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Monday miscellany: my new French bob & more

A French bob for fine hair

When I was first considering this style, all of the images I could find were of very young women, and I wondered if I’d be able to wear this shorter French bob over 60. (65, to be exact.) But I decided to go for it, and am quite pleased with the result!

Yes you CAN wear a French bob over 60! Susan B. has a layered version, perfect for fine hair.

It’s an easy cut to style, and works well with my fine hair. I just give it a light blow dry using my fingers, leaving slightly damp, and add some Oribé Dry Texturzing Spray and fluff once it’s dry. (A few months ago, I switched to the Keratase Densifique Bodifying Shampoo and Densifique Bodifying Conditioner, and I do think it gives a little more thickness and body to my fine hair.)

The length is the same all the way around. It’s mostly blunt, but Brian cut into the ends just a bit to make it more choppy. I’m going to keep some layering in it, but let some of the shorter layers grow out just a smidge.

In case you’re considering this or a similar cut, here are side and back views to show your stylist.

Side view: a layered short layered bob with fine, gray hair.
Side view: layered French bob haircut with gray hair.
Back view: layered French bob for fine hair.

My hair has a little bit of natural wave, which seems to work well with this style. I think it looks best when it’s a little bit messy and “un-done,” so I don’t use a brush during drying or afterward.

Will going gray change my seasonal color palette?

I’ve been asked this question often, so thought I’d answer in greater depth. The short answer is, most likely no. The color system we use is based on skin tone, rather than hair color. (In fact, if someone has colored their hair, we often cover it for the initial part of the color analysis.) As your skin tone doesn’t automatically change when you change your hair color, your season won’t change.

The longer answer is this:

You may find that going gray or natural or other changes to your hair color can change your overall contrast levels. For example, if you were dyeing your hair a dark color before, your contrast levels might have been higher than when hair is gray. So you may find that the “best” colors within your seasonal palette can shift. Or that different combinations of colors now look better than others.

While we tend to think of “gray” hair as either white, a mix of black and white, or silver (therefore cool in tone), in fact gray hair can be a range of different colors. My natural gray has still retained some warmth. In the front where it’s lighter it’s more ivory than white, and the darker back leans toward pewter rather than silver.

My best colors have not shifted at all, but I’ve noticed that the highest contrast combinations, or darker colors worn head to toe, can feel overpowering. I’m finding either tonal looks or incorporating a single bright color in otherwise neutral outfits are what feel best now.

And speaking of bright color…

I’m absolutely smitten with this soft, lightweight cashmere sweater! It’s available in a bunch of colors, many in Petite and Plus sizes too. (Color here is “Tomato,” and I’m wearing a Misses X-Small.) Lip color is Chanel Rouge Coco in “Coco.” Glasses are from SEE Eyewear.

Is there a hair cut or style you’ve been wanting to try?

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77 Comments

  1. Rose
    October 31, 2022 / 4:31 am

    Hi Susan—I love your new haircut-very softly frames your face and flattering. As I was reading your post, I couldn’t help noticing the lovely sweater and happy that you linked it below. What colors would you recommend for a winter? I was surprised to see 3 shades of red. Would you ever wear the sweater without front-tucking or is it too boxy even with sizing down? Necklace or no necklace because of the neckline? Thank you.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:46 am

      Hi Rose, thanks! I think the Citron (bright acid yellow) could work for some Winters, and probably either of the other reds. I’ve worn it both tucked and untucked. I prefer it tucked, but can also depend what pants you wear with it.

  2. julie
    October 31, 2022 / 4:56 am

    Love the hair and the tomato-colored sweater is smashing!!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:44 am

      Thanks, julie!

