You know how it is with hair, you always want what you can’t have! Recently I’ve been looking longingly at women (make that girls) with short hair and wondering – could I, should I? Then last week I came across this image of Ann Hathaway’s new hairstyle and the longing became an obsession.
I started an opinion poll with friends and family to see if they thought I could get away with it, Answers varied from “no, you’ll look like Ms Lomax” (butch media teacher – nice woman, but no style icon) from teen daughter, to “of course you could, it would look fab, I’ve always liked you with short hair,” from my best friend. Love her, but she’s remembering the pixie crop I had when I was 17 and had a jaw line!
And here lies the problem, what looked good when you were young, is not necessarily a good idea when you get past 40, no matter how confident you are to carry it off. Until now, I’ve never understood women who keep the same hairstyle for 30 years. You know the type, (apologies if you are one) they spend a fortune at the hairdressers and come out looking the same as when they went in! Something I couldn’t contemplate – until now.
Since I was old enough to say crimping irons I’ve always been a fan of a extreme “do”. I’ve done 70’s crimped (think Toyah), backcombed punk (Siouxsie Soux but ginger), Rockabilly (huge and I mean huge quiffs), retro 50’s rolls, 60’s beehives, short bobs, severe 80’s fringes and numerous gamine pixie crops. In fact it’s a miracle I have any hair left at all, the way it’s been abused it over the years.
Until I hit 40, I had never done long, straight grown up hair, having always (rather smugly – I’m not proud to say) considered it a bit mainstream and boring, and besides I had a real fear of turning into one of those middle aged women with mid length, highlighted layers and a half fringe. You know the look – it says ‘I may be older but I’m still sexy and young at heart, but I left my style somewhere back in the late sixties’. Think Jo Wood and wives of heavy metal band members.
On no, the ageing rock chic look was not for me and I would never get caught in a hairstyle time warp and become defined my ability to have long, feminine hair – or so I thought!
But wait – they all have blonde or grey hair – and I have (dyed) red hair, is this a sign that’s it’s not for me? After all, I don’t want to look like Sharon Osbourne or Ann Robinson, do I?