to ask at what age should a woman no longer have long hair?

(113 Posts)
AuroraRedRose Tue 01-Jan-13 21:53:10

I love my long hair and right now in my life mid-20s I wouldn't dream of getting it cut.

I had it shoulder length once and it made my face look fat. Seriously.

But is there an age where long hair on a woman really isn't suitable or perhaps would be considered as a little mutton dressed as lamb kind of thing?

SledYuleCated Tue 01-Jan-13 21:53:49

When she wants to have short hair...?

LessMissAbs Tue 01-Jan-13 21:54:27

Seriously, in these modern times with stuff like shampoo, conditioner, hairdressers, etc - who cares?

Pagwatch Tue 01-Jan-13 21:55:23

No. There isn't an age. It depends on the woman, what she looks like and various other things.

daisydee43 Tue 01-Jan-13 21:55:45

Yes but everyone is unique - personally I think Lorraine chase should have short hAir at her age cos it would look better

SpikyLikey Tue 01-Jan-13 21:55:51

I think its an outdated idea that women shouldnt have long hair over a certain age. I do, however, think that as you get into your 30s and 40s and beyond, you need a 'style' or something more groomed/done than just long hair in a ponytail or worn loose with no fringe/layers/effort put in. Its a bit like clothes, I guess. Boyfriend jeans, converse and a ponytail on a 25 yr old = cute casual. On a 45 yr old can just look a bit 'bag lady' grin

No no no. I knew an elderly lady once who was so sophisticated. She wore her hair up in a plait tied round her head, Swedish style IYKWIM. I saw her take it down just the once - it was down past her bottom and a gorgeous dark grey colour. She always wore jewels and make up and perfume. When I'm in my 80s I shall be like her.

KellyEllyChristmasBelly Tue 01-Jan-13 21:56:18

Why would there be an age? Have your hair how you like for as long as you like. I see young girls and women with thin straggly long hair that doesn't look healthy and older women with thick hair in good condition that looks fab. Depends on the hair and the person.

No. Infact, I quite like it when I see an old lady with long grey hair. Much nicer than a short, badly-dyed do.

Why should women get their hair cut at a certain age, seriously?

LilyVonSchtupp Tue 01-Jan-13 21:57:54

But is there an age where long hair on a woman really isn't suitable or perhaps would be considered as a little mutton dressed as lamb kind of thing?



Shakey1500 Tue 01-Jan-13 21:58:00

At what age should a woman no longer have long hair

^^there is no "should" about it smile

She can have her hair however long/short she wishes in whatever variety of colours and not give a jot what anyone else thinks.

CMOTDibbler Tue 01-Jan-13 21:58:11

Whatever age she feels like cutting it - I hate rules about hair length or colour

Depends on the person. My long hair is coming off on Saturday shock and I'm 38. I've got a tiny bit of grey and I really don't want to dye my hair but long grey hair will be ageing so its going. Agree with spikey that it having a style is more important than how long it is.

ImperialSantaKnickers Tue 01-Jan-13 21:59:31

We wear our hair to suit us, not our grannies generation. I'm not getting mine cut anytime soon!

ILoveSaladReallyIDo Tue 01-Jan-13 21:59:44

if it's thinning a lot and the weight of it is making the situation worse, and the head owner WANTS to make it look thicker - it looks a bit thicker when shorter

no other reason though, long silver hair looks stunning on older ladies IMO

VerySmallSqueak Tue 01-Jan-13 22:01:15

I'm with Alphabeti on this one.

I am seen some beautiful older women with the most gorgeous long silver hair.

yuleheart Tue 01-Jan-13 22:01:37

I have no intention of having my hair cut.

I'm 55 and have long curly hair past my bra strap, I wear it both up and down (obv. not at the same time wink).

Btw, that's for me personally. I think long hair can be lovely on older women but I don't have an elegant bone in my body and on me it'll just look like I cba.

ImperialSantaKnickers Tue 01-Jan-13 22:01:50

There's a elderly lady who I see shopping who has snow white long hair which she wears in a plaited crown. It looks gorgeous.

squeakytoy Tue 01-Jan-13 22:01:58

my great granny had long hair up until her death at the age of 104..

