LONG HAIR SUITS MY LIFESTYLE
Michelle Stevens Childs, 62, is a model and Pilates teacher. Have decided to grow my hair out and see if I could wear a braid like I did for most of my life pre-40. Since I have layers from my most recent cut, braiding is out of the question, so I think I’ll go back to shoulder-length at some point, but currently I’m having fun with my longer hair pulled back into a ponytail. I think that it’s important to have hair that matches your lifestyle, regardless of your age, between modelling, teaching Pilates, and enjoying outdoor activities like hiking and snowshoeing, having longer hair suits me now.
Long Hair Tool Kit
SILKE Hair Wrap, £45, Balances an oily scalp and means you can wash it less. It keeps frizzes at bay and your style in place for longer. Plus, it naturally conditions.
Charles Worthington Grow Strong Collection: Activating Shampoo, Protein Conditioner, Scalp Tonic, Long and Strong Protein Treatment, all soothe the scalp and fortify strands. Wetbrush makes it easy to comb through that all-important conditioner.
Need To Know
It’s tempting to think a haircut isn’t as necessary with long hair, but in fact, it is essential. If you have one length hair, with no layers, the weight will pull your hair down and it will be flat as a pancake. You can book in for invisible layers or to have your ends softened – it’s the small nuances that make the difference.
Long Hair Inspiration
Here are the women who wear it well: Susanna Reid, Joanna Lumley, Jerry Hall, Shirley Ballas, Michelle Obama, Catherine Zeta Jones, Julia Roberts, Marie Helvin and Sarah Jessica Parker.