Women Over 40 Should Not Wear Long Hairstyles

Does Jennifer Lopez Think This Is Sexy?

Clearly,  there is nothing sexy about 45-year-old Jennifer Lopez with ultra-long hair.
Clearly, there is nothing sexy about 45-year-old Jennifer Lopez with ultra-long hair. | Source

What Do Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Anniston, and Mary-Louise Parker Have in Common?

Every proper woman knows the rule: "No long hairstyles after 40." These days, however, propriety seems to be taking a back seat to vanity, particularly in the Hollywood set. Just take a look at Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston, both of whom are 45, touting their luxurious locks and daring hemlines at their age. Indeed! Did nobody tell them to just get old? What is this world coming to?

If she had any sense of propriety at all, Jennifer Lopez would remember her age and just stop looking so gorgeous. She would immediately change her hairstyle to something more befitting a mature woman in her 40s.

Long hair is for women in the flower of their youth. Long hair is beautiful, sexy, and feminine and we all know that women over 40 just can't be sexy or beautiful. Ladies of a certain age, it is time to accept that your autumnal years are upon you and just go gracefully. You can start by cutting those suggestive strands (or at least pinning them back) and donning more appropriate attire.

Jennifer Has Been in the "Great Hair" Limelight Long Enough

Jennifer Aniston should know better than to wear her hair long like this at 42.
Jennifer Aniston should know better than to wear her hair long like this at 42. | Source

Jennifer Aniston is no better than J-Lo. Here's Jennifer in her mid 40s and still running around looking like a million bucks. The nerve. She should be getting fat and wrinkly by now. And for Pete's sake, enough with the splendorous hair already. Haven't you been in the great-hair limelight long enough Jennifer? Girlfriend, it is time for you to step down, pass the torch to the younger generations, and join the ranks of the old and has-been.

Mary-Louise Shouldn't Leave the House Like This

Mary-Louise Parker's fashion faux pas: wearing her long hair down at the 2008 Emmy Awards.
Mary-Louise Parker's fashion faux pas: wearing her long hair down at the 2008 Emmy Awards. | Source

Mary-Louise Parker from Weeds is 49 years old . . . yes, you read that right, 49! This is ridiculous, Mary-Louise, look at you. Why, you don't look a day over 30. Disgraceful. Just look at this brunette beauty refusing to embrace marmishness like a good 49-year-old should.

Wearing her long hair in face-framing waves is flattering and sexy. Combine that with a fabulous figure and confident poise, and Mary-Louise retains her girlish sensuality well into her advanced years. It is a shame that such a lovely woman should flaunt her aged self so indecently.

Salma Hayek: Fighting the Inevitable Ravages of Time

Shame on Salma Hayek for not cropping her tresses by age 45!
Shame on Salma Hayek for not cropping her tresses by age 45! | Source

I actually met Salma Hayek back in the '90s when she was in her prime. She was, in fact, the most radiantly beautiful person I had ever seen. She actually had an aura around her that made her appear unearthly. Unfortunately, Salma is yet another example of a woman in her mid-40s who has not the decency to look her age.

Salma wears her glossy, dark, hair well past her shoulders at 45 years old. She looks beautiful, sexy, and everything that a woman of her age simply should not.

Angela Bassett Doesn't Know When to Stop Being Fabulous

Angela Bassett at 53.
Angela Bassett at 53. | Source

What can I say about Angela Bassett? Imagine looking as ravishing as she does at 53 years old . . . outrageous! Some women just don't know when to stop being so fabulous. Angela's lack of decorum is as apparent as her undiminished allure.

Michelle Pfeiffer Is No Role Model for Younger Women

Oh Michelle. When will you just stop?
Oh Michelle. When will you just stop? | Source

Does Michelle Pfeiffer actually think that her magnificent mane looks appropriate on a 52-year-old woman? And for that matter, why doesn't she look anywhere near 52? This is really just annoying. Don't these people age?

Mary Steenburgen, We Thought You Were So Sensible!

Mary Steenburgen is 58. Oh my.
Mary Steenburgen is 58. Oh my. | Source

Mary, Mary, Mary . . . so kind, so lovely, so inappropriate. How could a woman of 58 not know better? The very idea that she could look so beautiful and vibrant when she is nearing 60 is perfectly indecent.

Never mind that her hair is thick, healthy, and looks great on her, rules are rules and Mary Steenburgen is well past the 40-year mark.

Christie Brinkley May Be the Worst Offender of All

Christie Brinkley with shockingly long locks at  57 years old!
Christie Brinkley with shockingly long locks at 57 years old! | Source

Possibly the worst offender of them all is Christy Brinkly. Not only is she 57 and still flaunting her signature long, golden tresses, but she also has the audacity to look just like she did 30 years ago! Christie has had her day and then some. Let's see a little withering on your part, eh, Christie?

Iman? Is that You, or Your Daughter?

Iman is entirely too beautiful at 56.
Iman is entirely too beautiful at 56. | Source

When it comes to Iman, I'm just confused. I think this current (2011) photo is actually of a much younger impostor. Perhaps Iman sent her daughter to masquerade on her behalf. There is just no way such long, straight hair could look that fantastic on a 56-year-old. Everyone knows that long hair is aging and unattractive on the "overly ripe." Quite impossible.

Elizabeth Hurley Needs Some Fashion Advice

Elizabeth Hurley, clueless about beauty at 46.
Elizabeth Hurley, clueless about beauty at 46. | Source

Everyone says that yours truly looks just like Elizabeth Hurley. Well, OK, no one actually said that but Elizabeth and I are about the same age with similar hair styles. Actually, mine is a little longer.

