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Hair Styling: Seven Deadly Sins Of Hair

Introduction

The Seven Deadly Sins have been around for a long time and they cover the following sins of Pride, Wrath, Envy, Lust, Gluttony, Greed and Sloth.

If you think about it, The Seven Deadly Sins could just as easily reference the sins of hair styling behaviors that can eventually lead to terminally bad, if not completely destroyed, hair.

Pride

The sin of pride is identified as a desire to be more important or attractive than all others, failing to give compliments to others though they may be deserving of them, and excessive love of self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God). Dante's definition was "love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one's neighbor."

As a hair sin this might manifest as becoming a salon bully whereas you feel your time in the chair is more important than anyone else on your stylist's book. This could also mean that you might be disrespectful of schedules appointments, arriving late or refusing to leave when your time is over. You also would think nothing of calling your stylist at all hours of the night insisting upon last minute appointments. It could also look like hairdresser defiance where you feel you are more important and knowledgeable than your hair pro. As a result you will ignore all of your stylist's attempts to guide you towards the best styles, strand care and product utilization.

Wrath

The sin of Wrath may be described as uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. These feelings can manifest as vehement denial of the truth, both to others and in the form of self-denial, impatience and the procedure of law.

In the hair world Wrath might manifest as the denial of the truth of the basic hair care laws. Which means ignoring the dangers of layering chemical processes such as applying relaxers or straighteners to previously colored hair or bleaching your hair while refusing to accept that too many rounds of blonding will fry your hair.

Once the strand damage happens, hair wrath would kick in with angry outbursts directed towards your stylist, the hair care companies and anyone else that tried to warn you of your impending hair disasters.

Envy

The sin of Envy is characterized by an insatiable desire. Those who commit the sin of Envy desire something that someone else has which they perceive themselves as lacking. Dante defined this as "love of one's own good perverted to a desire to deprive other men of theirs."

Celebrity Hair Envy is a prime example of a hair sin. Unfortunately this means the unnecessary torture of your own hair with chemical processing, heat tools, damaging products and styling techniques in order to transform your hair into a look-a-like coif of a popular celebrity. Hordes of women have committed hair envy in the name of achieving Farah Fawcett's wings, Jennifer Aniston's Rachel or Meg Ryan's tousled chop.

Lust

Desiring someone else's look to the point that you insist on getting it even if it totally isn't right for your hair texture, face, shape, body type, etc. will always end in disappointment. Instead, talk to your stylist about a compromise. Ask him or her: "How close can I get to satisfying my lust for this style and have it look great one me?"

Gluttony

You know what they say about, "too much of a good thing." Overloading on stylers will make your hair look greasy; going too black with your color will look unnatural and severe; insisting on being the blondest blonde out there will probably damage your hair and wash out your complexion; growing your hair to incredibly great lengths usually isn't a great look for anyone. Talk to your stylist and/or colorist about moderating your appetites so you can still feed your desires without overindulging.

Greed

This can manifest as being a hair product or accessory hoarder. You may be one of those dreaded hair care sample whores trolling malls and large department stores sniffing out free hair product samples. One you find them, you grab every possible freebie. You also push your stylist to cut your bangs for free, throw in a complimentary bag of hair products and press for free services whenever possible. You also may live with unrealistic expectations to the point that you terrorize your stylist with demands for hair color, cuts or stylist that are beyond human achievement.

Sloth

We've all gone a day or two too long without a shampoo, spent too many months without a trim, or neglected styling our hair before leaving the house. But if we're walking around with our hair looking downright tatty, we start to worry about running into people we know and even ones that we don't know, which greatly impacts self-esteem and self-confidence. Well-maintained hair is a great morale booster and definitely makes a better impression.

Before you rush into any type of hair extension system other than the clip-on or snap-ons which are relatively inexpensive, especially the synthetic version, consider the following tips:

Repenting For Your Deadly Hair Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins have been around for a long time and they cover the following sins of Pride, Wrath, Envy, Lust, Gluttony, Greed and Sloth.

If you think about it, The Seven Deadly Sins could just as easily reference the sins of hair styling behaviors that can eventually lead to terminally bad, if not completely destroyed, hair.

Summary

The Seven Deadly Sins have been around for a long time and they cover the following sins of Pride, Wrath, Envy, Lust, Gluttony, Greed and Sloth.

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