If you feel like you waste plenty of precious time trying to get your hair to look exactly the way it does when you leave the stylist’s chair, you’re probably not wrong.

A new study shows that the average American woman spends approximately six full day’s worth of time managing her mane. How does this break down? This equals out to about five hours per month of styling, plus an hour and a half on blow drying each week. Add in the amount of time that we spend getting our locks colored (89 percent of the women surveyed said they colored their hair), and washing it (49 percent surveyed are daily washers), and it’s no wonder our hair takes up so much of our lives.

Does this count as an excuse for why we don’t have any time to go to the gym?


Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.