Our knee-jerk reaction to the question of "are you too old for long hair?" is "no way, look at all the celebs over 50 with long hair." However, the truth is: superstar hair is not to be believed. It's been prepped, propped and staged with a shelf-load of products and extensions by pros laboring for hours. It is both over-styled and overworked. Women in and around the fashion business are far better role models for lengthy locks. Donna Karan, Diane Von Furstenberg, Norma Kamali and Ricky Lauren (author and wife of Ralph Lauren) all have longish hair (emphasis on long- ish) that's contemporary and appealing. These women make smart choices about length, color, texture and tweak it every season accordingly. They're also not trying to look 50 going on 25. Three tips can make your mane look youthful and contemporary:
KEEP IT HEALTHY AND GLOSSY. Know that hair ages just like
skin, eyes and joints. Hormonal changes, a slowed growth and renewal cycle, medical issues and decades of chemical and heat styling are going to change your hair quality and quantity. The long hair you had at age 25 is not the long hair you have now. Get used to it but deal with it! Nutrition is key. Eating adequate protein and foods with omega 3 fatty acids like salmon, flaxseeds and walnuts will feed the scalp where hair follicles are alive and active. Add a hair growth supplement with biotin like Sprayology Hair+ Nail Tonic ($26, sprayology.com) because B vitamins are known to enhance hair health. Apply a hair mask twice a week for moisture, strength and gloss. Try: Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment ($42, sephora.com) and L'Oreal Paris EverStrong Deep Replenishing Masque ($8.09, drugstore.com).
Lauren Hutton: luxist.com
Ricky Lauren: style.com
Diane Von Furstenberg: styleite.com
Norma Kamali: nypost.com