We all know sexy styles when we see them: those hairstyles that make your pulse quicken and seem to make a woman seem so much more
alluring and exotic (or just plain hot). But what is it about these styles that make them so attractive to us? Why does Halle Berry’s
gamine short crop make her look so sultry, while the same effect is achieved by long-haired starlets with cascades of curls spilling
forth over their shoulders? The answer isn’t so much in the specific attributes of the cut, but rather in the specific attributes which these haircuts showcase.
Let’s have a look at the attributes which make a style really work.
Anatomy and Physiology
We’re all aware that different people find different features of the body to be most alluring. And in fact, there have been trends
throughout history where different physical traits have been idealized and brought into the spotlight for admiration, such as the bob
styles sported by the flappers in the 1920s which revealed the long slender necks of these women and drew the eyes of all the men,
thanks to the short and sexy hairstyles.
The other physical features or erogenous zones that are focal points for sexy hairstyles (and the styles that flatter them) are:
The Neck. Even before the “bob” made its debut as a style trend, the neck was often showcased in the Victorian and
Edwardian eras by styling the hair into an elegant up-style. This served to display the neck to good effect, but also created the
appearance that the neck was longer and more swan-like and graceful. This effect was tempered by the high, lace-trimmed collars that encased the neck.
The Roaring 20s brought flapper fashion to the fore and sleeveless sheath dresses with scoop collars left the skin of the neck exposed
and the clean lines given full attention because of the short styling of the hair in back. These themes have been echoed over and again
in history as bob styles have passed into and out of the foreground of fashion trends.
The Eyes. Always considered a #1 feature for generating attraction, the eyes have always been a focal point around
which to style the hair. In earlier eras, hairstyles with fringe were used to create a soft frame to draw attention to the eyes. The
big splash as far as hairstyling is concerned came in the 1960s when the renowned hairstylist Vidal Sassoon created a series of
gamine-short cuts for men and women that really brought tremendous focus to the eyes and face of the individual. These super-short
hairstyles have also made repeated emergences among fashion trends.
The Bosom. The front of a woman’s physique has so long been a focal point for men’s attentions that it hardly seems
necessary to attempt to draw the attention of the men intentionally, but that is precisely what is done with the long cascading hairstyles.
We’ve all seen the Hollywood beauties with long flowing locks that spill over the shoulders to come to a stop at the
top of the breasts or to nestle in the cleft of the bosom. The hair ends create a focal point to draw the viewers’ attention.
The Mouth. At different points in the last century, hairstyles have been adapted to bring attention to the mouths
of the wearer, for the purpose of showcasing particularly fetching lips and cupid’s bow mouths. Among these hairstyles are the A-line bob
whose forward terminus would typically fall at or just above the chin level. Later, styles such as the “Rachel” and other razor cut
styles that featured specifically defined tiers of layering around the face helped to create foci on the mouths of the women wearing
them, whether to enhance pouting lips, or simply to showcase a stunning smile.
As often as not, the hairstyle preferences that men espouse for the women in their lives is a subliminal reflection of the attributes
that these men are most attracted to on women in general. Men who are most attracted to slim, willowy women often express that their
feminine ideal also has long straight hair. This follows because long straight flowing hair creates a vertical focus that enhances a
slim, sinewy physique. Conversely, men who are most attracted by a pretty face will often prefer shorter hairstyles and those that
create a framing effect around the face. It’s all a matter of what you like and how best to show it off.