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A Look at Long Hair and the Mature Woman (2)

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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.
These days, we know that things like UV radiation and cigarette smoke can prematurely age the skin and can lead to looking older than your years, so most women take steps to avoid of counter these factors. We also have cosmetic treatments like laser rejuvenation and botox therapies to stop the development of fine lines and wrinkles and help to preserve the healthy look of younger skin.
Because women today look younger for their age, the rules change. You don’t need to do different things with the hair to draw attention away from other unflattering features (such as frown lines and brow furrows). Women can wear their hair long and the only factor to consider is whether or not the style flatters them.
Why Long Hair?
Long hair has always been seen as portraying the image of beauty. Look at art throughout history. The beautiful maiden is always seen with long hair. All of the representations of Venus: the goddess of love and beauty show her with hair that is long, wavy and flowing. It’s romantic and feminine.
We are taught that long hair equals youth and beauty from an early age. Look at our fairy tales. Rapunzel was envied so much for her beautiful long hair that she was locked away in a tower. The mere sight of her beautiful hair inspired the young prince to risk his life to try to reach her. We are taught that long hair is something to be desired and envied, because of it’s indication that the woman who has it is more alluring and sexy. For many women – because of the lessons learned while young - wearing their hair long at a mature age is a subtle way of telling the world around them that they are still sexual and desirable beings.
Another reason many women choose long hair is that long hair takes more effort to care for properly and a woman who wears long hair that looks good is a woman you know spends time on her appearance and likes to be appreciated. This usually won’t be a conscious decision, but the desire to be appreciated means that a woman is more than willing to put up with the extra effort in order to ensure the attention.
Long hair is also versatile and can be worn in a wide variety of looks and styles. With long hair you don’t have to have simply hanging lengths, you can wear the hair up in elaborate and intricate styles, or a simple, smooth twist. You can add curl for an ultra-full, voluminous look, or you can flat iron it for a super-sleek style. This doesn’t even consider the in-between styles available with long hair: half-up-styles, ponytails, braids, etc.
Tips for Healthy Mature Hair:
As a woman ages, hormonal changes and even genetics can mean that the hair begins to grow differently, or can become drier and less manageable. Because of this you need to meet the hair’s changing needs, and compensate for some of the inevitable deficiencies:
•  Be sure to use a gentle shampoo with humectants and a moisturizing conditioner to keep the hair hydrated. You will also need to add shine products to your styling routine, such as spray laminators, and anti-frizz serums, since maturing hair tends to lose its luster.
•  Avoid using all-over hair color as your sole source of color, particularly if you are beginning to gray. The color results tend to become flat and the hair looks bland. Instead, choose dimensional color services featuring highlighting and low-lighting to create color varation in the hair, ensuring a more natural looking color result. In addition, don’t fall for color trends: such as chunky colors and the like. More natural coloring techniques will mean the hair looks more youthful.
•  Have your stylist add layering into the hair in areas where you need it according to your face shape. Rounder faces should have layers at the top of the head to create height, while narrower faces should have layers along the middle lengths to be styled outward and create a wider silhouette. You can use layers around the face to soften features or mask an over-large forehead, and add asymmetrical elements (side partings and angled bangs) to compensate for angular or over-balanced features.
•  Finally, be sure to maintain your overall health. This includes getting proper nutrition, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough exercise. A healthy body will be better able to grow healthy hair.
The bottom line is this: Age is no longer a reason to limit your choices in hairstyle. Any woman, of any age, can have long hair that is healthy, vibrant, and strong. So, keep your youthful locks regardless of what the calendar says.
Stacy - Hair Stylist     ©