It’s hard enough making the decision to wear the grey and then what about the length?
Recently I did what I promised myself not to do – I went against my instinct and better judgement. After lockdown, in my excitement to see a hairdresser, I cut my hair. It was certainly not a disaster and the haircut was perfectly fine but it was too short. My fault. The hairdresser who knows me well wasn’t convinced it was a good idea and he didn’t cut it as short as I wanted. Thankfully.
I must be very sensitive when it comes to my hair.
It was a great cut, it wasn’t different but it simply didn’t work for me. My hair was very long over lockdown and I think what happened was as it “grew” I liked it. I chopped it shorter than it’s been for years and became aware of all the problems with a length that doesn’t work. Somehow the length didn’t sit well and was difficult to tie up, with wisps falling out of the ponytail all over the place. I have it permanently tied up as I still don’t love the length, even though a month has passed and it’s better. My hair is thick and fast growing – that’s lucky – so it is hardly the end of the world. I haven’t had my hair as short for years and I probably won’t again.
The wrong length or style really does make a difference and even though it’s not a problem in any important sense, for me when my hair fails me I don’t feel good. It doesn’t matter if everyone in your world says it’s fabulous; if it’s not you, it’s not you. I’m not suggesting don’t change styles; what I am thinking is know what length works before you chop it without consideration.
I have just had my hair “done” and I still don’t like it. There is really nothing not to like and it’s not much different but somehow it’s not as flattering, smart or working as it did before.
The truth about grey hair is it does need work.
Time is required to transition from colour to natural and time is needed to make sure the length and style are flattering. Grey hair can be very ageing if it is not in the best condition and not cut to suit us. The theory with my hair is I like to mix up the tradition. Once upon a day, grey-haired women had short-cropped hair and the two went hand in hand. Today all-ages rock the grey in any length or style and the colour is about the individual and not their age.
A pixie cut looks fantastic on the right face, as does an angular bob. Layers mid-length work with the right texture of hair; the art is in knowing what length allows us the most confidence. It doesn’t matter what I say or your BFF if you don’t like the way your hair looks, we can’t make it right.
So I am back to growing out my grey.
A couple more inches will make all the difference – and it will be the length I want. Even what I wear changes with a new hair length. I’m looking for a light turtleneck to wear with my cargo pants – don’t laugh, but that will make my hair look longer ;) ;) xv
One Way For A Longer Length
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