Hair Giving Out Signs (2)

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Or are we reading too much into it, and a widespread tendency for short hair, quickly followed by an extensive penchant for growing hair back long, is symbolic of the more general flow of fashion?
Many women are not afraid to experiment with scissors, although they admit that they feel more attractive when their hair is long. While other women, afraid to lose their sexual appeal by cutting off their trademark assets, never had a short haircut. But what do modern men really think?
Long or Short? It’s just a matter of Personal Taste
A male celebrity hairstylist recently referred to men who don't find women with short hair sexually attractive as "unimaginative beasts". Westernized men, particularly, with their built-in obsession with long and luscious locks, falling coyly across the breasts, denoting youth, femininity, and passivity, arguably fall into the category of "unimaginative" when it comes to female sexuality and the length of a woman’s hair.
Although while this may be true for many men, to suggest that all men are only turned on by women with long hair, is a stereotype in itself. Many men adore short haircuts, for instance pixie cuts, seeing them as cute and sexy, and daring to ditch the long locks is an admirable quality in a woman. While a silky, long mane was considered the ultimate sign of vivacity and sexual activity, women who have short, sexy hairstyles, flirtatiously mocking a man's ingrained sexual associations, are seen by many as a woman in her prime.
Does Short Hair Curb Sexual Appetite?
The very nature of stereotypes means that it is all but impossible to lose the stigma surrounding the subject of the stereotype, and hairstyles are no exception. Short hair and lesbianism are closely interrelated, as many gay women do choose to wear their hair short as a symbol of "masculinity". To suggest, however, that women who have short hair are devoid of sexuality and cut off their hair to "curb sexual appetite" is fundamentally incorrect.
Woman with an adorable pixie cut and wearing a shiny blouse
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Whilst this may be true for a relative minority of women, who may have come out of a bad relationship and have cut off their hair to make a statement that they are "taking a break" from men and sex, most women who have short hair have just an active sex life as women with long hair – regardless of their sexuality. It may be acceptable to consider that a woman with short hair might be gay, but to suggest that she is devoid of sexual activity is essentially unacceptable, as gay women can have an equally fulfilling sex life as straight women.
Women can send out many positive signals with their hair, whether it is long or short. Because of the ideologies associated with sex and sexuality that have been so deeply ingrained into our culture for hundreds of years, many men probably do find long hair more sexually arousing than short hair. But the tides are turning, and as women are now on par with men in all walks of life, a successful woman donning a stylish haircut is a sign of intelligence, power, and confidence - in and out of the bedroom.
See also:
Why men prefer women with long hair
What makes a hairstyle sexy
What makes a hairstyle stylish