As so often happens, I was strolling through the web when an article caught my eye. The link is below if you would like to read it. The title was “Who Says Middle Aged Women Can’t have Long Hair?” Because I fit that demographic, I read the article and totally agree with the author.
I am 52 and my hair hits my back at approximately the middle. I have never worn my hair this long, even in high school. I may have come close, once, when I was about 15, but since then it has been either shoulder length or shorter. So why now? Good question and one I will attempt to answer.
One of the main reasons I started growing my hair out a couple of years ago was to please my husband. He has always wanted me to have longer hair and once I retired from nursing, I decided why not go ahead and see how long I could grow it and give my hubby a treat for once. So the process began and I found that the longer it got, the more I liked it, too. I like the various styles I can wear it in. Up, down, ponytails, braided, curled, and straight. Short hair was never this flexible. So now I’m hooked. I do admit that most of the time it is in a ponytail so it doesn’t get in the way, but when I go out, it is usually down and either very straight, or I put a few curls in with a 1 ½ inch curling iron for big, sexy curls.
Time was another reason I kept my hair short for all those years. Being a nurse just didn’t allow for mornings spent in front of a mirror drying all this hair, then either straightening it, or curling it. Nope, it was blow dry and go. But now, I have the time it takes to manage a long cut. I have also discovered the importance of a good trim every 6-8 weeks to get rid of the damaged ends that happened from the curling, straightening and blow drying. I also color my hair and while I could do that myself when I had shorter hair, I much prefer my stylist doing it now than me messing with all that color.
Another thing I have learned that while some may think you just grow your hair out and you’re good, that isn’t always the truth. It is still very important to have a great cut, even with or maybe more so because your hair is longer. If you leave it all one length, it can end up pulling everything down and as a middle aged woman that is the last thing we need. I did some research on different styles for longer hair and found one that I like. My hair is cut in long layers that give it more movement and less of a dragged down appearance. When I wear it straight, it really swings when I move my head and when it is curled; the result is big, fat, sexy curls that my husband can’t keep his hands off of.
Yes, having long hair defiantly takes more time and money, but it is worth it, especially when people can’t believe how old I really am. I saw a friend recently whom I hadn’t seen in a while and was complimented on how young I look with my hair long. I can’t think of a better reason than that to keep it this way for a while.