Hair.

In today’s society of Lady Gagas and other fashion-propelled celebrities, it seems natural to us to care about appearances. We can publicly deny it all we want, but in truth, we care. And something that we care a particular lot about is hair. Hair is not just really hair, though. For centuries (since the ancient Egyptians, anyways), hair has served as a home for all kinds of gels, sprays, colors, dyes, and other sorts of things. I myself am a user of various hairs products. Not to sound diaryish, but every morning, after a shower, I place gel in my hair, tilt my head sideways, and then comb my hair whilst hairspraying it. And why? Because my friends like it that way. And I like friends.

Hair is simply a basic part of the larger human desire to look good. Forget brains, or personality, or whatever in the world you want to call it. First appearances truly are a critical part of human success. Why else would we dress up for interviews or wear a tie to work? It all boils down to this: humans are shallow people. Despite all of our praying, all of our “respect”-showing, all of our watching television specials about feeling good on the inside, it cannot be refuted that the outside does matter. And it matters a whole lot.

A particular place in which it matters a whole lot is show choir. My fellow show choir-ians understand perfectly well why I sigh at the mere idea of show choir hair. Since the inception of show/jazz-swing choirs in the 1950s, hair has always been a big deal, at least for show choir girls: should it be curly? Straight? Colored? Natural? Up? Down? It’s a serious issue. And yet, once again, hair is simply a smaller part of the entire picture of show choir in and of itself. Think about it. There are the sparkly dresses. The shoes. The tuxedos. The facial expressions, dear God, the facial expressions. Show choir competitions give out trophies for things such as “best visuals” or “best choreography”. And why do we care? Shouldn’t we be judging show choirs on their personality, on their brains? The simple, unfortunate truth is, we as humans don’t care about “deep” things like those. We care about how we look, and we spend lots of money (in case you didn’t know, running show choir competitions are extremely expensive, and it costs money to register for them) in order us to judge others.

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