Hairdresser told my grandma she's "too old for braids"

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 16
11866 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

That is just a stupid, ignorant thing to say. There are plenty of women wearing braids past the age of 25. This hairdresser is obviously not very hip or stylish and that’s fine, but she needs a lesson in how to speak to clients. 

As a former MUA, my JOB was to help people feel beautiful before going on camera. Or at least I considered that part of my job – so it was all about seeing the beauty in each person and instilling confidence. A hairdresser is in a similar line of work. Shame on her. 

Post # 17
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

That’s pretty rude of the stylist.  I would just be worried depending on the type of extensions if her hair would be too frail for them.

Post # 18
1330 posts
Bumble bee

Have her try it out. Maybe she will look/feel silly with a braid, maybe she will look/feel gorgeous. I’m all for getting advice from professionals..afterall their opinions are going to be better informed than mine..but in the end it’s my opinion I’m going to listen to. 

Post # 19
2149 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I think braids look great on older ladies, at first I though you might of been talking like hundreds of tiny beach braids with shells (which would be formal wedding inappropriate) but if your talking a side plait or fishtail etc… it could be very eligant

Post # 20
4235 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

It shouldn’t matter if your Grandma wanted a neon pink mohawk! Unless the client asks for the stylists opinion, the customer is always right!

Post # 21
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Google Yulia Tymoshenko Braids.  Then remind yourself that this woman was almost 40 before taking on a public office.  And it was in the public office that her braids became international statesmen in their own right.

One of my BMs is in her upper 40s, and she may well be rocking what we call the Yulia Braid for the wedding.  Because she wears it so well.

The old lady who lives on the farm next to my parents–she’s been an old lady for my entire life, I’m sure she’s in her mid-90s at least–wears a very similar braid, and has probably for her entire adulthood.  And she?  Looks classy as hell.

I just can’t imagine why the stylist would equate braids with under 30.  Maybe braids with those double-ball ponytail holders on each end.  That’s all I’ve got.

Post # 23
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

So, you don’t like the stylist because the stylist (whose job it is to offer opinions/advice on hair) told grandma the same thing YOU thought about grandma’s hair?

I think you and the stylist are both wrong, and grandma should rock the braid at your wedding and feel wonderful about herself. Age is a number and a mindset. I’ll be damned if I hit 75 and someone dares to tell me I “can’t” wear a braid or makeup or fashionable clothes or x y z. My body my choice. 


ETA just saw your update! Yay glad you’re gonna let grandma do the braid and feel fabulous! Good call bee! 🙂

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