For the majority of my life I have had long black locks. Sure, there was the time I sported the Demi Moore cut from the movie Ghost (not a great look). And there was a brief 90210-era period that I had that Shannen Doherty ‘do with bangs. (True, that was a long hair ‘do, but mine was the color of eggplant.) Then there was that unfortunate A Flock of Seagulls moment when I cut short only the right side of my head. But it’s mostly been dark and long for me. Until I hit 40.
At 40 I started to wonder, is my long hair weighing me down? My face, I mean. Are my tresses making me look older, like one of those women trying to hold on to 25 forever? Was my long, super-thick hair taking over my personality? Sometimes, when I looked in the mirror, my hair covered the entire left side of my face like a dense, black wall. Was it only the dense hair that others saw when they looked at me, instead of the vibrant woman I know myself to be ? I needed to get out from behind that wall and into the world!
So I decided to chop it off. Or rather, my hairdresser decided to chop it into a bob. For the first time in ten years, I actually had to style my hair. And I did with pleasure! I loved my ‘do! I felt more mature and stylish.
Over the last three years, I have had various lengths of the bob. But overall, I’ve stuck to keeping my hair to just below my chin and I love it! And hey, even over-40 Jennifer Aniston cut her long locks into a bob this past winter. So I must be onto something, right?
Tags: 90210, A Flock Of Seagulls, Demi Moore, forty, forty-plus, Jennifer Aniston, long hair over 40, middle aged women, over forty, Shannen Doherty, women, women over 40, women over 50, women over forty
Be brave. Book that hair appointment now! Get a new hairdo, or change the color, or do both! Take a risk. Change it up.