Curly, Long and Silver over age 40, 50, & 60

Like Tree9Likes
  • 2 Post By Starmie
  • 3 Post By jeepcurlygurl
  • 1 Post By ellaj
  • 2 Post By rbb
  • 1 Post By Starmie

Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 22
Hello! I am new here and I was wondering if any of the more "mature" members wear their curly, silvering hair longer than Armpit Length? I am in the process of growing my own 2c hair longer, it is now just shy of APL and mostly silver with some of my natural, light brown shade woven in. My goal is to make it to mid-back length. On occasion I hear comments of the negative variety such as "you are too old for long, hair." I try my best to ignore these comments but they do make me second guess myself from time to time.

My wish is to have long, silver curls that are healthy and well cared for. Any advice or tips would be much appreciated. It would be so nice to meet other members who are also growing out to the longer lengths while embracing their natural, silver curls.

Last edited by ellaj; 01-31-2017 at 05:18 PM. Reason: change hair type
There's me...I'm "mature," have silver hair, and am growing it out after a BC last Spring - I had been growing it out (was just past shoulder length), discovered the whole CG thing, then retired, and did a cross country move. I know what you mean about second guessing yourself...I kept my hair in a pixie for convenience sake as my kids grew up and for work. Some days, I really miss not having any worries about my hair and what it is going or not going to do.

It's finally getting long enough again, to where I can put it up. I love the look of it up with a few rogue curls escaping here and there. So, at least I'm close to getting over the hill! (Maybe in more ways than one - lol). I'm hoping to reach AP length. We'll see. As far as what anyone thinks, I've never been one to go that route.

As a child, my Great-Grandmother had long white hair that I was always facinated with. I never saw it down, as she always wore it in braids, wrapped around her head. I always would try to imagine what it would look like, freed. She was one of the kindest, most gentle women I have ever known. I try to keep her in the back of my mind for inspiration.

Welcome!
Double Post from consistently defective forum site

Last edited by BeinDeb; 01-30-2017 at 06:34 AM. Reason: DP
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 22
There's me...I'm "mature," have silver hair, and am growing it out after a BC last Spring - I had been growing it out (was just past shoulder length), discovered the whole CG thing, then retired, and did a cross country move. I know what you mean about second guessing yourself...I kept my hair in a pixie for convenience sake as my kids grew up and for work. Some days, I really miss not having any worries about my hair and what it is going or not going to do.

It's finally getting long enough again, to where I can put it up. I love the look of it up with a few rogue curls escaping here and there. So, at least I'm close to getting over the hill! (Maybe in more ways than one - lol). I'm hoping to reach AP length. We'll see. As far as what anyone thinks, I've never been one to go that route.

As a child, my Great-Grandmother had long white hair that I was always facinated with. I never saw it down, as she always wore it in braids, wrapped around her head. I always would try to imagine what it would look like, freed. She was one of the kindest, most gentle women I have ever known. I try to keep her in the back of my mind for inspiration.

Welcome!
Originally Posted by BeinDeb
Hello BeinDeb, thanks for the welcome, it's so nice to meet you.

Like you, I had a pixie for many years. That was back in my days of coloring and highlighting, also. It has only been recently that I made the decision to grow my hair much longer, it has always been a dream of sorts. I stopped dying my hair two years ago and it is all natural now with plenty of silver woven in with the light brown. No regrets at all, I really do like my natural shade and I especially love the freedom of no more salon visits, especially when you factor in the cost.

I am inspired by your memories of your Great-Grandmother's hair, it must have been a vision when it was let loose. APL is a great length, long enough to wear down without getting in the way and very pretty when worn up with all of your curls.

Thanks again for the welcome.
I stopped dyeing my hair two years ago too and it's just about all gone now (have a few ends that still have a bit of dye from the foils I had done to help with the transition). I would love to have my hair at a longer length, unfortunately it's thinned as I've got older and just looks stringy and nasty if I grow it too long. I've kept it fairly short while I've been growing the colour out but am now aiming for it to be just past my shoulders. You should do whatever you like, I think we're way past the age of listening to other people's opinions on such matters!
rbb and RafterBat like this.
3b in South Australia.
I'll be 60 in a couple weeks so I'm one of the more 'mature' people here. My hair was below mid-back length until a few weeks ago when I gave it a good trimming. Now it's almost arm pit length. I wear my hair (clothes, makeup) however I feel like it. I never list to anyone who says "You are too old to...."
rbb, curlygoinggray and RafterBat like this.
--I'm located in Western PA.
--I found NC in late 2004, CG since 2-2005, started going grey in late 2005.
--My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
--My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
--My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...-progress.html
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 22
I stopped dyeing my hair two years ago too and it's just about all gone now (have a few ends that still have a bit of dye from the foils I had done to help with the transition). I would love to have my hair at a longer length, unfortunately it's thinned as I've got older and just looks stringy and nasty if I grow it too long. I've kept it fairly short while I've been growing the colour out but am now aiming for it to be just past my shoulders. You should do whatever you like, I think we're way past the age of listening to other people's opinions on such matters!
Originally Posted by Starmie
Very nice to meet you, Starmie.

