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.
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.
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.
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.