Oh, the agony!
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.