If you thought that addiction only applied to drugs and alcohol, you’re sadly mistaken. Now, according to the media and some addiction specialists, you can become addicted to blow-drying your hair. Seriously, what is next? Apparently every behavior and choice we make is an addiction, or possibly made to seem so from moralistic judgment casted by others.
According to a recent ABC report, women are addicted to blowing out their hair, spending on average $800 plus a month on blow-outs, which is a essentially a blow dry that helps smooth hair out, leaving it with an incredible styled appearance. So now it’s an addiction? I say if a woman has the money to treat herself to getting her hair done, she has the prerogative to do so, and should not be labeled with an unstoppable addiction.
One woman in this report claims she knew her habit was out of control because she was spending so much money on her blow-out. She was challenged to go “cold-turkey” from blow-outs which she successfully completed. I don’t really believe it was hard for her to resist the “craving” for a blow-out like it was her next fix; she just prefers how her hair looks and feels when it’s done by a professional! Hello? Who wouldn’t want their hair professionally styled every day? That’s not addicting it’s called having good taste.
I feel like this report is another absurd story to make women today doubt their life choices and decisions. To label someone as a “blow-out addict” is completely ridiculous as well. I personally enjoy changing the color of my hair often; I guess I could be considered a “hair dye addict.” I also enjoy cooking and baking several times a week and it is time consuming, but I guess that’s an addiction too! The problem with stories like these however, is that it will get the wheels spinning in the minds of women who possibly feel guilty about their spending habits. Some may even start to believe they are addicted to a blow-out visit and can’t go on without them, manifesting into a problem that had never entered their minds before!
The point is either everything is an addiction or nothing is. There’s no in-between. However, now-a- days it seems like everything is labeled as an addiction or potentially addicting. Smart phones, facebook, and the internet are currently on the top of the list to name a few. These aren’t addictions though, they are simply habitual behaviors. If facebook were to shut down tomorrow, we wouldn’t have the millions of current facebook users scrambling around in the streets, or getting the tremors because they couldn’t update their status. People would change their behaviors, adapt and move on. Having everything available to us instantly at our fingertips is convenient, not addicting.
If you are currently spending money on blow outs, it won’t be necessary for you to run to the next blow-out anonymous meeting. If you know the consequences of spending a great deal of money on your hair and are okay with that, more power to you. It’s your hair, your life, and your money. In the meantime, don’t let society, the media, addiction treatment specialists or anyone else make you believe that you need help to overcome something you enjoy doing.