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Why Do Guys Like Long Hair? — ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.  “Why do guys like long hair?” you ask? Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do guys wake up ‘ready to go’?” Seriously, do we look like Cosmopolitan? You really don’t want yours truly to personally school you on that, ladies . . . or do you?)

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Let’s begin with a comment from a YahooAnswer poster.  “Janelle W” said guys like long hair because “it looks feminine, and makes them feel more masculine when with a ‘real woman’.”

“Carole” (who perhaps not coincidentally had no actual picture) takes an attitude to the entire subject. She says: “Who cares what men think anyway? (Any woman who wants a date maybe?) We are all on this planet together and whether long hair or short we all have a personality and if a man can’t see through that well I feel so sorry for him. “

Another online poster, known only as “Anonymous” pointed out– in rather descriptive detail–that some guys “have a thing for long hair” and that when they are doing the hokey-pokey with a gal they” like to pull on the (lady’s) hair . . . and use her hair as reins.” (Your randy writer can vouch that this is very true but it doesn’t address the majority of men.)

OK.  Now let’s consider what science and formal research say about why guys like long hair.

According to HairFinder and several studies online, a “majority of men” prefer long hair. One theory for this preference is that long hair takes a significant commitment of daily care, money and time.   This tells men the lady has money, respects herself and cares about her overall well being. These are all desirable qualities in a mate.

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Why do guys like long hair?/Image: LongHairGirlsPhotos

An evolutionary theory (and more recent research) says that long hair is a feature that men consider it an indicator of “reproductive fitness.”  The length of the hair serves as a sign of overall health and genetic strength.

A study published in the journal Human Nature, notes that “longer hairstyles increase women’s attractiveness in part because longer hair helps to disguise less desirable features. Long hair tends to make the jaw line slimmer and less prominent and draws attention away from undefined cheekbones. Also, as described by many men, long hair also contributes to a more feminine and youthful appearance.”

Why do guys like long hair? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.