Should women of a ‘certain age’ have long hair?
I say yes.
So does Dominique Browning. She’s a writer and former editor-in-chief of House and Garden. At the age of 55, she’s sporting a rather impressive mane of long gray hair that reaches half-way down her back.
That mane has gotten her a lot of flack from her family, friends, and professional colleagues, and in a recent New York Times article, she posed possible reasons why.
She’s acting out. Living in the 70’s. Being high maintenance. Trying to attract the fellas. And she gladly owns up to all of them.
While I understand part of the issue really lies with her friends and family — anytime someone doesn’t conform, we question our own decisions — I have to wonder why longer hair isn’t more popular with women in their middle years in the first place.
I understand why they cut their hair when they have children. It’s easier to maintain short, and it keeps it out of reach of sticky, eager baby fingers.
It makes perfect sense.
But once the kids are older, and your skin starts to age and sag a bit, isn’t longer hair a nice distraction from the passing years? I’m not suggesting you hide behind your hair…just give people something else pretty to gaze upon.
We do it all the time with clothing and jewelry. Isn’t hair just another way to accessorize our look?