Hair… The Long And The Short Of It

March 8, 2013

 Sometimes I go for months without really looking in the mirror… Do you know what I mean?

It’s not that I don’t see… it’s that I don’t look

This got me to thinking about hair… and the length of it.

I suddenly realised that my hair was longer than normal…quite a bit longer… Hair that was past the shoulder… that didn’t do that kick-up anymore… and hair that hung down my back…. All fairly uninteresting really… except that I started pondering about age and the length of hair… It made me remember that my mother’s generation were expected to cut their hair when they reached middle age and that long hair was not ‘done’… unless of course it was in a ‘French roll’ or a chignon

These days… anything goes… it is what suits and what you like that counts… I’ve decided I prefer my hair long… not ‘Rapunzel’ like… but medium length… with a bit to play with… and I think that when I am very grown up I will wear it in a chignon… I will be one of those elderly women who sits in the hairdressers and has her weekly ‘do’… That won’t make much difference for me… I am already that woman… as I have lived in ‘hair prison’ all my life.

Don’t you love that expression? One of my girlfriends said that to me years ago… and it has forever stuck… it’s the perfect description…for me anyway… I have been torturing my hair for years… never having been content with wavy,curly and a bit frizzy… I have always gone to great lengths for sleek, smooth and dead straight… This is of course a ‘prison’ of sorts… a life’s quest for the perfect hairdresser… the magician of the blowdryer… the technical genius that can transform the dishevelled into the elegant.

But about the length…

I don’t think age has much to do with anything when it comes to hair. If your hair is in good condition wear it long… or wear it short… Some women have had short hair for much of their later lives and look wonderful…  some women prefer their hair to be longer… and look equally beautiful… Poise comes from within… nowhere else… Women today are more sure of themselves, more independent and much more connected to their image… Individuality and personality are what we strive for… our style is our own.

Don’t you think we are lucky?  We can do as we please not what is expected… and that is exactly what I plan on doing… What about you? xv

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  • Robyn says:

    I’ve always worn my hair long. It is my security…plus I think it is more attractive on me. I agree with you…it is totally a matter of preference and personality. There should be no “rules” :)

  • Yes, I agree, we are very lucky.
    Living in Argentina , among women who almost all wear their hair longer .. I feel right at home with my hair being down my back. It was shoulder length when we arrived here and I just let it grow. Now I can’t bring myself to cut it , it is so easy. Most days find me with a nice long ponytail or a bun at the base of the head .. it works for me :)

  • I’m glad you feel this way Vicki, I do too. I’ve never felt in a hair prison more than when I cut my long hair and had to try to make it look good. My hair is about 2 ft long and that’s just about perfect for me, never mind what age!

  • Ann says:

    I’m with you
    age has nothing to do with the style of hair that suits a person.
    I like my hair long too especially now that its short…
    funny because I like my hair short when its already long.
    And still I have some friends who never get a different hairstyle
    they say its their signature hairstyle.

  • kris says:

    We are so lucky. As a “woman of a certain age,” I have found a signature style which I enjoy and a stylist who does it so well. I feel no desire to change the style, it’s a classic chin-length bob. Over the course of years, I have had many styles, colors, lengths, but I always came back to a version of this. So, why change what works?

    • Vicki says:

      I have always been a ‘bob’ person too… I have flirted with layers over the years but it’s my favourite hair style… for me too…
      I realised that I had let mine grow out… and that’s how I ended up liking the longer look… now… longer ‘bob’…:)

  • Melanie Snyder says:

    I too have let my hair grow longer. I noticed the texture has changed over the years, not as silky as it was. I started getting Japanese Thermal Straightening about 2 years ago and love it! I have thick hair and lots of it. I used to have to spend a lot of time drying then using a flatiron. Now I can wash it and let it air dry and it looks great, feels silky and has a lot of shine. I recommend it to anyone who wants to simplify their lives a little.

