At What Age Will You Chop Off Your Locks?

Let me rephrase that. Do you have a set age, in your head, of when you expect it’ll be time to chop off your hair? The New York Times had an interesting article in its style section this weekend about how, when a woman reaches middle-age, she is almost expected to cut off her hair so that it can no longer be described as “long.” The 55-year-old essayist writes:

I have long hair. I’m not talking about long enough to brush gently on my shoulder — when I tilt my head. I’m not talking about being a couple of weeks late to the hairdresser. I’m talking long. Long enough for a ponytail with swing to it. Long enough to sit against when I’m in a chair … No one seems to have any problems when a woman of a certain age cuts her hair off. It is considered the appropriate thing to do, as if being shorn is a way of releasing oneself from the locks of the past.

Having once had a disastrous short-haired cut that took me years to grow out, I can’t see myself ever looking in the mirror and thinking it was time to get a pixie. That said, I also can’t imagine having hair down to my bra strap at 60. Do you anticipate cutting your hair off at a certain age? Do you see long hair as a sign of youth? [NY Times]

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