Is long hair more attractive than short?

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I have chest length hair and am starting to debate whether to get it cut or not. It's not a massive deal; I've had short hair before. I tend to get bored every 2-3 years and just get it all lopped off into a chin length bob.

So, here I am again. And every time I have this debate with myself I start to think "but is long hair more attractive". I do like the novelty of getting my hair cut, but after a week of everyone admiring it, and feeling all new, well, then I just have short hair, which I will have to blow dry (I never do that now, my hair is poker straight).

So what are your thoughts on long vs short hair? I'm talking bob length btw.

Discogeek Mon 25-Mar-13 11:32:48

I love both - had very very short hair (about an inch long all over) until last year when I got fed up and I'm now trying to grow it as long as I can!!
Its always nice to have a change though and if you do get bored of it you can always grow it back smile I say go for it!!!

I don't think either is especially more attractive than the other, I think the only thing that matters is the length suits YOUR face.

ZZZenAgain Mon 25-Mar-13 11:34:59

I think long hair can be more eye-catching while still looking natural so often it is more attractive. If you have a nice colour, shine and the hair is healthy looking, it probably looks good long. If not, a bob will look better. My personal opinion is that a bob sits better than hair clinging to your back.

BassDownLow Mon 25-Mar-13 11:35:28

Totally depends. Have had both and loved both...but also get bored every couple of years. I have come to the conclusion that I need hair long enough to tie up, as I just cant be arsed to blowdry it every morning and like being able to do different styles on it. Having said that, I get most compliments when its in a short bb.

That probably hasnt helped at all, sorry :-)

ZZZenAgain Mon 25-Mar-13 11:36:24

Would you feel comfortable showing us a picture?

JumpHerWho Mon 25-Mar-13 11:41:20

I think in general, long hair does look better. Am v envy that you can grow your hair quickly though, so go for it I you fancy a change.

LittlePandaBear Mon 25-Mar-13 12:13:39

Maybe you could just have it cut to your shoulders, rather than chin length? It would still be a new do but not as dramatic if you get bored of it after a few weeks! And it may not need as much styling.

I don't do pictures on here, sorry.

The thing is, when my hair is short, because it is so straight I have to style it else it looks really crap. But because my hair is long I don't need to do much, I literally wash and go. Consequently it doesn't often look great. So it is the choice between looking mildly crap most of the time when its long and do nothing, or pretty decent most of the time when it's short unless I can't be bothered with it and it looks really crap!

I'm just bored with it at the moment. A few friends have said they prefer it short. But it is more of a faff.

It's sort of mid to dark brown by the way. Not bad condition but flat and a bit 'hangy'.

I'm not keen on shoulder length. I like the drama of a bob!

Iatemyskinnyperson Mon 25-Mar-13 12:34:19

If you fancy a change but uncertain, why not go for a colour change?

Handy by-product is increased body if you have fine hair. I went from dark brown to dark blondish with golden highlights & really enjoying the change. My hair is heavily greyed by now (damn you genetics!!) so I'm not finding the upkeep any worse than my (once)natural colour...

ZZZenAgain Mon 25-Mar-13 12:37:54

maybe you need to try to do some things with the long hair you have. I say this although I am useless at it myself but if you leave it to dry naturally and then do something interesting with it when it is dry, that may be all the change you need. A friend of mine had long straight hair but very thick and she got it feathered below the face on both sides. Not sure if I can explain but cut so that starting below the jaw line it fell in towards her face on either side. I thought that looked fantastic and gave it some swing. But I think you do need thick hair for that effect.

TrampyPanterNoster Mon 25-Mar-13 12:41:33

It really depends. I have below shoulder-length hair now, and really like it. but I know that DH prefers short hair.

