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It’s hard to deny the allure of long luxurious locks. While I love the ease and playfulness of my shoulder-length style, I always feel a twinge of jealousy when I see a girls with a perfect waterfall mane tumbling to her waist. Is there anything more youthful, more feminine? I know from experience that growing my hair longer does not make it thicker or more voluminous, but my fantasy persists. What exactly is the appeal of long hair and why doesn’t it live up to our expectations? Click the notes to find out. — Laura Martin

Misconception: Long hair is easier to manage.

Reality: Long hair requires more time to style, more product to tame, and always seems to be both damp and dehydrated. It tangles easily, falls in your face, and blows around even in a ponytail.

Misconception: Long hair will make you look younger.

Reality: Long hair is youthful on the young. As you age, that extra length creates a downward motion that can make you look tired and droopy. Also as your skin produces less sebum it becomes harder to keep your strands soft and supple. Dry, crispy hair does not look youthful.

Misconception: Long hair is more versatile.

Reality: Long hair can be worn in a lot of different styles, but they require a lot more time and effort that variations of short looks. Chances are that if you don’t experiment much with your hair now, adding length isn’t going to change that.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle  


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