Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Too Old for Long Hair?

All my life, I've heard there's an age limit for long hair. At first it was 35...


Then it was 40...


45 surely is way too old for long hair...


Surely 50 means it's time for a drastic haircut.


Okay, then...60?


(I'd go older, but not many actresses survive past 65 in the business.)

I've asked my past two hairstylists what the age limit for long hair is. Both were over 40--one was over 50. Both had long hair. The answer? As long as it looks good, rock that look! Unfortunately, past a certain age, long hair can look stringy instead of full like this:


One article has good news for me. Apparently, if you have a full face (as I ALWAYS have), you can pull off long hair for much longer, with the right layering and styling (and maybe some hair color). Long hair pulls down the face, which is perfect if your face is round. If it's narrow, you could end up looking like this:


Granted, after a certain age, I'll probably go closer to shoulder length, but short hair won't work on me with my round face. What do you think about middle-aged/older women and long hair? Is there a mandatory age for chopping it all off?

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  1. Why should there be an age limit? My wife is in her fifties and she has long hair. I think long hair on a woman is very attractive and sexy. Wear it as long as you want for as many years as you want.

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    1. Yay! I love that she has long hair in her 50s. I'm almost there and my stylist said to keep it long. She did put some layers in there to make it thicker.

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  2. How is there an age limit on this? It's your hair - do whatever you feel works best!

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    1. It's funny--I'd written this and then I read an article from a year ago that someone reposted on Facebook. It was telling millennials to stop saying what women over 40 shouldn't wear. Apparently there's a whole world of listicles out there saying we can't wear hoop earrings and yoga pants. I don't wear hoop earrings because I don't like the way they feel--but yoga pants make up most of my wardrobe!

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  3. I agree with Alex. There's no age limit on what we can and can't wear. If you're happy with how you look, rock it I say. Not too long ago I saw a woman in her 70s or 80s in a bikini and she looked fabulous. I think she had long hair, too :)

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    1. The sad thing is, I don't think I ever had bikini days! I didn't even have the body for one when I was a teenager.

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  4. Young folks colour their hair green and no one looks askance, men shave off a perfectly good head of hair and run around blinding people with their chrome domes, I can't think of any good reason to tell a woman she should cut off her crowning glory. It's just hair for Pete's sake. In the grand scheme of things what does it matter?

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    1. Good point! And that brings up something else--I've seen middle-aged women coloring their hair purple and other exotic colors. Doesn't seem to be an age limit for that, either. But artistic people can get away with it as we get older.

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  5. Hi Steph - if anyone's got any extra could they send it over!! Never ever had long hair ... just 'ain't got it'!! Anyage if it suits you ... some of those above could probably do with a cut off - but what do I know ... someone who has leeeeeetleee!! Enjoy yours - lucky you ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I always had thick hair, but not nearly as thick as I get older, sadly. But some women have thick hair and just cut it off because they think long hair is too much work. I don't really do anything to mine but wash it and dry it, so not sure what the work is!

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  6. I still have long hair and I like it that way. My mom still has long hair, too. I agree with those commenting above who said there should not be an age limit for things like this.

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    1. My mom keeps hers shoulder length. That's the shortest I'd ever go. I've been shoulder length many times over the years and it does always make my face look rounder, which is not a good thing.

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  7. I've never heard this! I've always had long hair (round face here, too!) and will never cut it short--it would just look terrible. I tried bangs, once, and that was an utter disaster. Long and leave it, I say!

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    1. I had bangs in my younger years--almost all the way up to my 40s. Now I'm thinking I need them to hide my forehead wrinkles. My stylist said I could go with partial bangs--the kind that blend into the sides--so I'll probably do that. That's what I had in my 30s.

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  8. Great post, Stephanie. I was just thinking about 'hair age limits' the other day. Like you, I once thought that it was 40, then 50, then 60. Now that I'm about to turn 59....I think I'll up my 'imaginary age limit for hair' one more time!

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    1. It looks like those rules are from times past, judging by today's comments!

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  9. Hey, Goldie Hawn and Barbara Streisand are in their 70s and still rocking long locks... If it works for you, go for it. I think there's probably a cut off for some people who hit a certain age when it's easier to cut their hair short because it's less work, and they don't have time to waste with that shit anymore, but again, if they choose to do it that way, go for it.

    Now, guys who can't be bothered to trim their nose and/or ear hair is another thing... :-P

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    1. Goldie Hawn has great hair! But ewww to the nose and ear hair.

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  10. Isn't that what getting older is all about--that you can do what you really want and not worry about what the dreaded "They" think? Heck--you're not hurting anybody. Life is way too short! LOL!

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    1. Good point! The older we get, the less we give a flip what people think.