Yes, I Am Kidding!

Did I have you going? ~Mrs.M
Did I have you going? ~Mrs.M

Did I say that women over 40 should not wear long hair? Oops, here's what I meant: As long as your hair is healthy and flattering to the shape of your face, why not wear it long at any age? I believe that the "rule" is referring to those with unhealthy, scraggly, long hair that is not attractively styled which, of course, does not apply to any of us.

Looking for a Fabulous Short Hairstyle?

Charlize Theron turned 40 in 2015. Does she look dowdy with a short bob?
Charlize Theron turned 40 in 2015. Does she look dowdy with a short bob? | Source

It's not fair to say that women over 40 shouldn't wear their hair long. But it wouldn't be fair to say they shouldn't wear short hair, either! Check out these gorgeous women over 40 who are rocking short hair!

Halle Berry: Sexy and Gorgeous with Short Hair

Think you should go short? You could do a lot worse than a stylish short cut like Halle Berry's.
Think you should go short? You could do a lot worse than a stylish short cut like Halle Berry's. | Source

Perhaps the moral of the story is that women should be able to wear their hair however they want, regardless of age. If all of these women can look fantastic over 40 with long hair or short, then so can we all!

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Good Show, Bravo!!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

So glad that you put in that last paragraph as my hair is a little longer than Jennifer Aniston and I am over 50. I have wanted to go shorter but every time I even mention it my husband throws a fit.

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

That is a silly rule written by women who prefer short hair. All of those women look great with their long hair and should keep it. I'm over 40 and have long hair and have no intentions of cutting mine.

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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Nice tongue-in-cheek! Interestingly, I just cut my hair a few weeks ago (it was long enough to sit on) and am SOOOOO glad I did. I feel like a new person. And that's sayin' a lot when you're my age. :p Good riddance to it!

marellen 5 years ago

Wonderful job...I agree, if you keep yourselve in shape and wear make up and your hair is healthy, then it doesn't matter what the length of hair or age is...

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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

This was a teat thanks for sharing!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for an entertaining hub. There shouldn’t be any hair rules! People should wear their hair in a style that makes them feel good - after all, it’s their hair. I’m over forty and have long hair, and I don’t plan on getting it cut short any time soon.

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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

LOLOL, Bella...a "teat"! This Hub just gets better and better.

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Heehee, thanks...I'm glad you all enjoyed my little joke.

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Rules, schmoolz! I wear my hair for my own comfort, and always have, since I was a kid. I prefer a no-fuss, no muss, no set, no perm, no blow-dry "pixie-shag" cut.

Comfort first, last and in the middle for me. Anyone who does not like the way I look is welcome to look the other way!

The "fashionistas" can go jump in the lake. I don't do fashion--I do what pleases ME--after all, we are each responsible for our own happiness, and how can we be happy if we are kow-towing to some fashion "rule," thereby taking on someone ELSE'S idea of beauty/style, instead of just being ourselves!!??

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Right you are Ms Lizzy!

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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Is it me or has Liz Hurley put weight on? And it seems the ages on these celebrities are wrong. I have all of them about 5 years older than what is written here but I really don't keep up with celebrities.

Great Hub!!

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

It's you...Liz looks perfect. And I am never defensive or bias in any way:):);)

I did look up the year they were born...(shrugs.)

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drkathleenfuller 5 years ago from 322 SW Ocean Blvd, Stuart, Florida 34994

Great hub- I don't wear my hair long because it has always been thin. However, I am 64 and I photograph well. My profile photo was taken last year. I give credit to my genes.

Karlie Philpott 5 years ago

You had me going there a minute. I hope and pray I look that good in my 40's and my long hair is here to stay.

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mrs. Menagerie, great hub, I guess if they are happy with the way they look that is the important thing, not what someone else thinks .

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Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

Hysterical and I think if I looked that good I'd be flaunting it to. Just watched Hot in Cleveland which is right up the same alley and just as funny for the "over 40 (well maybe 50)" club. Awesome hub and voted all the ups. Thanks for making my day.

I gotta say in the beginning I was getting a little worried about the length of my hair. Since I quit coloring it I let it grow and refer to the gray as costly highlights lol

DoItForHer 5 years ago

I don't see any dudes! But to be honest, we probably have a harder time holding onto our think, full head of hair when compared to the fairer sex. Fabio, however, is about 50 and he has a mane of hair that rivals most anyone.

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

DrKathleen--you look fantastic!

Karlie--heeheehee...glad I had you going at first, you must have thought I was nuts!!!

Tom, you certainly have a point there (I hope you know I'm kiddin'...these women are gorgeous!!!!)

Thanks Charlu...I had a lot of fun writing this hub:)

Hi DoItForHer...I really should add a photo of Fabio at the end of this hub, that'd be awesome. :)

jt walters 5 years ago

It is Hollywood. If they told the truth all the time they wouldn't be in the movies. I asked the question if it was me and since you said it was I believe you.

All My Best,


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hi MrsM ... I wondered if you were blind or bitchy (I know, as if you would, sorry) at first ... then I realised you were kidding!

Of course these women are absolutely gorgeous and I defend their right to wear their hair down to their boots if that's what they want. (Was a radical feminist - old habits die hard).

But ... I think you'll notice they are all celebs ... so looking good is their job ... and I think they may be well able to afford to have a teensy-weensy bit of help with how they look. Perhaps a little more than the rest of us mere mortals?

Clever hub, Mrs!

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

You really got me there for a moment and I couldn't understand why you didn't see that they looked beautiful in their long hair. But to have long hair when you are a bit older does need both care and maybe a bit of other things too. Great hub with an interesting twist!


