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What do we think about long hair on women aged 40's/50's? I'm thinking of growing mine.

(49 Posts)
TsarChasm Wed 03-Sep-08 12:12:01

By long hair I mean like Madonna's hair and Meryl Streep.

I've always thought long hair on older women was probably not too good, but I quite like the wavy/loose curly look they have. I would need a perm though and I haven't had one since the 80's and have baaaad flashbacksgrin.

My hair is fine and straight and so far only just to the base of neck/top of shoulders. Do I carry on?

It can get a bit ratty and is needing a trim, but I don't want it all chopped short. It's taken me since Christmas to get this far.

Neeerly3 Wed 03-Sep-08 12:15:31

my mum has very long hair and is 54. Its all one length and my sis and I have been badgering her to get some layering at the front to soften it up. She has a fringe too and is peppered with grey.....she says her hubby likes it and wants to keep it like that. I personally think she is thinking long hair = younger looking, but wouldn't dare tell her! If you gonna go long, get some shape to it and possibly curls like you say, but make sure it's done properly and you don't end up with ringlets!

Neeerly3 Wed 03-Sep-08 12:16:31

also some colour (depending on your natural colour) would liven it up and make it look very healthy.

TsarChasm Wed 03-Sep-08 12:19:22

Yes Ikwym I don't think ringlets would be good at all.

No grey yet, by some miracle, but I will colour it if/when it arrives.

KatieDD Wed 03-Sep-08 20:32:15

I'm growing mine, curly and wavy, it's going to be lovely.

TsarChasm Wed 03-Sep-08 21:06:29

Seems to take ages though.

I'm never sure if it's best to keep having trims or to just leave well alone and let it just grow.

cornsilk Wed 03-Sep-08 21:10:29

It has to be in good condition. Keep getting it trimmed.

lou33 Wed 03-Sep-08 21:14:50

mine is shoulder length and permed, but everyone thinks i am naturally curly

i am 41 btw

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 03-Sep-08 21:15:15

think it can look great - depends on condition and a good cut,even if it is long it should be trimmed regularly. Interestingly I have had mine cut today (am an older one) - it was shoulder length with layers and I liked it but have chosen to have a chic bob (I hope it'll remain chic !), long at front and graduating up a bit at the back, so it's below jaw line,which I think is flattering. I hate longer hair a la Vanessa Feltz though. ( no disrespect to V as I like her)

TsarChasm Wed 03-Sep-08 21:17:35

I think it is needing a bit of a trim atm.

I get quite nervous in hairdressers. I've had some awful haircuts, or rather perhaps, total misunderstandings about what I wanted.

I think that's why I'm going to grow it now.

TsarChasm Wed 03-Sep-08 21:21:35

Lou I just peeped..Yours is lovely. It looks so natural smile

Agree re Vanessa Feltz. No that's not what I'm after grin

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 03-Sep-08 21:30:41

yes Lou,yours looks v natural !

tootiredtothink Wed 03-Sep-08 21:32:23

Have to say Lou - you look like Charlotte from Sex in the City, beautiful. Surely I can't be the first to notice? envysmile

TsarChasm Wed 03-Sep-08 21:40:02

Lou, if you're still there, may I ask how often you need to have your hair permed please?

In the bad old 80's my perms only looked really natural just before they needed doing again. I guess things have moved on (hopefully) and they're kinder to your hair nowadays.

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 03-Sep-08 22:57:17

My hair is a bit like Lou's. But she looks a lot better than me envyenvy

And I love those glasses!

solo Wed 03-Sep-08 22:59:12

It can age you.

solidgoldbrass Wed 03-Sep-08 22:59:40

I am growing mine at the moment, from very short spiky mess and have so far been through the Gary Glitter, Lord Summerisle, 80s Footballer Mullet stages and am now looking... well it's still a bit 80s but now it's kind of suburban mallrat. I am nearly 44 BTW.

TsarChasm Wed 03-Sep-08 23:14:55

grin Lol Solid. It's such an annoyingly slow process.

Also, I suspect mine may have peaked and reached a finite scrubby length, in which case I'll jusy abandon the whole project and sulk.

lou33 Thu 04-Sep-08 08:19:16

thanks for the nice comments

i get it done about every six months (actually i am having it redone tomorrow), but not all over, last time it was just the regrowth on top that was done, this time it will be underneath as well

Beetroot Thu 04-Sep-08 08:20:56

I have long hair and am 45.

It needs to be styled

No rats tales
not pony tail
and not scraped off the forehead.

tiredemma Thu 04-Sep-08 08:22:12

My MIL has long hair (she is 44) and look fantastic.

My mum has long hair (she is 49) and it really looks awful.

noddyholder Thu 04-Sep-08 08:43:58

I have long hair no style has such slightly wavy no fringe often wear it in a bun or with a wide hairband.Never going to have a style just don't like that overdone coffured look I love long hair on older women i think unless you are amazing looking short hair is for the young and pixie faced

TsarChasm Thu 04-Sep-08 10:24:55

Thanks for your thoughts and advice everyonesmile I'm going to give it a go and see how I turn out.

PuppyMonkey Thu 04-Sep-08 10:28:30

I don't think long hair ages you, I think SHORT hair ages you!

I had mine cut into short bob last year and though nice and smart all the photos I have made me look years older. Am growing it back longer to mid lenth now, and I already see the difference in photos.

Dropdeadfred Thu 04-Sep-08 10:33:10

I hate it wen women are told long hair is for 'young' women..they the hack their hair off and look 10 years older immediately hmm

BUT - unstyled, greying, thin hair costantly dragged in to a pony tail does NO ONE any favours....

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