A lot of women seem to prefer cutting their hair short once they reach a certain age. Why exactly do you think they do that?

A netizen recently asked, “Why do most older women cut their hair short?”.

The Original Poster, OP adds, “Up until about the age of 50, women mostly have longer hair, but then after 50, most have short hair, so I’m just curious why this is”.

Let’s see what others think about this.

Deteriorated Hair Quality

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“Hair quality goes down with age, and short hair is just easier to maintain.”

Health Related Hair Loss

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“I had long, thick, golden hair I could sit on, but then got cancer and chemo left me bald. It grew back dark and spiky, and the only way to make it look slightly decent now is to keep it very short.”


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“Menopause makes hair thinner and long thin hair can look extremely bad.”

Easier To Maintain

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“Easier to maintain and sick and tired of having to.”, said one.

“So, I’ve had gorgeous hair my whole life. Naturally wavy/ curly long hair. I told everyone I’d be the old lady with long hair. I didn’t make it to 45. Somewhere around 40, I started to envy short-haired ladies.

It was scary, and it took me about two years to do it, but before I was 45, my hair was in a boys’ cut! It’s SO much easier to deal with. I can even cut it myself if I need to. Easy and comfortable, that’s why!”, another added.

Babies Pull

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“My friend cut her hair short after she had her first baby. Her reason was ‘babies pull’.”, said one.

“Makes sense. I don’t have kids but when my nieces were 1-2 years old they’d grab my glasses right off my face. They thought it was hilarious but it wasn’t”, another added.

A Confluence Of Factors

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“Probably a confluence of factors…diminishing societal pressure to be pretty and feminine, thinning hair and less heat tolerance due to menopause, etc.

Further, some people (e.g. my mother) have skin conditions on their scalp that worsen with age. It’s much easier to apply medicated ointments through short hair.

Not Seeking Validation Anymore

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“You stop looking outside yourself for validation and do what you want. You’re no longer trying to please anyone but yourself.”

Running Out Of Time

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“Running out of time. Can’t be spending all damn day washing/drying/fixing your hair. I have to spend time with the girls, eat brunch, do some dancing, flirt with the widowers.”

Women Get Much Braver With Age

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“Lots of older women have some really great short haircuts nowadays! Slick stylish silver bobs or funky undercuts with long hair on top. Some women get much braver with age.”

The Previous Generation Brainwashed Women

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“Because the generation before us brainwashed women that having long hair over 40, 50 wasn’t appropriate…I think it’s a stupid myth.

If you look good with short hair, wear it and if you look good with long hair, wear it no matter your age…I’m over 50 and I wear long hair and my hair is thick…because it works for me…”

It Gives You A Mini Face Lift

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“Long hair can visually drag the facial features down. Cutting it short gives the appearance of almost a mini facelift.”

Hot Flashes

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“Hot flashes. When you are awoken with a sweaty head, it’s easier with short hair. Less shower time, less blow dry, less fuss.”

A Confidence Issue

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“I think it’s a confidence issue.

Younger girls tend to use long hair and makeup as a security blanket. As they age, women are less likely to get caught up in feedback loops as it relates to beauty standards.

I generally find women with the confidence to wear short hair very attractive – young and old.”

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