Oscars Hair Critique -Male Perspective (Short vs. Lobs & Long Hairstyles)

One of the fun things of watching the Oscars with a male who isn’t afraid to voice his opinions, is getting what some men truly think of when it comes to women’s looks.  It’s obvious that looks and beauty fade, but it is quite amazing to see how people age differently, and what things contribute to (or take away from) their attractiveness as they age.  Hands down the most noticeable factors were their hairstyles, and their makeup.

A woman’s hair is her greatest accessory.  One of the most basic things my father taught me, and something the beauty industry has capitalized on for years now.  Even biblically, a woman’s hair is said to be “her glory.”  And as every woman knows, the feeling one has after an incredible hairstyle, cut, or color is a feeling of radiance – like you’re on top of the world.  Why?  Because it adds infinitely to a woman’s beauty to have attractive, gorgeous hair.

I’m not trying to say that long hair is always the most attractive, because attractive hair is much more complicated than mere length.  Healthy hair, vibrant color, full-bodiedness – all these things are what makes a woman’s hair add to her attractiveness, but typically fade with age.  It was clear to us that the older women at the event had to do more to their hair in order to make it add to their overall appeal.

The most interesting thing was short (very short) hair on women who otherwise looked better with longer hair.  Men typically do not appreciate the so-called “Pixie” cut that came into fashion around Twiggy’s time (my Dad’s critique).  Very few women (with the most beautiful, pixie-like faces) can effectively pull this fashion cut off, and even then, they usually look somehow “better” with their longer locks.

Scarlett Johansson came to the event with a short, masculine hairstyle, buzzed on the sides.  An older woman can carry this look somewhat with a mature aura, however, we personally rated it as a “no-go” for Scarlett.  She still is a beautiful woman, but this cut almost distracts & detracts from her natural beauty, rather than add to it.

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Scarlett Johansson with a flattering short bob/lob hairstyle… somehow, she even radiates happiness more in this hairstyle.

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Faith Hill and her new hair (she was unrecognizable to my Dad, his initial response was shock):

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with a lob

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her classic look of longer, lighter & more vibrant hair:

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Notice how a lighter blonde & longer locks seem to diminish wrinkles and the look of aging femininity.  It’s a trick of the hair industry to have women go lighter in order to decrease the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines.

A woman’s hair is her greatest accessory, and also the one she carries wherever she goes.

How important do you think a woman’s hairstyle is?

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6 thoughts on “Oscars Hair Critique -Male Perspective (Short vs. Lobs & Long Hairstyles)

  1. Lordy. I never understand why women get all of their hair lopped off that way…especially the ones who make a living off of their looks!
    We were watching the show Once last night. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, it’s about a fairytale world becoming “real” in ours…anyway, your children might be too young to see it. Our sons were watching, and at the point everyone’s memory came back and Snow White looked at Prince Charming in the “real world” (she had long hair in fairytale land, and a
    ‘pixie’ in real land)…my second son piped up and said, “He should ask her why she got a haircut like a boy!”
    Per blonde hair….hate to tell you, fellow blondie 😉 but in my experience lighter hair actually ages the face. Once you reach a certain age, dark hair looks “younger”, before that, light hair looks younger. Probably about the time the hair starts to turn white. 🙂 I get “lowlights” and that works pretty well…darker blonde mixes with the white and it’s low maintenance (for future reference).

  2. That’s classic what your son said, Liz! I have seen that show advertised sometimes, but my husband & I have never seen it.

    Thank you for adding what you think about the blonde hair! I’ve always heard the opposite, but hairstylists are strange – always trying to get women to go shorter lol… thank you for the personal advice! I do love lowlights – it just adds more dimension.

  3. I hadn’t seen it before…But I think it’s good to keep in mind that there’s an agenda and everything can be taken out of context. I’ve seen the same thing happen to Rollo…where he is ostensibly quoted but upon investigation the quote is so out of context a person could have been there when he said it and not recognized it.

