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Women Over 50 Should Not Wear Long Hairstyles

Does Jennifer Lopez Think This Is Sexy?

Clearly,  there is nothing sexy about 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez with ultra-long hair.

Clearly, there is nothing sexy about 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez with ultra-long hair.

What Do Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Anniston, and Mary-Louise Parker Have in Common?

Every proper woman knows the rule: "No long hairstyles after 50." These days, however, propriety seems to be taking a back seat to vanity, particularly in the Hollywood set. Just take a look at Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston, both of whom are 50, touting their luxurious locks and daring hemlines at their age. Indeed! Did nobody tell them to just get old? What is this world coming to?

If she had any sense of propriety at all, Jennifer Lopez would remember her age and just stop looking so gorgeous. She would immediately change her hairstyle to something more befitting a mature woman in her 50s.

Long hair is for women in the flower of their youth. Long hair is beautiful, sexy, and feminine and we all know that women over 50 just can't be sexy or beautiful. Ladies of a certain age, it is time to accept that your autumnal years are upon you and just go gracefully. You can start by cutting those suggestive strands (or at least pinning them back) and donning more appropriate attire.

Jennifer Has Been in the "Great Hair" Limelight Long Enough

Jennifer Aniston should know better than to wear her hair long like this at 50.

Jennifer Aniston should know better than to wear her hair long like this at 50.

Jennifer Aniston is no better than J-Lo. Here's Jennifer in her 50s and still running around looking like a million bucks. The nerve. She should be getting fat and wrinkly by now. And for Pete's sake, enough with the splendorous hair already. Haven't you been in the great-hair limelight long enough Jennifer? Girlfriend, it is time for you to step down, pass the torch to the younger generations, and join the ranks of the old and has-been.

Mary-Louise Shouldn't Leave the House Like This

Mary-Louise Parker's fashion faux pas: wearing her long hair down at the 2008 Emmy Awards.

Mary-Louise Parker's fashion faux pas: wearing her long hair down at the 2008 Emmy Awards.

Mary-Louise Parker from Weeds is 54 years old . . . yes, you read that right, 54! This is ridiculous, Mary-Louise, look at you. Why, you don't look a day over 30. Disgraceful. Just look at this brunette beauty refusing to embrace marmishness like a good 54-year-old should.

Wearing her long hair in face-framing waves is flattering and sexy. Combine that with a fabulous figure and confident poise, and Mary-Louise retains her girlish sensuality well into her advanced years. It is a shame that such a lovely woman should flaunt her aged self so indecently.

Salma Hayek: Fighting the Inevitable Ravages of Time

Shame on Salma Hayek for not cropping her tresses by age 52!

Shame on Salma Hayek for not cropping her tresses by age 52!

I actually met Salma Hayek back in the '90s when she was in her prime. She was, in fact, the most radiantly beautiful person I had ever seen. She actually had an aura around her that made her appear unearthly. Unfortunately, Salma is yet another example of a woman in her mid-50s who has not the decency to look her age.

Salma wears her glossy, dark, hair well past her shoulders at 52years old. She looks beautiful, sexy, and everything that a woman of her age simply should not.

Angela Bassett Doesn't Know When to Stop Being Fabulous

Angela Bassett at 59.

Angela Bassett at 59.

What can I say about Angela Bassett? Imagine looking as ravishing as she does at 59 years old . . . outrageous! Some women just don't know when to stop being so fabulous. Angela's lack of decorum is as apparent as her undiminished allure.

Michelle Pfeiffer Is No Role Model for Younger Women

Oh Michelle. When will you just stop?

Oh Michelle. When will you just stop?

Does Michelle Pfeiffer actually think that her magnificent mane looks appropriate on a 59-year-old woman? And for that matter, why doesn't she look anywhere near 50? This is really just annoying. Don't these people age?

Mary Steenburgen, We Thought You Were So Sensible!

Mary Steenburgen is 60. Oh my.

Mary Steenburgen is 60. Oh my.

Mary, Mary, Mary . . . so kind, so lovely, so inappropriate. How could a woman of 60-plus not know better? The very idea that she could look so beautiful and vibrant when she is over 60 is perfectly indecent.

