Why is it expected for girls to have long hair?

why is it expected for girls to have long hair? Why is it weird for girls to have short hair? or unattractive? What length is considered long or short to you?

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  • Long hair (shoulder length) is a womans sensuality. Short hair is for guys. So if you want to be more to the feminine side then long hair is part of that. Sure it's more work. So is putting makeup on, or keeping your figure. It's all part of being a woman.
    Bangs are a non-starter as well. Unless you're one of the very few that can pull it off - some look really good, but most don't.

    The worst style are the cropped off do's that are really short in the center of the back of the head, kind of like a ducktail. Popular for older women. I cannot for the life of me figure out who tells them this looks good. My wife says their hairdresser tells them it looks good because it's a high-maintenance cut so they keep having to keep coming back - so more $$ for the hairdresser. Egads. Where's the barf icon?

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    • In the past guys had long hair and wore make up wore high heels. They weren't feminine.
      It's not all part of being women. It's just changed social expectations

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    • So a woman who lost her hair because of cancer is unattractive?

    • Silly, it grows back. BTDT got the t-shirt.
      My wife is a 15 year cancer survivor. She has beautiful long hair. At least as long as it will grow before breaking off. She's 53 now, chemo at 38 - all hair gone. And I mean EVERYWHERE.
      You failed to mention that little fact.

Most Helpful Girl

  • At least in the US and many European countries, long hair is viewed as feminine. It is what is routinely used to differentiate the sexes (even though clearly men can have long hair too). It's often a symbol of a woman's health and vitality. Every culture, no matter where they exist on the planet has standards of beauty for both men and women. It is what a culture has decided collectively through history and time, that they particularly find attractive. These things can change of course--look at the 20s, and to some extent the 90s, where many women chopped their hair short.

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  • well, thousands of years ago (as recorded in the Bible which is the most confirmed ancient historical writing in existence) there is a verse in 1 corinthians that says long hair on a woman is a glory. since Christianity is the most dominant and widely followed faith on earth, you can see how and why this thought process became the default for cultures around the world. especially America which is "one nation under God" .
    so yeah, long hair is scene as glorious on a woman.

    when Muhammed created Islam and copied verses from the Bible, this verse is one of the ones he copied. Muslims however take it a step further and most require women to also cover their glory at penalty of death. the thought being that only the husband should see a woman's glory.

    now with this being so rooted in culture, it has come to define general beauty standards. for example, I know the history and where this comes from and I still find long hair most attractive on a woman. there are very very very few women who I think look better with short hair. I model, act, and film weddings, and of course watch tv/movies yet I can count on one hand those women I've seen who look better with short hair.
    it's not that a woman becomes **unattractive just that the best look is usually long hair.
    (**exception being drastic stuff like Britney Spears did to herself when she was drunk or on drugs or w/e. -that was unattractive.)

    but now you know the history and how that translates to culture today. I hope that helps answer your question! :)

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  • I've always preferred long hair, but it doesn't stop me from being interested in a lady with short hair. Some women are gorgeous with short hair. Short hair, to me, is when it comes to the bottom of the ear or anywhere above. medium length is from the bottom of the ear to shoulder tops. Long hair is shoulder length and longer.

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  • Long, shoulder-length hair is very attractive on most women. A few can pull off short hair, with the right look!

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  • I don't think it is. Sometimes, short hair can be so hot. In a local cafe near home, there is a tall young lady with short turquoise hair. She's so darned hot!

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  • it's a just a social expectation. I'm a black boy but most people expect me to have a short bush, afro, or go bald but I have long black curly hair. just do your thing. I'm quite self conscious myself but my hair is the last thing I'll worry about changing for anyone because I know it's good! :-)

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  • define short? some girls look absolutely gorgeous with nice natural long thick hair. others look gorgeous with short colored hair. it depends on the man doing the looking and the woman sporting the look.

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  • Well my personal preference is girls with long hair. Like at least close to shoulders. I've talked to many other guys about this and most agree with me. Although in my experience longer hair seems to be more preferable on girls from a guys point of view, you have to keep in mind everyone has different opinions. Yes, I have talked to guys who don't care or say even "butch" hair cuts on women are attractive. Also would like to say sometimes this is sort vice versa with guys. I used to have my hair pretty long almost down to my shoulders. I would get girls telling me I'd look much better with it short like "most" men. But here I am now with a fade cut hardly any hair and have people tell me I would look better with long hair... 😤 overall hair length attractiveness, man or woman is just opinion. Go with what makes you happy.

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  • I honestly don't care. Whatever she likes is fine with me.

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  • I usually don't like anything shorter than shoulder length, I don't know why long hair is just feminine and really sexy to me

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  • I don't know how "expected" it is, but long hair is generally attractive to men. That said, the hair rarely makes the girl; unless a beautiful woman gets a monumentally crappy haircut (like a pixie), most haircuts aren't going to de-hottify a woman. Some can even pull off a buzz cut and look sexy.

    Personally, I have become a fan of the long hair with buzzed sides, but that doesn't work for everyone, either.

    My advice: figure out what is important to you, and go for it. If it is important to attract people who are way into long hair, then you'll probably need to grow out your hair. If it is more important to you to be comfortable and convenient, then get a bob or whatever else is comfortable and convenient. It's all a matter of give and take, and nobody is in any position to tell anybody else that he or she is wrong (unless one disagrees with me, in which case I'm always right...)

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  • People's mentality. Short hair is associated with masculinity

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  • it's not expected per say, it's a preference most guys share

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  • I dont expect it but I used to get criticized when I had long hair

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    • I was saying when girls have short hair. Guys having long hair is another story

    • and I answered by saying I don't expect it and then adding a comment about my own experience

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  • why is expected for guys to be tall?

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  • No one cares about your hair as much as you think.

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  • Because they are bald everywhere else already.

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  • They look more feminine with long hair

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  • I don't mind what kind of hair a woman has

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  • Me like long hair. Girl with long hair pretty. Me like girl.

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    • what is considered long to you?

    • 24" or more.

What Girls Said 8

  • Hair is spiritual it gives you better sense of the environment. Its even said to produce vitamins. People cut hair in past to shame and enslave people.

    Keep it long for your well being. That's all I have to say.

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  • I'm from Australia. It's not expected here. Short hair isn't weird at all. Actually mermaid hair isn't weird at all here either.
    Some people prefer longer hair because they think it looks better. I have long hair (a few inches bellow my shoulders) and I think it suits me more than short hair did, but short hair looks amazing on one of my friends so no judgement just personal preference.

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  • I just like long hair, I think it frames my face better and I can hide inside it sometimes. Lol.

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  • not expected exactly but girls like it, it's part of their pride and guys like it so win-win

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  • I don't know.
    Maybe for the same reason why some people think guys can't have long hair.

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  • It's not expected... I do whatever I want with my hair.

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  • it is not expected just preferred

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  • No one gives a crap about your hair.

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