We’ve all heard the theory that a woman past a “certain age” should never wear long hair, but
should rather have a more age-appropriate hairstyle. Of course, what is “age appropriate”? The truth is that in today’s world, age is
little more than a number and should have nothing to do with a person’s sense of style. Just look at the ladies above:
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Elizabeth Hurley (41) – At 41, Ms. Hurley (Austin Powers: International Man of
Mystery, Bedazzled) is now entering the category of “mature women”, but that hasn’t slowed her down. Still sought after as an actress
and model, her long hair shows she’s still sexy, vibrant and downright ‘hot’.
Bernadette Peters (59) – While Bernadette Peters will long be remembered for her
role in the Steve Martin comedy, The Jerk, she has made a name for herself as a true performer on the Broadway stage. She’s won two Tony
awards and been nominated for five others. With her trademarks curls, Ms. Peters is still a stunning woman at 59.
Bebe Neuwirth (48) – This 48-year-old actress of TV (Cheers, Frasier) and the
Broadway stage (Chicago) is a far cry from the icy character she portrayed on television. Her long sable curls prove that even an older
woman can still smolder.
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Stevie Nicks (58) – Always one to buck the system and convention, songstress
Stevie Nicks is still one of the most beautiful women of Rock and Roll history. Her long-layered-locks are something even women half
her age would envy.
Susan Sarandon (60) – The oldest of the actresses shown here, Susan Sarandon has
played everything from the innocent ingénue in Rocky Horror Picture Show, to the sultry older woman in White Palace. Whatever the role,
she’s an amazing actress and her blazing red hair always starts a fire onscreen.
Valerie Bertinelli (46) – Valerie became a household name as the plucky younger
daughter in the ground breaking sit-com One Day at a Time. Later in her career, she became the “Queen of the TV Movie” and has been
considered one of television’s most beautiful women. From a beautiful youngster to a gorgeous woman, she still looks astonishing at 46.
No one can look at these women and say that they shouldn’t wear their hair long. In fact,
these women could wear pretty much any hairstyle they choose. Their age doesn’t matter, their hair is healthy, the color vibrant, the
styles are flattering. What more does anyone want from their hair.
Why the Change?
So, you may be asking “Why the change; what makes the rules different now?” The answer is
simple. Half a century ago, a woman in her 50s or 60s looked very different than women of similar age look today. They didn’t have the
medical and cosmetic techniques we now have that help to preserve health and youthful vigor.