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Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

Lovely hub, I am only 32, but I have already told my wife the day she comes home with hair cut around the jaw line is the day I file for divorce...

very cute piece, I hope ladies continue to defy hair tradition. Cheers.

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Thanks Jason :)

Becky 5 years ago

I am 55 and my hair is past my waist. I am not cutting it off. I keep it colored and clean. It keeps itself thick, curly, and gorgeous. It is my crowning glory. Maybe the only one I have left. No, I don't look like either of the Jennifer's. Teenagers(my children)are still jealous of it. My 14 year old wants my hair. Hers is just wavy.

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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

A really fun hub! In all fairness though, many of these women have had lots of botex and plastic surgery, as they don't live like "regular" people. And many are shaving about 5 or 10 yrs off their ages, since they are enhanced to look younger, and people have short memories. I say go for it, if you look good, fake or real.

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Brilliant Hub, Mrs. Menagerie. But women over 40 should STOP LOOKING SO GORGEOUS! Poor 20-somethings like me ain't got a chance! ;_;

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Hi Becky! Keep that fabulous hair as long as you want to!

Jean, me too, good for them!

Hey Simone, I hoped you would stop by!

jansplace 5 years ago


I love your article very interesting and informative. You have put a lot of work into it.

I had to laugh at the rule women over 40 should cut their locks. I'm 60 this week and my auburn hair is shoulder length!

My youngest son said to me a few weeks ago, in his exact words, "You need to get the hair cut love and dye it blonde or something." My reply was, "Absolutely not - when I'm ready." We had a laugh because he knows I've always rebelled 'against the rules."

You have some very good advice and I love the photo's.

Have a lovely day.

jansplace 5 years ago

Hi again,

In your last paragraph I have to agree with you long unkept hair looks awful. Yep, if your hair is in good condition, - keep it long!

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Sunglow 5 years ago from San Diego, California

The 50's are the new 30's. That rule does not apply any more. I think it is all about preference. Those women look great with long hair after 40. In addition, I am 51 and I love my long tress, however, I change up to a short wigs when it is in my spirit. Bottom line -- "to each his own". Let it go -- people are doing whatever they want these days anyway.

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Hiya Jansplace and sunglow...thanks for reading and commenting!

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LonghornGI 5 years ago from Lives in Austin, Texas

Agreed agreed agreed! (says the 47 year old with long hair) LOL!

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Thanks for stopping by Longhorn GI!

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J Burgraff 5 years ago

I would wear my hair long if it still looked good long. Alas, at 52 it does not. Of course, I'd also go bald if it looked good. Alas, it does not.

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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@Mrs. Menagerie...This is very entertaining with great pictures that demonstrate once and for all why no one over 40 should wear their hair long!! LOL!

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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@DzyMsLizzy...You go, girl! Be ourselves is good advice! After all, we're not being photographed every day! LOL! Seriously, well-kept long and over 40 is a fine combination!

Naomi's Banner 5 years ago

I really liked the humor in this Hub. We must continue to have humor as we age. i wear mine shoulder length and would wear it longer if it hadn't begun to thin. Great Hub!

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Thanks so much...I'm glad you enjoyed!

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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Nice pictures...

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Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

I have a friend who keeps asking me when I'm going to cut my hair as I'm far too old to have long hair - oh dear - at first you think who makes these rules? Then you think why would anyone believe them?

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Elena Konik 5 years ago

Well, It's a weird humor with strange rule of 'beauty' for women of over 40 years old! ;)

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Hi Eileen...maybe she secretly wishes she had your hair;)

Thanks htodd and Elena!

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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

That was a fun and funny read. I have never heard the over forty rule, but have hear over 50 or 60. It's really absurd, but I will say, there are still some older women like Kirstie Allie (60) in shorter locks. What's important is that you be you, and not try to be someone else. I am 55 and had very short hair from the time I was about 30 until 53. I love longer hair, and it slims my face down now that I have put on a few pounds.

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Bhmiller71 5 years ago from East Texas

Great Hub, you really had me going. I have natural curly hair, really unruly and it must remain long for me to have any control; the idea of cutting my hair is a far worse idea than me breaking some "hair rule"...I am never gonna look like J-Lo or Christy Brinkley, but my husband LOVES my hair,he thinks I am sexy, and that's enough for me. I say, make your own rules and be the sexy goddess we were all meant to be!

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

I'm glad you enjoyed my hub Lambservant...there has got to be a story behind that name, do tell! ;)

Hi Bhmiller, I always wanted curly hair, so beautiful!

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Peanutritious 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

Excellent! Stereotypes should be challenged. I despise the way that all females over 40 are generalised. We're all different. We all have the right to wear our hair however we like! Mine is long and curly and it's staying put (mind you i'm still 39)!!!

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WRITTENBYSHAWN 5 years ago from Port William, Ohio

Thank you for this article. Long, well kept hair at 52 that I do not wish to cut! Glad to know I can break a rule now and again...

cathy 5 years ago

well, that was an interesting take on longer hair over 40. the problem is now, that all women are "supposed" to have long hair or else we're unfeminine. Who made up that rule? I'm 45 now and look better with short hair--and I have no trouble getting male attention.

naturalsolutions 5 years ago

Well i simply smile while reading this hub. Maybe the 40 years old no long hair rules is just a thought. You know what? Because in this age, ordinary woman is probably a great house wife. They have a lot of things to do, so they have no time for their hair, every time a woman looks at the mirror there's a 100% chance that they will look and comb their hair. Making them to waste time in just looking at it. So the women cut their hair in their choice just to avoid time lock. Short hair is very easy to prettify.That is the idea of 40 year old rule.

