We've covered blondes versus brunettes (who really has more fun?!), but we think it's time to take a look at how people perceive you based on your hairstyle as a whole. Because depending on your color, cut, even texture, people are likely making assumptions about who you are. We know, crazy right?
According to the Daily Mail, the style of you hair can suggest whether you're individual, masculine or glamorous (among other characteristics). But as we've learned, it can tell so much else, too.
"Hair is a powerful indicator of identity." - Rose Weitz, ASU Sociologist
Cosmopolitan revealed that 74% of males find long hair more attractive than short hair. Even more intriguing? They said that the top four characteristics men surveyed associate with long hair are sexy, fun, young and wife material.
It's widely reported that long, straight hair -- whether blonde, brunette or otherwise -- is seen as the sexiest and most affluent style. It is associated with glamour and is seen on everyone from Kim Kardashian to the Duchess of Cambridge.
Medium length hair suggests that you are intelligent and good-natured, and short lengths are the most debated. The Daily Mail says that short hair portrays masculinity, as long, glossy hair -- which suggests youth and fertility -- has been popular for so long, while another study reports that a short cut reveals an outgoing and confident woman.
Those willing to experiment with bold, bright colors are sending a message that they are quirky, fun and confident. As for a deeper dive into what people glean from your hair color, well, that's a whole 'nother story. One thing worth mentioning, however, is that since so many women are dying their hair blonde in older ago, the color is no longer as widely regarded as youthful.
When it comes to bangs, side-swept are seen as the most basic, classic look. They are professional and suggest a motivated, career-oriented person, while still being playful and youthful. Blunt bangs are seen as the more trendy, "high fashion" choice. They send a very strong, secure message and project individuality.
Across the board, women with curly or wavy hair are seen as the most likeable and approachable. They are thought to be carefree and low-maintenance, and in a work environment come across as someone willing to go out on a limb for their company. Many see rocking your natural texture as sexy and showing confidentce.
Those with stick-straight hair are much less expressive with their hair, though they do portray more seriousness and efficiency.
Regardless of the cut, length, color and texture of your hair, it's a huge part of your identity. The best thing about it is that you can change it -- whenever you want to. It's attached to you -- and as such is an integral part of who you are. But because of how it makes you feel and look, hair can also help you ace an interview, show your quirky side, or simply project confidence. The information in this article is collected from various studies of hair's effect on first impressions.