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Was chatting in a large group recently where someone had had long hair chopped off. People were complimenting her and the general agreement was that long hair was ageing. I have long hair and it got me thinking if it was a common thought or not?. Average age of the group was early/mid thirties.
Im due to get my hair cut soon, was planning a trim but now wondering to go abit shorter?
It was for me! I had my hair bra strap length, keeping the grey at bay continually. I got fed up of all the maintenance so chopped it into a very short pixie and let the grey come through. It has taken about 5 years off me (I'm mid 30s).
I was going to post a picture of Michelle Mone as someone whose long hair looks old fashioned and a bit ageing.....but she's conveniently had a haircut (probably preempted this thread) and now demonstrates how mid length hair looks more flattering and modern.
I'm late 40s - and have had all lengths of hair. Currently a very short pixie cut.
I did worry more about the short hair cut being safe and 'middle aged' style, but I think it suits me. Maybe that's because it is summer though, and I am tanned. When I am pale and wintery no hairstyle suits me.
Any length could be a badly cut, unkempt frizzy or greasy mess which is very aging. If you have it well cut in a style that suits you best and look after it, you will look great, whatever length. My range seems to be shoulder length to bra strap. It's midway atm it's similar to Michelle mone's in white dress pic ^^. I probably wont go further in either direction it's just not me.
You'll hate me. I'm 47 with long hair - not frizzy!!! I was recently in a room with women I hadn't seen since school, half of them had very short hair. All very masculine looking. That to me was ageing. I refuse to have a uniform of that's what I should wear/look like at x, y and z age.
As for Michelle Mone, haven't seen the pic but the haircut might be there to hide 'work'.
Mine is mid way between the two Michelle photos (I'm 48), but it doesn't work well at shoulder length, if I don't blowdry it it is all floppy and lanky, if I do then it seems more Loose Women than I would like. Michelle's does look lovely in that second picture though. On me longer (bra strap length at the moment) brings out all the big bounces and waves and I can literally wash and go. Not sure what I'll do when it goes grey though, it's deep brown naturally and I'm not keen on the idea of colouring this quantity of hair. I henna it a couple of times a year at the moment and that's bad enough.
I'm in my early 40s and have very long thick hair past my boobs (which given that I've breast fed two babies means quite a long way down ).
IMO longer hair is softer anymore flattering as you age but by longer I mean mid length to long, not necessarily as long as mine. I think you have to have very good bone structure to pull off short properly.
If you have long hair though it is essential to have a good cut since it will break off as it gets to the end and those scraggly ends are what makes it look bad.
I love long hair but know that a good cut looks much better on me. However, I just can't resist letting my hair grow long. Miss one hair appointment and that's it - the excuse I need to let my hair go wild again. I delude myself that it looks wonderful. Have just seen myself in a recent photo though and it really doesn't. As for my age, I'm old enough to know better! www.frockfriday.co.uk
I'm 39 and have long hair. But I keep it in good condition. I think short hair can be very ageing, unless the woman is pretty or striking enough for a very short crop. Most of the women I know have long hair and look fab. I think your hair just needs a tidy up OP, an inch or two off, maybe some layers?
I think a 'mum' short haircut is more aging. In my group, age around 35-40, one is rocking a rock chick platinum pixie cut and the rest of us have at least shoulder length hair and most of us longer than that.
I agree with the short 'mum' cut but I'm probably in a weirder friendship group to you. In my immediate circle of women (45-50) there's me with long scarlet hair, a couple of long bobs, one Mohican and a Chelsea skinhead. Single handedly ruined the ozone layer through the years.