HollyBerryBush Tue 01-Jan-13 22:02:13

Depends how thick it remains.

My friend (62 when she died) had long hair but it was dreadfully thin and tied back, made her look very haggard, it looked a lot better when she had it cut and a loose/demi? perm put into it to give it some life.

One the other hand my collegue (73) has long hair, waist length, and she usually ties it back and she looks divine, very aristocratic - but she is one classy lady, dresses well - actually she's just one of those gorgeous creatures who could wear a bin bag!

MrsDeVere Tue 01-Jan-13 22:03:41

I am about to bet my below shoulder length hair cut off. All of it. Really short.

Fuck all to do with my age though. I didn't listen when they told me I couldnt have a mohawk in my teens, a pink shampoo and set in my twenties and dreadlocks in my thirties.
No one is going to tell me I can't have long hair in my forties.

I just fancy a change. smile

VerySmallSqueak Tue 01-Jan-13 22:03:49

I have long hair and just a few greys starting (in my forties).

I intend to keep it long and hoping the few greys will develop into a Cruella D'Ville stripe.

AuroraRedRose Tue 01-Jan-13 22:04:08

It was an article I ready by Liz Jones.

I personally think each to their own. Although long hair that is in bad condition isn't a good look on anyone.

I definitely agree with the style comments.

AuroraRedRose Tue 01-Jan-13 22:04:18

*read not ready

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Tue 01-Jan-13 22:04:31

Phew - I opened the thread with one eye closed knowing how harsh MN often is about these things grin

Mind you, I suspect it would get a different response in Style & Beauty

CloudsAndTrees Tue 01-Jan-13 22:05:39

I've wondered about this because I have long, very curly hair, and it has looked the same since I was about 13. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it when I get old, it's too thick to do a sophisticated up do every day because its quite heavy. All the older people I know who have curly hair just let it go frizzy and sticky outy, and I refuse to allow that to happen!

Spikey is right, there comes an age where hair does need more effort or it just looks a mess.

LilyVonSchtupp Tue 01-Jan-13 22:13:17

"It was an article I read by Liz Jones"


Pagwatch Tue 01-Jan-13 22:16:00

Liz Jones?

Dear God. Are we supposed to take what she types seriously now?

QueenofPlaids Tue 01-Jan-13 22:28:07

It's totally individual. My soon-to-be MIL has long hair in here 60s, usually wears it up & it suits her.

My mother's is fine and she has it blonde to it's hard to keep in tip top condition, so slightly shorter is better.

I am currently growing mine (or trying to) in my early 30s and was shock and hmm when the hairdresser said that of course I'd stop soon, because it would look ridiculous. I reckon she was jealous of my awesomeness. I changed hairdresser grin

Seriously though, get a hair cut that suits your face shape and length is not the most important factor. Good condition, a colour that suits if you choose to colour and a decent cut are far more important IMO.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 01-Jan-13 22:35:39

Ditto phew at these responses.

Feminine Tue 01-Jan-13 22:47:30


Cutiecat Tue 01-Jan-13 22:52:46

I think a few of my friends have had a 'do' now they have past 40. I do not intend on changing my hairstyle because of my age, I don't think anyone should.

3smellysocks Tue 01-Jan-13 22:53:36

I am in my mid 40's and have just had my hair cut into a funky bob. The main reason was nothing to do with age but to do with face shape. I realised that of all my photos over the years, I looked best with choppy bobbed hair.

Viviennemary Tue 01-Jan-13 22:54:53

It entirely depends on the person. Some older women can carry of long hair. And long stringy unkempt hair looks awful on anybody whatever their age.

oldraver Tue 01-Jan-13 23:03:00

Whenever she wants. I'm a 'cant be arsed to cut my hair' person so probably wont be cut short for while.

My Mum has had the 'older woman shorn at the back, little sideburns, and layered flicky up bits at the front' hairstyle... for years

TheHoneyDragonsDrunkInTheIvy Tue 01-Jan-13 23:11:01

Oth the ages at which a woman should not read Liz Jones are from birth to death.

