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.
Scarlett Johansson with a flattering short bob/lob hairstyle… somehow, she even radiates happiness more in this hairstyle.
Faith Hill and her new hair (she was unrecognizable to my Dad, his initial response was shock):
with a lob
her classic look of longer, lighter & more vibrant hair:
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?