust. I never know what he is going to do when I go in there. Sometimes I will text him and say I want something really different and he love it. Of course I have known him for over 15 years. Right now it is brown with red and gold highlights. Who knows what it will be next time I sit in his chair but I know it will be cool. (If he even thought I did not like something he would do anything he could to fix it. So far that has not happened.

Alma-blondy by Alma-blondy | Long Beach, MS
Jul 20, 2010

I change my color hair 2 weeks ago.Red hair women it's fashion for this year.

cybrown551 by cybrown551 | HOOKSETT, NH
Jul 18, 2010

Change is good. I color my hair to prevent the gray from showing. I've usually only had one hair color throughout my life. However, I think that most women may change thier hair color to look younger, to feel more attractive, and to just have a change in their life. Much like wearing a different colored lipstick from time to time. So with that said changing the color of your hair is more of a cosmetic reason versus lifestyle changes.

tclaycomb by tclaycomb | Bethany, MO
Jul 17, 2010

I have been a stylist for 14 years, and I have seen people change their hair for all kinds of reasons...break-ups, new babies, stress, etc. I have to be honest. I've changed my own hair for some of these reasons too! Your stylist should work with you and ask lots of questions to keep you from doing something you'll regret tomorrow. For you ladies doing it at home, just don't go so overboard that it is not fixable!

Ellayem by Ellayem | Cincinnati, OH
Jul 17, 2010

I started coloring my hair when I was a young teen. I changed my color regularly for the next twenty years. I've been back to my natural color for over five years (no highlights, etc) and love it best. It's nice to be maintenance free! I do use color for the shine and the feel, I just use a semi-permanent that matches my natural shade perfectly. As for style, I'm forever going between having a bob for a few years, then growing it out and having long hair for a while. I'm afraid to go shorter than chin length because the two times I did it looked awful. I'm currently growing out my bob, which I love, but I'm just tired of it.

ksikora91118 by ksikora91118 | wheeling, WV
Jul 16, 2010

I have changed my hair color so many times I don't know what my naturel color is. My partner loves that my color is constantly revovling because of the variety. At this point I am seriously considering just investing in wigs so I stop causing so much damage to my hair.

Jul 15, 2010

Plus, i like how great your hair feels after you dye it. So can I get a oh yeah! On that one.

Jul 15, 2010

I change my hair color, about every three months. A couple reason is they have so many nice colors on the market. That I like you can have all different shades of brown , reds, By the once you dye your hair black it stays for a very long time. The ones with the blue tint. I did my hair and my two daughters hair. And black is still in. By