What’s the difference between ‘medium’ and ‘long’ hair in men?
Female-to-male transgender people may experience longer hair, shorter hair, thicker, longer or thicker hair.
And while some men’s short hair may be longer, some women’s shorter hair may not be as long.
In fact, a study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior suggests that the length of women’s hair is less important to their appearance than men’s.
“In fact, we find that the gender-determining influence on male-to–female gender-affirming haircuts is very small, and it appears to be primarily related to the degree of hair length in the individual hair,” the study’s lead author, Amanda D. Wills, told CBS News.
“The study found that hair length, on average, is less relevant to the appearance of men’s shorter, lighter, more ‘feminine’ hair than is hair length of men with longer hair,” Wills said.
Wills said that she wanted to determine whether short hair can influence women’s appearance, but not men’s appearance.
She and her colleagues compared the appearance and perceived attractiveness of men and women with and without long hair.
The researchers found that men’s longer, thicker hair and hair clips are more attractive to women, with men’s hair seeming to be more appealing than women’s longer hair.
But, in women, the study found, men’s long hair appeared to be perceived as more attractive, and men with shorter hair had lower perceived attractiveness.
Willing said the research also showed that long hair was perceived to be less attractive in women than in men.
“What we found is that there was an inverse relationship between hair length and perceived gender,” Wamsley said.
“Men’s long and thick hair is perceived as being more attractive than women are to men.”
Wills and her co-authors theorized that men might not feel the need to care about their hair’s length and that men may be “more willing to engage in masculinizing grooming because they feel less shame about it.”
“There are a lot of stereotypes that exist around short and medium hair and what it represents, and what is the perception of what it’s supposed to be, so that’s really interesting for people to look at and ask, ‘How do people think about hair?’,” Wunsley said, “What does that look like, and how do they interpret it?
And that’s a really interesting question to ask.”