The end of the (hair) line

I’ve been growing my hair and was curious if I could, as a middle-aged woman, get it to two feet. I’ve noted before that not all long hair on older women is good hair; women’s hair changes with age, often becoming drier and/or breaking instead of growing. Our culture – as do many – says long hair is sexy & feminine so some women hang onto long hair that no longer flatters, whether they’re trying to look as they once did or the man in their life “likes long hair.” I mention all this to say I’m cognizant. I only want long hair if it looks good. These pictures help keep me honest!

UsIng a tape measure, I find that maybe the longest strands are 24″ but really, most of my hair is just shy of that particular marker. And not all of my hair was “along for the ride” so to say since it has layers and also the hair at the crown is different in that it’s a lot lighter than the rest of my hair and moreover, disinclined to grow. The in-the-mirror photos aren’t great but you can see the length more or less. On the left my ponytail is tied at the base of my neck and it’s tied higher up in the right photo.

I took these pictures now because I’m going to trim the ends a bit since I am satisfied with my little hair-growing experiment. It’s not as long as younger years but I didn’t expect that either; I’m not trying to compete with my thirty-year old self (not in this vein anyway). If you wonder how I could accomplish this much growth I have to say that I’m sure a good diet is a factor and also that I use no hair color or heat appliances. Because I’m outside a lot I often wear a hat and/or braid or style my hair in summer so it isn’t so exposed to the sun. (I tried a leave-in hair sunscreen a few years ago and it stunk so much I decided sun-baked hair was preferable.😐) I’ve been using Devacurl products for years, most importantly, One Condition, which I buy when the Amazon price drops to something I can mostly tolerate.

 

14 thoughts on “The end of the (hair) line

  1. Kate Crimmins

    Whatever you’re doing is working. Aside from being slightly short of your goal, your hair looks healthy. Good color too without intervention. I didn’t start using color until the grays came in. I don’t have a lot of gray but on my color hair it’s not attractive. I miss my long hair. I’m older than you and long hair drags my face down. I was also getting some damaged ends so I’m at just below chin length and that seems to work for now.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Thanks Kate, I appreciate your feedback. I know what you mean about long hair dragging the face down. It helps to have shorter pieces in the front or to pull the hair back (I have no business wearing long strands next to my face either!). My grey – or whatever color it is on the crown – blends unless I do a hairstyle that puts two very different colors side-by-side. I remember the post you just did when you said you were trimming your hair after the reunion.

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      1. Kate Crimmins

        I always, even when I was young, look better with the hair styled away from my face. Must be the balance of hair to face or something. The thing I love most about my shorter hair (and it may not make sense) is that I don’t have hair stuck to my face as much. Since my hair wasn’t long enough to “pony,” it was loose and the wind would blow it. I always had hair in my mouth. Now it’s trimmed around my face.

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  2. C.E.Robinson

    The long hair look suits you nicely, and it looks healthy. I’m stuck with a medium cut, styled under and side part. Actually the sides close to my face hide some aging (80 year-old) skin. Works for me. 😊 🎶📚 Christine

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      1. C.E.Robinson

        Thanks! I definitely don’t feel 80, or look it. Good genes, and an active, healthy life style. I’ve tried bangs and they aren’t for me. The aging skin is more on the lower face and hair hides it. It’s all about making style changes in aging. 📚🎶 Christine

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  3. JT Twissel

    After having short hair for the past couple of years I’m also letting my grayish hair grow to at least shoulder length. I miss pulling my hair away from my face. You have pretty hair! I doubt if my hair will be thick enough for a decent ponytail.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Thanks Jan! You just have more options with longer hair, even shoulder length. Maybe you’ll be able to do a mid-head ponytail? Because then the hair kinda fluffs out even if it isn’t thick. My sister does that with her hair & it’s definitely not thick.

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  4. The Coastal Crone

    Your hair looks very healthy! I have been letting mine grow out a bit this summer so I can pull it back with all the heat, wind and humidity we have. Too old to have it hanging around my face. Usually I keep it about chin length or a bit longer. May cut it back when cooler weather arrives in a few months.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Thank you! I don’t think I’d ever want shorter than what can be pulled back – it’s such a nice option for summer like you say but also if you’re having a bad hair day or don’t have time/desire to fool with it.

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