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Hair, Teenagers and Peer Pressure (2)

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There is also an amount of peer pressure operating today which involves which celebrity is considered ‘cool’ and worthy of copying. For example, when Jade Goody appeared on the UK’s Big Brother series and assailed her way into becoming a household name, teenagers across the nation, whilst excitingly talking about the last episode together at school on a Monday morning, would all turn up the following day with their hair cut and colored the same as Jade Goody. The girl, who resembled Jade the most, was the most admired.
Christina Aguilera and Brittany Spears are two teenage idols who have aspired millions of teenage girls to have the same hairstyles, which consequently led to a classroom of 30 girls all looking like the American pop stars. Three of the most popular celebrities, which teenagers are under pressure to look and have their hair like currently, are Lindsey Lohan, Hillary Duff and Brenda Song.
Lindsay Lohan’s acting career is literally exploding at present, leading to an entourage of eager teenage girls, finding themselves under pressure to have hair like the popular and beautiful actress. Lohan’s hair currently consists of long and layered locks of fiery red, which have caused teenagers to be pressurized to dye their hair a color, which several months earlier, they would not have dreamed of dyeing it. Consequently there are classrooms across America full of young girls with manes of sizzling hot red. If the teenager, attempting to become another ‘Lohan’, happens to have a long and oval face shape similar to Miss Lohan’s, their quest to look like the ‘idol of the minute’ is infinitely easier, as long, layered locks suit long face shapes.
Hillary Duff is another actress who is presently dominating the magazine covers and consequently has produced an intense level of peer pressure amongst teenage girls to look like her. To look as attractive and as stunning as the successful celebrity having the same hair as her is crucial. The fact that Miss Duff changes her hair as often as her knickers means that teenagers are also making regular visits to the hair salons, and the hairdressing industry is currently thriving. The celebrity’s obvious preference for blonde hair results in teenage girls being pressurized into also having blonde hair, an accomplishment which requires a hefty amount of maintenance and money. It is little surprise therefore that salons are thriving, are seemingly “recession-proof”, and can afford to keep putting their prices up!
Brenda Song has also touched the hearts of many teenage girls with her role on America’s Disney channel. Being a beautiful brunette, Miss Song has ensured brunettes have stayed in fashion and has caused a whirlwind of teenage followers to eagerly hand over a photograph of the icon to a more than obliging hairdresser.
Anomalies to ‘the rules’
One reason teenagers with hair that is ‘different’ to their peers are often exposed to ridicule and taunts is because their hair does not conform to the ‘rules’ that teenagers set themselves. Youngsters with red, curly or exceptionally thick hair often find themselves in a more difficult position to make their hair look the same as their friends’. Sadly it is those teenagers who do have ‘different’ hair who feel under the greatest amount of pressure to have hair which is physically pleasing and follows the fashion at that time.
Officially, youngsters are considered ‘teenagers’ for seven years and throughout this period fashion can change dramatically as a teenager’s personality and their outlook on life. As a teenager grows nearer to 20, it is likely that the peer pressure they felt when they were 13 and 14 is not as intense, as they start to become more confident at being an ‘individual’. As teenagers become adults they no longer crave the desire to look like their friends, a look which is often generated from Hollywood. But then new generations of youngsters who are ascending from children into teenagers begin to experience the severity of peer pressure, which is particularly prevalent in the way they wear their hair. The fickle world of fashion and celebrities recognize this enduring cycle of teenage peer pressure and deliberately thrive from rendering to the hearts of impressionable and the emotionally immature.
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