The China Post reports today that short hairstyles are signaling the end of Japan's booming economy.
Apparently, Japanese cosmetics company Kao Corp has a survey that shows women tend to wear their hair long when the economy is doing well, and to cut it short when it's getting bad.
Okay, so either:
1) Japanese women are so connected to the economy that they feel the heat when things are getting bad and respond to it literally by cutting their hair
2) Long hair encourages a booming economy, short hair makes people not want to spend/invest
3) This is a ridiculous survey that has no bearing on reality; hairstyle has nothing to do with the economy
I vote for number three.
They do have some evidence:
Until the early 1990s, when Japan's economic bubble burst, 60 percent of women in their twenties kept their hair long, the Nikkei said, citing the survey.
During the 1990s economic slump, short hair -- defined as above the collarbone -- became the dominant hairstyle for Japanese women. But since 2002, long hair has regained some popularity -- just as the economy started to expand, the Nikkei said.
So the fuck what? Why does this prove anything?
And if I'm wrong, and it does prove something. What the hell does it prove?