Can you have long hair after 50? Of course!

Can you have long hair after 50? Of course!

Forget the traditional belief that you “shouldn’t” have long hair after a “certain age”. Of course you can! You just need to keep your locks in great condition. Here’s how…

Forget the traditional belief that you “shouldn’t” have long hair after a “certain age”. Of course you can! You just need to keep your locks in great condition. Here’s how…

The idea that women over a “certain age” should cut their hair short is thankfully being discarded, and stylish ladies in their 50s, 60s and beyond are embracing longer hairstyles.

However, as we get older the condition of our hair does diminish, meaning if you want longer hair to be strong, healthy and shiny, you have to work a little harder.

Here are the haircare secrets to keeping longer tresses beautiful, whatever your age.

Choose what’s right for you

Long hair, short hair… It doesn’t really matter as long as it suits your face shape and you’ve taken the texture of your hair into account.

If you have a round or square face, you may be better suited to a longer hairstyle. If you have a narrower face, then a cropped look could suit you more.

Similarly, if your hair is thin and wispy, keeping it above the shoulder in a blunt style is a good idea. While thick and wavy hair can benefit from being allowed to grow a little longer. There is no one rule according to your age bracket – the most important factor is what suits you.

The menopause and your hair

There aren’t many parts of the body the menopause doesn’t affect – and, unfortunately, your hair is no exception.

While your hair will naturally age with you over the age of 20, the menopause will rapidly speed up this process. This is because the body produces less oestrogen, so hair becomes thinner and the speed of growth decreases.

Thin hair is brittle and prone to breakages, so be careful when it comes to heat styling and brushing. To help combat this, be sure to use a protein-based shampoo and conditioner to bolster hair strands, such as Pantene Repair and Protect Three Minute Miracle, and always use a heat protecting spray before styling.

Find its inner strength

If you are serious about keeping your hair longer, you need to take a look at your lifestyle. Once hair has left the scalp, half the work will already have been done, so make sure you are eating a diet rich in zinc, iron and omega-3 fatty acids that will help boost growth and hair health.

A quick way to tell if your hair is lacking is to take a look at the rest of your body; if you’re suffering with dry skin or weak nails, the chances are your hair is missing out on something, too. You could take a multivitamin to make sure you are getting everything you need.

More oil, please

While you may have battled with greasy hair in your teens, you’ll probably have to contend with the opposite problem as you age.

Sebum (oil) production tends to slow down as we get older, especially once we hit the end of our 60s and 70s. A lack of oil can mean dry hair, which again is prone to damage and breakage. So scale back to washing your hair just once or twice a week, as over-washing can strip it of those precious natural oils.

Maintenance is everything

While long hair on women over 50 can look amazing, an unruly mane riddled with split ends can be very ageing.

A shoulder-brushing bob means you can keep length, while also keeping split ends by going for regular trims at the hairdressers. Plus, a long bob has the added benefit of distracting from any neck and chin wrinkles. Still not sure? Ask your stylist to add in a few layers to keep the cut modern and to add shape and movement.

Do you have long hair? What are your tips to care for it? Let us know in the comments section below. And for more secrets to keeping your hair healthy, visit Pantene.

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Still have long hair

Pebbles 21/11/2018

Hi, I am nearly 59 and have had long hair since I was about 9 years old. Occasionally I think about cutting it but have never had the courage. I recently started to have different colour pink highlights and now love the pale pink ones so I will be keeping my blonde for as long as I can. My main tip for keeping long hair especially coloured in good condition is to only wash it a couple of times a week and always condition and use a good quality leave in serum when drying.

Still have long hair

lildan 18/07/2018

I am 65 and still have long hair. I keep it at brushing-the-shoulder length and wash it every 3-4 days always finishing with a good conditioner or mask to keep it healthy. In this hot weather I scoop it up into a ponytail or twirl it into a bun. I also use an argon or coconut oil on the ends to help prevent dry ends.

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