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What the best hair length for women at fifty?

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  1. Over 50..not over the Hill Over 50..not over the Hill says

    Well, I am over 50 and have hair to the middle of the back.  I think women are age should wear their hair the way it looks the best not according to what the norm is.  I think women are doing what feels right for them more now than when our mothers were our age.  I love my hair long!

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  2. JudithB JudithB says

    I’m 60 and my hair is still long, half way down my back, like it’s been all of my life. I kept it long in oder to control it bc it’s the fuzziest mess you’ve ever seen. My mother called it..”Natural Curly”..but I call it ..“A gift from the Devil”..(the Old Fart!!)….

    Dead & Gone Aunt Velma use to say…” It’s the worse FRIZZ I’ve ever seen on a White Girl.”…In my next life, I’m going to have long blonde STRAIGHT hair without a kink in it.  Can’t wait :-)

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  3. Generic Image christine manzi says

    I have been pondering this question myself lately. Tomorrow I am attending a hair cutting fund raiser for breast cancer awareness month & have been looking online @ the different hair styles. I don’t want to try to look like my daughters, but I don’t want to look like an “old lady” either. I stopped dying my hair last yr. @ age 58, & have a gray streak that I kind of like. Guess I’ll take my daughters’ advice & go for a long layered look, just below chin length.  Wish me luck.

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    • Liv'n'it Liv'n'it says

      Christine, I hear where you are coming from. Three years ago I had long, nice hair. It was fine but I had a lot of it. I was proud of my hair. The Lord impressed on me to cut it off for the little chemo kids. It seemed that on TV commercials, signs postd on restuarants, posters, emails, you name it and the reminder of the little children that had lost their hair to cancer. So off came my hair. I took 11 inches of it off and it was enough for 2 little kids to have hair. I sent it to Locks of Love. I have never been so blessed in all my life as when I donated my hair. It was such a wonderful peace That I never not one time regretted doing. I still had hair that barely touches my shoulders and have kept it that way for the past 3 years. Somewhere there are 2 little girls running around with warm red hair. I am truly blessed.

      Liv’n'it

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  4. Grandma Lea Grandma Lea says

    Hi,

    I am a petite 4’10” – 105 lbs and I will be 55 in January.  Last year I was told by two renouned hairdressers that because I’m short and the shape of my face is oblong; that I should not wear my hair longer than my jaw line. So I had it cut … and it was cute ..I liked it but it wasn’t enough for me – To help boost my petite size and average look – I still felt I needed pezaz not cute.  I have beautiful vibrant black hair and this is one feature that I don’t worry about – so why not show it off a little. Personally I find long hair does look good on me and my husband likes it long.  So to please me and my hubby, I’m letting it grow back to the middle of my back but adding style with a long layers.

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    • debbie-deb debbie-deb says

      I know that ‘should I or shouldn’t I struggle all too well Lea.  I’m 55 and have fine but incredibly thick, ‘poker’ straight hair that I kept short and layered for years.  In my 40′s I thought my natural brunette hair color was boring and changed to a wonderful, warm auburn (more red).  I have a fair skin and light hazel eye color (and freckles from the Irish side) so the color is great for my complexion.  However I found myself spending more and more time styling the ‘layers’ and adding more and more ‘gook’ to keep it stylish that I decided to let the layers grow out.  It is just below my shoulders now and I love it (I have some longer layers cut into it for volume). I recently got a body perm as my hair really is straight, which turned out great and I now have  the option of leaving my hair down, soft and wavy (off center part) or plopping it up on top of my head in a ‘messy’ ponytail.  I just think longer hair has so many more options.  Age doesn’t matter—go with the hair length, color etc. that makes you feel good and even a little sexy.

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  5. Materexlibris Materexlibris says

    There are no rules for hair length at any age.  I wish I could have long hair, but mine is so wiry and frizzy that it was taking 40 minutes, 3 appliances, and 2 products every morning just to get it to behave moderately.  Now I have a Jaimie Lee Curtis type cut and I LOVE it.  Do what makes YOU happy.

