A retrospective on the sociological reactions toward alteration of hair follicle huesE. Avenue, Journal of Avenue Elle, Vol. February, Issue 7, (2007).
Abstract: The following study is a retrospective on a 10-week controlled experiment, designed to understand the societal changes made toward a woman in her mid-twenties, after subject altered hair coloration from a honey-blond to a chestnut brown.
Hypothesis: Results expected can be divided into four areas:
- Subject deems societal implications to be positive and embraces change
- Subject deems societal implications to be positive yet chooses to return to original state of coloration
- Subject receives negative societal reaction and returns to original state of coloration
- Subject receives negative societal reaction yet embraces change
Methodology: A direct measure of societal reactions were taken from the Subject on a journalistic basis. Subject made daily notes on male and female reactions toward the alteration of hair color. Results were tallied at the end of the 10-week study period, showcasing a result based on the prevalence of each hypothesis area.
Data Analysis: Subject saw a change in societal reactions within a number of categories:
- Male reactions (by both known and unknown males)
- Female reactions (by both known and unknown males)
- Confirmed personal reactions based on tangible evidence
- Personal reactions based on assumption
Discussion: Male reactions to the change in hair color were both positive and negative. Known males were disappointed to see the change in the subject’s hair color – this was deemed as a negative reaction by the subject. Unknown males responded by providing the subject with a higher level of respect than is usually afforded.
Female reactions to the change were generally positive. Known females expressed positive reactions directly to the subject. Unknown females, while they did not express like or dislike directly, generally seemed less threatened by subject's presence.
The subject’s own reactions were mixed. While the subject has enjoyed less “upkeep” on color processing and a fair amount of positive response, the Subject generally feels “more ordinary” in comparison to the norm of hair color in the New York area. Additionally, subject enjoys a lighter hair color’s ability to imply a lightness of character in comparison to generally sarcastic overtone within the personality.
Conclusions: Subject will definitively return to the original state of hair color – that of a honey blond – affirming this experiment’s expected hypothesis. Timing of said return is yet to be determined as Subject may enjoy alteration of hair color on a personal basis for another ten-week period. Due to climate changes at the end of the second ten-week period, Subject will be forced to return to original state of hair color for fear of being generally bored and seasonally-affected (see Vol. May – August for general attitudes toward increased sunlight).
D. Chic, Downtown Chic, (2006-2007)