Somewhere in my twenties, ‘rules’ started appearing. These weren’t created by any government, or any authority. These were my rules, that I created as I went along. Sometimes I didn’t even know I had these rules. They would just suddenly appear when the situation called for it. All it took was for one huge night on vodka slammers and boom! There’s the birth of my “Sorry, I don’t drink vodka” rule.
One of these rules was that I wouldn’t have long hair after the age of 30. And just for the record – the photo above is me at the ripe ol’ age of 39. So clearly these rules are dynamic. Organic, you could say. They move and change with the times. Or my age. And just for the record, I still drink vodka. But only in cocktails.
I always thought I would cut my hair at 30 and keep my hair short(ish) until the day I died. Then I got closer to 30 and I moved the age to 35. And now here I am at 39. And my hair is the longest it’s ever been. I don’t have anything against long hair. I just believe(d) that long hair was for youth. That once you hit a certain age, the tresses should come off and you should start growing old gracefully.
I recently discussed this with a close friend. She was all for Team long-hair-after-40. And I was arguing the case for short hair. I used terms like “mutton dressed up as lamb” and “growing old gracefully” and she fired back with “look at Elle McPherson” and “I don’t buy into that stuff!” She argued a good case. I started looking around at my friends and a lot of us still have long hair, despite 40 breathing down our necks. And maybe it’s because I’m older, or maybe because it’s true, but I think we’re rocking these long tresses quite nicely thank-you very much!
So instead of booking myself a hair appointment to get may hair cut short, I learnt how to style it properly, bought myself a GHD and some product and worked on getting my hair looking ‘salon fresh’.
And as for when I will actually chop these locks off – well I’ll just cross that bridge when I come to it. But just quietly – I don’t think I’ll have long hair for my 45th birthday…