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
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