<no bloody help>

Maybe I'll just dye it for now. No highlights though. It'll be a box from Boots affair!

ouryve Mon 25-Mar-13 19:02:23

Whatever suits you best is more attractive.

bigkidsdidit Mon 25-Mar-13 19:04:39

depends on your hair. I had bra-strap length hair but it looked shite unless I spent an hour doing it. Then I had a pixie cut and it was great (but mine is curly). Currently trying a chin length grow-out but even this might be too long for my particular hair.

If I had my dream hair it would be long, but my own hair looks crap

It's not unlike the first picture here

BranchingOut Mon 25-Mar-13 22:20:34

Tongs?

BranchingOut Mon 25-Mar-13 22:23:53

I have long curly hair with a tendency to frizz, but I still think it is better long overall. It is somehow more luxuriant... I also notice that it seems to go wrong less often - before, a bit of humidityand it was a pain, but now the length seems to over-ride other factors. It takes ages to grow, so that's my line and I am sticking to it!

Thought maybe I should go for something like this

No to tongs, even if I could get my hair to look like that, it'd it never hold the style. I want it to have natural body which it never does.

BranchingOut Tue 26-Mar-13 09:24:42

Yes, that could look great.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Tue 26-Mar-13 14:09:39

Blow drying every day is a pain in the butt.

In the past 4 years I've had a pixie cut, Pob, bob and longish with fringe.
About a month ago I went back to bob.

I hate it, I underestimated how much time blow drying and styling takes and it's just not practical for me with three pre-schoolers. It looks shit now if I don't style EVERY day.
I'm growing it again....

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Tue 26-Mar-13 14:11:25

Well, actually I'm contemplating a pixie cut too because it'd be easier than this flipping bob but I know I'd end up growing that out too because you need it cut every 4-5 weeks to maintain.....

Wig I think next smile

I would so love a nice short sharp haircut, but I have a moon face smile

Limelight Tue 26-Mar-13 14:58:31

It's the person not the cut I think. Personally I look like a twat with long hair. I have very very short hair (currently with a bit of a 'fauxhawk' - apologies for the ridiculous term). When it's longer I feel older and a bit ordinary.

But that's me! I envy people with gorgeous flowing locks. I just never look that good when my hair gets past my ears.

survivingwinter Tue 26-Mar-13 15:42:17

I have very straight hair and just had it cut into a classic bob with fringe swept across. It takes literally 5 mins to style and dry and I can use straighteners if it's not quite sitting right - but mostly just falls into place!

It's all about having a good cut I think. Long hair can be lovely if it suits you and in beautiful condition but I increasingly think shorter hair looks more classy if you are anything older than teens!

Shit long hair is better than shit short hair.

At least if it's long you can get away with shit hair by tying in back but if your hairs short then there ain't a lot of options.

Obviously, good hair trumps both, whether long or short.

My hair is long, thin and a bit shit - if it's short, shit and thin I look like a numpty.

ZZZenAgain Tue 26-Mar-13 16:40:28

Try a chocolate brown rinse for the kind of colour Rachel W has in that photo. See if you like the intensity of that colour on you. I thought it looked good.

Could you imagine going to the hairdressers now and then just to get it styled? If you did you could get that wavy look. When the hairdressers do it, your hair stays in shape longer. What's their trick? After 2 days you'd need to put it up or back off your face a bit or wash it since the curls will have dropped - and then you'd be at the end of the week still looking great.

I think you just need to learn to do some things with it. (I say this although I need to do just the same ). Have a look on youtube for some videos. I found nice ideas on there for my dd's hair which is long and straight like yours. I am useless at that kind of thing but after a bit of practice , I found a few nice variations for dd.

Hmm still debating. Tried to give my hair a reprieve with a dark brown dye but now it just looks a bit flat and one dimensional.

Can't afford to go and get it styled. I don't do a lot with my hair. I don't really suit it up. The thing is if I get it cut I know I'll love it. But it's whether that love will last longer than a week... I'm such a ditherer!

practicality Thu 28-Mar-13 18:14:35

Amelie bob?

RatPants Thu 28-Mar-13 18:16:31

I've always thought long hair more attractive but I'm not a man. grin

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