Hair length and age

IMO hair has nothing to do with how old a person looks. i'm 32 and still get mistken for a teenger! i'm very short 4'11 and a half.[ lol had to get the half in.] right away people just look at my height.
Originally Posted by monica001
I'm 5'2, and I definitely think height has something to do with it. I was telling someone at work that I want to buy a pack of cigarettes sometime, just to see if I get carded or not. This was a short man I was talking to, and he said oh yeah you will - we short people always look younger to people (or something like that). But, I see teens come in our store and marvel at how time has passed by so quickly - it seems like just yesterday I was 15. They look so young to me. I can't believe how someone would confuse me, a 25 year-old-woman, with an 18-year-old! Well I just hope I continue to look younger than my age when I'm in my 30s and 40s and WANT to look younger!
Originally Posted by CurlyMireya
i keep trying to convince myself i will like looking younger when i'm in my 40's too. i'm afraid though one day i will just wake up and look old. LOL that it wll be wow what happen? she use to look so young, now she look's old!
It's possible that long hair can make you look young, but IMO that's b/c so many people have a preconceived notion that you need to cut it short once you reach a certain age. On me, I think I look younger when my hair is either really long, or short (shoulder length). I feel that I look closer to my age when it's somewhere in between, say, a few inches past my shoulders.
Originally Posted by Gemini13
Same here. I've also read that it's 'unprofessional' to have very long hair(it's supposed to look more fun). I was going to cut mine before my first professional job but instead I just put it back. I love my long hair! I kind of look like a cute kid with shoulder length hair since it's so curly and I think I look more feminine/sexy with long curly hair which is my style now. I've been losing a lot of it though and it's thinning out so I cut it to be a few inches below my shoulder. I'm waiting for it to grow out again by fall(don't really like it short at all). I thought about the age thing too.. as long as my hair doesn't get too thin, it will be staying long. It's also much easier to care for long.
we may be at opposite ends of the aging issue but someone recently guessed my age at 20 yrs younger than i am, probably because i color and wear my hair long and curly. if i wanted to look older i'd go gray and cut my hair in a middle aged woman's bob. not ready for that one yet
Originally Posted by banjocurl
What do you mean by a middle-aged woman's bob? Do you have a link to a picture (not yours, of cours)e. I think of a bob as something that can be worn by all ages, depending on the cut and the person's face shape.

I think whether a style is aging depends on the person who is wearing it. For example, I have long, narrow face with high cheekbones, so long hair drags me down and makes me look like Morticia on the Addams family.

Also, I think very long hair on someone who is obviously old-looking (grey hair, lots of wrinkles) looks bad.
I think that the connection between age and long hair might be more precisely understood as a connection between the-state-of-your-jawline and hair length. Most women's jawline slacken ever so slightly over the course of our 30s, and almost as many women are in denial about how dramatic an impact this shift can have on how a haircut looks. I don't think that long hair automatically makes you look younger; I think a taut jawline that can support long hair automatically makes you look younger.

So many of you are so young, you may not have yet had the experience of doing the exact same thing to your hair but having it look somehow . . . different. It's usually something subtle that's moved, like your eyelids or the corners of your mouth, just a little loosening in the jaw, or more girth in the neck. If you are able to see it for what it is, and make the adjustments (in eye makeup or lipstick or hair length), you're far more likely to be one of these women that looks good for years, which society sort of always defaults to "young-looking." It really means they're looking GOOD.

On the other hand, if you are one of these women who insists on rocking that high ponytail year after year after year, or hair hitting the small of your back, and you just tilt and swirl and squint, in the mirror until you kind of see what it is you were hoping to see, you will look like someone who plainly use to look good.

Again, I am not saying that older women cannot carry long hair. I am only pointing out that the issue is usually that a face that is beginning to slacken where it was once taut is generally not stunning with a cape of long hair around it the way 25 year old skin and bones can be. We all age differently, but the most important thing is to honestly work with what is facing you in the mirror. That's my view.
middle aged bob--i guess helmet haired like hilary clinton's---
http://images.google.com/images?q=hi...mages&ct=title

state of jawline--hmmm i sure can relate to that! i know my face and neck are not what they were at 25, but for now i think the long hair is ok. at some point it won't be, then i'll figure out something else, and probably let it be gray then too. short curly hair can be adorable or sophisticated on someone of any age, as long as you wear it with FLAIR...
Susan suburban NY
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St. Louis blue - I've heard similar things, about jawline and also the neck as a whole. Long hair can draw attention to these things, and with gravity, long hair automatically brings everything down, esp. long, straight hair. Even at 25, I'm starting to think about this stuff because we're bombarded with anti-aging techniques in magazines, television, etc. Although, i have a hard time imagining myself looking good with my hair above my shoulders. I had it cut to about an inch above my shoulders recently, but am growing it back to at least shoulder-length. I liked it shorter for awhile, but don't feel right with it above my shoulders. It's not "me." I feel I look better with longer hair, and it's easier to pull back when needed.