I feel that most of us mature "young" women experience thinning as we age, my own hair has thinned, especially at the temples. I like to think of fine/thin silver curls as Angel hair Shoulder length is long to me, I am now past that and inching on to APL currently but if it doesn't look good as it gets longer then back to shoulder I go. I think you are right when you say we are "past the age of listening to other people's opinions on such matters!" Thanks for the advice!

I'll be 60 in a couple weeks so I'm one of the more 'mature' people here. My hair was below mid-back length until a few weeks ago when I gave it a good trimming. Now it's almost arm pit length. I wear my hair (clothes, makeup) however I feel like it. I never list to anyone who says "You are too old to...."
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
It's nice to meet you, jeepcurlygurl. Happy "almost" Birthday!

I am beginning to detect a theme here, lol! My plan is to work on being more like the rest of you and stop listening to other's opinions of what I choose to do with my hair, or anything else for that matter. I see the hairdresser on Thursday to have some layers added, they will help to avoid the triangle head that I am dealing with at the moment, but I am determined to keep the length. Are you planning to grow back to mid-back, jeepcurlygurl?

Last edited by ellaj; 01-30-2017 at 02:26 PM. Reason: spelling
Yes I do plan on letting it grow out some more for the next couple years or so. Then I might cut it back into a chin length bob, which I love. Depends on my mood! : )
--I'm located in Western PA.
--I found NC in late 2004, CG since 2-2005, started going grey in late 2005.
--My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
--My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
--My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...-progress.html
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 22
Yes I do plan on letting it grow out some more for the next couple years or so. Then I might cut it back into a chin length bob, which I love. Depends on my mood! : )
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
My sister has a chin length, very curly, bob and she loves it, too. For me, long is my dream, so I will join you and keep on going.
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 22
I hope the siggie photo shows. This is how my silver is progressing, they just keep showing up. Sorry for the blurriness, I need to take a better photo.
jeepcurlygurl likes this.
ellaj -- love the color and the curls!

starmie - my hair is also thinner and was looking stringy at the ends. however, i've had it cut just to make the bottom blunt and he cut curls in above that. (it was in a classic deva cut before, so the edge ends were not even and i love the look of that on thick curly hair, but on thinner hair, not so great). i'm growing it a bit, from chin length to almost shoulder length, but i will see as it goes along.
Starmie and ellaj like this.
[FONT="Arial Narrow"]
3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: [I] curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj aloe fix gel, cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab.
sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 22
ellaj -- love the color and the curls!
Originally Posted by rbb
Thank-you, rbb.
It's a very pretty colour ellaj, my hair was very dark and I have the steely grey thing going on, not quite so pretty but people say it suits me.

rbb, I'm avoiding the hairdresser atm, I think my layers are too short (especially in the back) so am letting them grow a bit then I'll go back and get her to cut it less layered, hopefully that will help. Always hard to find the right balance - we need the shape from layers but too many and thinner hair's in trouble!
3b in South Australia.
It's a very pretty colour ellaj, my hair was very dark and I have the steely grey thing going on, not quite so pretty but people say it suits me.

rbb, I'm avoiding the hairdresser atm, I think my layers are too short (especially in the back) so am letting them grow a bit then I'll go back and get her to cut it less layered, hopefully that will help. Always hard to find the right balance - we need the shape from layers but too many and thinner hair's in trouble!
ellaj likes this.
3b in South Australia.
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 22
It's a very pretty colour ellaj, my hair was very dark and I have the steely grey thing going on, not quite so pretty but people say it suits me.

rbb, I'm avoiding the hairdresser atm, I think my layers are too short (especially in the back) so am letting them grow a bit then I'll go back and get her to cut it less layered, hopefully that will help. Always hard to find the right balance - we need the shape from layers but too many and thinner hair's in trouble!
Originally Posted by Starmie
Thank-you, Starmie.

You mention how we need shape from layers but too many may not be what's best for thinner hair. I have an appointment on Thursday to have some layers added to my thin curls. I have only been growing for a short time and my hair is all one length, haven't experienced layers since my hair was much shorter. Here's hoping that I am making the right decision. This stylist is new to me, never been to her before, but she comes highly recommended when it comes to cutting curly hair. Face framing layers are not concerning me, so maybe I will just start with those, I do not need my hair to appear thinner, just more balanced.

Edited to add....after reading through this site I have determined that I actually have 2c hair type, not 3a like I thought.

Last edited by ellaj; 01-31-2017 at 05:22 PM.
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 22
After giving it some more thought, I cancelled my hair appointment. Maybe once Spring arrives I will freshen up the length and possibly add the face-framing layers. I have not had very many positive experiences when it comes to haircuts that's for sure. Once again I chicken out.
I'm 61 and loving my hair growing out. I appreciate all your inspiration!

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com