Study Shows Correlation Between Names and Hairstyles

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Have you ever styled your hair to fit your name? You’d probably say no, but what if we told you that your name matches your hair? As bizarre as it may sound, a recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people can correctly match names to their faces with better odds than chance—and stranger than that, participants were able to correctly guess names based solely on hairstyles.

“In one study, our participants picked the depicted person’s correct name by only looking at their hairstyle when the face itself was blurry,” lead author of the study, Yonat Zwebner, told Allure. “Hairstyle is presumably one of the most controlled features in people’s faces. So it is possible that we choose a hairstyle that fits the stereotype of our name.”

Mind. Blown. So does that explain why Jennifer Aniston stuck to “the Rachel” for so long? Or why Beyoncé has kept her long, blonde hair since her Destiny Child days? Or why a signature lob has become synonymous with Taylor Swift? Hmmm…

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“If other people expect from you certain things, you may eventually fulfill their expectations,” says Zwebner. “These expectations are many times based on stereotypes. We already know from previous research that names have stereotypes. For example, prior published studies show that in the U.S., you will evaluate a person named Katherine as more successful than a person named Bonnie.… Therefore, like other stereotypes, one may indeed become more and more like his/her name expectations, including appearance. This is strongly supported by the fact that our participants chose names according to hairstyle alone. It suggests that people embrace a certain hairstyle, and probably more facial features that fit the expectations of how they should look according to their names.”

Okay, real question, guys: Do I look like a Crystal? And do I embrace a hairstyle and facial features that fit the expectations of a Crystal? You be the judge:

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