Never mind that her hair is thick, healthy, and looks great on her, rules are rules and Mary Steenburgen is well past the 50-year mark.

Christie Brinkley May Be the Worst Offender of All

Christie Brinkley with shockingly long locks at  65 years old!

Christie Brinkley with shockingly long locks at 65 years old!

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Possibly the worst offender of them all is Christy Brinkly. Not only is she 65 and still flaunting her signature long, golden tresses, but she also has the audacity to look just like she did 30 years ago! Christie has had her day and then some. Let's see a little withering on your part, eh, Christie?

Iman? Is that You, or Your Daughter?

Iman is entirely too beautiful at 63.

Iman is entirely too beautiful at 63.

When it comes to Iman, I'm just confused. I think this photo is actually of a much younger impostor. Perhaps Iman sent her daughter to masquerade on her behalf. There is just no way such long, straight hair could look that fantastic on a 63-year-old. Everyone knows that long hair is aging and unattractive on the "overly ripe." Quite impossible.

Elizabeth Hurley Needs Some Fashion Advice

Elizabeth Hurley, clueless about beauty at 53.

Elizabeth Hurley, clueless about beauty at 53.

Everyone says that yours truly looks just like Elizabeth Hurley. Well, OK, no one actually said that but Elizabeth and I are about the same age with similar hair styles. Actually, mine is a little longer.

Yes, I Am Kidding!

Did I have you going? ~Mrs.M

Did I have you going? ~Mrs.M

Did I say that women over 50 should not wear long hair? Oops, here's what I meant: As long as your hair is healthy and flattering to the shape of your face, why not wear it long at any age? I believe that the "rule" is referring to those with unhealthy, scraggly, long hair that is not attractively styled which, of course, does not apply to any of us.


Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on December 28, 2019:

You had be going, and you were NOT making a very convincing case with your photographs. LOL They all look great, and so does your hair.

Lynda on November 19, 2019:

Love your sizzleing wit and sarcasm im a fan of anyone who has this type of personality have always been this way myself love this article

Tess from Hawaii on October 28, 2019:

I don't agree with the opinions in this article but to each their own.

Courtney on August 28, 2019:

I was getting pissed till I scrolled down, you really got me at first and this was so refreshing to see the end. Amazing work.

Debbie Capps on August 27, 2019:

love it! wouldnt we all want to look like these women at thier age? lol. Long hair all of my life I looked at my aunt at 66 with long hair and from behind looked like a teenager but from the front a stringy haired old woman. I wore my hair long well into my 50's but as the skin began to change and my age began to show I thought of her. I then began with a bobbed haircut that took 10 years off my face. im sure that my aunt would have benefited from such insight. yes the rule is gone for some who are ageless. then again for some of us looking our best at any age is the point. throw out the rules and wear what ever is flattering on you I think is the point. hey, horay for those ageless ladies! but for me no old haircut. just what is flattering to my ever aging face. I have staved it off for years but unlike them, I cant hold if off for ever. so no short haircuts for me yet but yes shorter is what looks better on me. so, the point is go with the flow and chuck the rules!

TBall on March 09, 2019:

Long hair on women over 50 is GREAT!!!

Rachel on February 06, 2019:

Ingenious! Sarcasm to entice the readers to follow thru reading the article in its entirety if their agenda was to post a comment ... brilliantly done...well written! I myself felt compelled the need to comprehend the significance of the article once reading..."Over 40 women arent feminine".... Not that i quit understand the reason behind the brown nosing....but i agree with the author despite the mindless concept...still well done! Grabbed your audience and made your point i just understand why? Haha Love sarcasm though!

David on November 14, 2018:

Ya, got me!! lol!!

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on November 04, 2018:

What a fun article! And so well written too.

Lisa on August 13, 2018:

Lol!!! People!!! She is being sarcastic... And she is actually glorifying women over 40. I was confused at first too but actually reading the article to the end helps clarify her message. Great article! Looking forward to looking fabulous after 40!

Ellicul on July 08, 2018:

Mrs Menagerie

YOUR insane jealousy is popping through!