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  6. marimethod marimethod says

    I’m not defined by being “50″.. So, I don’t let my age decide my hairstyle.  If it looks good on me, and I like it, that ‘s the way I’ll wear it.  I tend to change my style quite drastically every 7 years anyway.

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  7. Generic Image mspenguin says

    I just started growing my short hair to a length that was like the styles of today the bob and I really like it..

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  8. Generic Image SaraSu says

    I feel that it is individual and not just because you are 50 your hair should be cut short–unless

    you want to

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  9. Generic Image MDLF says

    I think it is what ever you feel comfortable with and looks good. Those 50 Watt hair dos that our mothers wear really don’t do it. A good cutter is worth their prices to give you a great start that the local shop can follow.

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  10. Aderynyto Aderynyto says

    Everyone has given wonderful responses…..esp. the dear women who have gone through many illnesses……myself I never could figure out why there is such a question as “What the best hair length for women at fifty?……….what happens at fifty that wasn’t there before………….what is wrong with the style you like based on your lifestyle & not on some age or idea someone else has for you……where did the idea that you should not wear long hair after a certain age ever start…….you can wear it in so many different styles if longer…….if short there are so many wonderful gels out there to style it very easy also………..my mother always use to say you have to cut your hair when you get older…..who says ……….go for the one you like……

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  11. Aderynyto Aderynyto says

    Everyone has given wonderful responses…..esp. the dear women who have gone through many illnesses……myself I never could figure out why there is such a question as “What the best hair length for women at fifty?……….what happens at fifty that wasn’t there before………….what is wrong with the style you like based on your lifestyle & not on some age or idea someone else has for you……where did the idea that you should not wear long hair after a certain age ever start…….you can wear it in so many different styles if longer…….if short there are so many wonderful gels out there to style it very easy also………..my mother always use to say you have to cut your hair when you get older…..who says ……….go for the one you like……

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  12. Generic Image bradandrosie says

    Do not think long hair is the way to go!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Generic Image Ms. D says

    I read an article not too long ago about this topic and the author of the article said “short is cute, long is sexy”, and that women our age look best with hair shoulder to just below the should……that is, if you want long hair.  It also said that bangs make a more youthful look.

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  14. Generic Image PatD712 says

    I used to hear my mother say, “Long gray hair is just AWFUL!  If you’re over 50, you should wear your hair short.”  I couldn’t agree less.  I think women over 50 can wear their hair any way they please!!!  I prefer mine short because I work and have a lot of other activities and just don’t want to spend a lot of time on my hair.  But I’ve seen some middle to older aged women whose inner beauty is enhanced by long (gray) hair!!  Go for whatever you want!!!

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  15. Honeybee Honeybee says

    I think medium length is good. It’s a length you can pin up or let loose and feeeel goood! Lol!

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  16. Arrachme Arrachme says

    I too have been wondering about this. My hair is turning grey and in a warm climate, the Villages Florida, we swim alot. The color just won’t stay in. I really like the mid length. I would like to hear about  what to do with color. A solution or idea would be great.

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  17. Lobsticle Lobsticle says

    That question depends entirely on the condition of your hair, if its healthy vibrant and silky, the longer the better! If its curly and coarse it might be easier to maintain a shoulder length or shorter…That’s just my opinion…

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  18. MissCharly MissCharly says

    I never could wear short hair… the ends are either poking my scalp – itchy! or working their way through my shirt and tickling! Never met anyone else with the same problem. And I don’t have time to blow dry, long or short… Besides, mine’s so straight, I don’t like the way it looks – and the tangles!

    I heard that long hair makes our faces look older because it draws the eye down… along with our “wrinkles” (laugh lines!). I like to get mine out of the way with braids, and can pin them up and back to look “more mature” or “more elegant” – take your pick… and it brings back memories of Great Aunt Magda when she brushed out her very long, braided hair in the evenings… she wore hers in the Swiss style of her mother. I like the look.

