Long Hair after 50

We women over 50 have all heard the admonitions: long hair is for ingenues, long hair no longer flatters the “mature” face, long hair makes you look like a cavewoman (okay…I made up that last one). But look around and you’ll see significant numbers of woman over 50–and, dare I say, over 60–who are pulling off the look with grace and style, such as Meryl Streep, Jill Clayburgh, Jane Seymour, and Sally Field.

meryl-streep

Jill Clayburgh

Jane_seymour
sally-field

And the beauty of long hair over 50 is not limited to the celebrity set. Check out my friends Heidi, Merille, and LeeAnn:

Heidi

Merille

LeeAnn

We boomers are playing by different rules. In fact, we’re creating new rules. And I, for one, love where those new rules are taking us.

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7 thoughts on “Long Hair after 50

  1. Janet

    All these pictures are great and these ladies are lovely except that I do not consider these to be ‘long’ hair except maybe for Jane Seymour. Maybe Merryl’s is somewhat longish but the rest are just medium length.

    I am over 50 and my hair is approximately waist length.

    1. You’re so lucky that you can grow your hair that long! Based on rate of growth and replacement growth, a lot of women–of all ages–can’t grow to such fabulous lengths.

  2. Janet

    I grew it out in 2005 after having many styles. It has to do with ease of care – not trying to look younger. Even though I look good, nobody is going to mistake me for a 25 year old. I have very straight hair and I gave up on perms which ruined my hair. My hair is clean and well kept and I color it to cover gray. I get more positive than negative reviews. Long hair is just another option for women and they should not feel afraid of it no matter what their age.

  3. I completely agree. For years, we’ve been told that long hair is exclusively for the young, yet many 50-plus women are proving that to be wrong. Thanks for being one of them.

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