November 27, 2021


Only The Finest Women

The long and the short of it? Chopping off your hair adds years

Oh Dawn French, what have you performed? Where’s the glossy bob we all know and enjoy?

So you are heading gray — are not we all? Why do so a lot of girls feel that turning white means they have to chop their hair off and do the Annie Lennox crop?

Admittedly, Annie appears incredible, but most of us just just cannot pull it off without the need of wanting drab. I tried it although I was still dyeing my hair blonde and I just appeared like a turnip. Fat cheeks just never yell chic on me.

In its place, I decided to permit it all cling down my back from now on. I know it is meant to be a big no-no for older gals to have long hair. Mutton dressed as lamb is a common description, but that is dependent on really out-of-date perceptions of how we are meant to age.

Marion McGilvary (pictured), who hasn’t snipped her hair in virtually two a long time, states there is no rule that claims ‘thou shalt have brief hair at 60’

These days, undoubtedly we can do what we jolly properly like — there’s no rule that suggests ‘thou shalt have short hair at 60’.

Final 7 days was the initial time I have been to a hairdresser because the Christmas in advance of the pandemic. I haven’t had it snipped, blow-dried, tonged, straightened or highlighted in practically two years.

Some times, I confess, I didn’t even brush it. I trapped it in a scrunchie and forgot about it. Okay, there had been a handful of deep moisturising therapies.

But I have experienced no time for all those people other unguents and goos so beloved of hairdressers. To be trustworthy, I didn’t even clean it that often. In no way extra than at the time a week. And still, below it is, beneath my bra strap for the first time considering the fact that I was 20 and wanting far better than it has in years (probably, at any time).

It may perhaps appear like a product of laziness, but my hair is the result of a diligently cultivated plan to increase it out.

I’ve usually found hair as a little bit of a plaything. You just can’t miraculously get rid of your cankles or minimise your bust when it begins spilling out of your bra, but you can transform your hair. I have had it each individual colour recognized to Clairol, most just lately rinsed pink.

Surprisingly nevertheless — and challenging to believe for some folks — I’ve been longing to have white hair since I was in my 20s. I have often cherished that startlingly silver hair that older gals have.

Dawn has chopped her glossy bob. Pictured: before

Dawn has embraced her natural hair colour (pictured)

Dawn French has embraced her purely natural hair color and chopped her shiny bob. Pictured correct: Dawn, in advance of. Pictured still left: Dawn, after

My grandmother was white by the time she was 35 and I obtained my first gray hairs when I was 17. So dyeing it was an inevitability.

But about 5 decades back, I began to observe that the color I so expensively additional just pale a lot quicker than a summer time tan.

I’m heading to go pure, I advised my hairdresser. You are going to hate it, she mentioned. But I didn’t. I beloved it. And the aid of not possessing to sit and have burning battery acid painted on to my head just about every four weeks was delightful. ‘You’re going to lower it, are not you?’ requested a good friend, very last yr. Nope, I claimed. ‘But it will age you so, Marion. It is so unflattering to have extended grey hair.’ ‘I never treatment,’ I claimed, and it is legitimate, I really don’t.

Who am I tending my hair for if not myself? I am old. Not historical but, yes, I am not a youthful woman any far more, not even middle-aged, no matter what that is these times. So, at 63, who presents a toss of the Timotei what other persons consider?

I come to feel the happiest I’ve ever been, like I have developed into the individual I always wished to be.

Left to its possess equipment, my hair curls. So I clean it, comb it, leave it to dry and for just one working day it looks charming. The subsequent day, I seem like I have been sleeping tough underneath a hedgerow.

Marion (pictured) said having long hair makes her feel young and carefree, although you may think it makes her look old or vain

Marion (pictured) said acquiring extended hair will make her feel young and carefree, despite the fact that you may consider it helps make her appear aged or vain 

If I brush it, it waves about my head in a blaze of static prior to slipping into a design and style I contact ‘woman who keeps hens’. This is no insult to the numerous glamorous females I know who continue to keep hens, but I’m more Hans Christian Andersen than yummy earth mummy.

For the the vast majority of last 12 months, I wore it in two unwanted fat pigtails, a dishevelled bun, or Frida Kahlo- fulfills-Heidi, plaited close to my head. None of these explained pretty 60-one thing. But oh the pleasure of not possessing to trouble faffing close to with it.

So sure, you may well imagine it would make me look aged or vain, but it can make me come to feel younger and carefree.

I appreciate the freedom of it, the actuality that if I want to I can set it up and nonetheless take care of to search elegant and ‘finished’ or enable it ripple like Rapunzel all around me.

None of us will need to go quietly into the night looking like the principal boy in a panto. We can still be bold and blowsy. Dawn was popular for embracing her curves, so why not her stunning glossy fringed crop?

For me, it’s a reward to be in a position to set that worry of currently being judged apart. To my thoughts, I search wonderful just the way I am… and 50 percent my age from the back again!