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Short hairstyles complement the lifestyle, look and personality of older African American women

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June 29, 2013 Category: Beauty Posted by:

Sun Hair Spotlight on: A New You Hair Studio

Owners: Eric and Eraka Wright

293 N. Keswick Avenue

Glenside, PA 19038

Appts: All Services are by appointment only. 

Specialties: Offer many hair services and treatments: Natural and Barbering services for women, men and children. 



Website:,  Email: [email protected] 

Facebook: A New You Hair Studio, YouTube Channel, and Twitter: A New You Hair Studio


By Leah Fletcher


You have been living with your hairstyle for years. Now you are over the age of 50 and want to rethink your style. Because you are older doesn’t mean your choices are limited. In fact, there are many styles that can complement your lifestyle, look, personality and maturity. 


Older African American women should not believe aging limits their choice of hairstyles, according to Eric Wright, co-owner of A New You Hair Studio in Glenside. There are scores of styles to choose from. But, as some women age, they decide shorter might be better. 


If that is the direction you want to go in, you can live it up with any number of styles that are easy to manage and capture your best features, said Wright, who is an award-winning stylist who specializes in everything from trendsetting styles to classy conservative hairdos. 


Why not go Natural?  

You may elect to reduce the time spent on your hair’s maintenance with a short natural hairstyle. To go natural, according to Wright, requires cutting off your hair down to new growth. It may be best to let a stylist or barber do it to ensure it is shaped correctly. You may choose a low cut style, close to the scalp, or you may grow your roots out before making the cut. Try a cropped cut, which is low on the sides. A cropped natural look is ideal for someone who thinks it fits her face and wants to play up delicate features, says Wright. If you don’t want a short cut try growing your hair to chin or shoulder length and letting it shrink. Naturally curly hair automatically shrinks, so just add conditioner and go. 



Short and tapered styles work

If you prefer a relaxer, but still want a cropped look, consider a tapered cut, Wright says a cropped cut gives textured hair an instantly polished look.  This style requires professional relaxing but not a lot of maintenance.  Have your stylist leave the top two or three inches long and taper the sides and back very low. With a taper, you can have the hair shaven down, cut in low layers, or cut short enough for a mini curling iron to bump the back. If you want a little leeway when you are having your relaxer retouched, consider having it layered. 


The Classic Bob is still stylish 

The bob is a popular style that can be transformed to work on a variety of hair types, face shapes and age groups. “If you have a bob, make it a couple of inches shorter in the back, leaving the front longer. This is will give your profile an instant lift,” suggests Wright. If your hair is thin, try a delicate bob. For curly hair, just go above or below the chin for bounce. For more volume, don’t be afraid to add layers of bangs.


Hair care is important too

Wright advises women to consider the “at-home” maintenance of their hair. He spends a great deal of time educating his clients about hair care regimens between salon visits.  For seven years, Wright and his wife, Eraka, have run A New You Hair Studio guided by the vision that service and education will serve their clients well. 


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