You know I have always worn my hair long, growing up, it was a sin for a woman to cut her hair ..I have been rewarded, my hair is beautiful shiny thick,grows fast!and my winning feature even still in my 50s. "A woman's hair is get glory"

Tammy on June 22, 2018:

This is hilarious!! whoever wrote this must be unattractive.

JRachelle on October 15, 2017:

Obviously the sarcasm was lost on many of the commentors!

Sana Swan on September 18, 2017:

Whom ever wrote this doesn't have a clue! These woman are B E A U tiful....shame on you for being so a picture of yourself and let us put it out there for a scale of beautiful! Not everyone has the same beauty...but pleasing to the eye does not lie!

Lisa campbell on August 19, 2017:

who ever wrote this is an idiot, the only riule is if you cant pull it off dont wear it,ie mini skirts etc. But jlo can definitely pull it iff and she looks as hot as ever, long hair makes every women look sexier and hey Im 50 not dead and I dont intend to go quietly or in polyester stretch pants.

More! on July 09, 2017:

Bravo! Your writing is fantastic, your article was very funny. Best thing I read all morning.


Mary on June 24, 2017:

Whoever wrote that rule of no long hair after 40. This is silly. Women should do whatever makes them happy. I know several women in their 40s who have nicer hair than a lot of 20 year olds, and they are in better shape too.

Katie on June 23, 2017:

Love the article! I am over 40 with very long red hair close to my waist. I receive compliments on my hair almost daily. Family, friends, and strangers have told me "never cut your hair". When I have had shorter hair at times in my life I've heard, why did you cut your beautiful hair. Some woman look great with short hair and some look great with long hair. Some comments mentioned Botox and surgery is how older woman get away with it. I have never had ANY procedures. I plan to age naturally and gracefully. I trim my hair every 6-8 weeks but I've learned to keep it long which is how it looks best on me. I love short styles too, but not on me. When I've had short hair it's higher maintenance with styling and products. With long hair I use no products and my hair stays very healthy. Keep your hair long if you want ladies! and don't let anyone talk you out of it if it looks best on you!

Joey sp on April 04, 2017:

Seriously, a woman writing an article analysing the length of OTHER womens hair? Get a life! Hair is hair! Obviously got serious jealousy issues, insecure or so narrow minded to make such generalisations. Maybe some women have long hair because of their hair texture, dont suit shorter hairstyles, may just like it that way and are not as self absorbed as the women who wrote this article. Seems like this women has too much time on her hands to have to offer this tripe pop psychology. 'Trying to hold on to their youth...' Btw....i have very long hair and im over 40 but dont suit it dont appreciate judgemental comments which come across as underlying bitterness

VERY bitchy! Meoww


Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on March 29, 2017:

You're so welcome, Anita!

Anita on March 24, 2017:

I just wanted to say thank you for making me feel better!

independentminded on March 10, 2017:

Well, everybody! Four years has passed, I'm four years older, and my hair is still long. Twice a year, I get the ends trimmed off, and have it conditioned or whatnot, but my long, very naturally curly hair is still around. No matter what anybody says or thinks, there are no hard-and-fast rules about how people, regardless of their ages, should wear their hair.

Judith Wright on February 24, 2017:

You should have mentioned they are too old to color it, too! After all nothing makes one look more dowdy and ancient than badly chopped, dry, short gray hair! Shouldn't all people over 40 flaunt their true age? Damn these celebrities violating the rules of the 1950s. Ha! I will continue to color and wear my hair down until my eyesight goes or until I can't get my wheelchair to the hairdresser.

Joanne Bos on February 13, 2017:

Yes show us celebrities who have access to plastic surgery, amazing skin treatments or who are born with the beauty gene. Yes your average woman on the street looks like Jennifer Lopez when they are 45! I think not! You need to show real women. Women who have had children and no nannies to look after them, women who have not been on amazing diets, women who dont wear professionally applied makeup, women with normal bodies at the age of 50. Put those up with long hair and then I will tell you if it works or not.