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ivantsoft 5 years ago from US

women with long hair look gorgeous. It depends on shape of the face and other factors (eyes, lips, forehead etc)

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ClaireHaley 5 years ago from UK

LOL this hub made me smile. I have just turned 40! is it now time to get my long locks cut?

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Hi Peanutritious and written by Shawn, and thanks!

Hi Cathy, just for the record, I have nothing against short hair, I wish it looked good on me but, alas, it does not. :)

Natural solutions, I'm glad you got a smile out of reading this...:)

I totally agree, ivantsoft, it does all depend on your whole look!

Thanks Claire, only cut your hair if you want to and not because of your birthday...and Happy Birthday!

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Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great Hub on a topic any woman wrestles with if she is over 40 who has always worn her hair past her shoulders. I don't know why so many gals chop off the locks by mid-30s making themselves look mid-40s immediately. I'll be 60 in another year and I'm too busy to mess with short hair. It takes too much trouble to keep. Great subject!

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jfay2011 5 years ago

Hi, I'm 43 and for years have had long hair. I finally got it chopped to shoulder length this summer and love my new hair cut. Yet, I will say that long hair does look great on a lot of people and it shouldn't matter how old you are. But I would think that on someone really older a shorter cut would be nice. Shoulder length is a good one. I'm not a fan of really short hair. My mother had shoulder length hair up until she got cancer and then it was really short until her death. I would never get my hair cut really short. I like some length to it. It's great to be able to put it in a ponytail if you want. You can't do that if its really short. The longer your hair is, the more you can do with it. Although I like it shorter, than it was. It's easier to manage.

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battenburg 5 years ago from Manchester UK

i just turned 40 and my hair is long enough for me to sit on. Every now and again, I find I feel "fed up" with my hair, and I chop a huge chunk of ..... for it to grow back to it's normal length in a matter of months!! Hair!! who'd have it???!!!!

Stephanie Moulton 5 years ago

I adore sarcasm and love long hair. As you can imagine, I think this is delightful. :D

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Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

I was standing in line at the grocery store and an older women was telling me about putting her whites away since labor day has passed. I am so glad that women have begun to throw these rules away. Age is a state of mind and a way of life. Great hub!

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Hi Kathleen and I know what you mean!

Thanks for commenting, jfay and battenburg!

Heehee, me too Stephanie...however, my mother always says: "sarcasm is the lowest form of witt."

I couldn't agree more Tracy!

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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

How cute was this? I really enjoyed the read. Great fun! Thank.

Tara 5 years ago

I say if you still got it, flaunt it. If you don't, cut it and make it look your age. I mean honestly, if you look old- do the old hair styles (short hair) if that's what you're trying to say. Stop hating on women who still have it and still look younger than they really are, if they look good with long hair then age shouldn't matter. It still doesn't mean you should down an older woman who still rocks it.

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susan54 5 years ago

For years I had long hair and then on my 50th birthday I went to the barbershop and had all my hair cut into a FLATTOP and I love it!! It's been over 4 years now and this is all I want to wear so easy to take care of and my husband and kids love it on me also. I work at a law office at the front desk and I get about 7 people a week telling me how good I look. I get it cut into a Military style flattop for the summer months it keeps me cool when I work in the garden in the summertime.

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LydieRVgirl 5 years ago from Pa in summer sebring fl winter

I'm 56 and I wear a flattop hair, so much easier to take care of.I get it cut every 7-10 day and I have to do nothing in beteen cuts. I love it.Hubby like it a lot My friend Mary got me started wearing one, she wears one also.

Nice flattop Susan54 looking good!!!

Barb 5 years ago

I am so happy to read this and all the ladies on this page look beautiful. Ever since I was a child my hair had been short and permed (in the 50's) and always turned out looking just like one of my aunts or my Mom...this was about 6 years old..even through my teens I wasn't allowed to wear longer hair. After that I wore my hair pretty much long but then was told I was getting "too old" to wear long hair...Well I had decided to wear my hair exactly the way I wanted and it has been shoulder length ever since. After reading all about women letting their hair grow I even feel much better about doing it! I DON"T like short hair on me..looks great on a lot of women but I really hate it on me. I will never wear my hair short. I have some gray coming in and sometimes get my hair highlighted to try to blend it in. I don't worry about aging, there is nothing we can do about it anyway so I'm not trying to look younger...just a nice looking 60 year old. we all try to look our best at the age we are and take care of ourselves the best we can. I just like my hair long..this is now 2011 not 1950 when everyone's hair looked exactly the same!

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Mrs. Menagerie 5 years ago from The Zoo Author

Thanks Cindi and good for you Susan, Lydie and Barb!!!! Thanks for reading and leaving your comments!

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nanetteparker 4 years ago

my mom is 50 years old now and she's always in her short haircut because it indeed make her look more young and fresh..

Marie Raziuddin 4 years ago

Women, if you like your hair long, by all means wear it long. I like

Marie 4 years ago

continued: short hair -- so many cute styles.

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

I agree Marie and Nanette, my next hub will be about short hair styles!

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Miss Paula 4 years ago

This was a nice hub,nicely written,nice pictures. had me going there for awhile. GOD BLESS!!!!!

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CaravanHolidays 4 years ago from Wales UK

Nice hub - but I think you've either got it or you haven't - age isn't too much of a leveler, nor is hair length. "Clearly, there is nothing sexy about 42 year old Jennifer Lopez with ultra long hair." - hilarious - I should be so lucky as to spend 5 minutes in the presence of such an 'unsexy' woman.

