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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Committee Member

Lisa D. Bendixen

Number of Pages



This study developed an understanding of women's sense of self. Using the Humanistic perspective of self image, which is one's perception of one's self that includes a person's perception of his/her personality, ability and images of his/her body (Coon, 1992). This micro-ethnography included 21 female participants obtained from an expert hair stylist's clientele. These participants were either interviewed, completed personality questionnaires and/or completed follow-up and member check questionnaires. Several analyses were completed with the acquired data which resulted in rich and descriptive data. Findings indicate that participants associated their hair with their sense of self. Personal freedom as it pertains to self image was restricted by outside influences. Implications of this research are discussed in terms of women's understanding of self. Through this understanding, education can be impacted and, in turn, this could enhance the personal well being of women and their role in society.


Choices; Expert; Hair; Hands; Issues; Personality; Reflected Self

Controlled Subject

Personality; Women's studies

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2.53 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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