Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Where did my hair go ?

When its summer time, everyone heads to the barbers shop, for some cool short haircuts. I did one myself and hence writing an anecdote of the experience.

Often with school-age children begin their summer vacation, many parents urge them to get extra-short haircuts for the hot months ahead. For those parents who receive resistance to this idea, science offers several reasons to back them up. Researchers who study the biology of hair suggest a few advantages -- from a scientific point of view -- of a short summer haircut:

Less hair keeps the head cool. People can lose up to 50 percent of their body heat from the top of their head. This is why it's important for everyone to wear hats and earmuffs during the winter months.

But when we don't want to get overheated, having less hair can make it easier for that heat to escape the head. Thick overlapping layers of hair insulate the scalp. Also, short hair will reduce this during hot weather.
There are many negative sides to the story as well which I won't elaborate on.

Hairstylists get more creative with short women hairdos because there is more length of hair to style. Women can stray away from the conventional bob with something trendy.

I was planning to grow my hair since a pony tail goes well for my look while playing drums :) and the fact that I never had long hair. Though could not resist the temptation of getting a short haircut and finally succumbed to it. Besides the various aspects/advantages of having short hair during summer personally for me it feels great. Especially, when you can actually feel the wind eddies on your head and have the rain drops bounce of your head is ecstatic.

The most common consensus and feedback I got from most of my female friends was envy since all of them wished they could so something like this in summer. While thinking about all this I could not stop drifting to the topic of the "Mars-Venusian" split.

This is definitely not a chauvinist point of view but more of a sarcastic one :) besides elaborating the few pleasures.

'Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps: How We're Different and What to Do About It' is a book by Barbara and Allan Pease where they talk about these differences get in the way of fulfilling relationships and that understanding our basic urges can lead to greater self-awareness and improved relations between the sexes.

Ever wonder why women can brush their teeth while walking and talking on various subjects while men generally find this very difficult to do? Why 99 percent of all patents are registered by men? Why stressed women talk? Why so many husbands hate shopping? According to Barbara and Allan Pease, science now confirms that "the way our brains are wired and the hormones pulsing through our bodies are the two factors that largely dictate, long before we are born, how we will think and behave. Our instincts are simply our genes determining how our bodies will behave in given sets of circumstances." That's right: socialization, politics, or upbringing aside, men and women have profound brain differences and are intrinsically inclined to act in distinct--and consequently frustrating--ways.

I had written sometime back about:
Men are just happier

That would be a nice follow up to read after this one.

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