Hair. It’s all around our heads, or in my uncle’s case, slowly disappearing. We wear it different ways: spiked, flat, long, short, curly, straight, etc., but any way you choose to do your own ‘do, it makes a statement. Here are some things you may or may not know you’re communicating to others:

1. Color

It’s no secret that color communicates a lot. You always hear about the dumb blonde or the temperamental redhead. A study was done at my sister’s college on how people perceive girls with different hair colors. Not surprisingly, most of the stereotypes held. Luckily, they weren’t all negative. Yes, redheads were considered the most temperamental, but they also ranked highest in passion.

Brunettes were rated smartest with blondes coming in at the bottom. Sorry, golden-haired angels. However, on the exact opposite end of the spectrum blondes were considered the most fun and social while brunettes were shunned to being the wallflowers of a party.

Hair color means even more than this. Take a look at this article by a stylist for Marie Claire. Dark hair carries an air of mystery. Blonde hair brightens up the face and accentuates facial features. Either way, color always attracts attention.

2. Texture

Straight or wavy? Fluffy or flat? No, I didn’t have a better word than fluffy. I think it fits nicely.

If we’re looking at texture, there’s an interesting trend over the past few decades. If you were alive during the 80s, I’m sure you remember big hairstyles with plenty of this stuff. How could you forget? But over the past 30 years hairstyles have gone from lavish to simple with an emphasis on being touchable.

Alessandra Ambrosio is one of the top five highest paid models in the world and for good reason. In the top picture, she shows off flat hair (well, blown by some magical wind). It’s essentially… perfect, for lack of a better term. What I mean is think of a lake in the mountains of Colorado. On a day without wind, the water is completely still. Everything is tranquil. It seems like a sin to disturb the surface. Flat or straight hair provides that untouchable sensation. Since people naturally want what we can’t have, it’s very attractive.

On the other hand, same model, different hairstyle. The frizzy look is much more approachable. While attractive is a good thing, sometimes you may want to try the messed up look for other purposes. Not those purposes. Unless you really want to. Talk about prescribing reality with this picture…

3. Length

When Emma Watson made the switch to the “boy” cut, people were shocked. Hair length has served as a signal of gender for ages. The military requires short, tidy hair (if any at all). This dates back thousands of years. If you have no hair, it can’t be pulled in a fight. That’s why shorter hair is traditionally masculine. And since short hair is masculine, long hair has been considered feminine purely because it’s the opposite.

Hair length also carries some other meanings. When a fugitive wants to alter their appearance, they trim their hair first. Cutting off long locks changes our identity. Like that article said before, people get what Kyle White refers to as the “breakover.” Shorter hair shows off a free spirit.

That’s not to say long hair is bad. Long hair is impressive. You can style it many different ways. Long hair is more approachable than short hair, so if you just want to fit in, long hair is the way to go.

That’s all for today!  If you’re looking for some tips on making your own hair look better, check out my page for girls and for guys. What are some interesting, crazy, or really pretty hairstyles you’ve seen? Leave a comment below!

Peace. ~Matt