Long Hair vs Short Hair: Which Is Better On Men?

So you’re thinking of growing your hair out. 

But before you make your decision, you want to know, is it worth it?

The time and patience?

Can you still work at your job?

Is it masculine?

Do women find it attractive? 

In today’s video, I’m going head to head with Long Hair Youtube star Trav White for a 7 round showdown between short hair vs long hair on men. 


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Long Hair vs Short Hair Round 1 – Individuality

Short Hair Argument 

Short hair on men has been a symbol of masculinity in the west for hundreds of years.  

Where short hair really shines for individuality is when you cut it to become a part of your style and personality.

Grooming is an extension of your image. So whether you go for an undercut, or a combover, or a pompadour, or a quiff, this is when short hair starts to shine. 

You have so many more options to change it up with short hair. You can cut your hair to match your face shape, whereas with long hair if it doesn’t suit you, it just doesn’t suit you. 

Short hair gives more options and a much wider variety to choose from. This wide array of options allows each guy to embrace who they are and make their hair a part of their unique style. 

Many more options for products to be able to style it. Most products out there can work medium to shorter hair and you can style it in a lot of ways. 

Short hair vs long hair? Which is best?

Long Hair Argument 

I agree with that but I would argue that short hair on men, while it may not be like that today, it started as conformity. Every culture that conquered another culture would force them to cut their hair as a sign of submission. 

And to some degree, it’s still like that today, short hair for men is required in many places. In most workplaces, in schools, young men must have their hair short. 

Additionally, short hair started to become the norm during World War One.

Men were required to have military cuts for functional reasons. Whether it was to prevent lice and fleas while spending days in the trenches or shaving it so their enemies couldn’t use their hair as a weapon against them.

Short hair became the main symbol of masculinity after the war with military men influencing grooming similar to how they do with style. 

So short hair, as most men’s fashion happens as well, became a symbol of men’s style & masculinity from the military in the west. 

So because of that, in my opinion, growing your hair out is the ultimate form of individuality. Because Individuality comes down to going against the grain and rocking it with confidence. 

In western culture, long hair has always been considered going against the grain.

This is most apparent when you look at the 60s era with counterculture movement and continued into the 70s and 80s with rock n roll.

Also, given that MOST men in the world have short hair, the ultimate way to show your individuality IS through long hair. It’s saying that you don’t want to conform to what culture demands of you. 

Big thanks to my long haired friend and fellow YouTuber Trav White for taking part in today’s video. Click here to check out Trav White’s YouTube Channel – make sure you like and subscribe!

WINNER: Long Hair



Long Hair vs Short Hair Round 2 – Historical Significance

Short Hair Argument 

For a time, long hair was incredibly popular. Many warriors and tribes around the world would wear long hair. But it wasn’t long before they realized it was a disadvantage.

Nearly all the long-haired warriors of the past died off or were conquered and forced to cut their hair.

Vikings, Spartans, Mongols, etc. 

As civilization and technology advanced, and the population in one area became denser, short hair became preferred as long hair was harder to keep clean and prevent spreading of fleas and lice. It also became functionally safer. 

During the industrial revolution men would operate machinery or work dangerous jobs or go off to war, short hair was much more functional and could be the difference between life and death. 

Alexander the Great was a leader who required his warriors to have short hair because it gave them advantages on the battlefield. 

Alexander the Great was a leader who required his warriors to have short hair because it gave them advantages on the battlefield.

Also, the two biggest reasons that men cut their hair shorter in history?

War & baldness. Over 50% of men lose their hair as they age. So making short hair a part of the culture was a way to flip the script of how long hair used to be perceived as nobility and short hair as slavery.  

Over time short hair started to become the symbol of masculinity as that perception shifted. ol

Long Hair Argument 

If you look at cultures all over the world. Hair has meant many things to many different groups of people. 

Seeing Long hair as feminine or unprofessional IS a western and I would argue newly western idea dating back to around World War I.

We can start with ancient Greece, long male hair was a symbol of wealth and power, and a shaved head was a symbol of slavery.

This is also what the Vikings believed as well by the way. Vikings took their hair and beards VERY seriously.

In ancient Greece, long male hair was a symbol of wealth and power.

If fact, it was believed that the Vikings used to groom their hair with tools made from deer and elk antlers and they would seduce Saxon noblewomen quite often because they were so well-groomed & bathed.

They believed short hair meant you were a thrall or a slave.

In Greek and Roman mythology you will see gods like Zeus, Achilles, and Apollo all portrayed with long hair and beards.

