LONDON: Long wavy hair is often said to be the best feminine trait a women can possess. And, now a new study has revealed that blokes get attracted to the fairer sex with a longish mane.
Researchers have based their findings on a survey of 3,000 men, which has found that males prefer women with long wavy hairstyle as they find the tresses the sexiest hairstyle on a blonde.
In the survey, the feminine look worn by television presenter Kelly Brook and X-Factor singer Judge Cheryl Cole came top with a staggering 43 per cent of men voting it their favourite hairdo.
'Friends' actress Jennifer Aniston's long straight hairstyle came second followed by the classic short bob seen on Umbrella singer Rihanna.
Straight mid-length styles, similar to Radio One host Fearne Cotton and actress Gwyneth Paltrow came fourth while the pixie crop, famously sported by Victoria Beckham finished the top five, the British media reported.
"Hair is such a defining part of a woman's appearance. Long hair is traditionally strongly linked to femininity which we're sure is the reason that almost half of men have singled out this long, wavy hair as their number one sexiest style.
Despite men choosing long, natural looking wavy hair as their top style, most women would have to create this style using styling tools as not many are naturally blessed with these lovely locks.
It's interesting to see that men still favour the traditional stereotypical looks for women, with long hair coming out on top despite the massive popularity of shorter styles like 'the Bob' and Agyness Deyn style crops with women," Karen Moore of TRESemme Philips hair appliances said.
Surprisingly though, men claim to prefer the natural look when it comes to styling, with more than a third saying they hate it when women have perfectly groomed hair. Men also appeared to have a strong preference for shiny hair -- with 72 per cent billing it as sexy over hair without gloss.
Moore added: "While men strongly favour the soft, natural, touchable styles over smarter, groomed looks, little do they know that these long luscious curls and straight sleek styles are the ones which take the most effort to achieve.
"Women everywhere rely on the innovation of hair dryers, straighteners and tongs as well as styling products to get these effects. Men should be greatful that new technology means creating these styles is easier than ever compared to
years gone by -- or the wait would've been longer, while their other halves got ready."
Half of the men questioned also said they like girls who wear their hair down rather than in a smart up-do. Other styles to feature in the poll was the bowl cut, recently worn by Katie Holmes, and the 1960s beehive, seen on actress and model Brigitte Bardot.