The Great Debate: Curly Or Straight?


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When it comes to our hair we’re rarely ever satisfied. If we’ve got straight hair we want curly and vice versa. Call it hair envy or a case of “the grass is greener on the other side,” but it seems we’re always trying to manipulate our hair to do something different than what it is. Is one really better than the other?

We wanted to settle the curly vs. straight debate once and for all so we took to the streets of NYC to poll 50 real guys and find out what hair type they thought was sexier. Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Shakira, Lea Michele, and Sarah Jessica Parker are examples of celebs who’ve rocked both sleek strands and bouncy curls recently, so we asked the men to tell us which look they liked better on each. And while the results did vary, in the end we found that 58% of the fellas agreed that curlier is sexier. Here’s what they had to say:

Bobby, 21: For me, Lea Michele does look good with both straight and curly hair but something about her in this curly picture makes her seem more welcoming. It’s not just the smile. It’s the overall look, including the hair.

Landon, 34: I think sometimes women try too hard to become something they’re not. Take Beyoncé: To me, there’s no competition. Yes, she looks good with straight hair but there’s a level of superficiality to that style that doesn’t exist in the photo of her with curly hair.

But as we quickly found out, not every guy thought curls were best:

Ronnie, 25: For some reason, I’m really drawn toward this picture of Taylor Swift with straight hair. Something about it makes her look older, and just all around sexier.

Paolo, 42: I don’t think I’ve ever seen Shakira with straight hair before but there’s something about it that I really like. It’s a little less crazy, in a good way.

So now you tell us, straight or curly? What do you think about what the guys had to say?


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