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Style for the senior client

by Bill Trotter  ·  February 4th, 2017

Hair styles for Seniors in Destin

Hair Styles for the senior client

I live in Florida where wearing flip flops and cut off jean shorts are appropriate for fine dining. This is a no excuses state where thousands of seniors retire every year. I have seen some horrific sights of senior women in bikinis with their hair in pigtails or hair just hanging down their back like a big knot of seaweed had just attached itself to the back of their cranium. Now doing whatever you want at the beach is your business. If grandma wants to to wear a g-string and pigtails at the beach it is her choice and I don’t have to look. These women usually fall victim to photos from cell phones carried by the younger and mortified. Cackles can be heard, and although I find it rude, grandma you did bring this on yourself.

Now away from the beach or your private swimming pool I see older women in their 60’s , 70’s and 80’s grocery shopping, running their daily errands and dining out with very long, Florida humidity frizzy locks hanging like strands of kinky straw. It takes all my reserve to not run up and cut that frizzy straw-like kinky hair right off. Pig tails are even harder to resist my wrath. No one over the age of 12 should be wearing pigtails. It is neither cute nor attractive.

Senior women do not get their fair shake when it comes to style in magazines and hair style books found in salons. I myself have done many before and after photos of women over 40. I see the need to give them every option at the salon. I love my senior clients who take my advice and blossom from frumpy to fab.

Now throwing your hair in a ponytail and slapping on some lip gloss worked when you were 20, but this falls short when you are 70. And help me God if I see it in a banana clip – I swear I’ll stroke out.

I get asked all the time: When do I need to cut my hair short?

This is a loaded question. The answer is different for all women. I have seen many an older woman with exceptional grey, or even better, that snow white hair cut into a style that is breathtaking. Unfortunately, most older women are trying desperately to hold on to their security blanket long hair.

If the quality of your hair is exceptional, then wear it mid length, get a great blow out and go fourth with pride. It’s your crowning glory. If the quality of your hair is frizzy, thin, or just an odd texture, by all means do discuss an appropriate haircut with your stylist. Believe me there are haircuts out there that will flatter your face and will be easy to maintain. Keep a hair journal of photos you like on your phone or laptop and discuss them with your hairstylist. One of them may just be perfect for you.

One of my favorite models has lasted at the Ford Modeling Agency since 1947. This is Carmen. She is stunning and is still working. She is pictured below. My favorite quote of hers is ”We all have to go sometime. When I go it will be in high heels.”

Carmen should be an inspiration for all women over 70. She is Fantastic! She has style and her hair is amazing at all times.

To sum up my women over 60 rant, here is my point. If the quality of your hair is awful, cut it. If your refuse to get rid of those ratty locks of frizz, keep it in an up-style. A nice chignon at the base of your nape or a beautiful knot on top will work too. Talk with your hair stylist about blow outs and how to wear it up for those special occasions.

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