Oh, the agony!

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Res­i­dent agony un­cle Kit Hes­keth-har­vey solves your dilemmas

Fac­ing the chop

QI’m a woman ‘of a cer­tain age’ and my hair­dresser has started en­cour­ag­ing me to go for a shorter, ‘more ma­ture’ style. I’ve al­ways trea­sured my long tresses, but my chil­dren sug­gested they might be easier to main­tain if I cut it off. Should I give in?

L. D., Cam­bridgeshire

AOh, please stand your ground. Of course your hair­dresser wants to cut it—it’s a lu­cra­tive monthly con­tract for life. Your chil­dren are be­daz­zled by celeb-mags de­pict­ing Ri­hanna and Lit­tle Mix, whose hair­styles are again dic­tated by scis­sor-happy sa­lonistas. And yet, in my un­hum­ble opin­ion, the most beau­ti­ful older women of today have kept it long.

It must be con­di­tioned like an ath­lete, of course, and pinned up into a loose chignon, but Phyl­l­ida Law, Daphne Selfe and Grace Cod­ding­ton can all do that se­duc­tive Ed­war­dian thing of brush­ing it thought­fully out, en neg­ligée, in front of a dress­ing ta­ble. And a tiara does look ever so silly on a bob.

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