Vivian on January 06, 2017:

Doesn't matter how old you are your hair can be as long as you want it

Meresa on January 04, 2017:

I'm 57, and as long as long as I've *got* hair, I will wear it long.

I get nothing but compliments on it. But even if everyone hated it, I would still wear it long, because that's how *I* like it.

Not cutting it. Nope. uh uh. Nothin' doin'.

Kimberley Rose on October 27, 2016:

Sorry, I recant my original opinion. The sarcasm initially lost on me, but now I see it, tricky, and I too proudly tote a full head of long curly hair at 52, with no plans to go short anytime soon.

Kimberley Rose on October 27, 2016:

The author of this article comes across as bitter and envious of older women who can wear their hair long.

serena on July 18, 2016:

Having long hair allows to fold them look short and when needed long stays long so it would be good maintaining long hair

Nikki on June 13, 2016:

Whew!! I was about to send the author a great big piece of my mind...the last paragraph stopped me...boy, you have no idea how you spared your mom, yourself, and the horse i thought you rode in on ....i turnef 43 yrs old 4 days ago. Ive never been married and am single as of last year. Sit back for this one--i dont have any kids-- wait that wasnt the sit back part, this is- i am hispanic. Relax, i can say that kind of stuff and get away with it because I am hispanic. Anyway, because of my status, i was looking for images of sexy clothing for someone of my young age since I might condider dating instead of settling for more pets as companions. I just don't feel that 43 years old. I don't see why 43 is old I never did look at 43 is being old even when I was young. Anyhow great article you had me going all through till the end thank you

Joseph flores on February 08, 2016:

Just love long hair on all women

Jennifer Mugrage from Columbus, Ohio on January 12, 2016:

Awesome sarcasm. And thanks for the inspiration ... I will be turning 40 soon.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on November 09, 2014:

Omg you got me with that title. Thanks for the entertaining read!

Quilter on April 30, 2014:

I was in my quilting group looking at all the women around me. They all looked alike, all with short hair cuts. I was thinking of cutting my hair but I knew how much I hated short hair on me. I'm keeping my long hair at 69. I've decided I just want to be me. I think part of the reason I feel better with long hair is because in my family we were told we should never cut our hair. Years went on my mom did cut her hair but my grandmother lived to be 100 and never cut her hair. I use to love brushing out her hair. She always had it in a pretty neat bun.

trish on March 16, 2014:

Dude you had me going.....I was LIKE WTF??!!! Well played.

Cheryle on March 13, 2014:

I wanted to get some of my split-ends cut off today. It was my birthday and I was turning 45, so I thought it would be a great idea to cut a few inches off and change it up a bit. My hair was on the med-long side but it did not look that healthy.

My mom looked at my hair after the haircut and said that it was good that it was shorter now because it should be. Now, instead of commenting on how healthy my hair looked she was stuck on the idea that it was good that it was short...because it should be. I asked why she would say such a thing. "Because, at your age it should be short."

Well, ain't that sweet. Let's just say that I will be taking very good care of my hair and I will try very hard to prevent split ends in the future just so that I can keep it to the shoulders....proving to my ignorant mother that a woman of a certain age does not have to have that Quaker Oat box look about her. What a freakin' birthday gift. Thanks a lot mom!

lynn on March 06, 2014:

love this hub its so deliciously satirical and cynical and I find it hilarious that so many people cant see it.

Hope on November 17, 2013:

I am 45 and have long straight hair and I love my long hair and I think if one is happy with it u should keep it.

Beatta on November 02, 2013:

Ha ha! Funny article. I did cut my hair just prior to turning 40 though. It used to down to my waist like a mermaid. As my face got thinner, it was time for a cut. Now above my shoulders and it feels lighter and I think I look younger. Fully recommend going shorter.

Patricia Urbano on October 28, 2013:

I have long beautiful black hair and I am over 60. My hair looks great down, clipped back, or in an upsweep. How can you say anyone over 40 should not have long hair. WHAT? These celebrities are GORGEOUS, and more beautiful than some 30 year olds I know. If you can "pull it off" with gorgeous hair and pretty face and happen to be over 40, 50 60, 70 and guess what, even 80!!.....Go for it. It's your life, your hair, so wear it any way that makes you feel and look beautiful.