As long as she likes! smile

Long hair on some women looks lovely, whatever the age. Others always look better with their hair short. I think it's a matter of what's comfortable - if someone is uncomfortable it really shows in how they act, so it's not worth going for a style you don't actually like, just because you think you ought to do it.

SinisterBuggyMonth Tue 01-Jan-13 23:25:27


My Nan had beautiful long silver hair. It was unusual amongst a sea of short perms. I'd like mine like hers too when I get old, although as she never dyed hers I will never mimic the lovely condition.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 01-Jan-13 23:31:59

It's more to do with the condition of the hair than the age of the woman I think.

I have really long hair,I can imagine getting it cut when I'm older but I'm thinking to shoulder blade length. Couldn't have it shorter than that,I've been there and done it. More than once. Hated it every time!

EweBrokeMyManger Tue 01-Jan-13 23:34:36

I am going to continue to channel Patti Smith forever. HTH.

cynner Tue 01-Jan-13 23:36:03

I have wild unruly to the middle of my back..i love my hair..I never plan to cut it..

sashh Tue 01-Jan-13 23:45:14


How much are you having cut off? Can you donate your hair?

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 01-Jan-13 23:50:01

myy hair defo looks better longer. its now well past my shoulders and makes me look younger.

my nan had hers long and looked so glam - it was either wavy like the 50s film stars or when it was longer she wore it in a bun and still looked fabulous.

mine looks shite short.

Darkesteyes Tue 01-Jan-13 23:51:46

Im 40 in June but in the past year ive been growing my hair so its down my back. Its long thick dark and in good condition. i do have it coloured at the salon. (my luxury. i used to spend the money on cigarettes before i gave up.) so there is no way im cutting it. Its one of my better attributes.

Startail Tue 01-Jan-13 23:53:16

I refuse to become a WI short grey permed clone.

Mine is longish and scruffy and that's the way I like it.

I'm 45 and I'm sure my DSIS thinks it should be cut (DSIS has slightly wavey hair that has always been short and looks nice) mine looks like it's been cut round a basin and is awful short. It was short until I was 16 and I hated it!

I should add that I've been a member of the WI for around 12 years and I'm still the youngest and they are great fun despite their hair does.wink

Santasapunkatheart Tue 01-Jan-13 23:54:30

Bugger rules.

Double bugger anything twaddle uttered by Ms Jones.

When I am old, mine will be purple.

Wallison Tue 01-Jan-13 23:55:53

Is there anywhere you can look on the net for updos or styles for long hair? Mine is really thick and curly and tbh I'm thinking about getting it cut just because I keep on scraping it back in a ponytail and it's a waste (and looks boring and ageing).

DrRanj Tue 01-Jan-13 23:56:14

Doesn'tiz jones have long hair though? She looks like an old witch, perhaps she should take her own advice!

I am 30 and I have often pondered this. I like my hair long, it slims my face, and if I have it short I look old frumpy and mumsy.

So I'm going to wear it long for as long as I can!

BigBaubledBertha Wed 02-Jan-13 00:04:34

Depends on the type of hair you have. If you have fine hair then long hair doesn't look great at any age. I have fine hair, albeit loads of it at the moment and I won't grow it any longer than it is now, just passed my shoulders. More often than not it is short. Hairdresser also discourage me from growing it longer than that because it just loses body and looks horrible. I won't ever grow it down my back because it doesn't work - it isn't right for everybody.

I suspect that maybe the no long hair on older women rule of thumb comes from the idea that hair tends to get finer and thinner with age and therefore is probably better off shorter. That is my guess theory anyway. So you have to judge if your hair has got to that stage.

IMO if you are going to have it long it has to be good enough to wear down. If you only ever wear it up you might as well save yourself the hassle and cut it short.

Startail Wed 02-Jan-13 00:10:39

Any how our generation will still wear Jeans and mum boots in our 90's and I bet the reception mum's will collect their pensions in their converse.

I cannot see a great many of us seeing growing old as a reason to wear hideous embroidered cardigans and brown plastic trousers.

expatinscotland Wed 02-Jan-13 00:12:49

My friend is 62, she has marvellous, honey-coloured hair a couple of inches below her shoulders. It looks terrific.

BertieBotts Wed 02-Jan-13 00:14:10

I think older women look very glamorous and sophisticated with long grey or white hair.