Banjocurl - I haven't seen your pics cept for your avatar, but your curls look great. I agree that it's less about the hair and more about how you wear it. I also agree with some of the others who say that hair probably does not play too great a role when determining one's age. There are lots of other factors, particularly how one carries herself and acts, like Banjo brought up (wasn't something i thought about).

Since I work in retail, I can wear basically whatever I want within reason. I wear khakis and basic t-shirts from the junior's department. I am short and small, and most of women's smalls in shirts are baggy in the sides and overwhelm me. I also wear kids' pants because the lengths are right. I can't find a 28 inseam in stores anymore, even in petites. Even Penney's isn't carrying them in their catalogs anymore, except in those tapered in, large-thighed type styles that I just cannot go for, lol! Kids pants tend to be younger looking, with cargo pockets and flared legs, though I try to find the most basic ones possible. When I worked in an office and had to wear dress pants and suits all the time, I definitely looked older, felt older and was treated differently in public. Just wasn't for me though, the job or the clothes. In ways, I'm immature for my age. I'm still struggling to figure out what I want to do with my life when many other people my age have it all together.
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IMO hair has nothing to do with how old a person looks. i'm 32 and still get mistken for a teenger! i'm very short 4'11 and a half.[ lol had to get the half in.] right away people just look at my height.
Originally Posted by monica001
I'm 5'2, and I definitely think height has something to do with it. I was telling someone at work that I want to buy a pack of cigarettes sometime, just to see if I get carded or not. This was a short man I was talking to, and he said oh yeah you will - we short people always look younger to people (or something like that). But, I see teens come in our store and marvel at how time has passed by so quickly - it seems like just yesterday I was 15. They look so young to me. I can't believe how someone would confuse me, a 25 year-old-woman, with an 18-year-old! Well I just hope I continue to look younger than my age when I'm in my 30s and 40s and WANT to look younger!
Originally Posted by CurlyMireya
i keep trying to convince myself i will like looking younger when i'm in my 40's too. i'm afraid though one day i will just wake up and look old. LOL that it wll be wow what happen? she use to look so young, now she look's old!
Originally Posted by monica001
Lol, I have that same fear! I used to go to the tanning bed every other day for a several-month stretch in high school. We had a contest going to see who could get the darkest - I can't believe I did that looking back on it now. I'm afraid it's going to catch up with me all at once. One day I'll wake up and look like I've aged 10 years in one night!
So many of you are so young, you may not have yet had the experience of doing the exact same thing to your hair but having it look somehow . . . different. It's usually something subtle that's moved, like your eyelids or the corners of your mouth, just a little loosening in the jaw, or more girth in the neck. If you are able to see it for what it is, and make the adjustments (in eye makeup or lipstick or hair length), you're far more likely to be one of these women that looks good for years, which society sort of always defaults to "young-looking." It really means they're looking GOOD.

On the other hand, if you are one of these women who insists on rocking that high ponytail year after year after year, or hair hitting the small of your back, and you just tilt and swirl and squint, in the mirror until you kind of see what it is you were hoping to see, you will look like someone who plainly use to look good.

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Originally Posted by st. louis blue
A magazine I used to work for once did an article on looking good at different ages. They showed a series of photographs of the same woman at different stages in her life.

She looked great up until her 20s. In her 30s, she didn't look very good. But the photo of her in her 40s showed her looking fabulous again.

I think it was because when she was in her 30s, she tried to dress and style her hair and makeup the same way that she did in her 20s, and it didn't suit the way she looked at the time, but by the time she reached her 40s, she had realised that she had to change her style to suit the way she looked right now.
Well I just hope I continue to look younger than my age when I'm in my 30s and 40s and WANT to look younger!
Originally Posted by "CurlyMireya
i keep trying to convince myself i will like looking younger when i'm in my 40's too. i'm afraid though one day i will just wake up and look old. LOL that it wll be wow what happen? she use to look so young, now she look's old! [/quote]

Lol, I have that same fear! I used to go to the tanning bed every other day for a several-month stretch in high school. We had a contest going to see who could get the darkest - I can't believe I did that looking back on it now. I'm afraid it's going to catch up with me all at once. One day I'll wake up and look like I've aged 10 years in one night! [/quote]

but by the time that happens, your eyes will have gotten so bad you can't see it and it won't matter anyway, take it from one who knows
Susan suburban NY
3b going gray, not thick, waist length when wet, a bit below shoulders when dry
CG since 11/11/04
http://public.fotki.com/banjolady/
PW: banjo
HG: suave and honey for co-wash, deva, i use garnier fructis regular CO's or boots pink or white as leave ins and LA looks sport gel. plop w microfiber turban, then curl towel scrunch, then another turban.i sleep with the turban on. little one minute hair styling videos http://www.youtube.com/user/lazycurls

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