Whytewytch from Texas on March 21, 2013:

I'll be 58 this year and my hair looks better now than in high school. I've finally let it grow out after my granddaughter was born in 2008. It took 4 years to grow from should length to middle of the tush. I've also had it cut 4 times for a total of about 12 inches until last year when I had 6 inches cut off last October and it's back to the middle of my tush again. I wish it would have been like this in high school when it was popular to have long hair. But I love it, my husband loves it (always has) and my near 5 yr. old granddaughter loves it. Not to mention my cat when it swings enough within his reach. LOL Also we've never cut her hair since she was born and hers when wet is to the middle of her tushie too. She's got beautiful naturally curly hair and it has both waves and ringlets. Gorgeous...

And I don't care if someone doesn't like it or thinks I'm too old for long hair. Some of the prettiest women I've seen in my area have long hair. The only thing I envy on most of them is theirs is grey or silver. Mine is just turning a dark red from being blonde all my life. But so did my dad's hair. From blonde to brunette by the time he died.

It's all a matter of perspective and personal taste.

Safe journey...

Bezabeza on March 16, 2013:

Thanks for this! All through my 30s I've been trying shorter hair styles and every time the same thing happens: my unruly slightly curly hair just throws a fit and looks horrendously messy and frumpy especially with the slightest hint of now, just about to hit 40 I've realised I DON'T have to cut it short...and your funny take on the whole thing made me smile. cheers!

Paul Bisquera from Los Angeles on February 24, 2013:

Joan Rivers, is that YOU?

bla on January 02, 2013:

do i detect jealousy from the blog hostess?

Gurdi on January 01, 2013:

Thanks really enjoyed reading this feel inspired and want to look good for as long as there is air in my lungs!!

Meg on October 23, 2012:

I am 46 years old and get plenty of compliments about my long hair. Age is just a number, true I agree comments that woman over 40 should not wear hair long are made by woman who are sour that they wish they had long hair or prefer short hair. It is a matter of what suits a person, some look great with long hair and some look great with short hair. Personal choice.

Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on October 04, 2012:

Right you are John!

Johnc on October 01, 2012:

Just found this page. And yes, absolutely, Jennifer Lopez is freakin hot. The long hair is a plus.

If you got it flaunt it. No matter your age.

CLJ on September 05, 2012:

Yes, you TOTALLY had me going ~ I was looking up something related to hair and in the search results I saw a snippet from your Hub. I came here prepared to tell you all about long hair as an asset after 55 .

: )

Claudia Tello from Mexico on August 16, 2012:

I can only applaud these beautiful women who care for themselves and are not suppressed by their age. Some of them might even look better in their 40s than when they were teens. That is certainly the case with J Lo, who´s hair, at least in my opinion, is her number one asset. I also look much better now that I am 33, and with long hair :), than 10 years ago. Women do get sexier as they mature with style and self respect; when we love ourselves, boy can we get HOT.

someone smart on August 13, 2012:

It's scary how thick some people are. The author of this article is being sarcastic, tongue in cheek, duh.

me on June 07, 2012:

i mean very silly show

me on June 07, 2012:

this is very sill

Nicole on May 26, 2012:

I'm sorry, but is this supposed to be sarcastic?

Because if it isn't - it's just plain wrong. I'm surprised that there are people who believe mature and older women cannot have long hair. That's ridiculous! Sure, short hair is easier to maintain and it's awesome if it looks good on you, but it doesn't work for everyone. And, in my honest opinion, long hair looks better on most women.

Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on May 08, 2012:

Yea! Thanks Vespawoolf!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 08, 2012:

Wow, the guest comment is unbelievable. I loved this satirical article on hair lengths for women over 40. Your writing is expressive and concise. Creating controversy is proof of your talent!

Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on May 08, 2012:

Hello GUEST AGAIN,and thank you for your well thought out and shrewd comments. Just for the record, I always "put up" all comments. I believe in allowing people to really express themselves; most people do a fine job of showing the world their own, true colors.

Just FYI, you may enjoy reading the following:



The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices.

