After you hit a certain
age, beauty magazines and hairstylists start to tell you to cut your hair to a
certain length. You’re expected to trade in your long curls, your playful
up-dos, and chest-skimming locks in favor of more sensible styles. While plenty
of women love how they look in a chic bob, that doesn’t mean others should feel
pressured to follow the same short chop.
If you love having long hair but feel like it’s frowned upon, then you have come to the right place. There are plenty of women who are 40+ that have refused to get trims and have kept their back-skimming hair. From gray, wiry hair that’s been plaited into braids, to natural hair done into dreadlocks, to loose and windblown locks, you will get plenty of inspiration.
Sometimes women cut their hair out of necessity. As menopause hits and hormones change, the texture of hair transforms. Tresses become courser, thinner, and drier, which means that a short cut is easier to manage. Not only that, but it looks healthier and fuller. But if you don’t feel like a short bob is necessary, then by all means, keep those long locks! Click ahead to see other women who subscribe to that same feeling — you will want to grow out your hair another couple of inches after this.
Loose Pigtail Braids
If you have the hair for it, have fun with youthful hairstyles! Go back to your hippie days and weave your locks into loose plaits. Just remember to take out some tendrils around your face to make it feel more grown up.
A Shoulder Braid
Having long hair means you can experiment with a bevvy of different hairstyles. One of the easiest to master is a braid, and you can weave it using different techniques, creating different looks.
Long Hair With Blunt Bangs
Compliment your long, loose locks with blunt, straight-across bangs. It’s a strong look, and will make you look very fashion forward.
Sometimes simple is best. Part you hair down the middle, and let your blown-out hair sit loosely down your back.
Curls Thrown To The Side
To play with maximum volume, gather your curls and toss them to one side of your head with a deep side part. The resulting look is very flirty and playful.
Blown Back Hairstyle
Take a round barrel brush and blow dry your hair back, creating a windswept look. Drying your hair back will also create more natural volume, since it raises your locks by the roots. This is especially a great idea for thinning hair.
Give your hair some body by taking your tresses and styling them into bent waves. This is easily achieved using a hair straightener. You wrap one-inch sections of hair around your straightener, and then pull down like you’re curling a ribbon.
Loose & Piecey
Wear your long hair loose and all come-hither-like, but give it some structure with wax or pomade. By running your fingers gently through your loose hair with wax, it makes it look like the bedhead style is intentional.
Blown Out & Loose
Help your long hair look silky and taken care of with a blow out and salon treatment. Hair becomes more brittle and coarse as we mature, so smoothing down your hair with the help of a round brush and blow dryer can improve the appearance of your ‘do.
Swept Back In A Chignon
Since you have long enough hair to play with up-dos, try the elegant and easy-to-make chignon. To help the style look a little less severe, you can also blow back your shorter layers or fringe to create a little more body.
Paired With Wispy Bangs
If you want some face-framing layers but don’t want to commit to a blunt fringe, then these wispy bangs are a great alternative. They fall down your forehead, but are sparse enough to push back and away when you don’t want them.