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Old 03-08-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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I've read that long hair makes a person look younger, but I've also heard the opposite. I guess to a certain extent, it depends on the person. But, in general, do you think that a person who tends to look younger than her age looks even younger with long, curly or wavy hair? I've had long hair for most of my adult life and have always been told that I look younger than my age. I wear my hair up most of the time so I suppose it has little to do with my hair, but my features. I think the hair could've been a contributing factor, though. I'm short as it is, but the long hair dwarfed me a bit. However, I think that short hair could actually make someone appear older because, esp. with short layers around the face, it draws attention to lines around the eyes and on the forehead. I don't have those yet (I'm 25), but I am starting to see slight lines - it's like coming attractions.

I recently cut my hair to just above my shoulders, and I can't decide whether it makes me look older/younger. I think it makes me look less feminine somehow. I wish I had pictures to do a before and after. When hair is worn straight vs. curly, do you believe this also makes a difference? I generally wear my hair straight because my waves/curls are not uniform any more. It's easier just to blow it out. But when I do have a curly day, I think with the longer length, it made me look younger. I've often heard that curls are associated with youth. So, do you think a woman in her 20's with straight hair who looks younger than her age would look older with hair above her shoulders? I haven't gotten any comments that have led me to believe that, but rarely will a person say, "Oh that cut makes you look older," because that would be seen as an insult. I still wear my hair up so much because of my vocation, but maybe will wear it down more often and see if I'm actually treated like an adult in public.
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But, in general, do you think that a person who tends to look younger than her age looks even younger with long, curly or wavy hair?
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
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I'm not sure about length, but I feel that I look younger with it curly than with it straight. I still get taken for mid twenties sometimes (although usually it's late 20s to early 30s) and I'm late thirties.
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I definately look and feel younger with my hair curly. I used to be told that a woman needsto cut her hair by a certain age because long hair ages her, or makes her look like she's trying to be young. It used to drive me nuts cause I thougt it might take met till I'm 40 to grow as long as I want it then you say I need to cut it? Now I see that just isn't true. Look at all of the actresses over a certain ages with long hair and they look great. Also one of the reasons I used to straightene my hair when I was younger was cause it made me look older. I'm only 28 but my curls still make me look younger, thier more free and whimsical, I guess.
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It must have something to do with more than hair. I have been told (almost daily) that I look younger than I am (29) and I've had my hair short and strait, long and curly... it doesn't seem to make much of a difference for me.

I think the key is to wear your hair with confidence. I'm growing it our again and hoping for waist length in my 30's. Who knows after that! I agree with Banjocurl - her hair looks young and makes me think she acts young too! It's about personal style, not age.
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It must have something to do with more than hair. I have been told (almost daily) that I look younger than I am (29) and I've had my hair short and strait, long and curly... it doesn't seem to make much of a difference for me.

I think the key is to wear your hair with confidence. I'm growing it our again and hoping for waist length in my 30's. Who knows after that! I agree with Banjocurl - her hair looks young and makes me think she acts young too! It's about personal style, not age.
thanks! its all about attitude. i am 57 but very "immature" for my age, trying to get my hair down to my waist, playing the banjo, sleeping in my van, hiking in the woods with my dogs, swimming in lakes and sometimes still getting in trouble for breaking rules. i just love you young curlies who are wearing your hair however you want, being assertive about who you are and having fun. keep up the good work!!
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I definately look and feel younger with my hair curly. I used to be told that a woman needsto cut her hair by a certain age because long hair ages her, or makes her look like she's trying to be young. It used to drive me nuts cause I thougt it might take met till I'm 40 to grow as long as I want it then you say I need to cut it? Now I see that just isn't true. Look at all of the actresses over a certain ages with long hair and they look great. Also one of the reasons I used to straightene my hair when I was younger was cause it made me look older. I'm only 28 but my curls still make me look younger, thier more free and whimsical, I guess.
For some reason with me, I look younger with straighter hair.... maybe its just my perception. I think its ridiculous that by a certain age you are told that you 'should' cut your hair. I would look absolutely horrible in short hair at ANY age....I have a 'not small' nose and sharper features that my longer hair tends to soften...

