Tuesday, 9 April 2013

A-Z Challenge of Being Fabulous and Fit Over 50 H is For Hair.

What do we do with our hair as we get older? Do we keep it long? Have it short? Bopped? Change the colour? Are we stuck in a rut with the same hairstyle we wore in our twenties?
All those questions and conflicting information in the media about suitable hairstyles for the older woman.
They tried to tell us that women over a certain age should not have their hair long but women ignored the advice and grew it long anyway. As long as your hair is still healthy and shinning I see no reason why we should not do what we like with our hair.

Should we keep on colouring it or give into nature and allow the grey to come through?
At the moment I wouldn't want to go grey, in fact last year I went from being blonde all my life to becoming a redhead, it was nice to feel different. 
I do feel I'm now in a bit of a groundhog day with my hairstyle, getting it cut short each time and I'm now gradually returning to blonde again.
Having your hair re-styled does make you feel good, it gives us a spring in our step, but that's only if we like the final result. It's also the one thing that if it's a disaster our day, and months until it grows again are ruined. Life is so much sweeter if you have a good hairdresser.

When we were at school or as teenagers there only seemed to be a few hairstyles around and if you didn't have the feathered cut,or the Purdie cut or whatever cut was fashionable at that moment then you were definitely out of fashion. It's so different now and no one bats an eyelid if you walk down the street with a purple mohican haircut or not.

What style would you go for?

Jame Seymour at 60 sticks to the long hairstyle she has always had.
Helen Mirren experiments with her short pink hair and made newspaper headlines at 68

Model Yasmin Rossi at 56 prefers long and grey


Now a quote from someone who has had the same hairstyle forever.He may be just a  man but maybe he says this for all of us.

  I've tried many other hairstyles, but it just doesn't work.


Rod Stewart age 68 

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
Audrey Hepburn
 
Do you like to experiment with your hair or do you have the same hairstyle you had in your teens? 

30 comments:

  1. As a man over fifty I can relate to the hair thing. When I was working it was gelled to high heaven but I'm home 24/7 I have had it all cut off very short a number 2 on the sides and a 4 on top. In and out the shower nothing to do perfect for me . Another great post Anne x

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  2. Every time I go to the hair salon I have the same thing done. I'm longing to have something different, but I think I've been mentally scarred by a lifetime of dodgy perms and horrific short cuts. The worst thing is, I've paid for them and smiled sweetly and declared how lovely it was, gone home, locked myself away and cried buckets! To be fair, that was a lot of years ago now, and my hairdresser is lovely, so maybe next time!

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  3. I love messing with my hair and was always told as a teenager I would be grey or bald by the time I was thirty. Well...I'm grey!
    I do colour my hair religiously every 3-4 weeks, I often have it varying shades of brown, but sometimes red, sometimes blonde. The kids hate it - especially blonde! I like a change though and really hair is the only thing you can change!

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  4. I never change my hair I always have the same old hair trim, long straight with a few layer. I don't like my hair shorter really so when it come to the time when I'm older and I need to think about a change not sure what I will do but I will probably stick with longish hair as long as it looks ok. As for grey I am lucky I don't need to dye mine at the moment although I do have a few grey hairs and I keep debating wether to dye it or not but its mainly underneath and only about 4-6 ish of them. Generally they are hidden, the are more white they grey as well. I should think in the next few years I will start having to dye my hair. I have done things in the past but never really liked what highlights extra I have done so when I do I will opt for a shade of brown similar to my own now. I suppose it all depends on what suits you and what you are comfortable with. :)

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  5. My hair keeps getting longer the older I get - although I have stopped dying it and let the greys do their thing (fortunately I don't have too many yet). I live a very simplistic life (as I travel a lot) and yet my hair is the one thing I can't simplify! I grow it long, I straighten it..in fact I can go travelling for a year with a 50 litre backpack holding all of my possessions...but my GHD straighteners always come with me!!!


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  6. How annoying just lots my comment. I have the same old hairstyle, long straight with a few layers. I have experimented with high lights etc but never really liked it. I am lucky and only have a few grey well more white hairs so don't need to dye it for that reason yet but the time is coming.... I don't want to do it until I have to. I can't see me every having short hair, I may go a little shorter as I get older but I think as long as it suits you and looks nice where it how you like. :)

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  7. I refuse to look at grey.I didn't have any grey hairs until a few years ago,but as I have it coloured I never see them. I think we all know what suits us,like Rod does.