    So…I take all articles (and blogs, ect, goes without saying) with a huge grain of salt. 🙂
    That’s not to say I haven’t noticed a lot of toxicity out there. The sphere can be a very very dark place, and a lot of people make claims boardering on the absurd and/or insane.
    That’s the reason I don’t read everything or post just anywhere. Conversation on an unmoderated forum on the world wide web is sort of like trying to drive in a major city without road rules. Doesn’t get very far. It’s more like being subjected to an abusive diatribe…but if you’re in the “in group” it can a great deal of fun to throw those brick-a-bats.

    I’ve spent enough time debating people on the internet (usually political/social issues) to know that each and every belief system has its share of adherents who come across as disturbing for any number of reasons. There are posters in every internet circle I frequent that I make sure to read, and others I skip over without bothering. In the sphere, on the flip side, there’s also a lot of brilliance. And the unfiltered candor is worth the ‘cost’ of wading through the crap screen (IMO…though not always, and when it isn’t I don’t stick around).

    Really, any time an argument is taken to an extreme with no nuance permitted, and one is forced into a false dichotomy there’s nowhere to go but the absurd. I’m reminded of the alpha/beta paradigm where I’m supposed to want to have sex with every alpha and everyone else I can’t/don’t respect or think of as human. I’m not sure where that leaves me since I don’t actually want to have sex with anyone but my husband (and the screaming masses yell “bullsh*t!” but it’s actually true…i was married very young, like you, and I’ve never wanted anyone else and the idea of having sex with anyone else now doesn’t just not excite me the idea itself makes me physically queasy). However, there are a great, great many men I respect and admire though I don’t want to have sex with them.

    In fact, I admire all men just for being men…unless and until they give me reason not to. “NAWALT!” Okay, well….one would think each and every OTHER woman with very few exceptions was some sort of narcissistic princess, eyes on her cell at all times unless and until that illusive “alpha” enters the room. No hard work for women (with very few exceptions), nothing ‘icky’ or unpleasant to mess up their nails and so forth. But I’ve worked on the floor (I’m an RN) with many many women who work 16 hour shifts…not including the one hour bus ride each way to work. They endure urinate, feces, vomit, puss, and disease on a regular basis and take care of people…and, for the most part with a few very very rare exceptions, they do a fantastic job of it. Yet, apparently, those women (numbers I’ve known not just in the double digets, but triple) don’t exist.
    (sorry, diatribe over…did I mention polemics before? Clearly I’m not immune)

    However, the sphere (aside from political issues and some social issues) isn’t just a debate forum…it’s only about 30 percent “debate”. It also isn’t for women AT ALL (this is often a hard thing for me to remember). It is designed to aid men, share ideas, and push for social and political change. The false dichotomy….which fails in debate (and drives me nuts on a personal level) is very helpful as a model for understanding how women generally operate. And when men follow this model and look at reality this way, it works. The mechanism doesn’t matter…the result matters.

    Anyway, sorry for the longwinded post. I could go on for quite a while on this. I’ve found it’s good to sometimes unplug from internet debate in general and just enjoy life. When it starts to ‘get to you’, try to pull yourself away or go to more ‘uplifting’ venues. If I could change anything about the sphere, I wish there was more levity….I mean, good spirited levity, not just schadenfreude. 🙂

  4. Short hair on a woman can make her look years younger, depending on the cut. And its not just the most beautiful women who can pull off the pixie, some averagely cute women can too. It really depends on the face, the individual women. Fat women almost always look better with longer hair though. They generally don’t pull of short hair well. And women over 50 tend to look better with medium to long hair rather than short. Someone told me though that in the USA women are “supposed” to cut their hair short after a certain age, I think it was 50 now, and used to be 40! Is that true? Why is that? I do notice that old ladies like 60s and above do tend to have really short here. Do you know why that is?

    And what passes for long hair here in the states is actually considered medium to short where I come from. Its not uncommon there to find girls and women with hair down to their knees, sometimes even longer!

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