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3 Hair Lengths, One Woman: Which Suits Her Best?
When I created this gallery, I wondered: Is there an ideal length on every woman? One that would be obvious to a majority of people.
So I decided to do a little experiment with this Kristen Wiig image. I posted this picture on Facebook and asked my friends to comment on their favorite hair length, "short, medium or long.
I figured everybody would agree with me: that Wiig's short hairstyle was terrible, that her long hair was nice, but a tad boring, and that the choppy bob she wears in that middle shot is the clear winner.
Boy was I wrong.The comments -- more than 100 of them -- rolled in and the votes literally went like this: "short, medium, short, long, short, medium, medium, medium, short..."
"Really," I thought,"People like that short haircut on her?"
Yes, people liked it on her. In fact, 28 of my friends chose the image of Wiig in short hair (many of them men, so much for men preferring long hair). Only 12 friends liked the long hair. Her choppy lob got a whopping 74 votes. Pretty much a landslide, but not as big a one as I anticipated.
And no one commented that her short haircut was terrible. In fact, many people commented that they liked her in all three. I have very nice friends. Nicer than me, I think.Although now Wiig's short haircut is sort of growing on me and I can see why my friends preferred it. Certainly it's a better picture and her blue eyes pop with short hair.
So Does Someone's Opinion on Your Hair Length Matter?
People always have opinions on hair length, which begs the question: should we listen to the opinions of our friends, hairstylists and relatives or just trust our guts?
For example, years ago after I broke up with a boyfriend, my dear friend James convinced me to chop off all my hair. He insisted short hair suited me best.
I did it and I hated it. I felt as if my sex appeal dropped to the salon floor with all my hair. And try as I did, I simply could not rock my new haircut because I hated it on me. I absolutely love short hair on others, like Audrey Tautou (hello Amelie!) and I'm obsessed with Morena Baccarin's pixie. But on me? Hated it.
When it came time to cut my hair again, James insisted I keep it short. I started asking other people in my life their opinions. It turns out:
My hair colorist never liked my hair short, she thought shoulder-length hair was much more "youthful" on me.
My then hairstylist preferred me in a chin-length bob.
My friend S liked me in a long bob.
No one liked my hair short. No one suggested I grow it long.
So what did I do? I did whatIwanted: I got a long bob and I plan to wear it this way for as long as possible. Until I bore of it, of course.
Since no one agreed on my hair length anyway, it made me wonder how much stock we should put in someone's opinion on anything, including our hair color, wardrobe and shoe choices.
And I think it boils down to this: Forget everyone else and do what feels right to you. Not everyone is going to agree anyway. Your best friend and your mother and your boyfriend may have 3 different opinions. The only opinion that really matters is your own.
And what's more, your haircut will only look amazing if you're happy with it, because confidence resonates and attracts people to you, whereas unhappiness only repels them.
So there's the permission you wanted.
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