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Will you keep longer hair as you get older?

SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
My hair will be getting longer as I get older!
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,494Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    yes, absolutely.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    Long, or long-ish. Nothing extravagant, but not short.

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  • alacurlalacurl Posts: 1,193Registered Users
    Hard to say. I'm not ready to cut it short, but who knows when I might change my mind. :happy8:
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  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users
    Definitely, but I may wear it up more. I love long hair.
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  • twirlygrannytwirlygranny Posts: 1,114Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Yep...almost 50 and still like it long. My mom is 88 and has long hair.
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,677Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Mine's got too thin to wear long any more but I'll never go short short - it'll always be long enough to put up.
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  • MirCurlsMirCurls Posts: 2,660Registered Users
    I look better with below-shoulder length hair. I want to grow it about 3 "visual"more inches maybe 4.

    As long as I can wear it long (mine is thinning, too), I will!
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  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    I'm 48 and have been growing my hair for the past few years. It's now almost shoulder length. I'd like it to be a few more inches and then I'll keep it that length. It's more about being practical for my lifestyle than my age. I'm into gardening and yoga so I need hair that can be easily pulled back out of the way and still look okay when I take off a hat. That means longer is better!
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I'm past BLS when curly and brushing waist when pulled straight. I love long hair and really see no reason to cut as we get older. I started this thread to get some opinions. A lady at work was saying she'd like to grow her hair long but she thinks she's too old (41!!). I said that you're never too old for long hair.
  • wavycurly40+wavycurly40+ Posts: 2,017Registered Users
    How long is long? I'm above shoulder length but still consider my hair "longish," and I've been going longer rather than shorter over time.

    I think that women tend to go shorter with age because:
    a) their hair thins too much and doesn't look as good long, or
    b) long hair drags their face down too much, making them look drawn/tired (less of an issue with curlies, who have more volume on the sides), or
    c) they think short hair looks more authoritative and professional.

    I hope to avoid a and b, and I just say no to c. :)

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  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    I'm past BLS when curly and brushing waist when pulled straight. I love long hair and really see no reason to cut as we get older. I started this thread to get some opinions. A lady at work was saying she'd like to grow her hair long but she thinks she's too old (41!!). I said that you're never too old for long hair.

    I wish I could grow mine that long. It grows very slow and the ends get too thin. Mine is about 4" below my shoulders, when straight. That's about as long as I can get it without too much thinning. I'm really wanting extensions to get another 4 or more inches. I have a friend who has them and has had them for about 18 months. The upkeep is expensive (she can afford it) plus I worry about damage. She says her hair is healthier doing it. IDK. She is one of those people who feel long hair isn't for older women, so her hair just touches her shoulders. Even at that length her hair is too thin without the extensions.

    I feel I'm rocking long hair at 59. The other day I wore my hair straight and the bottom portion started to get frizzy. I pinned it up and it actually looked good. My hair looked to be a little longer than chin length. I've grown out my bangs, so I did a side part. It would be a lot of work if I wore my hair this way everyday, since it's curly, plus I think I would get bored with the look.
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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I love longer hair, but I will probably just keep mine between shoulder and APL when it's dry/curly. I like the ease of pulling it back into a pony, headband, or updo when I have it at that length.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    In my young days I used to keep my hair at waist length, but it's just too much of a PITA for me to do that anymore...too many knots to comb out and I just don't want to deal with it...so I keep it just past my shoulders, with lots of layers to keep it fuller around my face. It still has the appearance of long hair without actually being really long. I love longer hair on older women, as long as it has some style and movement to it. Some women get dragged down by yards of hair, but there are so many choices other than very-long and very-short. I swore I'd never do one of those old-lady-bubble-hairdos like my mother has.
  • QVCDivaQVCDiva Posts: 1,329Registered Users
    Yep...almost 50 and still like it long. My mom is 88 and has long hair.