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justinkellina 4 years ago from Greenville, South Carolina

you had to start this hub, to piss folks off...I bet you are totally ROFL with each comment. you so funny, we get it, we get don't like long hair. but little girl one day you will. unless you like boy cuts which is cute also. OMG! your so funny. that would be like saying your over 12, stop wearing tennis shoes....Good one...much love baby girl...signed broken.

Hair Feathers 4 years ago from Toronto

I say wear what you like, but longer hair styles allow you to be lazy when you don't feel like styling. A ponytail or bun are much easier when you wake up late but can't look like its finals week at work!

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Thanks Miss Paula, I love to hear that I gotcha, if only for a moment!

Caravan, I know, right?

Justin, you're right, I was laughing with the fun of it all the while...

Hiya, Hair Feathers...I love a ponytail myself.

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justinkellina 4 years ago from Greenville, South Carolina

nice one Mrs. Menagerie, enjoyed all those pretty women my

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Hi Justinkelina, I'm so glad you enjoyed and thanks!

Also, I finally wrote that short hair hub I've been talking about...

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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Gosh, I just think all of them are lovely. I'm especially fond of long dark hair, and I can't say that I'd ever thought that age had that much to do with beauty or that hair was a factor.

Oh I like looking at younger women like any other hetero dude, but pretty is pretty, regardless of years.

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Haha, I'm glad you see things that way Wesman!

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Ms. Butterfly 4 years ago

I so agree with you about the freedom for haircut and style mature women should have. However most of the celebrities are not natural - too much botox and plastic surgery to make them look "gorgeous". Seeing such faces on every cover women just forget how a normal 40 somethings look and that make them feel bad and unpretty. But they still can look gorgeous, although not exactly the same as in their twenties. With long hair or short - whatever they prefer :)

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Ms. Butterfly--

Thank you and I agree. However, I do know many, many non-celebrity beauties in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who are gorgeous. In fact, my mother-in-law is almost 70 and is one of the most beautiful, stylish and vibrant women I know!

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Hillbilly Zen 4 years ago from Kentucky

Extremely well written, Mrs. Menagerie - hair hair! Umm...I mean hear hear!

Voted up, funny and interesting.

Sayagoya 4 years ago

I DISAGREE. All of the above woman look stunning with their hair LONG. On the contrary to the old belief that older woman should have short hair to give appear younger. Its all about how you maintain, feel, and express. depending on your life style - hair and clothes should match the occasion. These above woman have life styles that not only crave the styles they done but expect it. Why not just ask these stars to give up there careers for old folks activities? Silly right? Right. Now for you women over 40 - if you know you look good, are complimented on your locks, and dress proper to your life style - then don't change that for some supposed rule on what looks better. No offense to anyone - but to me short hair older woman remind me of a lesbian.

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maxravi 4 years ago from India

nice info.thanks.I like all the actresses you mention.

hetcuda2 4 years ago

What's your problem, lady? It's not your business how anyone else wears their hair, so back off, okay? I'm going to be 53 in two weeks and thank God Almighty I am not so old and "dried in the shell" between the ears as you apparently are. I'm not sure why you and certain others are so offended by someone with long hair, but you can all definitely go straight to a high cliff and jump off as a group. Thanks!

Almost 60 with long curly blonde hair 4 years ago

The reason I'm here in the first place is because my 40 year old son told me I should get my hair cut off because it looked like I was trying to look young. I told him I wore it this way because I like it this way, and he said then will you just do it for me? After reading comments I have decided that there is no way I'm cutting it for anyone but myself, if and when I decide to do that...thanks so much for the article and all of your comments.

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Easy there me a favor and read the end of the hub! I think you'll feel much better. And thanks for stopping by!

CrowningGlory 4 years ago

I have to admit that at first I thought that you were an insecure, jealous lunatic. Thank goodness I finally realized that yoj were just winding us up. These women are more beautiful then ever...long live the beautiful 40 somethings!

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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

I look horrible in short hair. I cut off all my tresses to get married to my current husband and I hated it and my girls hated it. I am over 50 and will forever have long hair.

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I was taken aback when I first saw your title, but once I started reading, I realized it was sarcastic, or perhaps tongue-in-cheek! Well done! Those old "standards" are outdated and don't apply. I will forever have long hair. Short hair doesn't fit me. Nice hub!

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American View 4 years ago from Plano, Texas

Great Hub. But rules are meant to be broken and these woman prove it Personally I think woman look sexier with longer hair, but that is me.

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barryrutherford 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

Long hair really suits those women!

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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

I think they all look great. And as far as the long hair goes, I do not march to anyone else's drums or rules-- but mine, and I am over 40. My hair is long, but I wear it up, or if I want to I will wear it down. I am a Southern Lady/Country Girl, and I please myself. That is what all women should do."I am woman hear me roar."



SanXuary 4 years ago

I love long hair because it is one of the features that is owned by women and shows me how far a woman will go to be one. The extra work combined by the ability to change it in so many different ways because it is long tells me a lot about a woman. A woman who meets a man for an occasion and has completely changed her style for that night wins me hands down. IN fact she can even put it up and at-least I can put it down later. No woman with short hair can do that. She looks the same every day and puts no effort into her appearance. Like a woman who wants a real man, I like a real woman and the longer her hair is the better.

Kristie 4 years ago

Love it, love satire. The nerve of these women (myself included) to have long hair past the age of 40!

sandiv2001 4 years ago

Long hair or short hair does not have an age. It is the up keep of whatever you have short or long hair. Taking time to style, color and regular hair cuts for both long and short hair will keep you looking great no matter what your age is.

