Sunday, 9 June 2013

The hair debate - long or short?

I have been wondering whether to grow my hair again.


  • I love long hair in general. 
  • Looks nice tied up
  • More versatile

  • My hair is dry and more length = more dryness
  • My hair is wavy and more length can = more frizz instead of curls. To combat the frizz and encourage the curl, layers are the solution. 
  • Good layers are £££. Naturally more convenient to spend ££ and still get a good result.
  • Takes more time to dry / style.
  • Am I too old...??

It's the age question that has been bothering me most. The fact that the 'cons' list is longer doesn't really help me!

When I was younger I always imagined there was this unwritten rule that you should go shorter as you got older. But there are so many lovely ladies who break this rule and it works.

I'm leaving my options open and last time at the hairdressers just had a 'trim'.

I always find the "law of hair" to apply the day before / the day of a hairdresser's appointment - i.e. hair looks great as it is - leaving me wondering why I am bothering. A very annoying law that.

This is about as short as my hair as ever been:

Here is a picture of it in longer mode. (Sorry for the odd blurring - but I was unsure about putting such a 'close up' photo in the public domain!)

What are your thoughts on hair length?


  1. Hmmm - I've debated this for a while. I thought I was too old (2 months away from 42) for long hair again - but response to an old photo of me with a bob have been overwhelmingly positive - so I am in the process of growing it at least to jaw line. I find short hair actually costs more - mine was cut every 5 weeks, and I still had to spend time styling it - for me longer hair is easier to manage with less maintenance. If it helps I love the length of yours now - shoulder length - you can still tie it up in a pony tail no?

    1. Oh yes - I think a bob would look good on you - will watch the growth with interest :-)

      Agree longer is lower maintenance - but the drying is a bore for me. I can still tie the shorter length up (just) so maybe I should stick with that and accept it as the best of both worlds.

  2. That's an issue I struggle with also. Being in my 40s I feel it should be shorter, but like you I keep seeing women who break this rule and look great. I'm afraid of the whole 1960 look, ie, looking 19 from the back , but 60 when I turn around!!!! I think the length you have now is lovely - actually the colour and cut are really good.

    1. Lol at 1960!! Thanks for commenting, I do like it as it is now but still hanker after longer hair from time to time. Longer is a tad impractical though.

  3. You have fantastic hair, it is beautiful, in great condition and loads of it, go for it the more of it the better. I am the one they mean when they say you should cut your hair as you get older, I have thin, frizzy rats tails, but I have shoulders bigger than most men and with short hair would look like I captained the local ladies rugby side! You are back at this blogging malarkey in earnest!

    1. Thank you for the kind words.

      Yes am glad to be back at the blog in earnest.

      And by the way - from what I've seen your long hair looks beautiful - not a straggly end in sight!!

  4. I love your hair and can I just say - you look like you have expensive hair. I mean it looks like a good cut and a good well done colour - you have in short, Jennifer Aniston expensive hair. I love Jennifer Aniston expensive hair!

    I hear that debate all the time about going shorter as the years go by and then I go a bit shorter and I think I actually look better with a bit of length so I've decided to go with longer hair for now. I think when the Grumps makes some mumbles about mutton and lamb, I may go for the chop eventually. Besides long hair is cheaper. I had to visit the hairdresser every 5 weeks when I had it bobbed some years ago and I couldn't wait for it to grow out so I could tie it back (not that I do it very often but it is an option) and stop paying a small fortune to the hairdressers.

    1. Wow thanks - Jennifer Aniston! (Just how much cider had you been drinking Sue?!!)
      Seriously though, thanks. I don't go to expensive salons these days - so am doing a pretty good con trick.

      I think I can cope with my hair being the length it is but probably no shorter. I feel I must have my neck covered for some bizarre reason!! And I too need to be able to do tying back.

      I really like your hair the length it is.

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