In Norse Mythology you have Odin and Thor portrayed with long hair.

Spartan warriors saw long hair as a symbol of strength and they would grow it out when they came of age.

If you look at many religious stories, like the story of Samson, you will see that he derived strength from his hair.

Historically, long hair on men symbolized strength. 

Then you look at many African tribes, depending on which tribe, as they’re all different, they would decorate their hair in braids or cornrows, and some tribes would only allow their warriors to wear dreadlocks. 

You can look at the Native American tribes, many of which believed long hair was a symbol of honor and strength, and if they were forced to cut their hair it’s a sign of submission. 

Mongolian warriors would have long hair shaved in unique ways to instil fear in their enemies. 

Most of the time when people were forced to cut their hair it was probably because of an invading force or culture. 

But some of the fiercest warriors of all time wore their hair long. 

Short hair really started to make its way into popularity around World War 1

Short hair really started to make its way into popularity around World War 1.

Soldiers were required to have short hair for trench warfare because long hair exposed them to fleas and lice infestations, and long hair could’ve been used as a weapon against them. 

WINNER: Long Hair


Click here to check out my friend and fellow YouTuber Trav White’s YouTube Channel – make sure you like and subscribe!


Long Hair vs Short Hair Round 3 – Professionalism

Short Hair Argument 

This one is a no-brainer. Short hair is synonymous with professionalism in the workplace.

If you’re in sales or working at a law firm, or in finance and you walk into an interview with long hair, they’ll kick you out of the room. 

Short hair is synonymous with professionalism in the workplace.

If you’re trying to get a deal done and you walk in with a man bun your first impression is ruined.

It’s just the reality that if you want to do business, be respected instantly, or get someone to trust you, short hair is the best way to do that. 

Long Hair Argument 

I think that there are obviously jobs that still exist that have a dress code and short men’s hair might be on that dress code.

There may be a danger issue as well if you work on an oil rig, or with heavy machinery, long hair could become a safety hazard.

But if you work in tech, or in arts, you’re a photographer or videographer, or you work at a software start-up company, most of these company cultures are becoming more and more accepting of long hair on men.

And it can actually look very professional if you keep it neat, you keep it well-nourished, and you wear it in a way that is well-kept, I don’t see why long hair would be a problem. 

If you’ve got long hair, click here to check out Trav White’s YouTube Channel – make sure you like and subscribe! 

But it does come down to the specific company.

Obviously working at a law firm, or in finance, or if you’re getting on an airplane and you see that your pilot has a man bun, how would that make you feel? To me, I wouldn’t care.

But I know to a lot of people, because of how our culture views long hair on men, they might respond negatively to that. 

I think we are making progress on the long hair professionalism front, but there’s still a long way to go. 

Being remembered for long hair

WINNER: Short Hair


Long Hair vs Short Hair Round 4 – Attraction

Short Hair Argument 

Study after study shows that women prefer short hair. 

A study out of 1978 in Sage Journals 43 males and 45 females were presented with one of four drawings, representing a man who had either long or short hair (hair-length) and was either bearded or clean-shaven (beardedness).

Subjects were asked to form an impression of the person represented and to indicate the impression formed by placing checkmarks between a number of bipolar scales.

Study after study shows that women prefer short hair.

Results indicated a markedly negative impression. was formed of the long- as compared to the short-haired male. Consistent with prior research, the bearded male was regarded more positively than the clean-shaven male.

Results were discussed in terms of the stereotypical view associated with long hair.

So it would seem that both men and women see long hair on men in a more negative light. 

Women don’t want you to have nicer hair than them.

They don’t want you to take longer getting ready for dates. Being a high maintenance man isn’t attractive to a woman. 



They want you to admire them, they want you to feel proud of being with them and see other people jealous of you when they admire her.

She should be the spotlight of beauty, not the guy. 

And many surveys and studies have shown that to be the case. Women are more attracted to men with short hair. 

Long Hair Argument 

That’s a great point.

First of all, I would argue that that study was conducted during the height of the hippie movement and that most people alive then saw long hair on men as unattractive. Even a guy in a suit with long hair back then was just a closeted hippie.

No offense to any hippies out there.

They were just not seen as the most masculine of men back then.

But, I bet if that study were to be conducted today, the results would be totally different.

Today a guy with long hair and a suit is a big question mark. And question marks are attractive. 

Even I believe that the majority of women will tell you that they find short hair more attractive on men, in general.

However, if they were to see a man with long hair and it’s clean, well kept, it’s not dirty or greasy, I believe she would find the confidence very attractive because that alone will separate him from 95% of the other men. 

