Friday, 20 March 2015

Is This Really the First Thing Women Do After a Divorce?


According to a study published this week, a hair makeover is the most common thing women do after a marriage break-up. Before calling our mum, meeting a friend, or going for a drink, top of our priority list is to get a haircut.

The study says we tend to follow in the footsteps of Cheryl, Nicole Kidman, Michelle Williams and Jennifer Aniston, who all had makeovers after a divorce. As far as I know celebrities are always having makeovers (it’s  part and parcel of their job, it’s what we expect of them), but it’s not that surprising that women want a different look when moving on to pastures new in the relationship department.    

Sporting a new hairstyle is exciting and fresh. It’s confidence building and mood boosting and is exactly the tonic you might need (I’d imagine) after the stress and emotional upheaval of a divorce, or any kind of relationship break-up.

The study, of 200 divorced or legally separated women, also found that women having an affair spend up to three times more on visits to beauty salons and hairdressers than their faithful counterparts. That’s a more controversial finding, for sure, though again not that surprising when you think about it.

Now, this next finding I DO find very surprising. Apparently, women are much more likely to open up to their hairdresser than their best friends, mother, father or siblings about their relationship problems. Really? Well, yes, according to the survey, 62% to be precise. Furthermore, 68% said they would tell their hairdresser if they were having an affair, before telling their best friends. Strewth!  

Men, on the other hand, are much more likely to share their most inner secrets to a best friend than a barber or hairdresser. 

The theory goes that a hair salon offers a non-judgemental unbiased environment that makes women feel comfortable. Plus women put a lot of trust in someone cutting their hair and sharing secrets is an extension of that trust.

I’m probably not best placed to judge the survey findings as I’m in a loving marriage, but what I do I know is that I share personal and private thoughts with my best friend that I never would with my hairdresser – and I’ve known mine for longer and I like her dearly.

The study was carried out by married dating website IllicitEncounters.com. I’d better just quickly explain that the study findings were contained in a press release that landed in my inbox – I honestly wasn’t having a rummage around their website, though the site has almost one million UK users! In the interests of source linking (the last thing I want to do is encourage anyone to cheat on their partners!), you can find the website here.

Pic credits:
Main Pic, Samantha Steele 
Jennifer Aniston, Kmar





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12 comments

  1. Well I certainly think so! Not that I ever had a divorce- but I think a hair cut really gives you the feel of a fresh start- and if it is only a fresh spring start to feel better- just like I cut my hair off. I felt honestly more free. So silly what tiny little things can do, right? Too sweet that you just watched my "Why did I move to America" video! And you are so right! It is really a wonder why things seem so different in the US! I still don´t understand why they think they have to measure in inch and foot and Fahrenheit. The rest of the world does not! And to write "In God we trust" on their money! It is some interesting folk I tell you but I still really love to live here. Of course also because of the weather. I can not imagine living again in the grey cold. England and Germany is probably very similar weather wise! Have a wonderful weekend my sweet friend, xoxo, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

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    1. Thanks Sissi. Having a haircut is indeed invigorating. It just makes you feel, well, more attractive I guess. Tx

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  2. I think it can be, because women tend to shake their memories by having a hairdo, a new haircut, so to be a totally "new-self"... as if the hair could do it. I don't think it can, but maybe that very moment when they want a different life, then that moment it suits to have a new style. Many go on a diet, many try a new hobby, many go knowing the world... so, something new! I think what is talked to a hairdresser is deep :) Cause it's someone people trust their hair, an important part of ourselves, and this is a huge step! So from the hair to a secret, just one step :) I loved your post!
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    1. You're right about memories and how a makeover (whether that be beauty, diet or hobby related) can really help you shake them off and move on to something new. Tx

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  3. hmmm not sure if it's literally the first thing I'd do but I do like agree with the prospect of a breakup make over. After all, what better way of getting over your ex than looking AMAZING (plus handy if you bump in to them, which almost never happens when you look good).

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    1. Oh yes, the satisfaction you get from bumping in to an 'ex' when you're looking totally gorgeous. It's like saying 'look, I'm so better off without you!" Tx

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  4. Interesting! I think it's definitely a confidence booster and that's most probably why women do it after divorces etc. x

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  5. I'm not surprised that a makeover is top of the list. The urge to 'be someone else' is very strong when a relationship goes wrong! Mind you, I can't get a word in edgeways with my hairdresser. He's always regaling me with his latest exploits.

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    1. Oh goodness, a table turn. A very talkative hairdresser who shares his secrets with you. I love that! Tx

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  6. I am not surprised either. I think it signifies getting rid of the old and moving forward.

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  7. Very weird, I would never share any secrets with my hairdresser, I don't even like to talk to them too much. I always stick around with a hairdresser who doesn't talk too much to me and I find it really irritating if I have to entertain my hairdresser by chatting to him/her. I am back with my favourite guy now, he talks just the right amount without it being annoying, he is great.

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  8. I am so glad to see this type of fashionable article ! usually i only see these topics on hippie-farmer kind of blogs. best safety razor blades reviews

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