The long and short of hair.

As I get closer to a certain age, a few things are becoming more apparent amongst my girl friends and I. Some of these are quite obvious – like we shouldn’t be slathering our bodies in olive oil and sun baking, smoking cigarettes or watching Jersey Shore (unfortunately I’m still guilty of partaking in one of these activities). Β I know we can’t look and behave the same way we did when we were in our twenties but there’s one thing that everyone seems to be getting rid of that I’m just not ready to part with.


My hair. It seems that the only thing that should be shorter as you age is your hair. I beg to differ. I’m not buying into the mummy bob or the 40 year old “trim”. In fact my hair dresser agrees with me. Just the other week I said to him “Do you think I should get a Tori Spelling bob?” He looked at me like I had just suggested we drink a cappuccino. “Why would you want to do that??” he gasped.

Good question- why indeed? I guess I was just feeling that perhaps my hair was too long for my age. What does that even mean? Does long hair, like acid wash jeans, have an expiry date? Which got me thinking about celebs that have held on to their long manes into their 40’s (no I’m not there yet, but I’m all about planning ahead).

Here’s a gallery of some famous women that have kept their long locks despite beingΒ over 40. No short bobs or practical haircuts here. Hair hair! x

Courtney Cox

Sarah Jessica Parker

Eva Longoria

Elle Macpherson

Jennifer Aniston

Angelina Jolie


  1. astimegoesbuy

    I had my hair long into my 40s. I did cut it super short but that was because I was bored and wanted to try a pixie like hair cut. wore that for a while and now I am letting it grow out. It’s curly so it’s only about shoulder length at the moment but I plan to let it get longer. I’ll be 50 next year and I think I’ll have long hair for most of my 50s…I love to not fit what everyone else is doing. πŸ˜‰
    And your hair looks great so I wouldn’t cut it just because everyone else is letting the frump factor kick in!

    1. chrystalovevintage

      Hi Laura – Thanks for your comment. I’m inclined to agree- sometimes we just want a change but why fix something that’s not broken right? Besides my grandma had the longest hair that she used to plait every day and and tie around her head. Adorable- she’s definitely my hair inspiration πŸ™‚

  2. Michelle

    You must have read my mind! I too, have been thinking if my long hair was reaching some sort of arbitrary expiry date. There’s no way I want to look like mutton dressed up as lamb but if I have had long hair practically my whole life, how strange would it feel to lose it and would a short do even suit me?! And what sort of short do? Shoulder length, bob? If it didn’t work in my teens why would it work now?! So I’m with you Chrystal, let’s take a leaf out of the books of those gorgeous ladies in their 40s still wearing their long locks gloriously well..

  3. Jacquiskywalker

    I have long hair and a baby. Everyone tells me I’ll get rid of it soon enough, but I’m having a Star Wars wedding next year and need to have long hair to be princess leia (think long and wavy when she was on Endor with the Ewoks). I often wish there was some advice (for mothers) on how to wear my hair other than up in a messy bun or straightened and down. (I say for mothers because it has to be quick and easy but still look funky, like your pic) I’ve sacrificed the wearing of earrings and necklaces… I will not relinquish my lushes long locks!

    1. chrystalovevintage

      Ok – lucky you’re getting married and my husband is already married cause you just may be his perfect woman. A Star Wars wedding!! That is insanely amazing – I would love to see that! You can probably tell by my Volume powder review photos that we are a Star Wars loving house also πŸ™‚
      I totally get you with having different ways to wear your hair long – it’s probably one of the reasons I’ve kept a fringe for so long. It helps my hair look styled whether it’s up or down. Another great tip for long hair is to apply a sea-salt spray to damp hair and put it up into a loose bun and sleep with it. In the morning when you take it out you should have loose, wavy beach hair. Thanks again for your comment and good luck with the wedding x

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