Long hair, most of my adult life. Lived through 10 yrs of people telling me I was getting to an age when I should cut my hair…blah, blah, blah.
Here’s the truth: Long hair is lazy hair. The laziest hair. There is no ‘lower maintenance’ than long hair. (Yes, high maintenance women do long hair their way, I’m aware!) I don’t; dye, perm, hot curl, straighten, blow dry, style, mousse, spray. I wash it. I comb it. I pull it back in an elastic. (If it’s fancy, I might braid it, 2nd elastic, extra 2 mins!) I’m good all day. Truly. I don’t spend $40-$80 on hair cuts every 6-8wks, maybe once a year, I get it trimmed up. Sometimes I do it myself.
If I had short hair I would have to wash it every day, as I would wake up looking like I’d stuck my finger in the socket. Pulled back hair can pass, even when still wet, in a way that short hair simply cannot. And that goes double if you’re going without showers while trekking etc, long hair is going to be much more presentable.
I can totally see how this meshes with high intensity athletes with no time for anything but training, training, training! All the more so for women competing in the pool, I should think.