Hands up if you like long hair, hands up if you like short hair! Equal results? Let’s chat!
Personally, I’ve been sporting long hair since 2014 or so and have rarely visited the hairdresser since then – actually, only twice for a photoshoot where it only got trimmed a little. But every now and then, I have the urge to cut it and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels the urge to drastically change their style.
One of the biggest style changes is going for short hair if you have long tresses. Or the other way around, letting your hair grow long. Can’t decide Then let’s chat about long or short hair and decide on the pros and cons of each!
Long or Short Hair: A Debate
Let’s start with short hair as obviously you will start with short hair before you can have long hair. So everyone with long hair will have thought about these questions at one point. Should I let it grow?
The most obvious thing is that short hair is at least theoretically easy to maintain, that’s a pro for sure. But let’s start a list.
Short Hair Pros:
- It’s easy to maintain.
- It is also simpler to style in a business environment.
- Short hair dries really quick.
- It works much better in a sporty environment.
- Short hair is much more comfortable to sleep with.
- It’s also easier to fool around with.
So to sum it up a bit, shorter hair is a real time-saver (depending on the haircut you go with) as well as easier to maintain. It is also easier to do all kinds of activity with it as you don’t have the problem of hair falling into your face. Now, let’s have a look at the pros of having longer hair.
Long Hair Pros:
- Long hair is versatile: you can tie it up in a man bun, half up half down, wear a slick back, etc.
- You’ll essentially get multiple haircuts in one.
- You will surely attract attention.
- Long hair requires fewer visits to the hairdresser.
- You can change your look at any given time with hair.
- For people living in colder climates: long hair can be an added protection against the cold during winter
- You don’t have to wash your hair every other day – tie it back and be done with it.
So, overall, you could say that long hair stands out a bit more – so if you want to get noticed, this might be an easy way to get more eyes on you. Also, you could actually save a lot of time as you won’t have to cut your hair that often and you also have more hairstyles to choose from.
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We’ve looked at the pros of having short hair and long hair, but it’s not always sunshine, for either of them. So now, let’s look at the cons of having short hair vs the cons of having long hair. We’re going the other way around this time.
Cons of Long Hair:
- You will constantly have hair falling into your face during sport and physical activities of any kind.
- It takes a lot of dedication to grow out long hair.
- Long hair will get knotted easily.
- You will need to brush your hair more often.
- However, if you brush it too often, you won’t be able to make a thick bun.
- Long locks might get caught up in things (think shirts, as just one example).
- Occasionally, you will get long strands in your food.
- Clogged shower drains – be on top of cleaning them!
- Let’s face it, you will shed a lot more than with short hair.
- You will get hot in the summer – gathering it up is a must.
- Long hair is still often/sometimes seen as unprofessional.
It sounds like a mess to deal with, doesn’t it? And things like hair in your food is especially something that nobody wants! So No to long hair? Well, let’s have a look at the cons of short hair before we make up our minds!
Cons of Short Hair:
- You will need to wash it more regularly.
- Short hair means you’ll get cold in the winter months without some headwear.
- You will have to make more frequent visits to the hairdresser.
And correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s everything I can think about. Having short hair is obviously less work and therefore, it also comes with fewer cons.
A Conclusion to this Hair Debate?
So, as a conclusion, one might say that short hair is definitely the better choice, and from my point of view, we can exactly see this in our society. How many guys do you see daily with short hair? Plenty!
Almost every man you see on the street is sporting a short haircut, then you have a few with medium length hair, and you rarely see guys with actually long hair. So, if you want to go with the flow, chop off your hair and never start growing it out again as men are wearing short!
But is that so? A quick look into this article (celebrities with long hair) shows us that a lot of celebrities have long hair. But why?
Let me try to tell you this from my point of view.
I have had long hair since 2015. I’m currently working as an Instagram Influencer and Model and have around 130k followers now. Many of them follow me because of my hair as I was part of the Australian Hair Fashion Award and got a lot of recognition thanks to it.
Whenever I think about cutting my hair, I ask my followers what they think about it, quickly snap a picture, and put it in an Instagram story with a poll if I should cut my hair.
The answer is always the same: around 80% say No!
What Long Hair Is, in My Opinion
If you have long hair, it becomes part of your identity – it’s an eye-catcher that makes you stand out of the crowd. It shows that you are a dedicated man who overcomes struggles and is also patient. Wild and free, masculine and strong. It’s easy to have short hair, but not everyone can have long hair.
Your hair is a statement, a symbol – it is your personality!
Apart from this, it is also more versatile (as already mentioned above). I can wear my hair loose, put it in a man bun or top knot or in a half up half down bun. I can even wear a ponytail, or simply put my hair behind my ears and so on.
The possibilities are almost endless and long hair does fit every occasion.
- Going out for a fancy dinner? Put it in a neat lower bun.
- Out to the beach? Let it run free and let the waves style it!
It is perfect and that’s why everyone who has long hair manages ressist chopping it off again. But there is the catch, if you think about it.
Because of all the cons I listed above, it is really annoying from time to time and so, everyone with long hair will have the urge to cut it short.
They will talk about it, might even look up short hairstyles, but most of us with long hair will never actually call the hairdresser to get the actual cut. Until we do.
Long or short hair? What is better? Or worse?
Well, to put it very honestly, there is no better or worse in this, simply rock what you like and see how you go with it! You’ve left your hair grow and you don’t like it? It’s just hair, chop it off! So you’re not happy with short hair? Grow it up/ back!
Have the haircut you want! And let me know in the comments if you have long or short hair and why you went with that length of hair.
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Martin is a hairstylist and makeup artist, with a passion for art, interior design, and traveling. He has been in the industry for over 10 years and loves meeting new people. Martin enjoys assisting his clients with their various needs and is looking forward to running his own business. When he is not busy building on his career, Martin finds pleasure in spending time with family, going out for a run, and inviting friends over for dinner, boardgames, and a movie.
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