Another reason to have long hair over 40 — you can make it short hair in a minute.
At least if you do it the Vivienne Tam way, via her models on the runway.
I had noticed that so many runway shows were featuring long luxurious hair this season, like the gorgeous glossy locks at Noon By Noor — so how were designers going to do edgy or boy-cuts or other looks, I wondered.
Here's how. Vivienne Tam's fall collection had a lot of black & white and red over a lot of it — a little angry, a little military, and a jangle of current cultural references that reflected some of the confusions and frustrations of our time — all woven into a cohesive fabric, if you will.
May favorite looks included asymmetrical jackets and slouchy trousers — a cool look for midlife women, as were the structurally augmented sheaths. All interesting coming from the 54-year-old Vivienne Tam herself who has such sweet demeanor.
Long to Short Hair
The short hair was sharp and precise, being as it was, fashioned from long locks.
Make a pony tail, twist it tightly (you'll need a fair bit of product to keep flyaways at bay for the look to work). Then twist it tightly around, almost like a snake — it is the Chinese Year of the Snake after all — and pull the ends forward like bangs. Secure with bobby pins.
This gives you an edgy spiky look but for more softness around the face you can curl the ends a bit with a curling iron or flat iron — a more feminine look for spring, but also practical because your hair is out of the way, and a refreshing change to boot.
I know there is an ongoing argument about whether women over 40 should have long hair (can you believe?). This is another for the plus column.
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