“It used to be, that once you became a mother you’d have to do the June Cleaver,” says Amy Tara Koch, a Chicago-based style expert and author of the style guide Bump it Up! Now, it seems, more women after 40 are sporting long hair. The key is to wear it with style.
“The problem is when you date yourself with a style or a non-style, that actually ages you instead of making you look youthful,” says Stacy London of What Not to Wear. So skip the inch-high hair-sprayed bangs you did in high school; instead, have your stylist layer your long locks into a face-framing shape that’s past your shoulders (provided your hair is strong and lustrous). In fact, says Koch, long hair is sometimes even more flattering as we get older. “A lot of actresses use bangs to cover up wrinkles on their foreheads,” she observes. “Look at Goldie Hawn!”