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Here, here...!!!! :)

Ladytx 4 years ago

love it! I'm in my 40s, long hair makes me feel sexy. Woo Hoo!!! to all my favorite ladies you mentioned that wear it so very well!

fernando 4 years ago

Every time I see a pretty women with short hair I often thing how nicer she would look with it long!

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RicoShae 4 years ago from Ballwin, mo

I love your sense of humor and I love long hair!

Rachael 4 years ago

Ok Ladies

I had the most beautiful long hair, and got caught up in the whole "cut your hair, you have a baby, and your almost 40" well I will say I look good with both short, and long hair but I really miss my long hair!!! I am now growing it out, and going to keep it styled nice!

Don't let anyone brainwash you like was done to me! 40, 50,60 I don't care how old you are. If you keep it styled nice...WHY NOT!!!

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Exactly Rachael!

sally 4 years ago

yes but we can't afford to have face lifts and injections

Kris 4 years ago

Thanks ,I just got my hair cut ,and I look younger

Lucy 4 years ago

I love how so many commenters are angrily protesting your article because they don't understand the meaning of "satire" or "sarcasm"...

it's really funny!

47inmarch 4 years ago

Thx for your page! You're a fantastic writer! Im 46 & cut my hair short becuz i hav a 3 yr old & no time for me. I feel like a dyke. My husband hates it, & i rarely get sex anymore. I love long hair but thought it inappropriate for a mother & woman my age. I also bought all polos & bermudas. Im growing it out & Wearing the sexy BEBE shirts & jeans i love. Id rather get discerning looks from women & i want u looks from my husband!

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Thank you, and keep those stories coming!

Lucy...I know what you mean, isn't it great?!

h2 4 years ago

Do what you want to suit your own comfort and/or fashion needs. Societal qualms (e.g., rules regarding hairstyles [give me a friggin' break]) are just that--qualms. Be comfy in your skin and style regardless if what others think "appropriate."

winxgirl 4 years ago

I'm 34 and my hair is 3" shorter than Princess Jasmine's from "Aladdin" and it isn't going anywhere. And for the people who are against long hair should go take a long walk off a short pier.

Sandy Kusic 4 years ago

It's so true that all of these beauties look stunning in their long tresses but unfortunatly those of us who can not afford face lifts and other expensive "youth enhancing" treatments usually don't look 10 to 15 years younger than we are. There are women who are "older" who do look great in longer hair but they seem few and far between. The women in these photos are the exception rather than the rule which is really just a tease to those of us who would love to have our long hair again but know we can't get away with it anymore. I agree though that people should wear whatever they like and feel comfortable in as long as it looks good no matter what their age but the reality is that most women in their upper 50's who have "natural" faces minus Botox and surgeries can not wear long hair. These women are an inspiration though because they take such great care of themselves and dress beautifully at any age and it's the inner radiance that comes from good health that is attractive on everyone and this usually doesn't cost a fortune.

Deever 4 years ago

Living in the south many years ago I heard a young lady make the comment "I can't wait to turn 30 so I can cut all ny hair off". My first reaction was laughter til I realized that she was serious. Her mother was there and explained to me that after 30 it is not 'proper' to have long hair. I was 29 and pregnant with medium length hair. I didn't cut my hair for a number of years because of it. Wear your hair however you like. Good writing. Loved the sarcasm.

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Miss Paula 4 years ago

I think it just depends on a lot of different thing if women over 40 should have long hair

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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

Excellent! I love the way you lead the reader to your conclusion by saying the opposite of what you mean. The comments of those who didn't get are almost as entertaining! I'm clicking "fan."

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Hahaha...thanks Letitia!

Latrice 4 years ago

This is crazy. This article is just another example of how people want to keep women in a bubble. smdh!!

Lauri 4 years ago

I am 41 with long hair. I live in The south, always have as so my mother. When I was 29, my mother and my hair dresser at the time said when I turned 30 I would need to cut my hair like an older woman....needless to say I found another hairdresser! I plan on keeping mine long as long as possible!

kitty hello 4 years ago

I honestly think women should tailor lenghts that help define and excentuate the face, not use hair to hide behind...and just because you have long hair doesn't mean you're any less feminine then a girl with short hair. Just saying, reading some of these comments about how you wouldn't cut your hair because your boyfriend or husbands likes you with long hair...come on! Do you seriously want a guy who loves you for your hair and not focus on your face?

NOTHING wrong with long hair...but whether you're 85 or 15 if you're gonna have it, keep up with the maintanance. As a hairdresser, I don't preach rules. I love long hair as long as you take care of it and style it. I've had extremely long hair and now have pixie short hair (please stop refering to short hair as "boy cuts" or "lesbian hair") it's just as sexy. I have clients come in and say my hair looks cute but they're too afraid to chop their secreity blanket off. I use hair to sculpt shapes that frame the face if you hate shorter hair because of past experiences you probably had the wrong frame for your face. Short hair is about customization, no two short cuts are the same!

Carol 4 years ago

I have had different hair lengths during my whole life, and when I met my second husband, it was a short bob. It was okay, but that's all. Recently, I was complaining about my hair and he told me he would like me to let it grow at least to shoulder length. Hmmm, I always thought I looked better short, or did I really? Well, I let it grow, longer than shoulder length. Well, I love it, I look better and I can fix it different ways, up, down, old, new whatever. I know how to work with it to make it look shiny and it is healthy. My husband loves it, too. He is 56 and I am 66 and don't look my age either! So, there!!