  • Karen in CT says:

    I have been noticing in NYC a lot of “certain age” women sporting a pony tail, and it’s a great look. It gets the hair away from the face, and bounces in a cute way when you talk or walk. You don’t have to go to a chignon (or bun, as my siser and I call it).

  • pretty pink tulips says:

    It’s funny, I hadn’t thought about it much. My grandmother never cut her hair, but always wore it in a chignon. It was so incredibly long…she was born in the early 1900s. My mom always had Jackie O hair…just above the shoulder, same color, same style. I was just looking at photos and realized my hair is longer now than when I was in my early 30s. I think somewhere around the shoulder is perfect…and since my hair is in a pony today, just wondering….at what age can you not do a ponytail?!!!

    ~ Elizabeth

    • Vicki says:

      I remember many years ago… back in my former days of fashion retail… a client who always intrigued me… She was older, very elegant and had a beautiful posture and sense of style… Her hair was long…grey.. and always worn in a simple ponytail… never messy.. straight down her back… I have never forgotten… I so admired her look…
      The answer is as long as you want… :)

  • Nancie B says:

    At 57 my hair is longer than it has been in 20 years. It surprises me how many people say I look younger with longer hair! Except I have noticed the same thing with some of my friends who have let their hair grow. Maybe we just associate short hair on anyone over the age of 30 with “old”?
    Love the really short pixie cut for ease but every time I think of going back to it, my daughters scream “NO” and I look back at those pictures and ….they are right. No.
    Long for now.

    • Vicki says:

      Nancie… how funny are those daughters of ours… who know all… and love telling us what to do…
      In this case I am sure they are right… :)

  • Oh dear. Why did you have to bring up hair today of all days? You know that I like to cut my own hair, well, last night I decided to give myself just a little trim and today I ended up with…? Triangle head. It could be one of the Great Pyramids, I’m telling you. Sigh.

    That said, I saw une femme d’un certain age this morning–her silver hair was super short in a pixie cut and just looked so very chic…

    To each her own!

    • Vicki says:

      You are a danger with a pair of scissors Heather…:)
      I myself am very fond of the pyramids… went there on my honeymoon… so for me you have done no wrong… ;)
      You have magnificent hair Heather… we would all adore your locks… but please leave it alone you naughty girl and let it grow!! :) :)

  • Anita Rivera says:

    Dear Vicki,

    You always strike up the right conversation, at least for me and what is on my mind.

    When I was in my 20s-late 30s, I had my hair long. From childhood I had the most copious head of hair that did not quit. It gained me a lot of attention, and during the 70s when dead straight, long hair was “in”, I was “in.” But I started cutting my hair super short for convenience, living in a much colder climate where going out with wet hair was not easy, I opted for the shorter look.

    My hair is surprisingly still very black (au natural) and I have never needed to color it. I have gone back and forth with whether I should wear it long again. But like you, I am beginning to sense that I need a change from the cropped “do” to a longer and free-style haircut. I have seen gorgeous photos of women my age and even older sporting long and free hair. I think I will try it.

    Thank you for always chatting with us! Anita

    • Vicki says:

      You would look beautiful with longer hair Anita…. because you already look gorgeous as you are with the crop… so go for a change… its a win/win… :)

  • Scarfed says:

    Dear Vicki:

    First comment ever, quite appropriate as your’s was my first blog. And I can’t thank you, or the friend who sent me your way, enough. You’ve been a revelation, and an incredible education! And I do share your hair prison. Mine is now Brazilian keratined, which I do, heart in mouth because of all the scary negative publicity, about twice a year. It helps, but I was just informed by a sweet young thing that she thought I looked “like a cute little cheerleader in that ponytail”. Hmn, about to celebrate a HUGE birthday, this is not the look for which I was aiming. Also like you, I’m not exactly sure what that look should be, but I do feel we are lucky to be able to choose. In my case, sooner would be better than later, as my dear daughter is marrying for the second time in May. So I shall follow your hair adventures with great interest!

