Social Media Influences Style And Self-Expression

Social Media And NailsTake a look at most female Millennials’ pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as well as their Pinterest boards, and you’ll likely see style inspiration everywhere. Social media has become a key way for young people to get beauty ideas and they’re turning to these sources, as well as YouTube, Tumblr, Polyvore, and countless other sites, to share their style and get suggestions. Posting and viewing nail art online is nothing new, but this trend is everywhere these days, highlighting just how much young people seek to share and receive information from their peers. While a picture of sparkly nails may be worth a thousand words (or likes!), we decided to survey 346 female Millennials ages 13-34 to highlight just how much social media impacts their beauty choices.

Fully 4 in 10 (43%) female Millennials have looked up nail art on social media in the past six months and 27% have posted a picture of their nails. They’re eager to try out different colors and designs, especially since nail art has become a key part of one’s outfit and a way to accessorize. This is especially the case for 13-17-year-old girls; 52% of teens have looked up nail art compared to 41% of 18-34-year-olds. This makes sense as teens are forming their identity and in doing so, they can easily experiment with their nails.Hair Ideas

Interestingly enough, even more Millennials are turning to social media for hairstyle information with 60% saying they’ve looked up hair ideas/inspiration on such sites. Again, teens (68%) are more likely to do this than older Millennials (58%), but a plurality of both age groups are still doing so. Some are looking up hair ideas on Pinterest or blogs, and nearly half (49%) report that they’ve watched a YouTube video in the past six months to learn how to do a specific hairstyle. From…

 
 

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“I honestly wouldn't like to communicate with brands, unless it is to solve problems their brand is causing.”—Female, 27, MI

Why don’t people seem to care as much about fake followers on Instagram as on other platforms? Because while Facebook and Twitter are bashed for feeds full of fake news, no one holds Instagram to the same standard. The image-centric platform is inherently “a hyperreality,” where no one’s candid shot is truly spontaneous, and photo-shop freely fills feeds. Where does it get tricky? With Influencers, who are expected to garner true engagements for brands. (Real Life)

Influencer marketing faced another tricky situation this week when PopSugar replaced influencers’ affiliate links with their own. RewardStyle and its Instagram product LikeToKnow.it’s network of content creators’ photos and sometimes entire feeds “were copied to the site via “thousands of ‘falsified vanity pages’ containing millions of images belonging to the network’s content creators.” The group is planning on seeking a class-action lawsuit on their intellectual property and for the lost revenue that PopSugar made each time a customer clicked to purchase. (Racked)

Colleges are giving out more merit-based aid to win over top students. Tuition discount rates have risen to a record 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman attending private universities, up over 10% from ten years prior—according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. By using data-driven analysis to calculate just how much aid is likely to lure a top student in, colleges are seeing success upping their prestige. However, the practice has also “created a closing of the doors for low-income students,” according to one policy analyst. (WSJ)

Apple is betting that young consumers could bring back magazines via a magazine subscription service. The tech company took a gamble by buying Texture, a subscription service for over 200 titles that’s been dubbed the “Netflix of Magazine Publishing.” The app aggregates articles into a single browsing experience, rather than being separated by title, and pays the included publications. Apple has announced plans to integrate the service into their Apple News app, the latest incarnation of their less-than-successful Newsstand app. (Bloomberg)

Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

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