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Long Hair Knows No Age Limits -- Or Does It? (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/21/2012 10:25 am   Updated: 05/23/2012 11:51 am

At one point in time, you likely knew these lyrics to "Hair" by heart:

Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair
Flow it, show it
Long as God can grow it
My hair...

But having hair "long as God can grow it" was a '60s thing, right? Aren't Post 50 women (and men) supposed to go to shorter lengths and sport hairstyles that supposedly flatter our changing (wrinkling?) faces, minimize our multiple chins and de-emphasize our receding hairlines and diminishing eyebrows. Who says?

That's old school thinking, according to hair stylists. Post 50 women today clearly haven't given up their longer locks -- and we don't mean just those who live in the celebrity spotlight and travel with stylists at each elbow.

For some tips on how to maintain healthy long hair, Huff Post50 turned to Oprah's hair stylist, Andre Walker:

Try to stay away from color treatments if you can.

If you are coloring your hair because it is gray, try using a color product that doesn’t contain ammonia or peroxide. Semi-permanent colors coat the hair and last four to six weeks. This type of color works best on gray hair or hair you want to darken because it doesn’t lift hair color, it only coats.

Resist using heated styling tools more than once a week.

I know that is a tall order, but the difference in your hair's health will be clearly visible. If you must blow-dry, try to keep it off the highest heat setting. It may take a little longer, but you will cause less damage.

When hair is long, it can become heavy and flat, and with age, you lose body.

Be sure to put body back into the hair with volumizing products like styling foam, mousse, or root-lifting spray.

Layers are a great trick for long hair on older women.

Layers will add some body and bounce to the hair, so have your stylist cut some long layers, or layers that frame the face -- anything to keep the hair from looking long, heavy and flat.

Try to extend the number of days between washes, as hair can be damaged during washing.

If you must wash every day, use a high-quality moisturizing shampoo and conditioner every time. Keratin shampoos and conditioners are also great, as they put back the protein that is depleted from hair strands. Our hair is made of keratin protein, so it is great to give the hair back what it has lost.

Use regular oil treatments.

They can really make a difference in hair’s health, improving softness, strength and shine. I personally love Argan Oil because it is light, easy to use and it absorbs instantly into the hair, creating amazing shine.

Clip-on hair extensions are really great to help add thickness and length.

They are relatively affordable and easy to use, and the best part is they aren’t permanent, so you can use them every day, or if you just want to experiment and have some fun with new looks.

Pay attention to your diet.

Believe it or not, your diet plays a large role in the health of your hair and overall appearance. Foods rich in Omega 3’s, such as salmon, flaxseeds and walnuts, should be a regular part of your diet because they are proven to support scalp health and prevent dry scalp and dull hair.

Meet some post 50 women who sport long do's!


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  • Belinda 54, Côtes d'Armor, France

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Belinda_Mullinix"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/689906255/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Belinda_Mullinix">Belinda Mullinix</a>:<br />I've earned the right to wear my hair as I see fit, WITH the grey apparent, I love my longer length. Short hair makes me look old and I don't FEEL old, thank you!

  • long hair

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/themadmanmark"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/aol_profile_img/4185075.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/themadmanmark">themadmanmark</a>:<br />I never knew that over the age of 40 I still would like having long hair I have had it for many years now.

  • Growing it out!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/CalGalRoyale"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/391672-tiny.png?20110916163522" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/CalGalRoyale">CalGalRoyale</a>:<br />I've welcomed the aging process since I've become incredibly fit. Why not let my locks grow long and "youthful like" along with the rest of my body!!

  • Mary Pedersen 60, New York

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/frspirit7"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/frspirit7">frspirit7</a>:<br />Mary Pedersen 60, New York

  • Brenda, 62, Washington state.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/smenow"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1418507399/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/smenow">smenow</a>:<br />62 and loving my long, layered hair.

  • Long and Blond after 50

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Youngestdaughter"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Youngestdaughter">Youngestdaughter</a>:<br />I decided to grow out my hair and color it blonder on the eve of turning 50. I am still growing it and will be 51 next month.

  • Daughter (37), Granddaughter(3) Grandma(69)

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mommymar"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mommymar">mommymar</a>:<br />We all love our long hair!!

  • Long Locks Are About Your Hair & Style, Not Your Age

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/theladyscribe"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/theladyscribe">theladyscribe</a>:<br />I am the jewelry artist behind LongLocks HairSticks (longlocks.com) and have had and will have long hair for the rest of my life. Healthy long hair and personal style are what should determine if you can pull it off, certainly not your age. And I don't agree that one should dye one's grey, either! This photo was taken a couple months ago. I am 52.

  • Fauzia Osman

    "Of course, women at any age are beautiful with long hair. This pic was taken when I was 52. Let's not be ageists here!" Fauzia Osman

  • Linda Krause

    Linda Krause is 57 and loves her long hair.

  • Kitty Massara

    Kitty Massara, 55, of Omaha, NE.

  • Kitty Massara

    Kitty Massara, 55, of Omaha, NE.

  • Debby Parker

    Debby Parker, 52, of Wellington, FL.

  • Margaret Yeaw

    Margaret Yeaw, 64, of Point Pleasant, NJ.

  • Mary Nelsen

    Mary Nelsen, 57, of Omaha, NE.

  • Ann Massara

    Ann Massara, 64, Omaha, NE.

  • Meredith McKenzie

    Meredith McKenzie, 59, of Altadena, California.

  • Julianne Moore

    Julianne Moore, 51.

  • Jane Seymour

    Jane Seymour, 61.

  • Sissy Spacek

    Sissy Spacek, 62.

  • Goldie Hawn

    Goldie Hawn, 66.

  • Holly Hunter

    Holly Hunter, 53.

  • Christie Brinkley

    Christie Brinkley, 58.

  • Vera Wang

    Vera Wang, 62.

  • Jerry Hall

    Jerry Hall, 55.

  • Andie MacDowell

    Andie MacDowell, 53.

  • Madonna

    Madonna, 53.

  • Rita Wilson

    Rita Wilson, 55.

  • Franca Sozzani

    Franca Sozzani, 62.

  • Michelle Pfeiffer

    Michelle Pfeiffer, 53.

  • Iman

    Iman, 56.

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