Yesterday on the Today Show, a story was featured on a woman named Dominque Browning who is a “50-something” with long, beautiful, peppered hair. Longer styles are generally associated with younger women but take a look around at some of today’s Hollywood stars. Look at Sandra Bullock, Vera Wang, Christie Brinkley, Demi Moore, Julianne Moore – most, if not all, are over the age of 50 (or at least closely approaching) and they all sport a longer do. So why can they and not you? My opinion: No reason whatsoever. As a former editor and current author, Browning recently wrote and article for the New York Times called, “Why can’t middle-aged women have long hair?”
And my question is the same: why can’t they?
What is about longer styling that we associate with youth? Goldie Locks? Rapunzel? Peeesh! If the goal is (and we all know it is) to appear younger, than why not? It’s true that as we age our hair changes texture, density and color. These can (and are certainly) all be inhibiting factors for producing or manufacturing naturally luscious, long and healthy hair. But technology (namely product) has changed, trends have changed and so has society’s mindset. Not that we rely on Hollywood for all of our inspiration but sometimes it’s worth noting…at minimum.