Why is it that younger women have long hair and ‘older’ women tend to go shorter?
Is it fashion? Or it is pressure from what’s expected? Or is it just what you ‘do’? The hairdressing world is full of guidelines or ‘rules’ for hair for women. ‘Older’ women in particular are expected to conform to certain rules. Let’s unpick a few of the most common:
You can’t have long hair after 40.
Really? Well Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston (not to mention Jerry Hall) seem to be doing OK. But, even if you’re not an A-list celebrity, long hair is very possible after 40. The only thing you have to watch for is whether your hair is starting to thin. If so, have a few layers put in and use a thickening product.
Don’t go darker, it’ll make you look older.
Any dramatic change in hair colour will need some thought into what suits you and whether you can keep up with the maintenance – this is true at any age. The main reason very dark hair can make people look washed out is that it’s not the right tone. (see our post on choosing the right colour). The darker the colour, then the more obvious grey roots will be. If this bothers you then just plan to touch them up between colour applications.
You need to cover your grey.
This might seem like a strange thing to say, we are a hairdresser’s after all, but you don’t have to cover your grey hair. It can look stunning – think Helen Mirren or Judi Dench. And there’s something youthful about the spirit of simply not trying too hard! Grey hair can be very soft or sometimes it’s wiry in texture. This will make some styles more suitable than others, and your stylist can give you the best advice.
It’s more important that you go for the hair that you’re happy with – regardless of age.
This is why, at Anthony James, we never try to pigeonhole people, or tell them what they should ‘have’. We’ll give you advice on a hairstyle that’ll suit your face-shape, hair texture and natural colouring. But age? Doesn’t come into it!