Is there a magical haircut, style, or hair length that genders find attractive?

Is it true that long hair is the most attractive hair length for a woman? What about men? Is there a hair length that women find more attractive on a man? 

Let’s delve into the long and the short of hair length and attractiveness to find out.

Short Hair vs Long Hair: Which Is Preferred?

Traditionally, long hairstyles are associated with femininity and it’s thought that most men prefer them on women. A poll of 3,000 men by The Daily Mail in 2008 found that an overwhelming 43% of men preferred a long and wavy hairstyle. Second place went to long and straight with 13% of men choosing it as their preferred.

This study, which sought to understand preferences for hair length on an evolutionary level, found that men thought women with long hair looked healthier. This makes the woman a more suitable mate, evolutionarily speaking, thus making the woman more attractive. 

The same study also found that this effect was most prominent for plain women. For women who had attractive faces, differences in hair length didn’t have much effect on the perception of their beauty. 

What About Men?

Interestingly, though long hair is associated with femininity on women, this doesn’t carry over to men. Long hairstyles on men are definitely not mainstream, but men with long hair are not perceived as feminine. In fact, stereotypes of men with long hair include biker dudes and rock stars. 

There’s also the up and coming hipster look, complete with the “man-bun”, which has taken younger generations by storm over the past few years. 

Traditionally, women have preferred short hair on a man. Clean cut men with neatly cropped hairstyles are the oft-cited “ideal”. However, women tend to be less interested in a man’s looks and more in his personality.

In other words, with a winning personality, a guy can get away with whatever hairstyle he wants.

The Hair Length for You

Ultimately, the right hair length for you depends on you. The hairstyle that makes you feel confident and beautiful is the perfect hairstyle for you. Always remember that beauty is in the mirror, not the eye of the beholder.

If you find that long locks weigh you down, and you prefer a cute pixie or an easy bob, go for it. The right man will find you attractive regardless of your hairstyle.

On top of that, some people’s hair never grows past their shoulders. Short hairstyles are their only option and they can totally rock them!

Choosing Your Style

Ready to change up your style but not quite sure what to pick? Hair length isn’t the only thing to consider. Check out our gallery from some inspiration.

Alternatively, contact us to set up your appointment for a consultation and transformation session with one of our artists. We are pros at helping you choose a hairstyle that will flatter your face shape, fit your hair care needs, and, most importantly, make you look and feel gorgeous!

We are so excited that we were able to reopen on June 22nd. Take a look at our protocol we have put in place to ensure our staff and clients are safe. Looking forward to seeing you.