Had you read to the end, you would have seen where I explain (to those that have not yet caught on) that I am, in fact, being facetious (which means: not meant to be taken seriously, just so you know...)

Priyank on May 08, 2012:

long-haired ladies are really very beautiful I always like ladies having extremely long hair .Long haired ladies are very sexy

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 23, 2012:

Hilarious! I love it! There is hope for those of us over 40. : )

independentminded on March 30, 2012:

As a woman in her early 60's (yup--you all read right--my early 60's!), I still like to wear my extremely naturally curly hair long, and I've continued to do so, despite all the stupid so-called "lets and shoulds" about how women my age, and with my type of hair, to boot, should wear their hair. I've had short hair, hated it with a passion, and couldn't wait for it to grow back, although I waited and prevailed, even when it got to be at that pesky "in-between" stage, when it was too long to be short, and too short to be long. It's long now, as it's been for many, many years, and I like it that way.

I wear my hair in a number of different ways, depending on my mood, and the occasion; one or two braids, down, up in a bun with an octopus clip, for example. I get the ends trimmed off every few months, so they won't be a total mess of dried-out, split ends.

To the people who don't like long curly (or even long rippled hair) hair; too bad for them! It's my hair, and I have to live with it and wear it...they don't!

Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on March 29, 2012:

It's kinda my favorite part too...teehee:)

Justme on March 29, 2012:

My favorite part is that most people do not get that this is a joke. It's a sign that the world needs to lighten up and thank you for writing a piece that made me smile.

ellat on March 24, 2012:

Older women with long hair only look "witchy" if they have crypt-keeper wrinkles. Even then, who cares?

independentminded on March 20, 2012:

The idea that women over 40 shouldn't wear her hair long is just pure bunk, imho. I'm older than 40, I've kept my hair long, and I'll continue to keep it long.

Lynda on March 18, 2012:

Im 53and look better than moist women in there 20s or 30s. my hair is long and beautiful but i have the model body to go with it. im even more beautiful at this age than before...

Dawn on March 18, 2012:

Im a little over weight and 47. I look thinner with longer hair. I'm a natural blonde and when I even mention cutting my hair everyone says no! But I do agree if it's to long you can look witchy.

Frankleen Oshaughnessy on March 17, 2012:

I respect everyone's opinion!As far as i know mirrors do not lie.They are only commenting on what they see in the mirror,one.Two,they are looking directly in front of them.

My opinion,I look fantastic with long hair as an older woman.Jlo is a damn sexy beautiful 42 year old woman who can wear what she wants,how she wants and date whom she wants.SHE HAS EARNED IT.Get with the frigging programme.These days are over!

marilyn southward on March 08, 2012:

I'm 51 and I will rock my hair past my bottom look! Plus I'm Cherokee and did promise my father I would keep it long as my family is still pretty traditional.

PSSST! from Conneticut on March 04, 2012:

I personally think an older woman (besides a celebrity - and you can't really go by them. Nothing about them is natural, and they do too much photo-shopping) where was I? Oh yea, an older woman can look sort of "witchy" or old hillbilly-like with too long hair. It just doesn't look right with an older face, for some reason. Now a couple of the women you portrayed, such as Mary Steebergen and Elizabeth Hurley don't really have long, long hair that goes way down their back, so they look okay. Their hair is thick,and frames their face well. But that super long hair? I think only really young girls with really thick hair and a cute round face look good with that!

Frank Pouch on March 04, 2012:

All kidding aside, a lot of older women look younger with shorter cuts...not SO short, that it's "mannish" - I mean, more like MEDIUM cuts, which these days, are considered short.

The reason this is so, is because shorter hair visually PULLS THE FACE UP, plus, shorter hair ususally has more swing and volume and "poofiness" too it,whereas longer hair can fall flat, and look like it's "sticking to he head."

Celebrities...can't really go by them. First of all, they have a slew of people working on them every second...HAIR EXTENSIONS...blurring screens and digital photo-shopping, which make them appear YEARS younger than they are in pics....let's see some average every day forty something women with super long hair...not so hot! Also, there are some celebs who should just cut it a sara Jessica Parker, because she has such a long face, the long hair visually adds to the length of her face.