Startail I think you might well be right there grin

I suspect also that as you get really old short hair is more practical, it doesn't need as much care.

Jennyjanuary Wed 02-Jan-13 02:37:52

I think it completely depends on the woman in question. Some older women look great with long hair but others,like Hilary Clinton for example, really dont suit it.That woman looked so much better with her hair short...she looked quite glam and professional.Now she just looks ridiculous-like mutton dressed as lamb!Or is it just me that thinks this?

I'm 50 and my hair is long and corkscrew curls, half way down my back. Mine looks awful cut short, when young I looked like a boy and now if I cut it short I look like the blue rinse brigade so I'm never cutting it again. I it short. So to answer the OP leave your hair however you like it, if you want long tell anyone who says you are too old to keep it long to bog off, and mind their own business.
I had a school teacher with hair as long as her bum, she could sit on it, she rolled it into a bun for work and still had it long last time I saw her when she was in her 80's, she was very glamorous looking with all that hair.

MrsMushroom Wed 02-Jan-13 03:16:33

You're in your should be having fun not thinking about such boring, rubbish. There is no age limit on long hair.

echt Wed 02-Jan-13 03:29:31

I was clicked on this, prepared to be outraged by old-ist comments.

How refreshing to see the upholding of a woman's right to do as she damn well pleases.

58. Long hair, mostly up, but always complimented when it's down.

I'm 33 and my mother has been telling me to have short hair for years! That said, mine is far too long at the moment (gets thicker and curlier the longer it gets!) so some of it will be going soon.


Santasapunkatheart Wed 02-Jan-13 07:39:14

Also, when you have had chemo and lost your hair several times (like me) - you bloody well love having a full head of hair and will fight to keep it!

jaggythistle Wed 02-Jan-13 07:58:57


this sort of rubbish about 'rules' really rips my knitting.

I'm not going to cut my hair short when I'm older, also I've never coloured it and can't be bothered starting when it goes grey. I suppose i might change my mind if mine looks truly awful, but I'm not automatically getting the dye out as soon as i spot a grey hair.

ibizagirl Wed 02-Jan-13 08:39:52

My mum is 60 (although she looks nowhere near 60) and has always had long hair almost to her waist. It is very dark brown, almost black, with hardly any grey and it is wavy. She would never get it cut i don't think. Its just trimmed by me and thats that. No fringe. Each to their own and all that. I think as long as it doesn't look scruffy then its fine. Rats tails etc. I wish i had kept my very long thick hair!!

JamieandtheMagiTorch Wed 02-Jan-13 08:47:31

Long hair, if it's in good condition, can look great.

I think if other hairstyles don't suit, then stick with long hair


I think many women are scared to try somthing new, when their hair no longer suits them. There's a particular idea that ^ only^ long hair is " feminine" and I do think some women would look far far better, and have less faff, with a different style

JamieandtheMagiTorch Wed 02-Jan-13 08:59:24

I think this is true for women of all ages, btw.

ithaka Wed 02-Jan-13 09:01:20

It isn't an age thing, so much a style thing.

I am 45 and recently had my long hair cut into a very short, funky style. It looks amazing preens

I had a sudden realisation that nearly everyone has long hair nowadays - it is the fashion & the 'default' style. I looked around and just saw all these women with usually poor condition, dyed hair sitting on their shoulders looking 'blah'.

I am not one for following the herd, so went for a sharp choppy chop. I predict that in a few years, short hair will be all the rage again (remember the 80s, and the 'Lady Di' cut?).

These things go in cycles and I like to be ahead of the curve.

JamieandtheMagiTorch Wed 02-Jan-13 09:12:56

I notice how very rare it is to see girls with short hair. When i was a child there were always several girls in the class with short hair.

I have wondered whether this is somehow linked to the marketing of a narrow view of what comstitutes femininity, along with the ubiquity of pink in young girls clothes

VikingVagine Wed 02-Jan-13 09:14:58

My grandma had long hair until she died a couple of years ago at the age of 84. I mean really long (down to her waist) and very dark. She used to wear it up most of the time.

