“Where did this idea come from? It’s like an urban myth. Just because you’re 40 doesn’t mean short hair will look good on you,” says Michelle Snyder, the owner of Barrow Salon, in San Francisco. Plus, it isn’t always lower maintenance (moms). You need more frequent trims and can’t throw it into a topknot. If you do want to go short, try soft layers that are a bit longer on top, like Robin Wright. Or a layered bob that hits around the collarbone. “Remember, though, Louise Brooks had hair down to her waist late in her life and looked beautiful,” says Snyder.