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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

When Hair gets Old | Should you Cut your Hair Short?

When Hair gets Old | Should you cut your Hair Short? | Fake Fabulous

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get OLD!" (George Burns)

Ageing is not for the weak is it?
With age comes a whole sack-load of problems.
Everything from the relatively trivial (like saggy knees in shorts) to the serious (ill heath & bereavement.)
Life is a challenge that gets more challenging as you live it!

As Bette Davis said....

"Getting older is not for Sissies!"(Bette Davis) 

One of the MANY issues facing women is the change in our hair.
Of course, in the grand scheme of things 'hair woes' might seem trivial.
However, if you use yours as a security blanket, or it is your 'signature' then changes may be hard to take.

Ageing Hair...


The obvious change in colour is the grey that develops over time, but the coloured hair strands can also change.
These changes can come in many different tones and can look amazing!

However, some people go grey in a patchy way that makes them feel frumpy.
Dying your hair is easy and affordable and there is no reason you can't experiment and have fun with your colour.
Bold and bright can look great!

What if you don't want to resort to chemical dyes?

Luckily there are plenty of Natural dyes on the market and there is also good old Henna.
Messy but my favourite!


Hair may thin down as you move into your 40's (and beyond).
This thinning involves both the number of strands on your head AND the thickness of these individual strands.
The hair stands can become more difficult to style.
The hair is not as 'stretchy' and less easily teased into shape.
You may notice more breakage and those dreaded split ends.

The hair can feel rough and look dull and frizzy.
You may wonder what happened to your lovely shine!?

So, What can you do when Hair gets Old?

Get a good cut, and not necessarily a short one!

Short hair is commonly thought to make thinning hair appear thicker.
BUT in reality short hair can highlight thinning hair.
If your hair is cut too short then the scalp shows through the hair, which can be unflattering (unless you have a sharp undercut, of course!).
Short cuts can also show up your roots quicker.

Short hair styles are not for everyone so never feel like you have reached "an age" that requires one.

A good cut can be any length.
As long as your cut suits your personal style, anything goes!

The days of long hair being for girls, and anyone over 30 needing a short bob, are over.
Do what feels right for you and your hair.

Dying your hair can alter the texture and give you confidence but it is also pretty high maintenance.
If you are DIY-ing be careful not to over-process by loading the ends with too much colour.
Always go a shade lighter than you think you are.

If colour maintenance is not for you, a very modern (especially geometric) cut can look super-chic with grey hair.

Colour depositing shampoos and conditioner can also work wonders.
Black Malva (from Aveda) adds a fun teal-ish tint to silver grey hair.
Blue Malva brightens hair, helping to stop it looking yellow and brassy.

You could also experiment with coloured highlights/accents in any colour you wish.
Age is no barrier to a seriously funky cut!

There are many products on the market claiming to give you thicker and fuller hair.
Everything from styling tools to supplements.

A easy way to fake a little extra volume is a shampoo and conditioner.
Modern formulations can coat the hair shaft giving the illusion of fuller and thicker hair.

This set from John Frieda (c/o) is a great place to start.

When Hair gets Old | Should you cut your Hair Short? | Fake Fabulous

What is happening to your hair as you get older?
Please share in the comments!




  1. I took the plunge and stopped dying my hair. To ensure I don't look like I just stopped bothering I make sure it's styled and finished more than I did before. I use shine enhancing shampoo and conditioner as I found the ones for grey hair dulled my warm 'sugar and spice' toned. I also adjusted my make up, wearing slightly softer, warmer blush and experimenting with lip colour more. I probably look older but I feel great and I get lots of compliments. Someone even asked where I had my hair coloured to get my 'highlights'!!

    1. Shine enhancing products are a great idea! The only grey haired women I know (who are rocking it) are cooler-toned.
      One uses violet toned products to give an icy sheen.
      Two use bright and bold flashes of colour (like aqua and pink).
      And the other has a geometric funky cut in a steel grey tone.
      My steel grey friend accidentally bought black malva, instead of her usual blue and used it anyway.
      Now we know black on steel grey makes an interesting teal tint!

      When other people are commenting on your "highlights" Rachel then you MUST be doing something right :o)
      As for looking older.
      We ALL look older....because we are! :oP
      Harsh dyes don't fool anyone really.
      It sounds like your hair and makeup experiments are working for you.
      Thank you for this great comment.

  2. Well, the truth is that I haven´t noticed any change in my hair. It is still brown and if I may say so healthier and stronger than ever, hahahhaa.Then again it may be just my attitudin general, hahaha. Every age has is pros and cons. I just take every step as it comes and make the most of it, but always blonde, hahahhaha
    Much love,

    1. Your hair is exactly what I am talking about!
      Funky and modern.
      Age is no barrier to an edgy and unique look. XXX

  3. My hair hasn't changed either despite being abused with highlights, and I put it down to the wonders of HRT!
    Gail x

    1. You are a lucky lady Gail! We are so fortunate to have access to things like HRT, makeup, beauty products and highlights!
      Modern times mean age is no barrier to anything!

  4. My mother always told me that my coarse hair would hold up well during the aging process. Well, although I have NO idea where she gleaned this information I think she was right!
    I've been having foiled in highlights added to my hair for over 15 years. It has helped to cover and camouflage the slow grey in process for me. I'm also careful to care for it well by washing it as infrequently as possible, and recoloring after 2 to 3 months. I've worn a longer layered bob for about 10 years after having a pixie cut for at least 10 years before that.
    This post was interesting, timely and informative Samantha. I'm not ready to go natural quite yet...

    1. Me neither Jude!
      I did attempt to let my silver temples loose but I just felt like my eyes disappeared.
      I'm not ready to hang up my red hair just yet!

  5.• a moment ago
    I am so lucky with my hair, at 61 it is still thick and flowing and I have it highlighted only twice a year. You can see pics on my Instagram - Lynn-A vintage habit and on my blog.

    1. You are a lucky lady Lynn.
      Think hair is so youthful!
      My husband has super-thick hair too and it keeps him looking younger... that and his young(er) wife of course! :oP

  6. I've had my hair long and short, but for some reason, I always perceive that women with short hair are more powerful!

    1. That's an interesting thought Carol-Anne.... It made me think!
      I suppose it depends on the the rest of the person's look but I know what you mean....I am going to do a little bit of people watching to do some research :o) XXX

  7. My hair can be very unruly still even in my fifties, but 10 years ago it was a nightmare to tame! I'm megga pleased that I've lost some!

    1. Hahahaha....lucky you Laurie! I bet there are many women who would love that problem. XXX

  8. I'm lucky that I've got so much hair lol. Whenever I go to the salon, it always takes AGES for them to dry it and they always comment on it. It's always been the same, hasn't changed much as I've got older. Apart from the colour, of course! Great post, Samantha!
    Suzy xx


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