FolkElf Wed 02-Jan-13 10:09:26

My hair is below bra length and lightly layered (by myself using the MN hair cut method!), currently very dark brown and in an excellent glossy condition.

I'm late 30s. I have no intention of getting it cut. and if I do, it will be because I fancy a change and nothing to do with my age.

ithaka Wed 02-Jan-13 10:10:39

*I notice how very rare it is to see girls with short hair. When i was a child there were always several girls in the class with short hair.

I have wondered whether this is somehow linked to the marketing of a narrow view of what comstitutes femininity, along with the ubiquity of pink in young girls clothes*

I think there is an element of that - the 'disney princess' hair phenomenom. Plus Kate Middleton & her tumbling locks have firmly established long hair for laydees as the done thing.

FolkElf Wed 02-Jan-13 10:10:59

I look more attractive with long hair, and I can't be bothered with the faff that a short hair style takes to keep it looking good.

FolkElf Wed 02-Jan-13 10:12:13

Not only that ithaka, but I had short hair as a child and was constantly being mistaken for a boy.

Even my children have seen photos of me with my brother as a child and asked who the other boy is. It's me.

I like a nice bob on a girl though.

ithaka Wed 02-Jan-13 10:17:22

Oh FolkElf, sad for you. Everyone should have their hair how they want. But short hair does not mean you have to look like a boy, it really doesn't. But it does look better for a bit of a bowdry & some product, that is certainly true. Mind you, I think that is true for all hair!

Allergictoironing Wed 02-Jan-13 10:18:28

I'm in my 50s and have semi-long hair (just below shoulders). I damn well wish it would grow longer as that suits my face, and it tends to make my short dumpy body look longer, but unfortunately it's quite fine & just will NOT grow longer any more. Hairdresser cuts the absolute minimum he can get away with to keep it looking good, but mine grows comparatively slowly plus I shed like a long haired cat in the spring which doesn't help.

I do dye my hair but always get it done professionally as most home dyes don't work terribly well on it, and I spend a fair bit on shampoo & products which suit it so it's always in good condition.

I did try having it bobbed some years ago but looked dreadful with my rather round face, took me ages to grow back again. If I could persuade it to go back to it's old length of around the bra strap I really would, I find long hair to be very versatile - can have it up in various ways, back or down depending on what I'm wearing & where I'm going.

FolkElf Wed 02-Jan-13 10:23:20

ithaka thanks. no longer a problem though, my hair is fabulous! <swish> wink

Fluffy1234 Wed 02-Jan-13 11:24:44

I'm 43 and have really long hair (an inch of my waist) with fine highlights and soft layers. I feel much prettier with it long compared to the mumsy bob I had from about age 35 onwards.

zukiecat Wed 02-Jan-13 11:33:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

changeforthebetterforObama Wed 02-Jan-13 11:36:11

Till she is 120! Bugger rules! I don't suit long hair as mine gets straggly. Lots of older women look amazing though. I have no idea who Liz Jones is either, nor any desire to find out grin

Oh dear. I'm over 40, wear my hair long in a ponytail, and Emily Strange T-shirts with bootcut jeans. ...

I reckon each to their own.

Hairstyles don't work on me as my stupid cowlicks just throw any cut out after about 30 mins. Plus I can't be arsed with straightners, spray and all that malarkey all the time.

TheSecondComing Wed 02-Jan-13 11:43:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsHBaby3 Wed 02-Jan-13 11:47:04

I think about 40/ 50ish, but it depends how styish the woman is as to how long she can carry it off.

zukiecat Wed 02-Jan-13 11:50:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I hate these 'age' rules women think they have to abide by. As in any age, if your hair looks healthy long, it's fine, no one looks good with straggly long hair.

anewyear Wed 02-Jan-13 12:08:23

My MIL she 78, has gorgeous silvery/white short hair, It looks lovley,
hope mines like that when I a bit older than I am now grin

I used to go on (to myself usually) about how women over 30 shouldn't have long hair as it rarely suited anyone.....I then got my comeuppance when I got mine cut off accidentally when I was 29 (went to the hairdressers and said I wanted something different) and have had it sort of short ever since. I'm now 48 and now have it really short and have just had it bleached blond and a bit spikey....probably not what a woman in her late 40s should do at all, so who am I to judge! (But then I also have 2 yr old twins so am perhaps trying to regain my youth...?)
Actually I still think that some women look fantastic with long hair when they are older, but I also see many women in their 40s (one of my best friends included) who I know would look so much better with shorter hair. I also get a bit sick of magazines and the like who only seem to show models with long locks with the message that this is more 'feminine'. Each to her own I

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Wed 02-Jan-13 12:09:49

Sorry if repeating but I haven't read the thread.