    Same here with the exception that my mother is 82. Longer hair for me is shoulder length.
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  • heidiheidi Posts: 243Registered Users
    I don't like my hair any shorter then shoulder length so I plan to keep mine long too. It would be cool to grow it to waist length, but I don't think it can get that long. BSL (28") seems to be terminal length for me :crybaby:
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  • ShrekLoverShrekLover Posts: 2,551Registered Users
    I got mine cut short a few years ago and I just look better with it short, even my husband prefers it short. Longer was just pulling down my features. I used to be pretty and as I got closer and closer to 50 I knew I looked not very good, but didn't know why. My skin still was in decent shape and I have never been more than a few pounds overweight. I went for a consultation with a hairstylist recommended on this site, she cut my hair short and the first thing hubby said when I got home is "You look cute". And I did. I got very positive reactions at work the next day and when my friends that I see only once in a while saw me they all seemed to love it. I think it just depends on the person.
  • VerityVerity Posts: 616Registered Users
    I'm with sdc. I didn't look that good with longer hair when I was younger, and now it definitely doesn't work for me. I tried making a statement about not giving in to getting older by growing my hair a little longer. The longer it got, the older and more tired I looked.
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I've been 'older' for awhile now and still wear my hair longish. I'll wear it however I feel like wearing it, long or short, regardless of what society thinks is 'right' for us old folks. : )
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I'll keep it about what it is now or shorter. I don't find hair past waist length to be attractive, so I won't go past that.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    sdc wrote: »
    I got mine cut short a few years ago and I just look better with it short, even my husband prefers it short. Longer was just pulling down my features. I used to be pretty and as I got closer and closer to 50 I knew I looked not very good, but didn't know why. My skin still was in decent shape and I have never been more than a few pounds overweight. I went for a consultation with a hairstylist recommended on this site, she cut my hair short and the first thing hubby said when I got home is "You look cute". And I did. I got very positive reactions at work the next day and when my friends that I see only once in a while saw me they all seemed to love it. I think it just depends on the person.

    I agree.
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  • SparklyCurlsSparklyCurls Posts: 163Registered Users
    I’ve cut my hair several times but always kept it long enough so when I get frustrated I would be able to just tie it up in a ponytail. For me that rule will always apply.

    Plus being I have a full head of big curls - the shorter my hair the more I resemble a spoofed up snow cone - even moreso as I go gray.:shock:

  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    I’ve cut my hair several times but always kept it long enough so when I get frustrated I would be able to just tie it up in a ponytail. For me that rule will always apply.

    Plus being I have a full head of big curls - the shorter my hair the more I resemble a spoofed up snow cone - even moreso as I go gray.:shock:

    Love that description!!!! :p
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  • Robin-in-FLRobin-in-FL Posts: 1,731Registered Users
    Well, it depends. If it makes nice waves or curls and I still feel like dealing with it, I'll keep it "short long", like shoulder length or so (can't maintain it shorter than that, I am too lazy about haircuts).

    I don't know if I'll ever grow it past hip length again, but I have always said that when I got old, I'd be rocking on the front porch with a long fat gray braid, and a shotgun behind the rocking chair, LOL. So if it stays thick and gets a good gray and I get tired of styling, yes, I'll grow it long because it's easier overall. But only to waist I think, longer than that gets more difficult for me.

    @ Heidi, I thought my terminal length was BSL too, for years and years, but when I actually DID NOT CUT my hair, no trims but dusting about 1/4" maybe twice over six years, I found out it gets a lot longer than that if I do not cut it.
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  • curlyinohiocurlyinohio Posts: 362Registered Users
    Absolutely! I had someone tell me recently that long hair doesn't belong on older women. I think that's ridiculous! It's our crowning glory! That doesn't stop, even when it's gray! I've seen long silky silvery hair on some women, and it's beautiful. I hope to have hair like that eventually, and I don't care what people think a woman my age is "supposed" to have. The way I figure, if it's not supposed to be long past a certain age, God would make it stop growing!
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  • Maxs MomMaxs Mom Posts: 64Registered Users
    I will be 46 next month and did not start growing out my pixie until 4.5 years ago. I now have waist length, thick, 3a hair that I LOVE. I have no idea how much longer I will grow but will NEVER go back to short.
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  • OBBOBB Posts: 4,174Registered Users
    hair who needs it
  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    My hair is SL stretched now (in the back, at least. Other parts of my hair are either ear length or chin length). I plan to keep growing my hair until it's at least APL stretched. The longest my hair ever got with a relaxer was SL and that didn't happen very often. It was more often around neck length, so I want to see how long my hair gets in its natural state.
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  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    i am almost 61, mine is long (waist length wet) and now i am going gray and i have the 2 or 3 toned look. we'll see what shakes out...could be interesting
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    let me know if u can see this pic or not
    Susan suburban NY
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,235Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    banjocurl wrote: »
    i am almost 61, mine is long (waist length wet) and now i am going gray and i have the 2 or 3 toned look. we'll see what shakes out...could be interesting
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    let me know if u can see this pic or not

    banjo, your gray hair is coming in fast! it looks gorgeous on you!!
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
  • eweniqueewenique Posts: 1,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I agree! Love the gray, banjo. It will take a looong time to grow it out if you keep the length. Mine's not nearly as long as yours and it's been almost 2 years - the last of the color should be gone by early 2011.
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