The actor Jane Seymour has been in the news this week because she has long hair. I’m not sure why this is news, but she has defended herself for continuing with her long locks even though she is 69. What utter nonsense is this? We live in a time when it is illegal to discriminate against someone for reasons such as race, religion, gender, disability or age and yet it is deemed to be newsworthy that an older woman has long hair. I have long hair and I’m not that much younger than Jane Seymour. It was a definite choice to grow my hair a few years’ ago. I had finished working full time and decided that the tyranny of the hairdresser visit every 6-8 weeks was one I could do without. I haven’t had it coloured or cut by a professional since. I don’t think it looks too hideous and it does give me the change to experiment and play with different ways of tying it up – or down.
There does seem to be an unwritten convention for older women to have shorter hair but there are some great exceptions. Jane Seymour obviously, Naomi Campbell, Jerry Hall among others. There was a discussion on Woman’s Hour on the BBC the other morning that prompted me to write this and Jane Garvey quite rightly told one of the contributors that 54 is not old (harrumph).
One perfect example of older elegance and style is the model Pia Gronning who frequently models for Catherine Robinson Cashmere. I’d like to be even a teeny little bit as stylish as she is, but don’t have the patience. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it – and my long hair.