    • Vicki says:

      Just enough time for you to practise a few new hair styles before the wedding… I need to brave up and try this treatment.. I can see that it’s popular…
      I wouldn’t mind looking like a cheerleader once in my life… :)

  • Oh I love this hairstyle! It’s so pretty! I really like your blog! I’m glad that I found it! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I’m from England) as I post my outfits, personal style, likes and much more :) :)

  • I have fond memories of my grandmother brushing her long grey hair and twisting it into the perfect chignon every morning. I hope to follow in her footsteps. I also love when woman feel confident with letting their hair go naturally grey. I am thrilled we can do whatever we wish with our locks and not be restricted due to age. My hair frustration is that it is thinning. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Vicki says:

      No I don’t … but when I can I shall research that… I know many women would be interested …
      Perhaps some of my readers may have suggestions?? there are many products on the market… it would be so helpful to hear which ones are the best… ??

  • hopflower says:

    Yes, I agree that at any age hair can be worn the way one wishes. I just wish mine were better quality hair: it tends to be thin and limp; not thick and luxurious which would make a similar chignon. I guess we cannot have it all!

  • Great post – I recently left hair prison and stopped fighting with my hair, letting it just curl and do what it will. It is a wonderful feeling of such freedom (pun intended)!

  • Pamela says:

    i have also been in hair prison! stick straight hair that my mother used to home perm when i was a kid. then i moved to salon perms that smelled so bad and would be gone in a week. my mom also made us sleep in curlers on christmas uncomfortable..not that i was sleeping anyway! oh what i would do for an ounce of body in my lifeless hair. and if i could perfect the messy bun or chignon..i would live in it! :)

    • Vicki says:

      It is so funny how we women want what we don’t have… still it is and will always be this way… :)
      My mother curled my hair in rags when I was very small… can you imagine!!

  • Shannon says:

    Vicki, A lovely picture and a beautifully constructed chignon. I too have never subscribed to the idea that I have to cut my hair as I mature. Our hair is part of who we are and tells a lot about us at first glance – along with our shoes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Try a Brazilian Blowout or Keratin treatment. Your life will change, mine did.
    I had the same problem and now, it’s almost wash and go.
    My hair is long too!!!!!
    Hope this helps. I had it done in Dallas but saw they are also doing it in Paris.

    • Vicki says:

      Yes I can have it done in London or Paris but I am nervous it might make my hair look flat ?? Maybe I will try this summer… :)

  • Katherine says:

    My Mother has had the same ‘bubble’ hairstyle for years, and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that. At 54 my hair is past my shoulders and looks good {so I’m told}, but I have been thinking of make a change lately. I’m reluctant to cut my hair shorter for fear that it makes me look older – horror! But there is a part of me that thinks a sophisticated short style could look fabulous. Oh yes, it is hair prison.

    • Vicki says:

      Try on a short wig and see how you like it… or inch by inch take your hair up… but don’t do it in one foul swoop if you aren’t sure, katherine… :)

  • I have had short now I have long(long is subjective).My hair is curly, red-I have always wanted straight, blond hair;now however,I am thankful for whatever God gave me. Hair prison-what a great term.

    • Vicki says:

      You are much sweeter than me Peggy… I should be thankful for my locks and stop torturing the poor things… Not going to happen… I shall have to be more thankful elsewhere… Maybe I will start being grateful for those unwanted Christmas pounds that have crept on… ;)

  • Sara says:

    Vicki, Love your quote, will be my new quote too! It was just last night I sent a message to my beloved hair dresser, begging “Please help me, I am about to go on a wonderful Caribbean vacation I need to look sun kissed”, no reply yet! Argh! Funny how a bad hair day can equal a bad day overall. The endless search for the products that give promise of lovely locks, and the disappointment when they don’t. I am quite sure I have spent thousands over the years, and my bathroom cabinets are chocked full. I am just happy that the trends have changed and we are no longer tortured by perms! Now its the treatments we undergo for stick straight. For me, I have opted for the beach look, messy is SO easy!!

