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12 Ways to Wear Long Hair Again at 50+

Styling tips to make longer locks a crowning glory

A woman with tousled hair

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En español | Some of us have been long-hair fans from middle school to Medicare. Other women over 50 who’ve bounced from bobs to pixies to shags have now joined the long-hair club. Well-meaning hair stylists tell us an “age appropriate” cut will look thicker and healthier. We’re not buying it. Not when long hair makes us feel sassy, spirited and sexy. So, here’s the problem. How do you wear long hair when it has gone thinner, drier and grayer, and lost its zing? These 12 tips will make “long hair, don’t care” your favorite expression.

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.