I’m so excited about this post because I’ll be answering my first Q&A. This question comes from Brandy H., and she says:
I’ve always loved long hair, like you, Renee, but I’m having a hard time growing it. I just made up in my mind that maybe I’m not meant to have long hair, and maybe long hair is just overrated.
Hi Brandy H.! Thank you so much for submitting your question. Now before I get into the advice I want to give directly to you, I want to provide my thoughts and beliefs on your last statement. You know I can be long-winded so please bear with me, lol.
Now you know women are obsessed with hair; it doesn’t matter where you go on this earth, most of the women put a great deal into their hair care. Let’s face it, if you’re a woman, you want your hair to look its best, and you understand why it’s worth spending all that time, money and effort on it. Have you ever heard of the saying, “spend more on your hair than you do on your clothes, because you wear your hair every day.” Beautiful hair makes a woman feel confident and sexy. For most people, especially men, having “beautiful” hair on a woman means having long, luscious locks.
Is long hair overrated? Is there a reason why men prefer long hair?
The definitive answer is no, long hair is definitely not overrated, and yes, there is a reason why men prefer long hair.
“It’s just more feminine,” some guys say. Others claim they love the feeling of running their fingers through silky smooth lengths of hair.
Men are visual creatures, and they love checking out attractive women. New stimuli like new hairstyles seem even more attractive to them. One of the best things about long hair is that you can do so many things with it! You can tie it up in a ponytail, braid it, twist it into an updo, curl your locks to make waves. If you have a pixie cut, you can’t exactly change it up. Sure, it’s fuss-free, but where’s the fun in that?
There psychological explanation for this phenomenon. Long, healthy hair is more than just a symbol of beauty. To have long hair means that you take care of yourself: you eat a healthy diet, you have enough money to invest in hair care products, you value your looks and your well-being. Men find these traits very desirable in a partner.
Research has even shown that there’s an evolutionary reason why men prefer long hair. One theory says that long hair shows a woman’s genetic strength and overall health. Hair length and quality act as markers of youth and vitality.
What does hair have to do with youth and vitality?
Long hair is a marker of youth, because the “anagen” or “growth stage” of hair is the longest in young women. As you grow older, the growth stage of hair shortens, and hair tends to fall off naturally before reaching it’s full length. That is why older women have such a hard time growing their hair past shoulder length.
Nutritional deficiencies and illnesses can cause hair loss and damage. Since hair grows so slowly, long hair can reveal several years of a person’s nutritional status and health.
I’ve even heard people say things like longer hair can make a not so symmetrically beautiful woman appear prettier, and it turns out there is scientific evidence to backup that statement. A study published in the journal Human Nature showed that women who had originally been rated as unattractive appeared much more attractive when they were shown with longer hair.
This could partly be because long hair disguises flaws more than short hair does. Longer locks makes a thick jaw look slimmer and more feminine. They also cover up chubby, undefined cheekbones.
Sure, some celebrities can pull off the super short pixie cuts (think Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams). Natalie Portman STILL looked amazing when she shaved off all her hair for her role in V for Vendetta. But this is only because they have very delicate, feminine features to begin with. Most of us regular ladies don’t have the facial structure for cropped hair. And most men will still say the celebs looked even better with longer hair anyway.
Of course, there will always be exceptions to the rule. Short, healthy hair is much better than long, damaged hair that looks like a broomstick.
To sum up my thoughts on the last part of your question, long hair is a symbol of youth, health and beauty. Men love looking at (and touching!) a woman’s long hair. If you have long hair, you need to make sure you take care of it properly. After all, it is your crowning glory.
Now on to the specific advice. If you’re having a difficult time growing your hair. I’d say start getting familiar with your hair type. Experiment with hair products, hair care practices and hair styles that are conducive to helping you retain more length. I want you to know that is absolutely possible for you and anyone reading this to have the long, healthy hair you’ve always wanted. You just have to do some things that you’ve probably never done to get there. So please stick around here and learn more about what it takes to grow long hair and most specifically find out what you need to grow those long locks you’ve always dreamed of.
Lovelies, if you have a question you’d like to ask me, feel free to us the contact page to get in touch, and I’ll try to answer your question as soon as possible.