There are also women who are only attracted to men with long hair. It’s their thing.

There are also women who are only attracted to men with long hair. It’s their thing.

It’s like a guy with a body full of tattoos.

Not every woman likes that, but the ones who do absolutely LOVE it.

So not every woman will prefer your long hair, but the ones who do will have a much stronger reaction to it.

One thing I would add is that long hair kind of has this amplification effect.

Meaning if you’re out of shape, not dressed well, poor presentation and grooming, long hair tends to make you look a bit more of that. Lazier, more unkempt.

But if you’re fit, have great style, have well-groomed facial hair, now long hair makes all of that look even stronger and amplifies all of those qualities.

So I think it can amplify your best attributes.  

I think the best thing a guy with long hair can do is dress up a bit.

Because it makes you more mysterious.

If you’re walking around in a t-shirt and jeans, a female might assume you’re just a wannabe rock n roll star, but if you’re wearing a fitted button-down, chinos, and nice shoes, all of the sudden it’s like what does this guy do?

He obviously doesn’t work in the conventional 9 to 5 cubicle environment, I want to get to know him better. 

So my conclusion is, women are attracted to confidence and long-haired men who take good care of their hair definitely have an element of confidence and mysteriousness to be able to pull it off. 

So if you can grow your hair out I think you should try it at least once in your life.

It’s also a sign of commitment and patience, two virtues that are very attractive to high-quality women. 

But, the most important thing, be who you are! Because confidence is the ultimate attraction.



Long Hair vs Short Hair Round 5 – Upkeep & Care

Short Hair Argument 

I gotta tell you when it comes to short hair, I just get up style it a bit with my fingers, maybe put one product in and I’m good to go. 

My men’s hair care routine in the morning is incredibly short. 

My hair care routine in the morning is incredibly short.

Worst case, use a bar of soap if you’re in a rush and don’t have shampoo. 

With long hair you have to brush it, you have to spend a much longer time washing it, conditioning it. You can run into more frizz, dryness, greasiness, split ends. You might as well watch the women’s beauty channels if you’re going to take care of your hair properly.  

Long Hair Argument 

That’s actually a great and funnily enough, I’ve learned a ton of great tips from women’s hair channels. They really do know their hair care. 

But sure, you might have a couple more men’s hair styling products. You might spend a little longer in the shower on the days you wash your hair.

Maybe you spend a little bit on a decent brush, good hair oil, or upgrade your 2-in-1 shampoo & conditioner to something more suited for your hair type, but think of how much money you’ll save not having to go to the barber every 3 weeks.

Especially if you like a tight fade, then you go for a clean up every 2 weeks. 

If you’ve got longer hair, you might spend a little longer in the shower on the days you wash your hair.

With long hair, while you may need to brush it and make sure it’s nourished, but you only need to go to the barber for a clean up every 4-6 months. And even then you’re just trimming the split ends. I’d argue you actually save money in the long run. 

Another point is that when men have shorter hair they tend to wash their hair more often, especially if they sweat daily.

This is actually not healthy for your hair as the surfactants in most drug store shampoos are really harsh on your hair.

You start to learn how to better take care of your hair and you realize you don’t have to wash your hair every day, even if you sweat. 


Long Hair vs Short Hair Round 6 – In The Movies

Short Hair Argument 

James Bond, Superman, Captain America, Peaky Blinders, Any military movie.

Some of the most masculine men in movies have short cuts.

Whether it’s a texturized quiff, a military buzz cut, or an undercut like in Peaky Blinders, most of the heroes, spies, or bosses all have short hair. 

Wick vs Bond – who looks better?

Long Hair Argument 

I could say the exact same thing about long hair. Thor, Aquaman, Rambo, Conan The Barbarian, Achilles, Jon Snow, Jack Sparrow, Legolas, John Wick, Geralt Of Rivia, Tarzan, Hercules. Any movie about Rock N Roll. 

I mean I could go on all day naming badass dudes who rock long hair in TV and Movies. I even made a video listing the top 30. 


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Long Hair vs Short Hair Round 7 – Which One Looks Best?

Wow. That was an awesome battle.

So who’s the winner?

Well…. the answer is…..

It’s a tie. 

I know, I know – but it’s too close to call.

Both long hair and short hair can look awesome on the right man.

Next up? Click here to read my article on attractive men’s hairstyles.

Irrespective of whether you’ve got long hair like Trav, or short hair like me, always remember to use the right men’s hair care products. No one likes greasy hair, dry scalps or dandruff.

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