Frank Pouch 4 years ago

All kidding aside, a lot of older women look younger with shorter cuts...not SO short, that it's "mannish" - I mean, more like MEDIUM cuts, which these days, are considered short.

The reason this is so, is because shorter hair visually PULLS THE FACE UP, plus, shorter hair ususally has more swing and volume and "poofiness" too it,whereas longer hair can fall flat, and look like it's "sticking to he head."

Celebrities...can't really go by them. First of all, they have a slew of people working on them every second...HAIR EXTENSIONS...blurring screens and digital photo-shopping, which make them appear YEARS younger than they are in pics....let's see some average every day forty something women with super long hair...not so hot! Also, there are some celebs who should just cut it a sara Jessica Parker, because she has such a long face, the long hair visually adds to the length of her face.

So...sorry to disagree! Also, I don't find J. Lo attractive in that pic...her face looks too old and chisled, her hair, too thin and fly away. She looks sort of..."hard". Same with demi Moore..time for a haircut,, you look haggard.

There is nothing wrong with admitting that shorter hair can make a woman look younger, fresher, and cuter - even if she is a younger woman with a longish face, or "too thin" hair. What is with all the extremes lately, at such late ages? Too much botox, too much lip injection, too much hair....

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PSSST! 4 years ago from Conneticut

I personally think an older woman (besides a celebrity - and you can't really go by them. Nothing about them is natural, and they do too much photo-shopping) where was I? Oh yea, an older woman can look sort of "witchy" or old hillbilly-like with too long hair. It just doesn't look right with an older face, for some reason. Now a couple of the women you portrayed, such as Mary Steebergen and Elizabeth Hurley don't really have long, long hair that goes way down their back, so they look okay. Their hair is thick,and frames their face well. But that super long hair? I think only really young girls with really thick hair and a cute round face look good with that!

marilyn southward 4 years ago

I'm 51 and I will rock my hair past my bottom look! Plus I'm Cherokee and did promise my father I would keep it long as my family is still pretty traditional.

Frankleen Oshaughnessy 4 years ago

I respect everyone's opinion!As far as i know mirrors do not lie.They are only commenting on what they see in the mirror,one.Two,they are looking directly in front of them.

My opinion,I look fantastic with long hair as an older woman.Jlo is a damn sexy beautiful 42 year old woman who can wear what she wants,how she wants and date whom she wants.SHE HAS EARNED IT.Get with the frigging programme.These days are over!

Dawn 4 years ago

Im a little over weight and 47. I look thinner with longer hair. I'm a natural blonde and when I even mention cutting my hair everyone says no! But I do agree if it's to long you can look witchy.

Lynda 4 years ago

Im 53and look better than moist women in there 20s or 30s. my hair is long and beautiful but i have the model body to go with it. im even more beautiful at this age than before...

independentminded 4 years ago

The idea that women over 40 shouldn't wear her hair long is just pure bunk, imho. I'm older than 40, I've kept my hair long, and I'll continue to keep it long.

ellat 4 years ago

Older women with long hair only look "witchy" if they have crypt-keeper wrinkles. Even then, who cares?

Justme 4 years ago

My favorite part is that most people do not get that this is a joke. It's a sign that the world needs to lighten up and thank you for writing a piece that made me smile.

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

It's kinda my favorite part too...teehee:)

independentminded 4 years ago

As a woman in her early 60's (yup--you all read right--my early 60's!), I still like to wear my extremely naturally curly hair long, and I've continued to do so, despite all the stupid so-called "lets and shoulds" about how women my age, and with my type of hair, to boot, should wear their hair. I've had short hair, hated it with a passion, and couldn't wait for it to grow back, although I waited and prevailed, even when it got to be at that pesky "in-between" stage, when it was too long to be short, and too short to be long. It's long now, as it's been for many, many years, and I like it that way.

I wear my hair in a number of different ways, depending on my mood, and the occasion; one or two braids, down, up in a bun with an octopus clip, for example. I get the ends trimmed off every few months, so they won't be a total mess of dried-out, split ends.

To the people who don't like long curly (or even long rippled hair) hair; too bad for them! It's my hair, and I have to live with it and wear it...they don't!

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Hilarious! I love it! There is hope for those of us over 40. : )

Priyank 4 years ago

long-haired ladies are really very beautiful I always like ladies having extremely long hair .Long haired ladies are very sexy

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Hello GUEST AGAIN,and thank you for your well thought out and shrewd comments. Just for the record, I always "put up" all comments. I believe in allowing people to really express themselves; most people do a fine job of showing the world their own, true colors.

Just FYI, you may enjoy reading the following:



The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices.

Had you read to the end, you would have seen where I explain (to those that have not yet caught on) that I am, in fact, being facetious (which means: not meant to be taken seriously, just so you know...)

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, the guest comment is unbelievable. I loved this satirical article on hair lengths for women over 40. Your writing is expressive and concise. Creating controversy is proof of your talent!

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Yea! Thanks Vespawoolf!

Nicole 4 years ago

I'm sorry, but is this supposed to be sarcastic?

Because if it isn't - it's just plain wrong. I'm surprised that there are people who believe mature and older women cannot have long hair. That's ridiculous! Sure, short hair is easier to maintain and it's awesome if it looks good on you, but it doesn't work for everyone. And, in my honest opinion, long hair looks better on most women.

me 4 years ago

this is very sill

me 4 years ago

i mean very silly show

misssssy 4 years ago

Ermm thats just stoopid ... so women under 40 shouldn“t have short hair do“s and old men shouldn“t shave .. blah blah what else

misssssyy 4 years ago

and y u deleting my comment? lmao

someone smart 4 years ago

It's scary how thick some people are. The author of this article is being sarcastic, tongue in cheek, duh.

