It is possible that the perception of value attached to long hair came from the Native American, centuries ago. The original Americans, who grew long locks down to their tailbones, didn’t cut their hair because they believed their strength derived from the length.
It is also a possibility that this mindset was adopted from the legacy of Sampson and Delilah; a perfect example of believing strength and power lies within the hair. Sampson had lengthy hair and was a strong individual, until Delilah cut it, then he became weak. Within this story, Sampson’s hair represented power; and in some cases, this stands true today.
In addition to power and strength, maybe long hair had much to do with a heightened confidence level due to the sensation of sexuality and desire.
This now draws attention to the notion that women with long hair tend to attract a wide array of men, enabling the woman to quite possibly feel “empowered” through her sexuality. Assess this concept for yourself.
Do you know anyone who has undergone transforming her look from short to long hair by either, the natural process of growth or the use of a weave* or extensions*? Did you notice a change in her confidence level when men were around?
We have to admit this is still relevant today, long hair does in fact give some of us an air of sexy and a moment or two of power. This is even true for guys coming up who have been groomed to believe that a girl is pretty because she has long hair. (I know you have heard a little boy say that at least one time in your life)
It is pretty much common knowledge that in our quest for acceptance by men, we as women tend to play into the stereotype and want to become the object of their desires; even through our hair length.
Most often, men are more attracted to women with longer hair because they have quite possibly associated longer hair with sophistication, fragility and other similar feminine qualities; totally opposite from themselves.
I discovered this concept in an old January issue of Men’s Health Magazine. The interviewer: “So, if a woman has short hair, does that automatically take her off a guy’s radar?” The man’s response: “She had her hair cut short and a guy friend told her she was no longer on men’s radar. She was freaking out!!” The actress these men were speaking of is Natalie Portman.
Over the years long hair has represented power, beauty and sexuality as the media has, more often than not, portrayed Caucasian and African American women alike with long, shiny, flowing hair with ‘flippage’ abilities.
You know those infamous shampoo and conditioner commercials where the women are flipping their hair at every angle! Well, they will likely continue promoting long hair to represent certain attributes, but we don’t have to play into that.
I would say healthy hair is power, beauty and sexuality regardless of the length. These days women are celebrating who they are at any length, a pixie cut can bring anyone to their knees. The question we have remains: is long hair still as empowering as it once was?
Originally posted 2015-05-23 15:00:20.