I love long hair. I always have loved long hair. There is just something so romantic about it. I think of movies like The Lord of the Rings, where the women's hair is flowing in the wind. It is interesting how society views long hair on women. In some countries, women and long hair are common place. Here in the United States though, long hair on women who are over 30 is pretty rare. In the small community I used to live in, there were many people in that community that were of the Apostolic faith. The Apostolic women are not permitted to cut their hair, so I saw long hair all the time, and I fit in quite nicely in that community! When we moved back to our hometown a few years ago, that feeling of fitting in nicely really changed! Hair my length is super rare where I live now. At my church, I have the longest hair there. There is one other woman that is older than I am, and her hair is to her waist. She and I are the only women past 20 years old that have long hair. The rest all have hair shoulder length or shorter. Long hair is rare here, from what I have seen.
I have read many articles on long hair on older women, and seen lots of those makeover tv shows like "What Not To Wear". If a woman who is over 30 and has long hair is the topic of the makeover, they all tell her that long hair past 30 makes a woman look too old. And yet they will take a younger woman in her 20's and cut her hair and tell her they went shorter to make her look older! So which is it? Does long hair make you look younger or older?? I have found that I have a hard time figuring out a woman's age when her hair is long. I was going through some of my old Country Woman magazines, and I found a woman with really long hair on the cover. At first I thought she was in her 30's. Then I looked really close at her and noticed all her wrinkles! After looking at the picture for awhile, I guessed she was maybe in her 50's instead of her 30's, but it was really hard to tell. I would LOVE if someone guessed me as being in my 30's when I am in my 50's! I was looking at some before and after pictures of women who had makeovers. I was showing these pictures to Jeff, and I asked him to guess the women's ages. In all the short hair pictures, he guessed the women as being 10 years older than they really were. The ones with longer hair, he guessed them as either being their age or younger. I found that interesting! I know that it is super hip and stylish to have a shorter sassy hairstyle, and at times I am really tempted. But I don't want to cut my hair just because I have to conform to some image. If I love my hair long, then I don't see why I can't keep it long!