Vibrant Nation members who go short after turning 50 often tell us they love their new, short cuts. But achieving a flattering short hairstyle means doing your homework before you cut – and then investing in the right styling products and regular trims to maintain your style.
Three members share their tips.
1. Short, yes—but not ridiculously short.
“I’m 58 and have worn short hair most of my life. It’s not ridiculously short, but no one would ever describe it as anything but short. Truth is, if I thought I could get away with the hairstyle worn by the character on “Nurse Jackie,” (a fabulous Showtime original series) I’d go that way! But I’m not quite that brave yet.” ~ Laurabel
5. “Try on” the style before you cut.
“Check out magazines for cuts you like. Consider trying on short wigs. Most importantly, go to a very good stylist. And, remember, it will grow back if you don’t like it. Have fun with your new look!”
“I have short hair—have for many years. I really don’t think short is for everybody, but if you go find a wig store, try some on and see how you like it. If you do, there are many sites online for short hair styles. Take a picture with you when/if you go short. Be realistic and understand that a lot of it also depends on your hair type for the style. Good luck!”
3. Short is low-maintenance—but upkeep is still essential.
“I have sported a short cut since ’99. I have not used a blow dryer since then! One suggestion: Herbal Essence puts out a great lightweight-yet-strong hold spray hair gel. Just shower, spray, comb and done! But (and this is important) a short cut has to be re-cut every 6–8 weeks. This is a must otherwise you will look sloppy, and that’s not the goal.” ~ Elbie
If eleven more tips on achieving the right hip, short hairstyle for you (and many photos of inspiring short hairstyles shared by your fellow VNers!) download Vibrant Nation’s report, Hip, Short Hair After 50: When to cut and how to do it right. The report is completely FREE to all Vibrant Nation members!
Did you cut your hair short after turning 50? Share your own advice!