6/11: Hair Raising Experiences

Whether it’s curly, straight, long, or short, a majority of Americans are consistent with their hair styles.  56% of U.S. residents say they have had their current hairdo for at least two years.  This includes 29% who have worn their hair the same way for more then ten years.  On the flip side, 24% have changed their style within the past six months, and another 20% have altered their look within the past year.



Women and those under 45 years old have had a more recent urge to have fun with their hair.  31% of women compared with 16% of men have changed their style within the past six months.  And, in fact, the proportion of men who have had the same haircut for more than ten years is more than double that of women.

Not surprisingly, the younger crowd is less set in their ways.  One third of Americans younger than 45 years old has changed their hair during the past six months compared with 16% of those 45 and above.  On the flip side, 38% of residents 45 or older say they have had the same hairstyle for more than ten years.  Just 17% of their younger counterparts report the same.

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10 Responses to “6/11: Hair Raising Experiences”

  1. Mineral Makeup on August 18th, 2009 11:44 am

    I do see what you are saying and find the results extremely interesting. However, what would be even more revealing is to discover the differences on how people think that they look compared to others. For example, my wife thinks she has curly hair whereas curly hair people think her’s is quite straight.

  2. Beauty facial eye mask on September 23rd, 2009 1:14 am

    I was have straight hair, and then changed to curly hair, but I like change back to straight hair now. What I really like the style is not too curly and not too straight.

  3. Andrew Murray on October 11th, 2009 7:23 am

    This is a very interesting article. I am very busy so I prefer having a hairstyle that is easy to manage. I guess I belong to the 56% who didn’t change their hairstyle in the last two years.

  4. teeth whitening help on April 24th, 2010 2:41 pm

    I used to have straight hair for years, but now I have gone bak to my natural wavy (my husband really likes it this way)

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  6. Shafagh on October 19th, 2010 3:53 pm

    Very interesting statistics. !

  7. paress on February 27th, 2011 8:18 am

    It’s obvious for women to change hair style. It’s their nature to seek for beauty within them self. Can’t blame them though. :D For men, it’s unless he is a metro sexual kinda type the odd of hair styling is reduce by a great margin.

  8. Alter Ego Hair Products on July 11th, 2011 6:10 pm

    Agree with paress, as myself always love seeing how women love to make them self look as the best as possible. Although they should stick with the best, not changing the style all the time. Love the article btw

  9. Bianca on September 12th, 2011 9:01 pm

    i like straight hair.. so, i don’t actually change my hairstyle that often. this article is very interesting. :)

  10. HairOver40 on September 8th, 2012 6:16 pm

    Most people find a hairstyle that works for them and stay with it. A recent article in the NY Times noted that women 40 and up in large cities have been opting for crazy colors and cuts. They say they don’t want to be “too suburban!”

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