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Long Hair After 40...Do or Don't?

Posted on August 24 2017

Long hair is generally the symbol of feminine beauty...this is not to say short hair can't be sexy or beautiful! For the most part, long hair equals feminine and usually sexy!  But how long can you hold on to your long hair? With wigs and hair extensions it is easy to go long at any age. Long healthy hair is yours in an instant with the right hairpieces. But should you?


This is a debate that many contemplate…especially those of us with long hair over 40 (of which I am one!)…So, we did some research! Apparently, there is some science behind sporting long hair styles after 40.  Here is what we found.


Code Mono by Ellen Wille


The basic answer is YES! Long hair after 40 can be sexy, appropriate, and even add a youthful look to a woman.  It is important to consider a few key points in order to pull this off successfully:


  • Don’t hold on to your long hair style from when you were in your 20’s and creeped through with the same style in your 30’s! Only Cher can do that! 😉  Keep your look current and remember that you need to add layers and volume to your hair if you want to pull off the long hair and not look dated.  The long stringy hair bohemian look doesn’t quite cut it in our forties, girls! 


Brianna by Envy


  • Factor in your face shape. If you have a fuller face, you can get away with long hair as long styles tend to draw the eye down and elongate the facial features.  If you already have a long thin face, you can tend to look aged, tired, and saggy. Not the look we are going for! If you have a thin face, just switch to a shorter style (at or above the collar bone) and you will lift and add a youthful look.  Pro Tip: Show one or both of your ears. This highlights the cheekbones and draw the eye up for a flattering shape.


  • If you are a good candidate for keeping your hair long…remember to add volume to it.  Thick hair looks better than thin, straight, and one long layer.  Cut your hair to add layers around your face to soften your features and lift your face. (This, by the way, is a good tip for any length hair!)


Emotion by Ellen Wille


  • Don’t go below the bra strap line at your back. Any length longer than this is most definitely aging…we want to look young and relevant! Not like we are hanging on to youth by our strands! Shoulder length or a couple of inches longer will be a great long hairstyle for the most flattering results.


  • And of course…if you’re going to go long: Don’t go grey!  Just don’t do it! It will age you regardless of how great the style is for you.


Longing for Long by Raquel Welch 


So if you are over 40…go for it! Go long! Wigs, toppers, or hair extensions will give us all that youthful, perfect, healthy hairstyle look we all don’t be afraid to go there.  You will feel younger and more confident if you know you are following these surefire guidelines to keep your look fresh and trendy!


Is long hair for you? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments below!
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  • The: September 13, 2017


    Thank you for your recent comment!
    The good news is that you have many options to choose from and I just emailed you a few suggestions!

    Wigs are very simple! Choose your favorite style, your wanted color and order. Use our great advice online to learn how measure for your wig, put on a wig cap, wash, and care for your wig:
    For toppers, a bit more planning goes into the process! Find a topper that is a similar length to your own, and choose your color. Please note, if you have any hair loss, you will need to make sure the 4-5 clips that each topper comes with as viable hair to clip into.

    Please let me know if you have any further questions!

    All the best,

    The Wig Experts

  • Barbara Mullis: September 04, 2017

    My own hair is always colored Red as it used to be naturally. Yes, I’m one of those redheads with the pretty much frizzy curly/wavy almost uncontrollable hair that does what it wants to do. I wear it just long below my shoulders in a layered cut with side part and layered side bangs. Sideswept layered or feathered bangs never can be achieved with my natural hair. They always frizz-up, and do what they want. I just turned 60, & my face is long and oval. I want a wig or topper- something to bring the eye up & possibly highlight my high cheekbones as you have described for my age.One side behind my ear would work for me too. Everyone tells me I do need some fullness at the sides. Any ideas would be so welcomed! Oh, I prefer to stay with a Bright Auburn Red or Bright Red because it works for my skin tone.

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