Yes there most definitely is a point at which a woman should have long hair cut short when she's over a certain age.

And I'd like to think we passed that point in the 1960s.

<strokes gorgeous long curls and preens>

MardyArsedMidlander Wed 02-Jan-13 12:30:13

I have short bleached white blonde hair. And if I thought it would go white naturally, I'd grow it long.
There is a woman I see in town who must be about 70- she is lightly tanned with very short bright orange hair. She looks bloody fabulous. Years ago, I remember that women had had to have a perm when they got to about 30- it was even more ageing.

tethersjinglebellend Wed 02-Jan-13 12:38:00

Everyone knows that a woman should get her hair cut short past a certain age- about two years after she's had all her teeth out and got false ones for convenience. Say 45?

WinterWinds Wed 02-Jan-13 12:51:46

I will keep my long hair as long as the condition allows, i'm in my late 30's and Its nearly down to my bum but also healthy, thick and shiny. i also keep on top of the greys!!!!
If at any stage its starts to look thin/wiry/brittle then i will have it cut but the truth is i just dont suit short hairstyles, have tried in the past and end up letting it grow out again!

EndoplasmicReticulum Wed 02-Jan-13 13:01:13

I had short hair as a child / teenager. I did look like a boy (the hand-me-down boys clothes probably weren't helping, to be honest).

At school I had short dark hair and all the other girls had a yellow perm (was the 80s).

I grew it when I was 16, had it all cut off on a whim in my 20s, then grew it again and it's been long ever since.

My mum goes on and on about me getting "a nice short bob". I'm 38, apparently I'm too old for long hair. I ignore her. My hair grows so quickly, when I have it short I have to keep going to the hairdresser. When it's long I just trim it myself. It's thick, straight and shiny.

rubydoobydoo Wed 02-Jan-13 13:28:41

I'm 34 and have long hair at the moment, I don't think it suits me any shorter than shoulder length. When I'm older i want to have crazy long white hair so i can channel my inner mad old cat woman!

Housemum Wed 02-Jan-13 13:36:21

I'm mid 40's and had a short croppy style for years so have decided to grow it - hoping it will with the help of tons of conditioner be like the hair of my 20s, sort of Kirstie Allsopp-ish.

Conversely my 5 year old is the only child with above shoulder length hair in her year, she has a just chin-length graduated bob, v French style. Everyone knows her because of her hair and says how cute it is yet no one else has yet been brave enough to go for the chop!

DamnBamboo Wed 02-Jan-13 13:37:18

Whatever age it is that she decides she no longer wants it long.

Is this a trick question?

SinisterBuggyMonth Wed 02-Jan-13 15:45:51

Actually i'm looking forward to reclaiming the blue rince when I go grey/white. I'd change colours like Mrs Slocombe, but have it long.

aaaaagh Wed 02-Jan-13 18:20:58

VerySmallSqueak - I'm with you - 41 - long hair - interesting grey streak coming - looking hot I think! I also think it helps that as you get older your eyesight goes so you always look better to yourself than to others!! I had very very short hair for years - and I'm now sporting the same hair style I had at age 10 (then I got it cut like Princess Di for the Royal wedding), long again at 20 (art college years). Age 26 - 35 ish were the clipper years (very small children - with frequent nit infestations). Now it's down to my nipples! I can head bang properly again! Long hair rocks!

PretzelTime Wed 02-Jan-13 18:28:13

I'm young-ish and my hair is kinda short. Maybe I'll grow it longer when I'm really old and it's white because that look is quite awesome.

She wore her hair up in a plait tied round her head, Swedish style
Ooo what does that look like?