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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

I can only applaud these beautiful women who care for themselves and are not suppressed by their age. Some of them might even look better in their 40s than when they were teens. That is certainly the case with J Lo, who´s hair, at least in my opinion, is her number one asset. I also look much better now that I am 33, and with long hair :), than 10 years ago. Women do get sexier as they mature with style and self respect; when we love ourselves, boy can we get HOT.

CLJ 4 years ago

Yes, you TOTALLY had me going ~ I was looking up something related to hair and in the search results I saw a snippet from your Hub. I came here prepared to tell you all about long hair as an asset after 55 .

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Johnc 4 years ago

Just found this page. And yes, absolutely, Jennifer Lopez is freakin hot. The long hair is a plus.

If you got it flaunt it. No matter your age.

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Mrs. Menagerie 4 years ago from The Zoo Author

Right you are John!

Meg 4 years ago

I am 46 years old and get plenty of compliments about my long hair. Age is just a number, true I agree comments that woman over 40 should not wear hair long are made by woman who are sour that they wish they had long hair or prefer short hair. It is a matter of what suits a person, some look great with long hair and some look great with short hair. Personal choice.

Gurdi 3 years ago

Thanks really enjoyed reading this feel inspired and want to look good for as long as there is air in my lungs!!

bla 3 years ago

do i detect jealousy from the blog hostess?

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Paul Bisquera 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Joan Rivers, is that YOU?

Bezabeza 3 years ago

Thanks for this! All through my 30s I've been trying shorter hair styles and every time the same thing happens: my unruly slightly curly hair just throws a fit and looks horrendously messy and frumpy especially with the slightest hint of now, just about to hit 40 I've realised I DON'T have to cut it short...and your funny take on the whole thing made me smile. cheers!

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Whytewytch 3 years ago from Texas

I'll be 58 this year and my hair looks better now than in high school. I've finally let it grow out after my granddaughter was born in 2008. It took 4 years to grow from should length to middle of the tush. I've also had it cut 4 times for a total of about 12 inches until last year when I had 6 inches cut off last October and it's back to the middle of my tush again. I wish it would have been like this in high school when it was popular to have long hair. But I love it, my husband loves it (always has) and my near 5 yr. old granddaughter loves it. Not to mention my cat when it swings enough within his reach. LOL Also we've never cut her hair since she was born and hers when wet is to the middle of her tushie too. She's got beautiful naturally curly hair and it has both waves and ringlets. Gorgeous...

And I don't care if someone doesn't like it or thinks I'm too old for long hair. Some of the prettiest women I've seen in my area have long hair. The only thing I envy on most of them is theirs is grey or silver. Mine is just turning a dark red from being blonde all my life. But so did my dad's hair. From blonde to brunette by the time he died.

It's all a matter of perspective and personal taste.

Safe journey...

Patricia Urbano 2 years ago

I have long beautiful black hair and I am over 60. My hair looks great down, clipped back, or in an upsweep. How can you say anyone over 40 should not have long hair. WHAT? These celebrities are GORGEOUS, and more beautiful than some 30 year olds I know. If you can "pull it off" with gorgeous hair and pretty face and happen to be over 40, 50 60, 70 and guess what, even 80!!.....Go for it. It's your life, your hair, so wear it any way that makes you feel and look beautiful.

Beatta 2 years ago

Ha ha! Funny article. I did cut my hair just prior to turning 40 though. It used to down to my waist like a mermaid. As my face got thinner, it was time for a cut. Now above my shoulders and it feels lighter and I think I look younger. Fully recommend going shorter.

Hope 2 years ago

I am 45 and have long straight hair and I love my long hair and I think if one is happy with it u should keep it.

lynn 2 years ago

love this hub its so deliciously satirical and cynical and I find it hilarious that so many people cant see it.

Cheryle 2 years ago

I wanted to get some of my split-ends cut off today. It was my birthday and I was turning 45, so I thought it would be a great idea to cut a few inches off and change it up a bit. My hair was on the med-long side but it did not look that healthy.

My mom looked at my hair after the haircut and said that it was good that it was shorter now because it should be. Now, instead of commenting on how healthy my hair looked she was stuck on the idea that it was good that it was short...because it should be. I asked why she would say such a thing. "Because, at your age it should be short."

Well, ain't that sweet. Let's just say that I will be taking very good care of my hair and I will try very hard to prevent split ends in the future just so that I can keep it to the shoulders....proving to my ignorant mother that a woman of a certain age does not have to have that Quaker Oat box look about her. What a freakin' birthday gift. Thanks a lot mom!

trish 2 years ago

Dude you had me going.....I was LIKE WTF??!!! Well played.

Quilter 2 years ago

I was in my quilting group looking at all the women around me. They all looked alike, all with short hair cuts. I was thinking of cutting my hair but I knew how much I hated short hair on me. I'm keeping my long hair at 69. I've decided I just want to be me. I think part of the reason I feel better with long hair is because in my family we were told we should never cut our hair. Years went on my mom did cut her hair but my grandmother lived to be 100 and never cut her hair. I use to love brushing out her hair. She always had it in a pretty neat bun.

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smine27 23 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

Omg you got me with that title. Thanks for the entertaining read!

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Jennifer Mugrage 9 months ago from Columbus, Ohio

Awesome sarcasm. And thanks for the inspiration ... I will be turning 40 soon.

Joseph flores 8 months ago

Just love long hair on all women

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