On the surface, white hair is a rare thing in Australia.
But the number of white people who have it is growing by leaps and bounds every day.
A new survey by the Australia Institute shows that more than one in five white people in Australia has shoulder length hair, up from just one in 10 people in 2013.
The white population of Australia grew by 1.4 per cent last year.
The survey also found that one in seven people aged 16 to 24 in Australia have shoulder length hairstyles.
The proportion of Australians with shoulder length locks has grown to 6 per cent, up slightly from 5 per cent in 2013 and the previous peak of about 10 per cent.
“The survey shows that shoulder length is a thing that people in this age group are doing, which means that a lot of the older generation of Australians are starting to look at it,” says researcher Dr Joanne McCracken.
“A lot of younger people are still not comfortable with it, but they are getting older and the white hair trend has grown over time.”
This is a very interesting demographic group.
They are starting out in a time when they are starting the transition into a more ‘white’ society.””
People are going through the transition from a more white culture to a more diverse one, and it is a time where people are looking for ways to get along with each other and make friends.
“When you look at the older population of people, they are not embracing shoulder length as a thing to look like, so the younger generation is going through a phase where they are embracing it.”
Dr McCrackens work focuses on ageing trends and ageing populations.
“We also think that the number and number of people who are able to have shoulder lengths in the community is increasing as we age,” she says.
The number of Australians aged 15 to 24 with shoulder lengths has increased from 6.7 per cent to 10 per, while the number aged 65 and over has grown from 2.3 per cent of the population to 4.9 per cent with the number in that age group expected to grow from 13.4 million in 2021 to 16.4 billion in 2027.
Dr McCackens research has found that shoulder lengths are a trend that is changing across all demographic groups.
People aged 65 years and over are the most likely to have them, while those aged 15-24 are the least likely to be able to do so.
Dr McCrickens research found that Australians with white hair have more options for styles, which can include afros, beards and buns.
“For the white people, what they really want to do is to have a long, flowing, straight haircut and that is a really common style in Australia,” she explains.
“We are seeing a big shift in styles that are starting coming out.
We are getting more and more people who aren’t white hair but are able and willing to try a variety of styles.”