Last week I had a question from a reader about long hair. Here is another style question from this lovely reader who sent it in her photo :
I’m thinking about cutting my hair because my face is long and thin to just above my shoulders. What do you think? I just don’t want to be an older person whose hair is too long for her age. – Natalie
And pretty Pearl sent in her photos too.
I recently joined your site and love it. I am 40 and wear my hair long but my friends think it is time to cut it short. Can you tell me whether short hair will suit me. If so do you have a recommendation for a style. Here is a photo. You are great!!
I asked LA celebrity stylist Billy Lowe to weigh in on this question and here is his advice:
Natalie: While I’m a fan of blonde manes, think Heather Locklear, not Heather Lioness.
The color is great on you, but I would add a little dimension so it doesn’t seem over processed. I would also lighten the weight, and add great texture, and bring it up 2-3 inches. Keep it long, but lighten it up. Easy on the hot rollers, and just rock it.
Pearl: Move into a rich chocolate color with soft strapping of highlights.
Bring it up to barely hit the shoulders and allow the top layers to grow just a bit to release the bulkiness at your ears. Your top layers seem to be cut too short so it’s creating a blooming effect around your head, and a disconnect with the overall length which is bouncing out at the shoulders. So you have 2 options. Grow the layers out, or bring the length up.
Here are more notes from Billy for the rest of us!:
I’ve always said hair rules are definitely made to be broken. The biggest problem with most stylists is that they don’t think outside the box. For years stylists and beauty experts have focused on face shapes and rules that may apply to them. While there is some truth and guidelines that hold true, I don’t believe our hair should be defined by our face shapes alone.
The biggest opportunity I try to tap into is learning about a client’s lifestyle. When engaged in a consultation here are my key points:
- How much time my client has
- What products and tools is she comfortable working with
- What her lifestyle is about (career, mother, extracurricular activities, etc)
- Will she feel great about her new cut or color
If I can tap into these elements, then she’ll for sure walk away looking and feeling her very best, AND be able to recreate the look at home. If I give her a cut or style that is too difficult to manage, or one that requires working with a round brush when she’s not comfortable using one, then she will ultimately be disappointed.
I have MANY clients who are in their 50′s, 60′s and 70′s who have longer than shoulder length hair. But it’s a matter of creating a style that works for them, their look, and their character. Mind you, mid-length hair on a 20-year-old and mid-length hair on a 60-year-old says 2 completely different things. The same thing goes with blue-jeans, or the kind of car you drive. So take it all into account.
YES – you can wear longer hair styles and YES you can be proud doing so. Just be sure that within that longer cut & style that you have a SHAPE that works well and expresses the real you.
Billy Lowe is an elite talent responsible for creating extraordinary beauty behind the scenes of Hollywood. Stay tuned for these and other great beauty tips from Hollywood’s own Hot-Head.
Thanks so much Billy! What great advice. I’m thrilled to have you as one of our hair experts!