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Jan 15th, 2005 at 6:34pm
 
Ran across this article that actually talks about women having a choice!

Women keeping tresses
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Reply #1 - Jan 15th, 2005 at 8:45pm
 
"touching the shoulders" ... but they are talking about short hair!!! ... "anything longer than collar bone just hangs there" ... jeezes.  Roll Eyes
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Reply #2 - Jan 16th, 2005 at 5:52am
 
Glad the trend is for longer hair but I don't consider hair 4 inches passed the collar bone too long for someone over 50...geesh! Shocked  Angry  What about Cher, wonder what that guy has to say about her hair.   Wink  Grin
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Reply #3 - Jan 16th, 2005 at 11:51am
 
You could say a lot of things about Cher. One thing she's not is typical, she's some sort of a caricature of her former self.

It's really annoying when the media shows off examples of "women growing older and getting better" who are actually stars who've had loads of plastic surgery, have a home gym and trainer, their own full-time kitchen staff and nutritionist, etc.

What I like is the numbers of regular women who are growing their hair long, in spite of pressure to the contrary.
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Reply #4 - Jan 16th, 2005 at 12:23pm
 
persoanlly i think only young people go well with "real hair cuts". i think old skin just doesn't go with tons of dye and too structured hair ... it just contrasts too much with features of the face that aren't sharp anymore. all the oldies i see (not many) with long hair in an updo or braid just look way younger even if their hair is gray or white.
and i speak now of people of the third generation ... i don't know how you could call most 50 year olds "old" these days. people these days don't resemble at all their mothers when they had the same age.
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Reply #5 - Jan 16th, 2005 at 1:10pm
 
Pfft!

They seem to define "long" hair as shoulder length. I think that aging ladies who wear their hair in beautiful buns or even down (if it's in good condition) look always so much better than women, who tease their hair with perms and colors. With age, hair is thinning naturally- I suspect that harsh chemical treatments can make it only worse.

Styg, what you said about facial features and hair makes a lot sense. Smiley
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Reply #6 - Jan 16th, 2005 at 5:16pm
 
Very interesting, just goes to show how society changes.  No self respecting women in the early 1900s would cut their hair.  Flappers were considerred radical as much for their clothes as their short, short hair  Personally if a woman is willing to keep up with her hair there is no reason she can't have it as long as she wants.  I am also aware that there is a stigma against long hair in the work place unless you are in a creative field.  Women with long hair are considerred less serious and mature.  Left over from the male dominated era when women had to copy men to get ahead?
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Reply #7 - Jan 16th, 2005 at 6:08pm
 
I will accept "long" as shoulder length in this context.  Although we view long hair at much long lengths, the reality is.....society sees any hair that swings free as long. 

The article at least shows that we are not alone in being over 40 and wanting to leave our tresses uncut.
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Reply #8 - Jan 16th, 2005 at 6:57pm
 
I always wondered if there was some unwritten rule about women anchors and reporters and in the media not having more than shoulder length hair?  (Although that is changing)  It seems they all have hair above shoulders and dyed.
As for older women with long hair,  about a year ago I saw a woman about 70? I can't tell age- in a fast food restaurant with white hair put up in a beautiful bun.
I wanted to say, let me see how long your hair is, but
of course I didn't, didn't want her to think I was some sort
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Reply #9 - Jan 17th, 2005 at 12:40am
 
What happens with anchorwomen is that some salon may do their hair for free, in order to get their name in the credits (Joyce's hair by...). So the salon wants the newest and latest cut and color to be on that anchor, in order to attract new clients.

I've never gotten the slightest negative comment about my long hair being unprofessional in the working world. Not that anybody knows how long it is, but I think buns and other updos are taken as more serious and mature than silly, frippy cuts.
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Reply #10 - Jan 17th, 2005 at 5:23am
 
I totally agree with you, eKatherine. Smiley
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Reply #11 - Jan 17th, 2005 at 5:56am
 
Grin Good Grief I'm ancient !!!

I think it actually annoys some people that I don't mind in the least.  The only look I really don't like is desperation to be something other than what we are.

No one who is delighted with what they are doing with themselves has ever looked ridiculous to me, amusing perhaps, but I love to be amused.

Life is way to short not to please ourselves in such small matters, or big ones for that matter, gabi *feeling philosophical*  Roll Eyes
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Reply #12 - Jan 17th, 2005 at 11:00am
 
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Life is way to short not to please ourselves in such small matters, or big ones for that matter, gabi *feeling philosophical* Roll Eyes


Yep - if we can't be happy with ourselves,  life would be very dull and pointless.
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Reply #13 - Jan 17th, 2005 at 9:14pm
 
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I don't think I'm ancient yet but I am old enough to not be overly concerned about what other people think about me and worrying about being part of the crowd.  Grin There are some things that make getting older an advantage.  Wink  Smiley
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Reply #14 - Jan 18th, 2005 at 2:15pm
 
I'm quite blessed in the workplace.

In nursing (I've been a nurse more than 1/2 of my 41 year life) your hair has to be away from the face and your patients - so - an updo is a perfect do.  Granted, mine tend to be rather elaborate and stick adorned - but though there are jewelry restrictions for the ears, fingers and wrists - Nothing in the policy for hair jewelry!

Second blessing - In working with the elderly - All of my residents seem to love my hair - and ask me to squat down next to their beds so they can examine the styles at close range.  I even have one lady who wants all the lights on (remember, I work at night) so she can see which sticks I'm wearing each day.  She has even caught me wearing the same pair twice in one week (can't help myself - I DO have favorites, after all) - and she scolds me for the "re-run".  Too funny.  A few quotes from my ladies:"oh, it's so lovely to see a real woman - someone who doesn't think she has to fit in with the men's world by cutting off her hair" , or "oh, dear - you remind me of how I wore my hair as a girl - it's so lovely".

So - though my cousins and sister - (all stylists) have all had fantasy dreams about cutting my hair, and for MANY years kept BEGGING to be the one lucky enough to FINALLY cut it off... I've never really had any true negativity about wearing it long - Not at work - and not really at home.

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