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  8. I did grow my hair to shoulder length a few years ago but it didn't suit my face. Hope you always have somewhere to plug in those straighteners.

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  9. Your first comment did publish Kate. Just pull out the greys lol.

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  10. Hair doesn't care whether you're fat or thin and it makes you feel good when it's looking nice.

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  11. I remember those dodgy curly perms.I have a photo of myself with curly hair it was awful.I used to perm my long hair myself so it would have the shaggy perm look,that I did quite well. Hate going to hairdressers and hubby asks if I had anything done because it looks just the same,men!

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  12. Thanks Ian, yes you do have a point,low maintenence is good.Mine is short but still have to wash and blow dry it everyday but I suppose that's what women do.

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  13. I've been colouring my hair for a while, I dread the day when I have to finally 'go grey' although in saying that, there are some ladies who look fantastic with grey hair.

    I always think a good cut works wonders for just about everyone. I hate seeing neglected locks...

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  14. I am naturally dark brown almost black. I used to dye it back to the natural dark but I got to the point where I was starting to look like a witch. I hate being grey so now I'm blonde-ish. In the 80s I had long dark curly hair to shoulder length just like Cher. I loved it. It's all very well for Helen Mirren to sport that flattering hairstyle but if I were to try it I'd look awful once I had to do it myself. Maybe we should all have resident hairdressers.

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  15. Since my hair is one of the few things I like about myself, I keep it long. It's naturally curly/wavy. I do colour it though and have for over 10 years b/c I went grey too early and it's the only thing Russell ever asked me to do (well other than taking my maiden name back when I left Brian). "Give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair..."

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  16. I never thought of you as being dark haired. I actually didn't like Helen Mirren's hair, she really would have needed a stylist running behind her to keep it in that messy look.I just thought she was brave and she stole the show it could have all went so horribly wrong.

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  17. If you could see mine just now.Im waiting for a few weeks to have it cut just before I go on holiday. I don't know about going grey maybe when I'm 80.

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  18. I would love curly hair.My granddaughter has lots of curls but from her mum's side of the family.

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  19. When I turned 40, my mother suggested that, at my age, it was time I had a perm. I looked like an aging hippy, she said. But I am an aging hippy.


    I can't get caught on what I 'should' or 'should not' do with my hair. I need it to be easy to look after and then forget about it. (Though I do threaten pink streaks when it finally turns grey!)

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  20. I like Helen Mirren's hair the best. I'm not very adventurous with my hair style and I keep it dyed because I am completely grey.

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  21. I used to dye my hair, but living on a boat means being careful with water, which in turn means rinsing out dye is neither good for my limited water tanks or for the environment as our water goes into the river...so I stopped and let it grow out, and now I'm not just grey, I'm totally white! So I just accept that everyone thinks I'm older...haha..and have done for years. I keep my hair longish though. Like Jo, I am a bit of an ageing hippy, so I find it just suits the way I am...hip hip hippying along :-)

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  22. I have white/brown hair that is the longest I've ever had it, though it is basically the same style I had in college. I've done lots of interim styles when I was younger, but have fallen back to this one, as it suits me - waist length, straight, white hair.

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  23. Hahaha. LOve this!!As you know, I am 62, still hennaing my hair so it is bright red and spiked!!!

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  24. I bet you couldn't see your hair any other way.

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  25. I think although her hair is short it would be really hard to keep it looking good,but she acan afford to have it done everyday.

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  26. Yes it must be difficult in thst enviroment. I think white is better than a mixture of salt and pepper.

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  27. I think we all knows what suits us.Nice of you to drop by.

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  28. You'll never grow old and grey Carol .You'll always be a rebel.

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  29. I like your hair red :) Mines used to be white, like peroxide white, and I spent so much time toning it down to nearer my natural (dirty fair) colour. I've been trying to grow the roots out, but since discovered an alarming amount of grey hairs, not amused!

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  30. This post really has me smiling. I let my hair grow too long out of nothing other than being too busy to sit in the salon. It is too easy to just tie it in a pony tail. Now that it is spring I'm considering a change. My natural color is red, when i went grey I started to color it my natural color. Maybe I will try blonde:)

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