  • Effii says:

    I love long hair! *-*
    If you want, check out my blog and tell me what you think about it :3


  • Liz says:

    For years, I’ve worn my hair past the shoulder length and I loved it. But as I got older, I found shorter worked better, my naturally kinky curly hair was getting very dry and the texture was changing.
    A new stylist recommended cutting off over a foot of hair, it stops at my jawline, with layers around the face, and voila! It took 10 years off my face. I was astounded, and quite pleased. At 45, I’m over 60% grey but will continue to dye until I’m 50. Baby steps…

    • Vicki says:

      Sounds like you have found your hair magician, Liz… :)
      Grey is another topic we must discuss… next week…

      • Liz says:

        Yes I totally agree! My stylist is worth her weight (and then some) in gold! Plus, she is a lovely lady. :)

  • Kristen says:

    I’m with you on having your hair any length as we age. That rule of cutting it, I ignore it! I love to pull my hair into a (tiny skinny) pony and also have mastered the French twist! I wore a French twist while visiting France last year and some young girls came up to me and asked me how I did it. They laughed when I told them what we Americans call it!

    • Vicki says:

      That is a good feeling… when the younger ones admire your hair… I love a French twist… or ‘roll’ as I have always called it… :)

  • Cathy says:

    Your post is timely. Last week, I had my (expensive and time consuming) Keratin treatment. I too wear my hair fairly long and still “blonde” at 48. I am an inmate of hair prison and want so desperately to make an escape- but for me the frizz is such a bother. So much for growing old gracefully. I like my hair longer- I feel younger and slimmer with longer hair and I suspect I am not alone in this thinking. So there you have it: Life sentence with no chance for early release with good behavior.
    Thanks for being a voice of reason- we do have the choice. Happily.

    • Vicki says:

      We are all in ‘prison’ together Cathy…
      I am nervous to have that treatment… although my friends tell me it’s fantastic… If I lived in Australia I would definitely have to to face the humidity of Sydney … but I fear in damp old London and dry, dry Provence it would only make my hair flat??

  • Tonya says:

    I saw a lady in Montmartre last summer, she would have been around sixty and she had hair that cascaded down her back in flowing grey waves. She wore a simple but elegant sun dress and red lipstick and was just so sexy, age was no barrier to her being beautiful or having long hair (and the grey suited her). She walked in to a little restaurant that plays jazz on an outdoor terrace and she just turned heads and was greeted very warmly by the staff- a regular no doubt. She was just so comfortable in her own skin. It was at the moment that I did not fear ageing so much

    • Vicki says:

      As I have mentioned before… my role models are all so much older than me… and seeing a woman not only beautiful but ‘bien dans sa peau’ is such a tonic…
      That’s why I feel there is so much to learn from French women… :)

  • Pamela Terry says:

    We seem to always want what we don’t have. As someone whose hair is totally straight, of course I’ve always longed for curly. However, I do like my hair long and have worn it that way for eons. Love the versatility of long hair… up, down, braided, wild. I, too, well remember society’s admonition to cut one’s hair at middle age… but I think that’s gone by the wayside now. If not, well I’ve never been one to pay much heed to society’s expectations anyway. I’m sure you look lovely with your longer hair!

    • Vicki says:

      Why is it we want what we can’t have?? You would think by now that I could stand the waves… NEVER…. ;)

  • Nina says:

    I so envy women who have the hair for wearing the very elegant chignon. Long hair is so much easier than short although most women would probably not agree. To keep your hair short and shaped into the style of one’s choice takes a lot of visits to the hairdresser. Wear your hair as long as you like for as long as you like. It will be beautiful at any age.

