October 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm in Fashion & Beauty by teddy
What the best hair length for women at fifty?
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Tamara said on October 5, 2009
Personally, I think no longer than your shoulders.
fayetteSIPP said on October 5, 2009
Personally I believe what is comfortabe to you….My hair is nearly waist Length….when I cut it I go half the back, my reason for long hair on me is that my ife is not centered around me going to the hairdresser, but once amonth sometimes six weeks……I enjoy the freedom of not being concern about what am I going to do with my hair…..been there done that…most of all my husband likes it and it is in line with where I am at this space of time I have had it cut off to a near bald…..enjoy it for a while but prefer hair.
imaginesjm said on November 2, 2009
Love this comment. So true – and I can relate to what you are saying regarding the ‘freedom’ of not being centered around styling my hair and going to the hairdresser, etc. I have watched several YouTube videos, describing how best to cut my bangs – in a wispy way, not straight across – and that has been helpful. I am enjoying time in my home, with my family, dog and horse. I also enjoy gardening outside, as we live in FL. My husband is also happy with the natural look, with my hair and makeup. Much more relaxed these days w/o a hair and makeup routine occupying much of my time. 🙂
Just Plain Tired said on October 5, 2009
Wear your hair how you love to wear your hair~
Jaicee said on October 5, 2009
Whatever makes you look and feel your best 🙂
Lynnette said on October 6, 2009
i like the short sassy hairdos of today. They are easy to style and always look terrific. Makes you look a lot younger too. Long hair looks great when properly styled. Blow drying takes an awful long time w/long hair. Most women do not have the time hence end up doing the popular pony tail, etc. With hot flashes and hair getting wet with night sweats it is extremely uncomfortable. If you still work it will take you at least 45 mins. to blow dry and style in the morning. Mine takes 20. If you exercise, the same… you will have to wash and style your hair . For me, it is all about looking good w/little effort.
butterly said on October 18, 2009
I agree with you, Ley. The chic cuts on 50+ women today are just great and easy to take care of. I have been letting mine grow to a shoulder-length bob and, after looking at some pictures of me just 5 years ago with cute short hair, I’m thinking of changing as I looked better then than now. I didn’t realize it until I saw the pictures. So I vote short and sassy.
Your hairstyle looks very nice – I just don’t think my hair would lie that straight and well-coifed w/o quite a bit of work in the mornings. . . but if this works for you, I say go for it, as it’s very attractive on you.
imaginesjm said on November 3, 2009
Good point, Lynnette (esp regarding the hot flashes part…) lol
zblair said on October 6, 2009
Whatever is most comfortable and works with your type of hair, shape of your face and matches your available time to mess with it. I am short – 5’4″ tall. Hair longer than my shoulders tends to make me appear shorter. For the last couple of years I’ve had my hair cut just above or just below my jawline. My hair is very curly so this length gives me a lot of options.
drpjl said on October 6, 2009
I’m 62 and my hair is half-way down my back. It feels sexy and looks good on me. When I was approaching 40 I cut my waist-length hair (20 years’ worth) thinking it was time to “grow up” but that was ridiculous in retrospect. I enjoyed the top of shoulder length for a while because it was a change, I found I could wear different necklines and jewelry, but I let it grow out because the way I see myself, my “identity” per se, is with long hair. I don’t fuss with it that often unless I’m doing something special. And then it’s 10 minutes to blow dry, another 10 with a hot curling wand. In the summer or places with humidity I let it curl and love it that way too. I don’t let it run my life, and I do get lots of compliments on it 😉
oftheflowers said on October 6, 2009
I am 50yo with hair your length. I must admit, it needs a lot of care. Deep conditioning about 3X a year. Base color. Highlights and lowlights from time to time. Suddenly I am noticing my neck. What is going on there? Just visited a dermatologist and will think about doing laser next month. I totally understand why shoulder length might be more attractive — both for our pocketbooks and general appearance, without all the extra attention.
teddy said on October 13, 2009
Hi there: Ya what is up with so much change. And why can i not learn how to deal with it. It is making my life no fun. What about my jowls. what the heck i hit fifty and wow. Any suggestion for that area. Smiles
oftheflowers said on October 16, 2009
I think we can do Ipl laser to our necks, but check with your dermatologist.
