Girls Write Out
Wednesday, February 06, 2008

You ever notice how hair styles come and go? What's hot today is gone tomorrow. But what if you're, um, advancing in years? One camp says women should go short when they're over 40. Others say age is a number and you can wear your hair however you like it. But have you ever seen that woman on Angel network or whatever that thing is called? It's a religious show and there's this woman who has to be in her sixties at least--maybe older--from the wrinkles on her face. She has this gorgeous long hair. You see her from the back and think, oh pretty woman. She turns around and you about fall down.

I don't want to be like that. I've been thinking it's time for an update for my hair. It hasn't been cut in nearly three months because of shingles. My beautician moved an hour away and until 10 days ago I couldn't drive so I was stuck. So hear I am with this skanky hair and no idea what to do with it. Hair color has not touched it, and I think I'll keep it that way, thank you very much. But what do do about the style? I just turned 56 so I'm no spring chicken anymore. I've been pouring through hair style books but I'm not closer to making a decision. Which is the way I've been for the past year--wanting to change but having no idea what to do.

So I thought I'd bring my dilemma to my blooger buddies. What say you? You can give me a link to a hairstyle if you like even. Or just say, go short or keep it medium, or cut bangs or whatever advice you want to give. Just as long as it's not spiked. LOL My husband might come looking for you then!
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:56 AM  
  Comments (24)
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At 10:00 AM, Blogger Kay said...

You've got great cheekbones, so you need to emphasize those. You also look like you have thick hair, like I do. You have to consider that when looking at photos. Not all the cute styles work well with thick hair.
Here's some ideas:

I could get carried away. I love hair styles. I seldom get the same one twice!

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh those are very cute, Kay! I especially like that layered one. Thanks!

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Rhonda/WA state said...

Whatever you do, if you decide to cut your hair, find out first if it'll require a lot of upkeep. I went with a bob. It was ok but then to make it look like it should, you have to blow dry and blow dry and so on. What a pain. It's a longer bob now and I flip it up instead of curling it under. I can no longer wash and dry and be done.

Honestly, I miss my long hair. I know my husband does too. He just didn't get it when I told him that once I turned 51, the long hair had to go. I needed a change more than cutting it just because of age.

Hey, my grandma died at 100 and she had waste length hair. She always wore it in a bun. Nobody ever told her she shouldn't have long hair!

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Rhonda/WA state said...

Ha, my grandma had "waist" length hair, not "waste"....see, once you start coloring and cutting your hair, your mind goes!

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

My grandma had waist length hair too, Rhonda. And wore it in a bun. LOL My head hurts if I wear it up much.

Good point about the upkeep. That's something to consider!

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I sort of like this. What do you all think?

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Didn't we go through this sometime last year with you? LOL If you're still debating on changing it then I say go for it.

It's hair, it'll always grow back if you don't like it!


At 2:05 PM, Blogger Kay said...

That's cute, too.
I have mine in a choppy, shaggy, layered thing and I don't have to style it. I always make sure that my cuts are low upkeep.
I get compliments on it, too, even when I don't style it.
So a layered thing might be a good idea.
This one you showed might look drab without styling. Take several ideas along and ask your stylest all kinds of questions about them.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Oh I like them all. I just got several inches chopped off a few weeks ago. I love having shorter hair again, yet I can still pull it out of my face which works great when I'm exercising or just plain sick of it LOL

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Colleen I think you'd look fantastic with it short, straight and chic (short as in chin length). You could use a flat iron on it, if need be. I had no idea what that was until Teen daughter started using one, but oh how we love our flat iron around here :)

Getting hair done is like a day at the spa, isn't it?

p.s. I just went and checked out the style you liked, and that looks nice (and easy) too.

At 7:45 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I cut my own hair last week. It's a wreck, but I have so much of it, you can't really tell, so whatever. I'm definitely going to have to blog on my Wal Mart season. My point is, C, it can't be worse than this. : )

At 9:32 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I got my daughter in a law a flat iron for her birthday that seemed really good. I should get myself one!

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Rachel Holliday said...

Have you ever tried imaging software where you test different styles on a picture of your face? I used it once in a salon a long time ago. I found this website, and it says it is free:

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I just bought one of those style haircut magazines in Books A Million because even though I go to the same hairstylist, she sort of got off track with my style! Anyway, on the back cover was this place where you can try colors, cuts and then take that to your stylist.

You also need to determine your face shape.I think you need to keep it below your chin(no bobs.) Since you don't need to color, then you could get it straightened or find a cut to work with the curl in your hair. (Or go try that iron your D-I-L has to see if you want to fool with that.)

I think as we age we have to re-evaluate because you get to looking like that woman who is stuck in the '80s with her leg warmers! My favorite part on What Not to Wear is when Nick does the hair!

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Dave said...

If you watch much TV you always see the most beautiful ladies with long sexy hair. The short haired girls are tomboy like and rarly attract any attention. Being an elderly gentleman I still prefer long hair. Something to run your fingers through. When I married Colleen over 36yrs ago she had long beautiful hair that went to the middle of her back. I would still like it that long.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You see what I contend with, friends? My husband calls himself "elderly." AND wants me to look like an aging rock star! LOL

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Dave, two words: Lily Munster. Heard of her? She's the wife on the Munsters. She has long hair and she's over 50.

Um, no.

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Let me just put it this way. Which one of us is the man here? I'm Dave. Lets see you are Diann. So unless you are a gay I would bet I would be a better JUDGE of beautiful women. LOL

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Oh, for heaven's sake, Dave, just buy her a wig. LOL

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Now THAT sounds like a great solution, D! LOL

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Okay, that comment just scares me with where it could go.

I concede.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Dave said...

She complains about the long hair being hot in the summer, I can't guess how much she would complain about a wig. Also why buy something that you can get for free, that looks like Dolly Parton. Now that is a wig! LOL

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Dave is smiling in triumph. LOL But I will never wear hair down to my waist again, even if he thinks it's attractive. LOL Some things just are too scary. LOL

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear wife is 53, has waist length hair, and it's sexy as hell. For the life of me, I'll never understand why women think they must cut their hair short, at any age. The best physical favor any woman over 40 can do for herself is to grow or keep her hair long. I so relate to Rhonda's husband. Ron


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