What is this MN haircut method that Folkelf speaks of? Is it a way of cutting your own hair?

trixymalixy Wed 02-Jan-13 19:06:26

I want to be one of those old women who tie their hair up in intricate up dos. Guess I've got a while to practice as I'm crap at them just now!

FolkElf Wed 02-Jan-13 19:07:31

It is Squinkies.

A whole thread with a link here

libelulle Wed 02-Jan-13 19:10:08


<hasn't read thread>

PackItInNow Wed 02-Jan-13 19:10:17

Nope. There's no age limit for long hair. Just look as Yasmin Rossi in the M&S ads. I think she looks fab with her long, lovely whitish hair.

AlexanderS Wed 02-Jan-13 19:19:21

I'm going to have a Judi Dench when I start turning gray. And start dressing like Felicity Kendal. They've done older age well. I won't be getting my cleavage out every five minutes like Helen Mirren, or wearing bright lipstick like..well, too many older ladies. I want to age gracefully and not cling to my lost youth.

LarkinSky Wed 02-Jan-13 19:34:38

Someone up-thread asked for styling ideas for long hair, to avoid the 'scraping it back into a ponytail' trap.

This blog has some great, and doable, styles, I love it, it's revitalised my long hair (halfway down my back, age 33):

Wallison Thu 03-Jan-13 13:31:00

That was me, LarkinSky and thank you so much for the link; they all look lovely and ideas that even a clumsy oaf like me can pull off; cheers!

I hope there's never an age to have short hair!! I bloody love having long thick (boast grin) hair. Plus my dp has even longer thicker hair then me, it's gorgeous *swoons!!!

BaileyBillyBooBoo Thu 03-Jan-13 14:28:29

I adore long hair, I'm 28 and I am currently trying to grow it to the small of my back and I'm planning on keeping it that length until I feel ready to cut it not when I reach any particular age! It depends solely on what suits the individual person!

Did any of you see one born every minute last night......the lady with SUPER long hair giving birth......her hair was divine! Jealous!

KenLeeeeeeeInnaSantaHat Thu 03-Jan-13 14:31:40

My MIL is in her mid-60s and has hair just past her shoulders which she has loosely permed to give it a bit of oompf. It'sa lovely silvery grey and looks really nice.

My own mum is 51 and has shoulder length brilliant white hair. It's in exactly the same style as when she was in her 30s and still blonde, and she doesn't look a day past 40 according to most people.

Nancy66 Thu 03-Jan-13 14:35:21

not updating your 'do' as you get older can be a mistake. See Jerry Hall.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Thu 03-Jan-13 14:38:29

Women should have their hair how they like, no matter what their age is. That said, I have friends who've had the same hairstyle for their entire life - long and straight - as they are (admittedly) too scared to change it, which is quite understandable.

I'm 40 and have bra-strap length dark hair with layers round the front sides iyswim. It's naturally curly but I straighten it a lot. I'm SO bored with it and have been toying with getting it cut to a chin-ish length bob but because it's naturally curly I'm not sure how that'll look. I also have two cowlicks at the front so can never have a fringe as it won't sit right, so I'm concerned that shorter hair won't have the weight needed to 'drag' it down and make it behave, if that makes sense.

I love Mariella Frostrup's hairstyle, think it looks really funky.

CaptChaos Thu 03-Jan-13 14:47:11

I always regret cutting my waist length hair.

I am in my 40's long dark fine hair with fine hi-lights and long layers and that's pretty much how it will stay. It's easy to deal with, I can do more things with it and, if I cut it short, I look like a fat man.

My mother keeps telling me that I should get it cut shorter at my age, but then she also tells me I am too old to wear jeans.

JamieandtheMagiTorch Thu 03-Jan-13 21:16:53


Totally agree

FamiliesShareGerms Thu 03-Jan-13 21:53:33

I cut my waist length hair when I turned 30. I don't regret it, but it has taken some getting used to, especially as it is so much more work than long hair.

MrsDeVere Thu 03-Jan-13 22:43:59

I am verging on getting up tomorrow and getting my head shorn.
I want the LOT off. But not because I think I should
I am just fed up with it.

noddyholder Thu 03-Jan-13 22:47:41

47 and love long hair so am keeping mine as I love long grey hair in a French twist

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