Can you pls explain how laser on your neck works? You mean, it can tighten wrinkles or sagging? I saw Patrick Swayze’s widow interviewed the other day. She is still a beautiful woman with long, blonde hair, but I couldn’t help but notice her neck was wrinkled and saggy. Especially if a woman has plastic work done on her face, maybe the lasering of the neck should also be considered.
oftheflowers said on November 11, 2009
I think that the laser tightens the skin at the neck and softens lines ( I have deep lines), but check with your dermatologist. Surprisingly, a lot of women will have a facelist and not have their neck done. I’ve been told that the neck can be lifted at the same time the face is lifted.
Wendy1958 said on October 6, 2009
My only thought on this was how long do you think your hair should be? There are so many stero typing issues when it comes to being 50 or older. Who wrote these rules anyway? Who said we have to do this or wear this or be this once we get into our 50’s?
It’s your head, so you have to know how long or short you like it. Doing anything else is looking for social approval for a whole lotta people who arn’t living in your skin or doing anything that means anything to you, as in they arn’t your mom or dad and your not 5 years old anymore.
Bitzy said on October 13, 2009
I completely agree………..!
I’m Well over 50 and have worn my hair short for toooo many years in an office setting/career. I’ve recently retired and am letting it grow to chin length and frankly.. I think it looks much better… even more youthful. Since I retired I seem to be just as.. if not more busy and wanted something that was less “high maintenance” to deal with. I spend a lot of time in the the outback in the country shooting (photography) so I needed something more carefree. Whatever suits your lifestyle and activities.
Well, I don’t know who wrote the rules previously, but I feel we are free to change the rules at any time, don’t you? That’s why I love this Vibrant Nation site.
Karen Katz said on October 6, 2009
I love the styled hairdos that are shoulder length or slightly shorter on women our age; it should be “whatever you like”, but if you’re looking for what others see, than I think the really long hair is a no. However, it does save on cutting and beauty parlor costs! Something to think about if you have kids in college…haha…
Linda1952 said on October 6, 2009
When I turned fifty, I went totally grey and grew my hair out. I am now 57 and have beautiful waist lenghth, silver grey hair. Do what ya want. You are an adult. Don’t let fashion interfer with who you are.
paige said on October 25, 2009
This is what I want to do ! I am 63 and have been wanting to let my hair grow out “naturally” for some time now. I have lightened my hair for years. Obviously, my hairdresser is against it. What did you do for the in between time when you had grey roots showing and another color on the ends? Please tell.
I was trying to grow my grey hair out this summer, but then after my sister’s wedding, saw pics and immediately colored it again, lol. May I ask if you cut your hair short while letting the grey grow out – or what was the process? I would love to be freed up from the coloring of my hair, but the transition may be challenging for me… 🙂
Sam88 said on October 7, 2009
I think short. Stay away from our parents’ “grey hair perms,” where everyone looks the same coming out of the salon. I’ve also seen attractive non-layered longer cuts, chin length that are very attractive. Stay away from grey ponytails, dirty hair, long (down past shoulders) hair. Make sure your cut is kept up and neat. Whether you let your grey/silver grow out or color your hair, it should say, “I take care of myself.”
I so agree with you. I have seen only a few over 60 women with hair down their back that looked good. They seemed to me to be “lost in the sixties” meaning 1960’s. LOL.
cec said on October 7, 2009
I don’t think there is a right answer on this other than “what length looks best for your face and body” If you are short and have long long hair it can make you look shorter, if you have a sagging face and wear it parted in the middle you have just added to the sag…Color ages people very much when done too dark and too poorly with the home bottle or bad hairdresser.