So...sorry to disagree! Also, I don't find J. Lo attractive in that pic...her face looks too old and chisled, her hair, too thin and fly away. She looks sort of..."hard". Same with demi Moore..time for a haircut,, you look haggard.

There is nothing wrong with admitting that shorter hair can make a woman look younger, fresher, and cuter - even if she is a younger woman with a longish face, or "too thin" hair. What is with all the extremes lately, at such late ages? Too much botox, too much lip injection, too much hair....

Carol on March 01, 2012:

I have had different hair lengths during my whole life, and when I met my second husband, it was a short bob. It was okay, but that's all. Recently, I was complaining about my hair and he told me he would like me to let it grow at least to shoulder length. Hmmm, I always thought I looked better short, or did I really? Well, I let it grow, longer than shoulder length. Well, I love it, I look better and I can fix it different ways, up, down, old, new whatever. I know how to work with it to make it look shiny and it is healthy. My husband loves it, too. He is 56 and I am 66 and don't look my age either! So, there!!

kitty hello on February 26, 2012:

I honestly think women should tailor lenghts that help define and excentuate the face, not use hair to hide behind...and just because you have long hair doesn't mean you're any less feminine then a girl with short hair. Just saying, reading some of these comments about how you wouldn't cut your hair because your boyfriend or husbands likes you with long hair...come on! Do you seriously want a guy who loves you for your hair and not focus on your face?

NOTHING wrong with long hair...but whether you're 85 or 15 if you're gonna have it, keep up with the maintanance. As a hairdresser, I don't preach rules. I love long hair as long as you take care of it and style it. I've had extremely long hair and now have pixie short hair (please stop refering to short hair as "boy cuts" or "lesbian hair") it's just as sexy. I have clients come in and say my hair looks cute but they're too afraid to chop their secreity blanket off. I use hair to sculpt shapes that frame the face if you hate shorter hair because of past experiences you probably had the wrong frame for your face. Short hair is about customization, no two short cuts are the same!

Lauri on February 23, 2012:

I am 41 with long hair. I live in The south, always have as so my mother. When I was 29, my mother and my hair dresser at the time said when I turned 30 I would need to cut my hair like an older woman....needless to say I found another hairdresser! I plan on keeping mine long as long as possible!

Latrice on February 21, 2012:

This is crazy. This article is just another example of how people want to keep women in a bubble. smdh!!

Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on February 21, 2012:

Hahaha...thanks Letitia!

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on February 21, 2012:

Excellent! I love the way you lead the reader to your conclusion by saying the opposite of what you mean. The comments of those who didn't get are almost as entertaining! I'm clicking "fan."

Miss Paula on February 18, 2012:

I think it just depends on a lot of different thing if women over 40 should have long hair

Deever on February 14, 2012:

Living in the south many years ago I heard a young lady make the comment "I can't wait to turn 30 so I can cut all ny hair off". My first reaction was laughter til I realized that she was serious. Her mother was there and explained to me that after 30 it is not 'proper' to have long hair. I was 29 and pregnant with medium length hair. I didn't cut my hair for a number of years because of it. Wear your hair however you like. Good writing. Loved the sarcasm.

Sandy Kusic on February 12, 2012:

It's so true that all of these beauties look stunning in their long tresses but unfortunatly those of us who can not afford face lifts and other expensive "youth enhancing" treatments usually don't look 10 to 15 years younger than we are. There are women who are "older" who do look great in longer hair but they seem few and far between. The women in these photos are the exception rather than the rule which is really just a tease to those of us who would love to have our long hair again but know we can't get away with it anymore. I agree though that people should wear whatever they like and feel comfortable in as long as it looks good no matter what their age but the reality is that most women in their upper 50's who have "natural" faces minus Botox and surgeries can not wear long hair. These women are an inspiration though because they take such great care of themselves and dress beautifully at any age and it's the inner radiance that comes from good health that is attractive on everyone and this usually doesn't cost a fortune.

winxgirl on February 10, 2012:

I'm 34 and my hair is 3" shorter than Princess Jasmine's from "Aladdin" and it isn't going anywhere. And for the people who are against long hair should go take a long walk off a short pier.

h2 on February 09, 2012:

Do what you want to suit your own comfort and/or fashion needs. Societal qualms (e.g., rules regarding hairstyles [give me a friggin' break]) are just that--qualms. Be comfy in your skin and style regardless if what others think "appropriate."

Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on February 09, 2012:

Thank you, and keep those stories coming!

Lucy...I know what you mean, isn't it great?!

47inmarch on February 09, 2012:

Thx for your page! You're a fantastic writer! Im 46 & cut my hair short becuz i hav a 3 yr old & no time for me. I feel like a dyke. My husband hates it, & i rarely get sex anymore. I love long hair but thought it inappropriate for a mother & woman my age. I also bought all polos & bermudas. Im growing it out & Wearing the sexy BEBE shirts & jeans i love. Id rather get discerning looks from women & i want u looks from my husband!

Lucy on February 08, 2012:

I love how so many commenters are angrily protesting your article because they don't understand the meaning of "satire" or "sarcasm"...

it's really funny!

Kris on January 31, 2012:

Thanks ,I just got my hair cut ,and I look younger

sally on January 29, 2012:

yes but we can't afford to have face lifts and injections

Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on January 22, 2012:

Exactly Rachael!

Rachael on January 21, 2012:

Ok Ladies

I had the most beautiful long hair, and got caught up in the whole "cut your hair, you have a baby, and your almost 40" well I will say I look good with both short, and long hair but I really miss my long hair!!! I am now growing it out, and going to keep it styled nice!

Don't let anyone brainwash you like was done to me! 40, 50,60 I don't care how old you are. If you keep it styled nice...WHY NOT!!!

RicoShae from Ballwin, mo on January 21, 2012:

I love your sense of humor and I love long hair!

fernando on January 18, 2012:

Every time I see a pretty women with short hair I often thing how nicer she would look with it long!

Ladytx on January 14, 2012:

love it! I'm in my 40s, long hair makes me feel sexy. Woo Hoo!!! to all my favorite ladies you mentioned that wear it so very well!

Mrs. Menagerie (author) from The Zoo on January 14, 2012:

Here, here...!!!! :)

sandiv2001 on January 13, 2012:

Long hair or short hair does not have an age. It is the up keep of whatever you have short or long hair. Taking time to style, color and regular hair cuts for both long and short hair will keep you looking great no matter what your age is.

Kristie on January 12, 2012:

Love it, love satire. The nerve of these women (myself included) to have long hair past the age of 40!

SanXuary on January 10, 2012:

I love long hair because it is one of the features that is owned by women and shows me how far a woman will go to be one. The extra work combined by the ability to change it in so many different ways because it is long tells me a lot about a woman. A woman who meets a man for an occasion and has completely changed her style for that night wins me hands down. IN fact she can even put it up and at-least I can put it down later. No woman with short hair can do that. She looks the same every day and puts no effort into her appearance. Like a woman who wants a real man, I like a real woman and the longer her hair is the better.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on January 09, 2012:

I think they all look great. And as far as the long hair goes, I do not march to anyone else's drums or rules-- but mine, and I am over 40. My hair is long, but I wear it up, or if I want to I will wear it down. I am a Southern Lady/Country Girl, and I please myself. That is what all women should do."I am woman hear me roar."



Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on January 09, 2012:

Long hair really suits those women!

American View from Plano, Texas on January 09, 2012:

Great Hub. But rules are meant to be broken and these woman prove it Personally I think woman look sexier with longer hair, but that is me.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on January 09, 2012:

I was taken aback when I first saw your title, but once I started reading, I realized it was sarcastic, or perhaps tongue-in-cheek! Well done! Those old "standards" are outdated and don't apply. I will forever have long hair. Short hair doesn't fit me. Nice hub!

Debra Allen from West Virginia on January 09, 2012:

I look horrible in short hair. I cut off all my tresses to get married to my current husband and I hated it and my girls hated it. I am over 50 and will forever have long hair.

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