Men's Signature Hairdos Discovered at 32

Cristen Conger

Looks like 50-year-old Johnny Depp wishes he had found his simple signature 32-year-old hairdo.
Looks like 50-year-old Johnny Depp wishes he had found his simple signature 32-year-old hairdo.
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Here's a fun survey finding that The Telegraph reported on as a "study," as though it was published in a rigorously peer-reviewed journal, perhaps called Coiffure: men discover their "signature hairstyles," at age 32-and-a-half. What's so crucial about those first six months between 32 and 33 remains unknown, but according to a survey of 2,000 London gents sponsored by "cult professional hair brand" Fudge, that's the magical age for masculine hairdos. Or maybe it's just the age that they give up trying to find a "signature hairstyle" and settle on a crew cut simple enough that any bargain barber can keep up with -- again, the results of this "study" leave me begging for a follow-up "study" because it's raised so many more questions than it's answered.

Like, for starters, who are these blokes anyway? And what are the other four sig' styles (that's short for "signature hairstyle") these fellows reportedly try on for size, and how far back do they stretch? Could, for instance, the adorable blonde ringlets my brother wore as a toddler because my mother couldn't bear to see them shorn count? So many pressing questions.

In the meantime, here's what we do about those 2,000 men who filled out that survey:

- 65 percent settled on a hairstyle because it was "quick and easy."

- 21 percent desired a 'do that reflected his personality.

- 10 percent just request whatever his partner approved.

I wonder whether there's a comparable age that women settle into a long-lasting hairstyle for the rest of adulthood. Personally, I wish it was 28-and-a-half, in which case I'll go ahead and get the AARP pixie and consider my sig' ' style found.