    • Vicki says:

      It is work…
      My ‘hair prison’ friend just emailed me after reading this and said… ‘off to visit the hair warden”!! So funny but so true… :)

  • Rosalie Carmichael says:

    Vicki, after the teenage and twenties years of wearing big rollers to straighten my long curly hair because curly hair was not the done thing, I have worn my hair very short almost boyish for most of my thirties, fourties and fifties but now in my sixties I have let it grow to shoulder length which seems to be more flattering and has softend my features. My hairdressers have loved my very forgiving curly hair. I think that whatever suits you at various stages in life is the way to go.

    • Vicki says:

      I agree that really short hair is wonderful on a younger face… as we all thought about Charlize Theorn at the Oscars… it was brave and sexy…
      I love longer hair when the features aren’t quite as chiselled … it does give a softness and comfort…

  • Isa says:

    That chignon is gorgeous – it’s not your hair, is it?

    I didn’t realize that shorter hair was something that was expected of older women – I just thought they cut it for practicality!

    • Vicki says:

      No it’s not mine… I would love to try that style though… :)
      I think years ago it was the norm for older women to cut their hair short…

  • pve says:

    Then there is Charlize Theron whose hair cropped short looks fresh and modern. I love long and then I love short. There is not a wrong or right. I love great hair and women that let their hair shine….long and short.

    • Vicki says:

      Never is anything wrong or right… Short hair is less forgiving perhaps… As for shine.. that is always a winner… :)

  • miss b says:

    What a beautiful image! I absolutely agree that we are so fortunate these days to be able to style hair however we wish, no matter how old we might be and the same is true about clothes too.

    • Vicki says:

      Yes… style is so individual and personal… that’s what I love… doing it all and doing it how we like… :)

  • Your hair texture sounds just like mine! I am always blow-drying, pulling, straightening and searching for that miracle smoothing product–definitely “hair prison”. I’m also afraid to try the Keratin treatment and think it can be aging on some women if the hair is pin straight with no movement. I’ve always worn my hair in one length, just above the shoulders. Recently, I had it cut to my jawline for a change, but am going back to the longer length. At 47, I’m still not listening to my mother!

  • Alison says:

    I love this post. Without really meaning to I have started to let my hair grow longer than I have in years, I like it and think it suits me. I did consider the “age” thing for a while but I prefer it so am sticking with it. I SO wish I had the sort of hair that you can just wash and leave, sadly my hair needs ” taming”.

    Whatever makes you feel good will most probably look good.


    • Vicki says:

      Alison… you are so right… if my hair looks good I feel good and vice versa…
      I will never just ‘let it go’… only in summer when i am swimming a lot… Have to say it does give a great sense of freedom… but I don’t look pretty…;)

  • Merryn says:

    Vicki, a thought-provoking post. Your ‘hair prison’ term reminded me of a woman I know who has worn her long hair in a ponytail/plait all her life. Her style is very ‘time-warped’, yet I see other mature women with long hair styled in flattering up-to-date ways. I think that it is important that the hair length and style suits your face, as your hair is your ‘crowning glory’. For me, the straightening iron will be my best friend for many years to come.

    • Vicki says:

      Those irons are a blessing… Probably not the best for the hair… but when have I ever worried about that…;)
      My father used to say that he couldn’t believe I had any hair left on my head after all the torture I had put it through… That didn’t stop me either and it is still all there… just lucky I guess…

  • My hair is about the longest it’s ever been ~ only just over shoulder length, but I love having something to play with! So many more options ~ I’m going to hang onto the longer length for the next little while. {The ‘do’ in your photo is gorgeous!} Bon weekend, dear Vicki…

    • Vicki says:

      Yes… I think those of us who want to should all grow our hair longer together… encourage each other… so much easier… a ‘hair diet’ if you like… no cheating… no cutting… :)

  • D. A. Wolf says:

    For years I wore my hair very short, partly because it suited my face and partly because I’m of diminutive stature and too much hair is overwhelming.

    After divorce, in my 40s, one of my sons (12) insisted that if I wanted to “meet guys” I had to grow my hair long. (So cute to get dating advice from a pre-pubescent, freckle-faced boy.) I did grow my hair… he was right… it did help get dates! More than anything, I had forgotten that my hair is one of my better features and that I feel ultra-feminine with hair, best properly cut to frame the face.

