Thinking back to my schooldays, I clearly recall the majority of my of middle-aged female teachers having short hair. Friends' moms seemed to follow suit as we entered high school and college. I began to think it was just something women did when they reached a so-called "certain age."
Well, according to a recent survey, that age is a very certain 46.
British skincare brand Nurture Replenish polled more than 2,000 women over the age of 40 about beauty and aging, asking the participants if there's an age at which a woman should consider chopping their long hair into a more "age-appropriate" and "mature" shorter style. The average response was that seemingly arbitrary (to me, at least) 46.
"Forty-six is a watershed year for many women and we are all conscious of not getting stuck in a style rut as we age," a Nurture Replenish spokesperson told the Daily Mail. "Many women feel they need to adapt their hair as they get older as the style that suited us in our twenties may not necessarily work in our fifties."
My sister, Diane, turned 46 earlier this month. My mother turned 62 earlier this year. Neither of them have short hair, nor do they feel pressure to make the cut.
My mother did, in fact, cut her hair short when she was 47, a couple of months after I did at age 19. I asked her if it was more likely because she liked short hair on me or because she was admitting some kind of perceived aging defeat.
"I think it was more, 'I'm so F-ing hot, I need to try this,'" she texted back. It was summertime in Florida when she went short. I believe her.
When I told my sister that she's the sort-of-official Mature Haircut Age, she responded, "That is crap, and I will never do it." She then listed several of her friends whose 46th birthdays came and went without any temptation to cut their hair.
And, hello, Jane Pratt:
So, how about you? Quick Question: Do you think you'll get a short "mature" haircut when you're older? Are you in your 40s or 50s and on the fence about hair length? Why do so many women seem to bring photos of the Golden Girls to their stylists when they decide they're "too old" for long hair?