  3. Diane B
    October 31, 2022 / 4:59 am

    That cut looks lovely on you. I am a bit envious that you can just let it dry with no tools to get that look. Perfect. Two weeks ago I finally succumed to the the cut of my curly hair and ended up with a cut somewhat like yours, with bangs and chin length (when straightened) but can also let it dry into curls that end at my earlobes. A great stylist can really see what will work. I am glad you described the season question, since people often say the same to me when I talk about my season and palette. A friend has always been a spring and now that she has gone very grey, thinks that a winter red looks good on her, among other not spring colours. Her skin has not changed colour. I try to guide her to the old reliable wonderful colours when we shop. It is hard to explain contrast to some people. Anyway, enjoy your cut, it is fabulous.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:43 am

      Thanks, Diane! Yes, finding a stylist who can work with our hair is essential.

  4. Pamela
    October 31, 2022 / 4:59 am

    ADORABLE new hair style

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:42 am

      Thanks, Pamela!

  5. Marina
    October 31, 2022 / 5:02 am

    I think your hairstyle looks terrific, very natural, very effortless!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:41 am

      Hi Marina, thank you!

  6. Cilla
    October 31, 2022 / 5:22 am

    Your “new” hair color & cut are so flattering!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:41 am

      Thanks very much, Cilla!

  7. JK
    October 31, 2022 / 5:56 am

    Nice! I think you are on to something with this hairstyle and the products. I can relate because I have thin, straight hair that I keep shoulder length in a blunt cut. I’ll try the shampoo and conditioner – I can see the difference.
    Love your bracelets! Where did you find them? Thanks!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:41 am

      Thanks, JK!

  8. JK
    October 31, 2022 / 5:57 am

    ooops – just saw the bracelet link. Thanks

    • JK
      November 5, 2022 / 2:08 pm

      Hi again,

      Did you order more than one set of bracelets to get the combo you are wearing in the photo? I’d love to find this look. Thanks!

      • Susan Blakey
        Author
        November 5, 2022 / 2:12 pm

        Some of the bracelets are from the set I linked to but a few are from an earlier set here: https://bit.ly/32HsTLH

  9. Barbara
    October 31, 2022 / 6:11 am

    Susan
    I’ve been a follower for awhile. I just wanted to say you look fantastic and I appreciate every opportunity that women over 50 have to show that we are not invisible, but here, wearing bright colors!!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:40 am

      Hi Barbara, thanks so much!

  10. debbie calianno
    October 31, 2022 / 6:16 am

    Love your new hair style! Beautiful!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:39 am

      Thanks, Debbie!

  11. KSL
    October 31, 2022 / 6:36 am

    I LOVE your hair, so chic and young. The only thing (just my opinion) is I don’t like earrings longer than your hair, as it drags my eye downward instead of stopping at where your hair stops. I have these bugaboo in general about hair/earrings, and I’m sure others feel differently. It’s so gamine and waif like that I feel a small earring would be better.

    • RoseAG
      November 1, 2022 / 4:33 pm

      I think you’ve got a point about earrings not ending right in the middle of a saggy jawline or double-chin.
      Sue’s earrings seem to end right at the top of her jaw, which for many of us is about the firmest spot around. I feel like that’s a good length for drop earrings.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:39 am

      Thanks so much, and I actually agree with you about these earrings. This is the longest/largest pair I wear anymore, usually wear more of a “huggie” style that I think is better, especially now with this cut.

  12. Robyn
    October 31, 2022 / 6:49 am

    Your hair looks wonderful! I have worn a shorter version on the Ana Wintour bob for many years and after 18 months it’s naturally silver. I splurge on Oribe Silverati shampoo because it adds a definite sparkle to my grays!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:37 am

      Thanks Robyn! Doesn’t it feel great to find a style that *works*?

  13. Debra Wostmann
    October 31, 2022 / 7:03 am

    Darling hair cut. Softly frames your face and looks so youthful. Happy Halloween.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:36 am

      Thanks so much, Debra!

  14. Marian
    October 31, 2022 / 7:08 am

    I love how you explain details. I also love your new hair style.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:36 am

      Thanks very much, Marian!

  15. Sally
    October 31, 2022 / 7:41 am

    Your hair looks great Susan! My silver hair is cool compared to my warm skin tone. The vibrant autumn colors work well for me—but, as you say, one vibrant only in the outfit and the rest neutrals

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:36 am

      Hi Sally, thanks and yes, I love the contrast with gray hair and vibrant colors!