    And years later, I still keep it longer, considering it a rebellious sign of my sexuality and sensuality, among other things, in a country that would have its midlife women accept invisibility.

    • Vicki says:

      No way are we to be invisible.. or will ever be thought of as such anymore… This middle period of my life is the most empowering and exciting one that I have known… Hair does make us feel feminine… and I am all for more dates… ;) ;)

  • Pauline from Phillip Island says:

    I really enjoyed your blog this morning, Vicki. I have been in “hair prison” for sooooo long and today you have made me think that perhaps it doesn’t have to be for the rest of my life. My hair is short and coloured and I quite like it but I can never make it look different. I’d love that feeling of hair flowing down my back again. Or maybe I just think I would. I do love that chignon.

    But how do you get it there? I wouldn’t know how to go through the process of growing it out without looking horrible for months and months.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Vicki says:

      Just little by little… let it grow and keep it trimmed… Or slick it back when it feels too out of shape… The trick is to just let it grow for a few months and then re-style…
      Sorry Pauline… it just has to be faced… :) :)

  • Erin says:

    So many comments! Hair is such an emotionally-charged subject. My hair is exactly as you describe. Or it was, until I discovered keratin treatments. Now, complete strangers stop me in the street to tell me how “lovely” my hair is. ME! MY HAIR!!!! Unreal. It basically just takes out the frizz & makes my hair behave. My hairdresser says my hair is “bendy,” rather than wavy, so the keratin takes out the bendiness and leaves me with sleek, swingy, healthy-looking hair. This despite it’s being bleached platinum blonde. Perfect? No. But no longer a source of stress or anxiety for me– I never have to worry about frizz, no matter the weather!

  • Heppsuba says:

    I haven’t felt like I was in hair prison since the advent of blow dryers and Vidal Sassoon haircuts freed me from the truly onerous burden of having to wear my hair in “rollers” each night (or put it up in rollers and dry it in a dryer with a portable hood). I had very long hair all through college but got it cut to jaw length in the first Sassoon salon in London at age 23. It’s still there (but in a different style) forty years later. With a good cut every 6-8 weeks and a shampoo each morning, I am set. (For special occasions, I blow it dry on low heat for a different look.) My hairdresser attributes my hair’s good quality in part to its not having subjected to chemical treatments or high heat over the years.

    Although most of us seem to want the hair we don’t have, getting out of hair prison probably means, at minimum, learning to take advantage of the hair we have. Easier to say than to do…

    P.S. I second your comments to Heather about her glorious hair!

    • Vicki says:

      I could not live without the blow dryer… unless you have frizzy hair it’s not something that can be explained… :) :) I am sure that all the treatments … chemical or otherwise aren’t doing the hair any favours … but in some cases… you just have to give in … and accept them… :)

  • sharmila says:

    ….am always fascinated that you can put in words the exact thing most people want to express….. lovely piece….

  • Rena says:

    83 comments…what a popular issue hair is for women but for men too.
    It is said “When you change your hair style you want change your life.”
    Sometimes very true…now I know why I let my hair grow and then cut in a persistent process. The reality is, I’m swimming every day so I wear my hair short now .It is a better way to handle it but I consider already to let it grow till to my chin again.Wish you many happy hair days.

    • Vicki says:

      The swimming is a bit of a trial with the long hair… I will admit that… I swim every day in summer and find the drying a real irritation… so that’s the time I leave it natural… or tie it up…

  • Julia says:

    In my little village in Brittany ladies of my age are expected to have short, neat, no-fuss hair. Mine grows quickly and with abandon and so when in France I must wear it tied back and tidy. I suspect that even so I give the impression of being a wild child which, I think, probably is quite appropriate :-)

  • Christina says:

    I love that photo and enjoyed reading your blog. I have fine hair that get very flat on top of my head. I keep a medium length, even though I prefer long, and use Velcro hair rollers in the morning with hair setting spray. I wish I don’t have to do that almost daily, but it looks more natural with some body. I totally dislike the “old woman” bubble hair look that look frozen and dull. Too bad with age, my hair is getting finer every year.