    But we should all wear our hair the way we love it… As the bible says, it’s our crowning glory.

    God Bless!

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  19. Generic Image Nancy Glabis says

    A woman should always wear the length that looks good on her.  I have a long face, so short hair looks awful!  I dont have a lot of gray, I have free frosting and I wear it on and a little below my shoulders.  I look in my 40s so dont have to cut my hair because I am no longer 17.

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  20. LaurieW LaurieW says

    I’m 56, I love my hair long, it is completely gray, I color it and don’t care that I do. My mother lost her hair to chemo at this age, and I was lucky to have her thick hair.  I can straighten it, curl it, and wear it in a ponytail. No, I do not look like one of those chicks in the line at the grocery store, who has on the nice jeans, cool boots, well groomed hair and then she turns around and YIKES!!! I’ll curt it when I get to that wrinkled stage. I just wish I could have had the the things back in 70 to make it look this nice.  Besides, I only have to wash it every 6-10 days, and if I do, its just the top!  

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  21. Tinkerbell Tinkerbell says

    GIRL..you style your hair the way you want to no matter what anyone else says!! 

    I keep mine about five inches past my shoulders because I cut my own hair and I like to just pull

    it back in a long braid, or pile it up on my head and hold it with a clip.  It is turning

    gray, too, but I am not going to color it.  If people don’t like my hair, they don’t have to look at it!!

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  22. Generic Image lady di says

    I don’t beleive hair length is about age. I was in Hawaii and saw an older woman with long silver hair and she lit up the room when she walked in.  Wear what looks good on you!

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  23. Generic Image Richmondblondie says

    I think that this question comes up because of our mothers. Most women of that age ALWAYS wore their hair short even when they were young. My mom is 70 and I’m 50. I have always worn hair no shorter than chin length. My mom (and everyone else older than the boomers), always said that long hair on older women looks bad. Well, I say to heck with that! Most of us boomers grew up with long hair and want to keep it. I have seen many women over 50 with long, straight hair and I think it looks just fine. My hairdresser said that longer hair on older women makes their sagging jawline look even more pronounced. I’ve got that problem and now I’m beginning to wonder if a little bit shorter style would look better on me. I never have liked short hair, but I can see her point. What do you all think?

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  24. ronibuni ronibuni says

    Wellllll, Cher may be able to do it BUT trust me any regular woman walking down any street looks absurd with hair down to her rear(you did ask)…I see lots of us with short spiky does and that is cute. I have been wearing a swing bob for awhile now… And my hair is almost totally it’s really real color; which is a light grey with streaks of white…I like it.

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  25. Generic Image imaginesjm says

    I just recently saw a beauty tv show about this very subject. Of course, I cannot remember the name of it or who the ‘expert’ being interviewed was, lol, but he was saying for most women 50+, he recommends shoulder-length or shorter, as longer hair can emphacize wrinkles, jowls and make our faces look more dragged down and tired, in general. However, he commented that for those women who like their long hair and want to keep it long, he recommended wearing it up, as this has the same affect as short hair and does not drag the facial features down, making us appear older.

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  26. Generic Image Debra M says

    I personally think above shoulder`s.Not many can wear long hair think it makes them look older.Consult with your stylist.Good luck.

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  27. Generic Image Picklelady says

    I like long hair, but I cut it even with my neck and I have natural wave.  In my mom family on the women side we get thin on top of our heads and we have thick hair on back and I’m also salt & pepper.  It is hard to find a style for my hair.  I just turn 60 yesterday any ideas.

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  28. Generic Image Pennie541 says

    Whatever hair length looks best on the woman!  Age has very little to do with it. I don’t think a woman has to wear short hair just because she is older.  In fact I get tired of seeing older women with their very short grey hair!

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