  16. Debra
    October 31, 2022 / 7:56 am

    The haircut is great! I also love the color of the sweater; sadly, cropped/boxy sweaters don’t work on tall me 🙁

    I wonder if ‘tomato’ is a cross-season color? I think of myself as a winter (taupe, black, merlot, and evergreen are great colors on me), but I also can wear orangey-red.

    In any case, you look FAB!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:34 am

      Hi Debra, thanks! I think this sweater might skew a bit orange for most Winters, but there are two other reds that I think would be safe bets.

  17. Mary
    October 31, 2022 / 8:31 am

    Don’t you feel there is freedom in grey/white hair?
    Looks great.
    Could you please suggest a golf vacation packing for a month in Florida?
    Thank you
    Mary

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:30 am

      Thanks, Mary!

  18. Nancy
    October 31, 2022 / 8:32 am

    Cute ‘do’. !!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:30 am

      Thanks, Nancy!

  19. Ava Rodgers
    October 31, 2022 / 8:40 am

    I have hair which is very similar to yours. This style looks perfect on you.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:30 am

      Thanks, Ava!

  20. Molly
    October 31, 2022 / 9:22 am

    You look FANTASTIC!!!!!❤️❤️

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:29 am

      Thanks so much, Molly!

  21. MJ
    October 31, 2022 / 9:32 am

    A French bob for a fan of France. Makes sense!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:29 am
  22. PJ
    October 31, 2022 / 10:00 am

    Love your new “french bob” and thank you for showing the sides and back for those who want to share with our stylist. I recently cut my chin length bob to a “bixie” and it is a bit too short for my oval face shape, and I like the style and length of your cut better. Please share photos again after your next cut since you mentioned you are going to grow out some of the shorter layers. And the sweater is a beautiful contrast with your tone.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:28 am

      Thanks very much, PJ!

  23. Cindy Dodd
    October 31, 2022 / 11:02 am

    Love the new cut and how your hair color has “grown out”. Thanks for the multiple view pics. I can’t wait to show these to my stylist.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:28 am

      Thanks, Cindy, glad it’s helpful!

  24. Ainsivalavie
    October 31, 2022 / 11:07 am

    Are you going to grow it out a little more? The bangs suit you perfectly too. My hair is very thick so my lob is a few inches longer with a slight angle from back to front as I like the front length longer than my jaw. Razored layers in the back but still long enough to avoid the ubiquitous’mom’ cut. At 67 I only have 30% gray in my dark hair mostly in the front at the temples. ( yes very bride of Frankenstein) A bob type style allows me to hide that or show it off.. a lot of women with that greying pattern simply dye it but I have young people ask me if I have bleached my white ‘side burns’ on purpose because there is so little grey in the rest of my head!!
    .Totally agree with you on skin tone vs hair colour. My mom was a winter but went over to summer colours as she went white. When my Dad insisted on dark frames for her glasses it was miraculous! The contrast with the white hair was so striking. My SIL and I started gifting her with more subdued winter colours and what a difference!! We ditched the gold and brought out her collection of silver jewellery. In her 90’s she looked stunning!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:27 am

      Thanks, at this point I like the overall length and will maintain it. I’ll let some of the shorter layers on the crown get just a little longer, but will keep some layering for lift and movement.

  25. Linda
    October 31, 2022 / 11:59 am

    I had noticed your adorable new cut. Looks fabulous on you!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:26 am

      Thanks very much, Linda!

  26. Maite
    October 31, 2022 / 12:11 pm

    Your hair looks great!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:26 am

      Thanks, Maite!

  27. Sandra
    October 31, 2022 / 1:51 pm

    Sue, this latest haircut is perfect on you! Can anyone recommend a stylist in Chicago?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:25 am

      Thanks, Sandra! Hopefully some of my Chicago readers can chime in with some suggestions.

