I’m Over 40 – Do I Have to Cut My Hair Short?


To cut, or not to cut, that is the question!

When you're over 40, choosing the right hair style can be difficult. You don't want to look like you're trying to look young, and you definitely don't want to look like an old lady! So, what's a girl to do?

This girl called in the experts!

Style experts, Austin Kyle and Gia Comfort share their hair and beauty tips on the great, 40 and over haircut debate:

Tip #1: Consider Style First – Not Age

Women over 40 should consider going shorter based on style not age. It has become a custom that women go for shorter hairstyles as they get older.

Is 40 the magic number for this trend?

As a professional hairstylist I advise older women to take into consideration their own personal appearance. They must ask themselves, "Will a shorter hairstyle enhance or take away from my personal style?"

They should also ask, "Can I maintain the style of the haircut whether it is long or short?" Some hairstyles don't maintain their integrity once the client steps outside of the salon. So it's important to take into consideration the hairs texture, health and volume.

Lastly, the chosen length must complement their professional image and personal life in order to truly be satisfied with the end results.

Many women over 40 can in fact sport a chic shorter haircut for an empowering and modern look, if done right. For other women over 40, a shorter hairstyle can often achieve a more mature sophisticated look that can be construed as one being older. A shoulder length, face framing layered haircut is an exceptional style for older women who want a sexy youthful appearance. Seeking the direction from a professional hairstylist is a safe way to decide if you should go for a short cut when it comes to age and defying gravity.

Tip #2: Extend Your Youth With Hair Extensions

Hair extensions make women over 40 appear younger because society associates long hair with youth and beauty, while at the same time associates shorter hair with being older since most women over 50 cut their hair above their shoulders. While most people think that the women who get extensions are younger women getting it for length the majority of my clients are 40 or older and are actually getting hair extensions for thickness to replenish their hair as it is starting to thin out.

Hair extensions are very easy to apply and just as easy to maintain as the client’s normal hair, with minor adjustment to the styling techniques the client is already using. Hair extensions can give women the added boost in their confidence because they are able to do so much more with their hair once they have the extensions applied. Try to keep the hair color in a natural color range that will match your skin tones and have the extensions ordered in a medium length that will not make you look like you are “trying to be younger.”

I think that those are pretty good tips! I like to hear that there's no "one" rule to follow – giving us all the opportunity to create our own personal style.

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