On the other hand I see lots of younger gals with adorable short cuts... I envy them.... l wish I had the option of choice!
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It must have something to do with more than hair. I have been told (almost daily) that I look younger than I am (29) and I've had my hair short and strait, long and curly... it doesn't seem to make much of a difference for me.

I think the key is to wear your hair with confidence. I'm growing it our again and hoping for waist length in my 30's. Who knows after that! I agree with Banjocurl - her hair looks young and makes me think she acts young too! It's about personal style, not age.
thanks! its all about attitude. i am 57 but very "immature" for my age, trying to get my hair down to my waist, playing the banjo, sleeping in my van, hiking in the woods with my dogs, swimming in lakes and sometimes still getting in trouble for breaking rules. i just love you young curlies who are wearing your hair however you want, being assertive about who you are and having fun. keep up the good work!!
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Banjocurl you are adorable! I love your attitude and you have fabulous hair!
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My vote also goes for curly making people look younger--in general of course! There's something carefree about curls, and a bit wild and daring. I think mine make me look/feel younger for sure. They just make me feel like I stand out in a crowd a bit, they can be so fun and unique.
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They do stand out. People seem to notice them. The guard who checked me in told me how nice my hair was, and a guy from work told me that's the first thing he noticed.
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My hair has been everything from waist-length to the short crop I have now. I don't think its the length of the hair that can age you, especially when it is short, but the cut and style. I was very careful to design (this hair cut has been a 4 month process) that doesn't make me look frumpy. People have always mistaken me for older than I am, but that is primarily from the way that I carry myself, not my hair!
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Banjocurl you are adorable! I love your attitude and you have fabulous hair!
thanks!! well i am realizing as i get older that nobody cares how much fun i have except me, and the world won't end if someone does not like me or disapproves of things i do. as a young woman, i thought far too much about what other people thought and that got me nowhere. so, it is a very interesting journey--the hair thing has me fascinated to the max and i am feeling much like an explorer!
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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.
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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.
I think a lot of factors come into play, you can't really just say it's about your hair. I'm about an inch shorter than you, so I feel your pain! The one time my husband saw me with straight hair, he said I looked older. But I've only straightened my hair a handful of times since it turned curly, I have no plans of making it a habit!

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.
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I think it also depends on how the hair is cared for. I would honestly say that when I battled my hair and brushed it out and scraped it back I did look older. It was all fluffy anf witchy, and tied back harshly looked severe and I had frizz poking out all over! NOT a pretty sight LOL!!

Since looking after my hair I have started getting compliments, people saying I look younger now, even though my length hasnt changed much.
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Banjocurl you are adorable! I love your attitude and you have fabulous hair!
thanks!! well i am realizing as i get older that nobody cares how much fun i have except me, and the world won't end if someone does not like me or disapproves of things i do. as a young woman, i thought far too much about what other people thought and that got me nowhere. so, it is a very interesting journey--the hair thing has me fascinated to the max and i am feeling much like an explorer!
Bravo! I agree 100%.
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BANJO: you look absolutley amazing and you have gorgeous hair, the colour is lovely, I hope that I look as young as you when I'm your age!!
people are normally taken aback when I tell them my age(im 34) they often think that I am in my 20's and don't believe me when I tell them my real age, and it doesnt matter if I have short/long, curly or straight, I agree totally with zelda, if your hair is well cared for then I think, imho, it really makes a difference.
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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.
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!
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Everyone says I look younger with my curly hair. Like I am highschool age but that's not saying much because I am in my early 20's.
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BANJO: you look absolutley amazing and you have gorgeous hair, the colour is lovely, I hope that I look as young as you when I'm your age!!
people are normally taken aback when I tell them my age(im 34) they often think that I am in my 20's and don't believe me when I tell them my real age, and it doesnt matter if I have short/long, curly or straight, I agree totally with zelda, if your hair is well cared for then I think, imho, it really makes a difference.
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thanks! your curls are lovely-very healthy and shiny. i remember when i was your age i was putting up posters for our 15th high school reunion and someone carded me at a bar. that was a huge thrill. tho when i was 13 i made myself a phony ID and used to drink at the bars....ah those wild days--i would not want them back again..
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