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

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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?

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

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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.

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


Totally agree

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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!

StrawberryTot Thu 03-Jan-13 14:21:59

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!!!

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!

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):

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.

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.

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


<hasn't read thread>

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

It is Squinkies.

A whole thread with a link here

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!

SquinkiesRule Wed 02-Jan-13 19:02:58

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

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?

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!

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

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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?

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!

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!

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.

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