Tress report

Check out our hair survey results

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17, high school student

Hair story: "I have never been to a salon."

Ever? "No, never."

Strangers tell her: "You have gorgeous hair."

Hair care products: "Almond oil. You can buy it at the grocery store."

Have you ever cut it? "I used to have it to my knees. Then, five or six years ago, I cut it to my ears and I was, 'I want my hair back.' I was crying." (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / September 6, 2011)

Let's get personal! And when it comes to how we look, nothing is more personal than our hair.

Hate it, love it, mourn its loss — we sure do have strong opinions about it.

To learn more, I stopped people with distinctive looks and grilled them on all things follicle. In this multibillion-dollar industry, are we constantly shopping for new products? Sticking with the tried and true? Yearning for a new style and a new stylist or delighted with our 'do?

The bottom line: When it comes to hair, we really, really care.


30, makeup artist

Hair statement: "I probably spend more on my hair than I do on rent."

Hair history: "I started coloring my hair when I was 15. I only wash it every two weeks to keep the color from fading."

How much: Cut every eight weeks, about $40; color every four to six weeks, $120-$300.

What the neck tattoo says: "Success Unshared is Failure."

If his hair could talk it would say: "I'm different."


59, volunteer bilingual tutor

Was shopping for your stylist a painful process? "I'm a creature of habit and I think I stayed too long. The last one I went to for a dozen years and it had just run its course." But the first new stylist she tried she liked and has been with for three years. "I got lucky."

How much per salon visit: $90 every six weeks.

Hair products in rotation right now: Seven


71, furniture store owner

Her hair has a name: Goldilocks

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