  28. Pat
    October 31, 2022 / 3:04 pm

    You seemed to transition to gray so seamlessly. I have somewhat but I still have a lot of my natural color with some gays in it that is darker than I have ever worn my hair so I am highlighting and low lighting to brighten up a bit a few times a year. Without color on my hair the texture is different too which takes some getting used to. It does seem that some items from my closet to not look as well as before. It’s a work in progress. Today I was watching the news and a young woman was wearing black and I could see it clearly wasn’t her best look. It’s amazing we can see things easier on others.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:25 am

      Hi Pat, thanks! It helped that I’d been coloring blonde, so there wasn’t a lot of contrast at the roots. When I began the grow out process, I had Brian add some highlights into the grey to blend it a bit more, which helped too. It sounds like you’ve worked out a good process for your hair.

  29. Jes
    October 31, 2022 / 3:59 pm

    Love your hair cut and color. My hair is very similar to yours (fine and thinner). I have been wanting to try a bob cut but have been too chicken to cut off the back (which is somewhat longer). You have inspired me. Also, love the all gray, too chicken to try that also.. Take care

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:21 am

      Thanks, Jes!

  30. Vicki
    October 31, 2022 / 7:32 pm

    Your new haircut is very flattering! The ease of care is enviable. Sweater is a fabulous color on you.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:20 am

      Thanks very much, Vicki!

  31. Patricia
    November 1, 2022 / 6:53 am

    finally a chic site that is for femme d’un……lovely model..great tips without sounding like it’s written by a 30 year old fashion editor. thank you. look forward to more info.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:20 am

      Thanks so much, Patricia, and welcome!

  32. No Fear of Fashion
    November 1, 2022 / 7:01 am

    It looks terrific. Great cut. I like the colour of your grey hair too. It is quite white/silver which I prefer to actual grey.
    And you are right about colours and skin tone. When I was a brunette, I found out that yellow was one of my best colours. Then I dyed my hair blond, I thought I could forget yellow but no, it still suits me perfectly. Yay.
    Greetje
    PS that tomatoe colour of your top looks very good on you.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:19 am

      Thanks so much, Greetje! Yes, you still look amazing in yellow.

  33. Taste of France
    November 2, 2022 / 12:11 am

    Your hair looks fantastic.
    Helen Mirren is an example of a woman over 60 who has rocked a bob for a while.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 6:18 am

      Thanks so much, and yes, she looks fantastic in her bob.

  34. Sue
    November 2, 2022 / 8:08 am

    I love getting product suggestions from you, however, these hair products have sketchy ingredients that you don’t want on your skin/scalp. Anything that lists parfum/fragrance will be hiding endocrine disrupters and cancer causers like parabens and other no-nos. Please recommend products that are much safer to use. Thanks.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 8:26 am

      If I find any, I will.

  35. Pearl
    November 2, 2022 / 8:17 am

    Great look!!!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 2, 2022 / 8:27 am

      Thanks!

  36. Valerie G
    November 2, 2022 / 7:54 pm

    I know I’m late with this comment but you look stunning in that red sweater with your beautiful silver hair. I’ve gone gray but salt and pepper, not so striking. When I saw your post I just said to myself wow. Had to make a comment.

  37. June
    November 3, 2022 / 1:03 pm

    Hi Susan… I’m a little late to this party but would this tomato color work for an Autumn? I’ve let my hair go gray recently and I feel confused about colors. My hair is now more steel gray than it’s previous bronde and not sure about it with my autumn colors. I know it’s determined by skin color but everything is looking off to me now
    PS. Would you ever do a zoom color consultation? I’m in NY.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 3, 2022 / 1:24 pm

      Hi June, it really depends on the type of Autumn. If you’re more in the Vibrant range, then yes you probably can. At the moment I’m not doing color analysis online, but should I add it, I’ll let you all know.

      • June
        November 3, 2022 / 1:40 pm

        Thanks Susan!

  38. Anita B
    November 9, 2022 / 1:20 am

    The hairstyle looks fantastic on you. I have a similar style and once you have a carefree easy to style hairstyle it is very hard to go back to one that needs a lot of attention. I feel the time I save fixing my hair I can use for many more pleasant things!

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