In 2011 Nicole Kidman was nominated for best actress for her role in the movie, Rabbit Hole. She attended the Academy Awards wearing a stunning Dior silver dress, her hair was pulled up in what appears to be a French twist with a soft textured fringe. Nicole gained a lot of attention that evening, but not for any reasons I may have listed. She gained attention because she could not, NOT arch her eyebrows. A beautiful face sculptured by the best makeup made her look like a doll, a doll who looked like she sat in something.
Nicole Kidman did admit in 2013 she had Botox treatments, but she ‘got out of it’ and is glad she can move her face again. Shortly after Nicole’s appearance, celebrities were seen at gala events with blank expressions. The Botox was not only making them look good (or expressionless) but also making them feel good. In the book Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal they explore why this happens. Why does Botox make people feel good?
There have been countless studies on the effects of Botox, studies where researches take a group of depressed people and inject Botox or a Placebo into their frown lines, some of the participants received the Botox and the rest received a Placebo. Those injected with Botox felt over all less depressed and more happiness; compared to those who received the Placebo, the Placebo participants felt the same level of depression or in some cases worse. There is another effect with Botox, those who received the Botox also became less emphatic, the reason is because the participants could no longer move their face to mirror expressions on others, making them less emphatic. Perhaps doing a power pose daily would be wiser than losing emphatic abilities.
What researchers have found is that there is a mind and body connection. Since those injected with Botox could not frown anymore they felt an overall sense of happiness. Our facial and body expressions effect our overall mood. That is why psychologists have been promoting the hypothesis of the power pose. Power posing is a theory in psychology, it says by assuming a "powerful" posture, like the Wonder Woman pose or taking up as much space as you can with your body, a person can induce a positive behavior change.
So why am I talking about Botox, Nicole Kidman, power poses, and depression? I want to share that the mind body connection is powerful and feeling good about our outward appearance can affect our feelings. Our thoughts trigger how our body feels, how our body feels affect our thoughts.
When I’m working with a client I know I’ve done my job when I see the client smile at the end of the appointment. When they see their hair after it’s been freshly colored and cut and they smile I know I’ve done my job. After I’ve applied someone’s makeup and I see a smile on their face, I know I’m finished. I will not stop until there is a smile. By the way, that is the most rewarding experience in my job. Seeing my clients leave feeling sexy, invincible, and confident. People may say that hairdressers work in a superficial industry, but I’ve had my haircut where I feel like I’m Superman or a Calvin Klein model. I’ve had clients tell me at the end of their appointments that their service was much needed because they weren’t feeling good. It’s a similar experience to what people who receive Botox experience. Feeling good on the outside reflects inside and vice versa.
Take the time daily to do something for your body and mind. Since this is The Geography of Hair blog I would say style your hair, shave your face, or apply makeup daily. There are countless ways to connect the body and mind. It can be working out, meditating is very powerful, get Botox, do a power pose in the morning, wear an outfit that you love, have sex, give yourself a manicure or pedicure.
The point is, this profession of cosmetology isn’t just about making people look good, it’s about making them feel great, it’s about making someone’s day. If you ever get your hair or makeup done and you’re not feeling great, go back and allow them to try and make you feel like a god/goddess, also take the daily responsibility to connect your body and mind. Allow yourself the freedom and know that you deserve to feel great about who you are inside and out, because you are beautiful.
Kotler, S., & Wheal, J. (2017). Stealing fire: how Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALS, and maverick scientists are revolutionizing the way we live and work. New York,NY: Dey St. Pg. 96-99
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