HOW A TRIP TO THE SALON CAN HELP PREVENT YOU FROM FEELING S-A-D
So it’s nearly winter now, the days are shorter, the temperature is getting colder, and things that brought us joy in summer are gone.
Good bye morning runs in the sun, working on our sun burns, and seeing just how little clothing we can get away with wearing. And hello jogging in the dark (if we even go at all), wondering just how pale our vitamin D deprived skin will actually get, and wearing so many layers we look like a live action Michelin Man.
And for many, the winter seasons are more than just annoyingly cold and dark. The number of people suffering from SAD in the UK is increasing. SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, you may know it by its more informal nick name : Winter Blues. The condition is a form of depression of which the causes are not clear. Research suggests it is caused mainly by lack of sunlight, but like many mental illnesses the causes stem from both physical and mental phenomena.
But amongst the grey wintery clouds, there is a silver lining! There are many things you can do to make yourself feel more positive, so that the winter months don’t have you hibernating under the covers, and one of those is go to your hairdresser!
When we’re feeling low we often feel less attractive, and generally down about ourselves. As I mentioned in my previous blog, going to see your hairdresser can make you feel so much better inside and out! You get someone to talk to, and you leave looking swag! So take some time out for yourselves, and go get that hair done and mood lifted.
Massages have also been shown to increase the levels of serotonin (happy hormone) and dopamine (pleasure hormone) in the body. And I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite parts of getting my hair done, is the relaxing massage I get at the back wash when my hair is being shampooed and conditioned. So next time you are in the salon, ask your stylist to massage your head just that little bit longer. If you happen to suffer from headaches or migraines, they are also proven to help with those! (Anne Veck also has a special backwash chair that massages your entire body!!! Make sure you give it a go!)
Personally new hair always makes me feel like a new me: stellar, on top of my game, even if it is only for a few days to a week, it’s still a great feeling. And now that its winter I’m enjoying going all kinds of dark and sexy colours. This is not an uncommon feeling amongst people these days, look at Kylie Jenner, who has been blue, green, pink… If it works for celebrities then it can definitely work for us!
So as a dreary as the winter months may seem, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and here at Anne Veck we don’t want any of you feeling SAD!
By Chloe Mellen aka Dirty French Girl
Hair by Cassie Jennings and Allister Evans for Anne Veck Oxford