Are you a Hair Snob? 8 Red Flags to Spot

Written By Bakes

Avid writer on Men's Hair, Grooming, and Lifestyle!

The Hair Snob reigns supreme in comparison to everyone else (or at least they think), casting judgment upon the coiffures of friends, strangers, and even themselves.

We wouldn’t be surprised if you’re imagining somebody you know quite well who displays these unmistakable traits revealing their fixation on hair perfection!

Our editorial will dive into the 8 signs that you or someone you love might just have a touch of hair snobbery!

1. Critiquing Others’ Hair Choices 🚩

Constructive criticism has its time and place, but for the hair snob, no hairstyle or hair care routine is safe from their discerning eye.

Whether it’s a coworker’s DIY haircut or a friend’s adventurous colour choice, they’ll find a way to subtly (or not-so-subtly) express their disapproval.

You know, you’re at a social event and the snob has made 10 comments in the space of 2 mins! Yeah them! That’s the snob!

There’s no better comparison than the wine snobs who turn up their noses at anything less than a rare vintage from a remote vineyard in France

2. Dismissing Budget-Friendly Options 🚩

A hallmark trait of the hair snob is their tendency to turn up their noses at anything less than the most expensive, salon-exclusive hair products and treatments.

From shampoo to styling tools, they scoff at the notion of settling for anything less than the crème de la crème of hair care. DIY gives them the ICK!

Mention drugstore brands or homely solutions in their presence and prepare to be met with a disdainful eyeroll or a condescending sigh.

3. Name Dropping 🚩

“Did you hear about how Jessica Alba’s stylist personally recommended this new hair treatment to me on my insta comments?” 🙄

Ever met someone who can’t seem to carry on a conversation without name-dropping their hairstylist’s latest celebrity client or the prestigious salon they frequent?

Chances are, you’ve encountered a hair snob in the wild.

For them, dropping the names of renowned stylists and exclusive hair care brands isn’t just a conversational quirk—it’s a subtle flex designed to establish their status!

4. Refusing to Experiment 🚩

While some view hair as a canvas for self-expression and creativity, the hair snob sees it as a status symbol to be maintained at all costs.

The mere suggestion of hair experimenting will result in a facial expression as if you asked them to shave their head bald for the red carpet.

For the hair snob outside the bounds of conventionality is a risk not worth taking—and heaven forbid anyone suggest otherwise.

They mostly stick to what’s worked for them and that’s their signature hairstyles!

5. Judging Natural Hair 🚩

Embracing one’s natural hair texture or color is a beautiful form of self-acceptance for many, but for the hair snob, it’s an unforgivable sin against good taste.

Whether it’s curls, kinks, or coils, they’ll find a way to denigrate anything that strays from their narrow definition of “acceptable” hair.

In their eyes, anything less than sleek, straight locks is nothing short of an affront to decency.

6. Obsessing Over Perfection 🚩

Striving for that elusive perfect hair day is no longer a goal but a standard which for the most part becomes a personality trait.

They spare no expense in their pursuit of flawless locks, dedicating themselves to frequent salon visits, investing in top-of-the-line styling tools, or hours in the mirror.

To the hair snob, anything less than hair perfection is deemed a personal failure—and they’ll stop at nothing to ensure they never fall short of their lofty standards.

7. Overemphasis on Trends 🚩

Some of the best secrets for perfect hair involves staying away from the trends & making the classics hairstyles your signature look.

Snobs however meticulously follow every new hairstyle, hair colour, and hair care fad with the fervour of a zealot that’s pushed down their social media feed.

In real time there imagine what their hair will look like and how it will stand out amongst their peers!

After all, in the fast-paced world of follicular fashion, yesterday’s trendsetter is today’s has-been.

8. They take Credit at any given notice 🚩

Friends “Oh hey Claire we love your new hairdo”.

Claire “Aww Thanks, I got it done yesterday”.

Snob “Yeah, I told Claire she needed to get something done, that Rachel Haircut was so 90s”.

It’s not about genuine appreciation for their friend trusting their advice; it’s about bolstering their own image as the ultimate authority on all things hair-related.

In their world, even the slightest compliment is an opportunity to assert their supposed expertise and superiority, I mean snobs are gona snob right?

So, the next time you find yourself in the company of a self-proclaimed hair connoisseur, take their opinions with a grain of salt.

After all, in the end, it’s not about conforming to someone else’s standards—it’s about feeling fabulous in your own skin, or in this case, your own hair.