Am I too old to wear long hair? It’s like asking me my age–completely inappropriate. But because nothing is off limits here I will reveal my age in a minute. First, the issue of long locks. The debate about whether it’s socially acceptable for women to wear long hair after they turn forty. This question evokes a strong emotional response in me.
Look, I’ll admit, I have more than two years to go before turning forty. But, I can already tell you that I have absolutely NO INTENTION of cutting my hair when the big 4-0 rolls around. I love wearing my hair long. Long as in past my bra strap long. Long as in it takes more than five minutes to braid my hair long. Long as in I’m the only mom at PTA meetings who isn’t wearing the trendy Jennifer Anniston layered haircut.
I don’t know why I’m so bent on clinging to my hair. Perhaps it has to do with the time my mom cut eight inches off in junior high. I probably never recovered from that traumatizing experience. Even so, there are dozens of reasons women past a ‘certain age’ choose to wear their hair long. Remember age is relative. It’s just a number. Therefore, age shouldn’t be considered a factor when it comes to hair length. Let’s dispel a few myths about long hair after forty:
Synonymous with rebellion. Oh, you’re a mom now . . . Oh, you got promoted as head partner and can’t afford to lose professional credibility. Better cut those locks or run the risk of ‘appearing’ rebellious. Uh, not so fast. Just because a woman of a certain age has long hair, doesn’t mean she’s ‘acting out’ or trying to be defiant. You might be surprised to learn she’s actually a functioning citizen of society.
Stuck in the wrong ERA. Long hair is dated. It looks unkempt and unruly. What wrong with her? Is she trying to be a modern day hippie? Um, the answer is probably ‘no.’ Though if you asked me, I wouldn’t be offended in the least. I’m convinced I grew up in the wrong era. I dreamed of becoming one of Charlie’s Angels. Farrah Fawcett was legendary in my mind. Maybe her signature hairstyle is the reason I refuse to purchase a straightening iron. A few pumps of Bumble and Bumble surf spray, and I get the beachy, wind blown, 1970′s hair I’m after.
Men DON’T like long hair. Hmm . . . let’s just say this isn’t entirely true. In fact, I think most men find long hair sexy. Of course, they like running their fingers through a silky mane. Of course, they like waking up to tousled bed hair in the morning. And yes, of course, men find short hair sexy too. It really depends on the man you’re asking.
Whatever the case, whatever you believe is or isn’t true, I’m sure we can agree that this unwritten rule about age appropriate hair length is ridiculous! If a woman looks great with long hair, then there’s no reason to cut it in her 40′s, 50′s, or 60′s. Every woman should wear her hair how she prefers–however she feels most comfortable. “To thine own self be true,” right?
Well, let’s hear it. Do you think women should cut their hair after a certain age?
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