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Do Guys Like Short Hair? (9 Reasons Why Men Prefer Them)

Do you think guys like women with short hair? Are you thinking of cutting your hair short and you wonder if your man will like it? Do boys prefer long locks? Is short hair sexy or do men see it as boyish? 

These are all interesting questions. After all, long hair on a woman is associated with fertility and youth. So you would think that they would find women with long hair more attractive

Then again, if that was true, why are there so many celebrities with short hairstyles? Think about the attention the original pixie cuts Mia Farrow and Audrey Hepburn had on men at the time. 

Now you have the modern version rocked by stars such as Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Natalie Portman, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. If you are considering a short haircut you might want to know what response it will have on your boyfriend or husband. So let’s examine the evidence.

Do Men Prefer Women With Short Hair?

Research has always shown that males prefer long hair on women. In one study, pictures of women were shown with a range of hair lengths from short to long. They were then evaluated by men on their attractiveness. Women with longer hair were rated more attractive. 

In another study, pictures of women who had originally been rated as unattractive were given longer hair and then rated more highly by men. The researchers' conclusions were that long hair can mask undesirable features, such as an aging jawline and undefined bone cheekbones.

Preferring long hair is not an unconscious desire. In a recent poll, when asked, 9 out of 10 males say they prefer long hair on women. 

Why Is Attractiveness Linked To Hair Length?

why is attractiveness linked to hair length

Hair is a visible sign of your health. It follows then that if you have long, shiny, lustrous hair, this is a sign of good health. When we think about one of the first devastating effects of cancer treatment it is hair loss. 

Long hair also signifies good genes. Going back to our evolutionary roots, men are always looking for clues to give them an advantage in choosing a mate and breeding. 

The polls also found that men find long hair sexy. They associate it with beauty and femininity. What men like about long hair is that they can run their fingers through it. They don’t like it full of styling products or hair extensions. 

Going through all the research, it would seem that men have a preference for long hair over a short cut. But this is not the end of the story. The polls and studies had a final twist in the tale. 

The men questioned revealed something rather surprising. They admitted that their preference depended on the woman herself. It was all to do with whether a long or short style suited her facial features. 

As we all know, short hair doesn’t suit everyone. Not every woman can pull off a short haircut. You have to have good bone structure and a sassy attitude to match. 

Likewise, not everyone suits long hair. So it isn’t the case of whether males like women with short hair or not. It is more the case of whether a short haircut looks good on you. If it does, and you feel confident, then the right man will be attracted to you. 

So let’s examine what it is about women with short hair that males do like. 

9 Reasons Why Men Like Short Haircuts

1. Short Hair Shows Off Exquisite Bone Structure

Have you noticed that celebrities with short hair length have the most beautiful cheekbones you’ve ever seen? I know that people pay a lot of money for a bone structure like that. So in all honesty, if your face was sculpted like a goddess, would you hide it under masses of long hair? 

2. You Can Really Show Off Your Eyes

With your hair short, the emphasis is on your face. You can make certain facial features, such as your eyes, stand out. Long hair makes less attractive women more beautiful, hence the rise in hair extensions. 

3. Short Hair Highlights Your Neck And Shoulders

The neck and shoulders are a wonderful erogenous zone and a big turn-on for men. To illustrate my point, there’s a wonderful line in the film the Devil’s Advocate that sums this up perfectly.

Al Pacino plays the devil. He is persuading Charlize Theron’s character to cut her long hair into a short haircut. He stands behind her and points out the area from her shoulder to her neck, telling her:

“A woman's shoulders are the frontlines of her mystique. And her neck, if she's alive, has all the mystery of a border town. A no man's land in that battle between the mind and the body.” Wow!

4. Short Hair Is Chic, Edgy And Demands Attention

Short hair is associated with women that buck the trend, know their own style, and are not afraid to follow the beat of their own drum. This is thrilling for men. It shows them that this girl or woman is interesting. She’ll speak her mind, and she won’t put up with any BS.

5. Short Hair Is Feminine And Cute

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Can you imagine Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with long hair? The film would not have been the same. Audrey’s short pixie cut gave her the femininity of an innocent ingénue. With long hair, we wouldn’t have believed her naivety. 

6. It Exudes Confidence

Getting a short haircut takes a deep breath (especially if you have been growing it for years) and a big dose of confidence. You cannot have short hair and walk around with your head down and low self-esteem. Short hair insists on positive body language wherever it goes. 

7. Short Hair Reveals Your Self-Esteem

Short hair is symbolic of your inner self-worth and a man can instantly recognize that. Women who value themselves are incredibly sexy to men. Men want to be around these women, to be associated with them, and they certainly want to date them. 

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8. It Is Different From Everyone Else

Everywhere you look, all you can see are replica women and girls with identical hair extensions in Barbie blonde. Women cut from the same template. Identical plumped-up lips, drawn on eyebrows, and long blonde highlights. Then you come along with your pixie cut, demanding attention, striking up a conversation with your ‘short hair don’t care’ attitude. 

If you want to get noticed, or, if you just don’t want to follow the herd, getting your haircut short is one way to lead your own pack. 

9. Short Hair Makes You Look Younger

While it is true that long hair is associated with youth and fertility, short hair can make you appear younger. Have you ever seen before and after makeovers where a woman with long, flat, limp hair has it cut into a snazzy short hairstyle? It instantly makes her look younger. 


Do guys dislike short hair?

On average, men prefer long hair, but polls suggest that it all depends on the woman. If short hair suits a woman then a man is attracted to that woman. Men do not like hair extensions because they like to run their fingers through natural hair. So, if you look good in short hair then keep it short. 

Do guys like quiet girls?

Quiet girls appear feminine and cute. Men view quiet girls as endearing and their hero instinct kicks in. Men want to pursue and protect quiet girls. Outgoing girls may have more confidence and this is also an attractive quality. So it all depends on what turns on your guy.

What is the most attractive hair color?

The polls suggest that younger men prefer light brown to blonde hair whereas old men find brown hair attractive. Unfortunately, red hair is the least attractive hair color to men. It seems that women don’t like red hair on men either. 

Does short hair make you look older?

Not necessarily. It is more about the actual cut than how short it is. Some short hairstyles are old-fashioned whereas others can dramatically shave off years from your appearance. While it is true that short hair looks great on young women, the right cut on an older woman can be transformative.

Do guys prefer short or tall girls?

A man likes a girl that is slightly shorter than he is. You only have to look at the wedding pictures of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and the engagement photographs of Prince Charles and Princess Diana to see how height insecurity manifests in men. 

In Conclusion

So there you have it. Men do like short hair but it all depends on the woman. If it suits her then they will find it attractive. My message is if you are thinking of getting your hair cut – find a hairstyle that looks great on you.

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