In the wild world of fashion rules that just about everybody breaks at some time or another, someone came up with the notion that at the age of forty, women should shed the long locks and go short. Why has never really been made clear since there are so many of us long-haired ladies that look awful with short hair, but that’s the message we’ve all gotten over the years.
(This writer used to have a massive conflict with one grandmother over the matter. Grandma actually thought that short hair – that needed to be styled every day – was easier to care for. Of course, in a previous life she had been a professional hairdresser.)
The more time that passes beyond the dreaded age landmark, the more those of us with long tresses say “PHOOEY” to that specific fashion rule, that we need to cut our hair short at 40.
The reality is that no style gives the sort of versatility for looks that long hair does. It does not always need to be worn down, or in a ponytail. It can be put up in twists and buns, braided, worn as a chignon – all of which are classic styles that compliment any face, and are suitable for all occasions. Put long hair up in the morning, and it usually does not need a comb through until evening.
That does not mean that having long hair is effortless. Using an honest to goodness boar bristle brush to brush sebum from the scalp to the ends every day is a must. So is using conditioner, and being careful around tools, vacuum cleaners, etc., but it is not nearly as taxing as actually having to get up, blow dry and set hair every day.
Really, do women need to give up their long locks at 40? Absolutely not. A woman’s hair is her glory and her plumage, why would she cut it off?