But as to a look find one that fits your being…and go with something that makes you feel who u are while looking good. No right answer just paying attention to who you are and what fits our physical appearance. Good luck.
jean said on October 8, 2009
Anything you are comfortable with. My hair is naturally curly and I always kept it pretty short when I was younger. Now there are so many products out there that take fuzz out and irons that straighten. My hair is a little past shoulder length now and I love it and get so many compliments about my hair. However there is still the “older” woman that says ” Oh a lot of women pay to have their hair curley”
yaya said on October 13, 2009
My hair is also naturally curly, and have just started leaving it to do its own thing, taking a bit of getting use to it but feel I will grow it to shoulder length but with a good cut, someone who knows how to cut curly hair, and good products. What do you use for product? I do not want to dry it anymore, just to leave it as it feels so much more healthy.
jean said on October 20, 2009
I use John Frieda products. The anti frizz shampoo and conditioner then the serum while it is still very wet. I never blow dry it and shampoo only like twice a week because it is so dry. I usually wear it up during the day working as a nurse. A few little curls hanging in the back and on the sides. Hey when you get our age you can do pretty much just about anything you want right? I am 53 and have had my coming out. Started riding motorcycles and wearing leather.
scissorchick55 said on October 9, 2009
I am 54 and I have my hair below my shoulders, about 4 inches, I am a hairdresser and I tell my 50 plus clients that you can keep your hair long, but just make sure you have long layers and keep it angled around your face, that helps to de-emphasize wrinkles!
Hi there: OK but what if my hair is just like you state 4 inches past my shoulder. And i have done what you have shared. The only problem it does not look good around my face area. And it needs to always be pinned back etc.. what type of layers would you recommend. smiles
nika said on October 30, 2009
I totally agree with this. I am 57 (58 in January) and my hair is about 3 or 4 inches below my shoulders but with long layers and angled around my face. I have a natural wave so in humid times it looks kinda wild and in dry times it is shaped perfectly. Always looks good, I have dark hair with bronze highlights and I love it. Luckily for me my sis is a hairdresser.
lily said on October 11, 2009
I’am 53 yrs. old and had short hair all my life. About 3 years ago I let it grow long, about to my shoulder’s and love it I also learned how to fix it in many styles. My hair is very wavy I love to straighten it I also go blonde in the summer, in the Winter I put it back to my color which is dark blonde. I wear it in a ponytail most of the time but when I go out on the weekends I let it down and get complements on it all the time. It makes me feel sexy, and my husband loves it.
NikkiFlorida said on October 13, 2009
Keep your hair healthy and conditioned properly and you’ll look attractive with any length. Choosing a flattering colour is more important at 50+ than deciding on a length.
Great idea. I have dark brown hair. And have tried to go lighter many many time. It turns Brassy orange red. I have been told i a born to be a brunette only. what do you think about that?
I agree, healthy hair no matter long short curly straight looks great!
cpate said on October 13, 2009
I’ve worn mine in a shoulder length or even with chin. It works for me and I always get lots of compliments on it. It’s the easiest style I’ve ever tried to manage on my own..
Anonymous said on October 14, 2009
I think whatever feels good to you. I like my hair a little above shoulder length. I have seen many women in our age group with long hair that look awesome!
razzlesmom said on October 14, 2009
I think you should where it the way you like it. Why does it need to be a certain length?
VENTURER KRIS said on October 14, 2009
I am 54, almost everyone tells me I should cut my hair. My hair is about down to my waist, grey, and much less hassle than if I cut it. I do what I want to do, not what others say. A few people have actually admired my “silverish” hair. It’s good to know I’m not the only 50+ woman who has long grey hair.
