"Hair" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Hair" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Clean Lady Gaga track promotes a positive body image.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

A positive message about feeling comfortable with your physical appearance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Promotes the idea that people should accept others for who they are.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Hair" is a clean track that promotes a positive body image. Lacking profanity and graphic references to sex, substance use, and violence, the song uses the topic of styling your hair how you want as a metaphor for being comfortable with your physical appearance. The message is a great one for tweens and teens in need of positive reinforcement as they go through the big physical changes that come with being a teenager.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMusic/Movies July 23, 2013

Clean with a good message

On for all ages. A clean song about being yourself no matter what other people might think.
Parent Written byKonichiwa July 20, 2012

Great message and Great Song!

This song is very clean and teaches you to accept others and except yourself because of your differences. The song is pretty catchy it adds a weird combination... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 21, 2012
Kid, 10 years old October 10, 2011

This Song Is *poot noise*

This song is stupid, boring, pretty pointless, and you really shouldn't bother listening to it. The beat is boring,... Continue reading

What's the story?

"HAIR" is the third single from Born This Way, the second album from mega-pop star Lady Gaga. The song is among the singer's cleanest to date -- it's entirely free of profanity, sex, substances, and violence. Its positive message revolves around styling your hair the way you like it, rather than how others think you should -- alluding to the broader idea of being comfortable with your physical appearance: "I just want to be free, I just want to be me ... I don't want to change, and I don't want to be ashamed." Tweens and teens struggling with lots of physical changes will get a boost from this uplifting message.

Is it any good?

"Hair" follows Lady Gaga's super-successful music formula, with a big, driving synth-beat that sounds a lot like many '80s hits and one refreshing exception: a guest performance by Clarence Clemons, sax player for legend Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Combined with the track's positive lyrics, the catchy hook will have lots of kids and adults alike singing along.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important not to ridicule or criticize others for how they look. How would you feel if someone mocked your looks?

  • Lady Gaga is known for her outlandish fashion choices. Are some things unacceptable to wear under any circumstances? Why or why not?

  • Name five things you can do to feel more comfortable in your own skin.

Music details

  • Artist: Lady Gaga
  • Release date: May 23, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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