A 49 percent success rate with matches isn’t bad, but I was confident that the profile with long hair would beat it.So the following week, I made a new Tinder profile that was identical to my old one but with pictures of me with long hair (a wig, since i haven’t had long hair since high school) instead of my usual pixie cut.So why did I feel so confident that men, in general, prefer women with long hair?

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Consider what a big deal it was when Miley Cyrus sheared off her long Hannah Montana locks into a pixie cut, or how Julia Louis-Dreyfus was inspired by criticisms of Hillary Clinton’s hair for the short hair plotline on .

Going from long hair to short always opens up invitations to critique the woman’s appearance (especially when said woman is in the spotlight), and there’s seemingly always one person who’s quick to chime in with an unsolicited, “She looked better with long hair.” I would know, since I certainly have received plenty of those sorts of comments myself.

Once again, I swiped right on the first 100 profiles. By the end of the week, however, the long hair profile only had 38 matches and 15 messages.

After the first hour, I had eight matches and two messages—noticeably fewer than the amount that I had after the first hour of creating the short hair profile. That’s 22 percent fewer matches and 40 percent fewer messages than I received on my Tinder profile with short hair! I conducted the same experiment simultaneously on Ok Cupid.

My hypothesis, if you want to call it that, was that the profile with long hair would receive more attention. I created a profile with pictures of my short hair first.

I swiped right on every single one of the first 100 profiles and then waited to see how many turned into a match.Up until recently, I had been in a relationship for about seven years.I’ve also had short hair—like pixie cut short, sometimes even buzzcut short—for the same amount of time.I, of course, would never change my hair just to make someone like me, but I curious.So for the sake of a sociological investigation, I decided to do a little experiment to see exactly how much hair has an influence on the amount of interested potential dates. For the first week, I made a dating profile (one on Tinder and one on Ok Cupid) with pictures of my usual short hair and recorded the number of matches/likes and messages I received.By the end of the first hour, I had 36 likes and 5 messages—pretty close to the short hair profile’s results.