Why Do Guys Have Short Hair and Gals Have Long Hair? Let’s Dive In!

Last Updated: June 13, 2024By

Why Do Guys Have Short Hair and Gals Have Long Hair? Let’s Dive In!

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Alright, let’s talk about something you’ve probably noticed but never really thought about: why do guys usually have short hair and gals have long hair? When did this whole thing start, and why? (And hey, while we’re at it, what’s the deal with guys wearing pants and gals wearing skirts?)

Readers’ Replies

Ever wondered why hairdressers charge women more than men for the same haircut? Like, seriously, what’s up with that? – EBGB

Back in 1964, the Rolling Stones posted an ad in NME saying “Happy Christmas to the starving hairdressers and their families”. Just a little fun fact for you! – EddieChorepost

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Okay, let’s get into the nitty-gritty. This whole hair length thing is mostly cultural. There are plenty of cultures where guys rocked long hair too. Think about ancient China and Japan, or those fancy long wigs worn by 17th-century European dudes. But there’s also some biology involved. For example, estrogen can make your hair thicker and longer, while testosterone can lead to balding and thinner hair. So, it’s like a mix of biology and culture that made these hair norms.

Luxurious, healthy hair is a sign of youth for everyone, but especially for men, since they tend to lose hair earlier. Historically, women had to look youthful more than men because of sexism, but it’s interesting that long hairstyles for men were more common in places where male baldness was less common, like in Asia. – SaltyPickles

The French Revolution Effect

In modern Western culture, this short hair for men thing probably started around the French Revolution. There was this “great male renunciation” where men ditched fancy clothes and long hair to distance themselves from the idle, rich aristocracy. Women, on the other hand, could keep their long hair, even if they had to cover it in public, because it was seen as a plus for women to look decorative, even if it was just at home. – CrawledOutOfTheSea

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There was this cool exhibit at the V&A called “The Art of the Sikh Kingdoms” that featured a metal helmet designed for soldiers with a man bun. – HadiDeee

Warriors and Hairstyles

Did you know Spartan men had long hair and wore helmets? Viking warriors even braided wire into their hair to add protection in battles. Celts and Picts used lime to shape their hair into tall spikes, making them look scarier in war. There’s this quote from Lycurgus of Sparta: “Long hair makes an ugly man more terrifying and a handsome man more comely.” – RichWoods

And, well, men have short hair because they cut it. Simple as that! – TicklemeScoMo

Trousers vs. Skirts

Now, on to the second part of the question: why trousers for men and skirts for women? The ancient Greeks mocked Persians for wearing trousers, calling it barbaric. And yet, in many cultures outside the West, men wear tunics, robes, or even skirts.

In Viking movies, we often see shieldmaidens fighting in dresses. But realistically, wouldn’t it have been more practical for women to wear pants in battle? Clothes often reflected anatomical differences and ideas about modesty. Minoan women, for example, wore dresses that exposed their breasts and had a strong matriarchal society.

Patriarchy’s Role

Patriarchal societies had strict rules. Roman women couldn’t wear togas. Many Muslim women cover their hair, and Christian practices often required women to cover their heads in church. Even infamous female pirates like Anne Bonney were criticized for wearing men’s clothes. Women’s dresses were restrictive, especially with corsets, which seems pretty intentional. These attitudes stuck around well into the 20th century. – ClareM8

So, there you have it. Hair length and clothing styles are a mix of cultural traditions, biological factors, and historical shifts. What do you think about these norms? Ever felt like rocking a different hairstyle or clothing style that goes against the grain? Let’s chat in the comments!

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