Last week I had a question from a reader about long hair which sparked two more readers, Pearl and Cindy, to send in photos for advice. I asked LA celebrity stylist Billy Lowe to weigh in on their questions.
Pearl asks: 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.
Cindy asks: I will be 50 on May 8th. I have never had short hair. This picture is with my son at his best friend’s wedding. I’m thinking about going longer for my 50’s debut. What do you think? Cindy Ramirez
Billy Lowe: Cindy, I think you look fabulous at 50 and I love it when women are confident enough to wear longer tresses. I do, however, think a shoulder-length cut (maybe a tad longer) would be perfect for you.
When I saw your photo, my first glance caught your hair in the right shoulder area and I missed the tresses at the back. I immediately thought that a shoulder-length look would be perfect for you, yet still give you some length to play with.
Find a great stylist and one that knows your hair type and can work with you on this journey. Longer hair? Not so sure. But 3-4 inches off to start would be a fun look for you. You can always take more off later, but start with a few inches for now and see how you like it.
Best of luck and send us updated photos! Billy Lowe
- How much time does my client have
- 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 hairstyles 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.
Thanks to Billy Lowe – 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.
*One note growing your hair can sometimes make you look younger. See what I mean. My reader sent in this photo.
To read more about what Billy has to say to my readers about their long hair check out this long hair after 40 posts.