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  11. No. My previous hairstylist complained that too many women went short as they got older, and he extolled me to keep my hair long. And you can cut my hair off my cold, dead body. Until then, I'm keeping it at least shoulder length if not longer.

    I have a full face. I have thick hair. If I cut it too short, it's unmanageable.

    Keep your hair as long as you want. There are no rules.

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  12. I don't think there should be an age limit on long hair. But I do sometimes think you should tone down the extreme colors as you get older, and go for something more natural.

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  13. I say keep it long if you like it that way! I've finally recognized that short hair suits me much better, and always has. I look like the crypt keeper with long hair!

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  14. Hahaha. They make extensions now so you can just clip those in when it gets stringy! You have amazing hair!

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  15. I had never heard this before. Funny since after many years of short hair I'm growing mine out.

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  16. Keep it long as long as YOU want to. My great aunt had hair almost down to her butt until the day she died at like 90-something.

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  17. Keep your hair as you wish - long, short, any color. As long as you feel comfortable. I've never had long hair because I do have a LOOOONNNG face. Plus I've never been handy with my hair. I go for cleanliness. There are no rules on anything anymore. Set the pace!!!

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  18. I don't believe in a mandatory age for much of anything. You should wear your hair the way it makes you happy. I'm 58. My golden tresses are about shoulder length, but they were quite a bit longer most of the winter when I was sick and couldn't get to my girl Sam. I don't think anyone cares what my hair looks like.

    Love,
    Janie

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  19. I hope there's not a mandatory age. I'll be one of those old women with a bun on my head. I will not go short. Ever.

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  20. I've heard that age thing too. Now I'm old enough to not care what 'They' say and I wear it long.

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  21. Hi Stephanie! I am visiting from Sandra's blog and I am so happy that I stopped by!
    I am 70 years old and my natural gray hair is just about down to my waist! At home I "let down my hair down!" When I go out in public I wear my hair in a ponytail or up.
    I don't follow rules when it comes to someone telling me that when you pass a certain age you need to do this or that. I do as I please. I wear denim clothing and very little make-up. This is who I am and I am happy with who I am.

    That felt good to give my opinion :) Thank you for the opportunity Stephanie~

    Jan

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  22. What is it with long hair and women? Truman Capote said a woman should find 'her style' and stick with it. It is kind of like wearing short shorts when you shouldn't. I love women with buzz cuts, but think cra cra when I see old women with long wiry gray hair flying. Me - ha - I have mine long enough to pile atop my head in a clip. Not a girly girl here.

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  23. My rebel spirit says wear your hair as long as you wish. But, as I've gotten older, I've seen it doesn't look as good. Shoulder length, I like. I think late 60's, I'll grown it long and be That Old Woman. Who cares at that age!

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  24. Uh, long hair and I look like the last picture:)
    Pit stop by if you have time.

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  25. When I got married (25), my hair was just to my shoulders. I liked it that way, but my husband wanted me to grow it out. So we made a deal. I could visit the salon at least once a month to get a blow out and get split ends trimmed as needed, and I would grow my hair out. It's been a slow process and my hair has only grown a few inches in the time since we made the deal, but I'm confident that my hair is healthy which helps.

    My thoughts? Do what you want with your hair as long as it continues to make you happy and gives you confidence in your overall appearance. No one else has to live with your long or short hair except for you. :)

    Be sure to check out my blog. I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award! :)

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  26. Ah...those memories of "Tales From the Crypt"! lol I've heard that, but eventually ignored it and went with the size of a person's face instead. I think that works best for me these days. I also keep my hair short because I don't want bugs flying into it during those hot summer months. Some people really could care less, and just keep wearing what they wear no matter what. (lol) Hugs...

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  27. I'm over from Sandra's blog.
    As long as your hair is think enough to have it long, and hair suits - there does come a time for shorter hair on women, it depends on how that women looks, sometimes long hair can make a women look older and visa versa - she, the women should know.

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  28. As one well past 50 I say there should be no set rules in life. Wear long hair as long as it makes you feel good. I have three wisps of hairdo mine has long been very short but that's just what I like best.

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  29. I think it's fine to wear long hair at any age. And coloring it is fine, too (mine is purple and blonde!).

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  30. Do what you feel is right! If you are happy with long hair, keep it, if you want short, do it! Be happy and be you!

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  31. Hi, just come over from Sandra's blog ...
    I would say - it's your hair wear it how you want to.

    All the best Jan

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  32. Guess I'm well over the long hair age limit, but I don't care. I know I look better and even younger with short hair I've had much of my life by preference. For now am letting it grow long just for my personal fun. Am not much for arbitrary "rules" being prescribed for me.

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  33. So many women by this short hair necessity crap, and it is a shame.

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