Long Straight Hair Beats Texture
The word that long straight hair beats texture such as curls, waves or a combo, comes straight from the New York Times.
Reporter Katherine Rosemanjune wrote about the sizzling hot “hair trend involving hair that’s long, sleek and high school approved”.
Note: Rosemanjune’s article appeared in the Times on June 28, 2015, on page ST8.
Throngs Of Girls Seeking Stick Straight Long Locks
Rosemanjune explains one of the hottest hair trends which have taken the hair world by storm for 2015 is for “throngs of adolescent and teenage girls, as well as young women” to hit their local DryBar or similar blowout hair salon to acquire “stick straight” long locks.
While this may seem to be a hot new hair trend of the moment, long straight hair has never really gone out of style in some circles.
Of course the so-called throngs of adolescents, teens and young women who are obsessed with long stick straight locks want volume throughout the roots along with shiny buoyancy which allows their long tresses to sway as they walk.
Stick Straight Blown Out Strands Aren’t Cheap
Whether a new hair trend or not, girls seeking stick straight blown out strands are also willing to pay a premium price for their desired long locks.
A monthly Drybar or similar blow out bar membership can range from $75 and up. Multiple that amount times 12 for an entire year and the price for having stick straight long locks hot from a blow out bar can be hefty.
In addition to blow out bar trips, current addicts of the stick straight long locks club are willing to fork out big bucks for Keratin or other straightening treatments, fusion or clip-in style hair extensions and a range of wigs.
Hair Trends Cycle Through From Year To Year
When I first read this New York Times article I shook my own hip-length hair in disagreement that this is a not new hair trend.
Since I first started writing about hair on the Internet in 1995 for my first hair website (The Long Hair Video website), I have watched a wide range of hair trends cycle through society.
When I launched the current HairBoutique.com in 1997, long hair was still one of the hottest hair topics, even though we also included all types of naturally textured hair content.
The majority of the emails I received back in the early days of HairBoutique.com was from hair consumers who had all types of textured tresses. Their primary goals back then, was learning how to successfully tame it and grow it long.
Long Shiny Hair Was The Trend in 1995
In 1995 long shiny bone straight hair was one of the hot hair trends of the year.
The reality? Long straight hair never really went out of fashion, but naturally textured hair became a huge hair movement eventually becoming its own hot hair trend.
Has this hair cycle reversed? Not really.
While throngs of young women may be traveling to blow out bars on a regular basis to achieve long straight strands, in today’s world people are embracing and honoring whatever hair style they love.
There is no right or wrong hair type, texture, length, color or style in 2015. What’s right or wrong about hair in today’s world is how the person wearing it feels about it.
Marcia Brady And Her Stick Straight Hair Is Back
According to The Times article, thanks to the popularity of DryBar and similar blow out hair haves, the days of Marcia Brady’s stick straight shiny long tresses are back with a vengeance.
Rosemanjune points out that it’s been “years, maybe even decades, since so standard a hairdo has taken over the heads of America’s youth across a broad range of backgrounds and ethnicities: the longer and straighter, the better.”
Marcia Brady’s stick straight hair aren’t really back. They just got some new media attention.
Hair Length Rules In Harlem
While researching this hot hair trend Rosemanjune checked with a hair salon in Harlem to get a read on the hair trends amongst young girls of color.
After chatting with the owner of We Love Hair salon in Harlem, Rosemanjune reported that “among African-American teenage girls, the emphasis is less on pin-straightness than on length.”
Huge Hair Media Monster
Why? according to the owner of We Love Hair “because of this huge media monster, they’re seeing all the stars with long hair and the girls are going for length, with a lot of extensions and a lot of braids”.
Since the beginning of time the hairstyles adopted by royalty, rock stars and celebrities have influenced the hair trends of the moment.
The Internet, Social Media and Reality TV has only intensified the trend for hair consumers to follow the lead of people in the news like the perpetually long tressed Kardashians, Beyoncé and Selena Gomenz.
Caitlyn Jenner’s Long Cindy Crawford Hairstyle
Even Cait Jenner (former Kardashian member) came out with long lush mostly straight strands inspired by Cindy Crawford.
Ironically, the current celebrity goddesses of long sleek and straight strands often wear extensions, wigs or a combination to achieve their iconic hairstyles.
They also may have a variety of chemical straightening techniques to supplement their add-on strands.
Summary – Long Straight Hair Beats Texture
Although the current hot trend involving hair that’s long, sleek and high school approved appears tied to younger women, long-hair envy isn’t new by any stretch of the imagination. It’s been around forever.
Having long straight hair, whether in high school or in any other walks of life is perceived by many people to have a certain value.
It’s also perceived by some as a classic hairstyle which never goes out of fashion.
Ultimately, every person has the right to wear their hair whatever ways makes them feel the best, whether they honor their natural texture or not.