    • Vicki says:

      Keeping the body in the hair is the hardest part… I think.. and yes… ageing does seem to change the way everything… not just our hair… looks… :)

  • Jacqueline says:

    Hi Vicki,
    Well, I have had long straight hair for pretty much all of my 62 years and, I have no plans of cutting it short in the near future !!!! …….. and, I have luckily not been in hair prison. Mine is dead straight and very easy to look after. There is a little ‘but’ though …….. I have noticed in the past year that it seems a little lack-lustre and that is probably due to age, so maybe a couple of inches off rather than the usual half an inch next time I visit the hairdresser !!!! XXXX

  • Love the pix.

    I have the same shoulder length blunt cut hair I’ve had since I was 5, and that I pray to have at 95.

    My older lady models are my grandmother and her French friend, my mother, and my very best friend who died last year, also French.

    My grandmother wore chic, simple black, red lipstick, gold jewelry everyday. She had a calm, affirming demeanor, a low voice, an intelligent look, a commanding presence. Even in my 20s when I could have been out on the beach or playing tennis, I loved being with her. Often we’d just listen to a book on tape. I remember one about a woman who was an activist in China working to unbind feet. The Chinese called her, ‘Virtuous One.’ I said, ‘That’s you Nana. Virtuous One.’

    To me, all ages are beautiful. Nothing is more beautiful that a woman who has become one of those graceful women at 80 like my grandmother’s friend Miss Colburn, from Brittany. Always in cashmere, always pearls, always with the thick white hair in an easy elegant updo. Always enchanting, amusing, lovely. Same basic shape she had at 16. Always a French girl. I adored her.

    And my mother. Well, that would take all day. They are a lot to miss.

    • Vicki says:

      THank you Suzanne… such a beautiful tribute to those most gracious women in your life… we have always so much to learn form the elderly… sometimes I fear we can miss their wisdom and grace in this today’s world that overly worships youth…

  • Vicki, that chignon looks as delicious as a buttery croissant! You look lovely in whatever you decide to do with your hair since you have such beautiful, classic feature.

  • trina says:

    that is the most beautiful chingnon ever. and i think you are right, these days anything works. i think as we age, whether we keep our hair long or short, color may have more to do with it than length. but who knows…. i’m just glad that there are so many more options than cutting your hair short and wearing curlers to bed every night! hope you are well Vickie! xo . t

  • Melissa says:

    I absolutely adore chignons and would love to be able to wear them. So elegant. Unfortunately my hair is dead straight and slow growing and by the time it gets to my shoulders (too short to roll up) it gets quite thin and stringy and looks as my mother puts it “dracky”. I try to keep it at chin length which looks quite good on me, but then I see a lovely chignon and try to grow it again. Sigh!

  • valerie says:

    Thanks for all your fashion! Yeara ago as an adolescent & young adult I devoured fashion magazines…in my 30’s I stopped…and glad I did!
    Nevertheless, I love beauty and style…but hate the prison it puts women in!
    Yours is just the right touch in my life! I love to know and see what’s new and see discussions on classic style…when it comes from YOU! Your tasteful, gracious, and woman-friendly perspective is welcome and thought-provoking in a way only women can understand & appreciate….style for the thinking woman, the real woman!
    I adored visiting the Pinterest site with my daughters to see all the lovely chignons! I also feel good about reaching my 40’s and all the beauty, class, and grace that comes with being a tad bit older…

  • Leslie says:

    I’m not sure if you read a comment on an old post?? I’m a faithful reader and have taken advantage of quite a few of your recommendations! Wondering if you could possibly guide me to a hair salon in London to keep me blonde while visiting for the summer? Cheers!

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