shirley ann said on October 14, 2009
I have always been told women over 50 should not have long hair styles. My hair dresser talked me into a shoulder lenght style. I love it and it makes my hair feel thicker and healthier. My man friend prefers longer hair and I aim to please.lol
Gaia said on October 14, 2009
Wear your hair the way it makes you feel happier, younger and livelier
Gramma said on October 15, 2009
I think that as long as you have healthy strong hair and a good cut, go for it long , no matter what age….but, for me personally, and I never thought I would be saying this, I like it short and sassy! I have had longer hair most of my life, straight, blond, thick, fine , healthy, hair…..but now , in my fifties, I think it draws down my face to have it the same….It is still straight, but the blond is semi gray, and the thickness is mostly at the neck….Since I get hot quickly, I love the feeling of having it off my neck, and layered to add extra bounce and volume , with the cut accenting my eyes…..I still keep it straight which is completely wash and wear with a good cut…I feel , younger and more vibrant, and my husband calls me sassy….=]
Hurley Girl said on October 15, 2009
Whatever looks good on you. Mine is long blonde and I get a lot of looks and attention from younger men. I am over 65.
Liv'n'it said on October 16, 2009
Shoulder length is good for me, and all one length with no bangs. This way you can wear it down and natural, pull it up in a pony tail, high or low one, or only part of it with barretts, head bands, etc. I feel I have more options when it’s long enough to do something with it other than hang there yet short enough to not make me look like I’m trying to look like a teeny bopper or rock star.
Barbara Smith said on October 16, 2009
Each to his/her own, life is too short to have an across the board standard for hair length or anything…whatever makes you happy!
ladyhiker said on October 17, 2009
What makes you fell good Im 55 and my hair is nearly to my waist . And I wear it down a lot !! I love long hair.
inspired said on October 17, 2009
You know, I think you can have any length you want! I think it depends on however you feel what looks good on you. Everybody’s different, and I don’t see that there is any set standard for that.
suenivy said on October 17, 2009
Yes, I love long hair, I say, keep it long for as long as you can. Cutting it short will take years off though. Unfortantly, my hair is far to thin, and short or long, I’m just can’t do anything with it!!! Such is life!
SusieQ said on October 17, 2009
My brown hair is just below my chin….it camouflages my bulky under chin
Over 50..not over the Hill said on October 17, 2009
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!
JudithB said on October 18, 2009
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 🙂
christine manzi said on October 18, 2009
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.
Liv'n'it said on October 18, 2009
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.
Grandma Lea said on October 18, 2009
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.
debbie-deb said on October 18, 2009
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.
Dovergirl said on October 18, 2009
Whatever looks good on you and compliments your hair type. I don’t believe we should cut our hair short because we are over 50!
Materexlibris said on October 19, 2009
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.
marimethod said on October 19, 2009
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.
mspenguin said on October 19, 2009
I just started growing my short hair to a length that was like the styles of today the bob and I really like it..
SaraSu said on October 19, 2009
I feel that it is individual and not just because you are 50 your hair should be cut short–unless
you want to
MDLF said on October 20, 2009
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.
Aderynyto said on October 20, 2009
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……
bradandrosie said on October 20, 2009
Do not think long hair is the way to go!!!!!!!!!!!
Ms. D said on October 21, 2009
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.
PatD712 said on October 21, 2009
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!!!
Honeybee said on October 21, 2009
I think medium length is good. It’s a length you can pin up or let loose and feeeel goood! Lol!
Arrachme said on October 21, 2009
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.
Materexlibris said on October 21, 2009
I went “Arctic Blonde” (salt and pepper) a couple of years ago and love it.
Thank you. I wonder if arctic blonde is ok for olive skin?
Materexlibris said on October 22, 2009
Yes…I think it would be awesome! Olivia Dukakus looks great.
Lobsticle said on October 22, 2009
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…
MissCharly said on October 23, 2009
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.
Nancy Glabis said on October 23, 2009
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.
LaurieW said on October 24, 2009
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!
Tinkerbell said on October 25, 2009
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!!
lady di said on October 26, 2009
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!
Richmondblondie said on October 27, 2009
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?
ronibuni said on October 29, 2009
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.
imaginesjm said on October 30, 2009
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.
Debra M said on November 2, 2009
I personally think above shoulder`s.Not many can wear long hair think it makes them look older.Consult with your stylist.Good luck.
Picklelady said on November 2, 2009
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.
Pennie541 said on November 3, 2009
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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