Long hair on women, whether it’s straight, wavy or curly, has become extremely fashionable over the last few years. The majority of models, celebrities, socialites, fashion bloggers, magazine editors, designers, street style celebrities and all sorts of other people in the fashion industry, have shoulder length hair or longer. It has also struck me that the majority of people I see in Seattle have long hair, including kids at school, teens and ladies in their twenties. 

When I was in high school (1983 to 1987), there were many, many girls with short hair and chin length hair. Far fewer girls had long hair back then. I remember long hair being the fashionable thing in the ’70s, which is probably why I had long hair as a little girl. I also remember long hair becoming a fashion statement in the early ’90s, and as a result I grew out my hair to past my shoulders to feel more hip. But from the mid ’90s onwards, all hair lengths became fashionable again. 

In 2013, we are back to a fashion era dominated by long hair and I can’t recall a time when one particular length was so popular. Although short hair is my personal choice right now, I think long hair is beautiful. There are certain looks that definitely benefit a lot from flowing locks. Hats, in particular, seem to work much better over long hair. 

Have you noticed the current long hair norm?