Is your hair aging you? 4 golden rules for youthful-looking hair at any age
There’s a reason hairstylists play such a big part in makeover shows like 10 Years Younger. The right haircut and hair color can transform your look and really boost your self-confidence, especially as we start to rack up the years (something to celebrate, of course).
“Our hair is an integral part of how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us,” says Nick Willis, master stylist at Charles Worthington Salons. “We want to look and feel our best, and that includes looking and feeling our age, or maybe even younger! What we don’t want is hair that ages us.
This does not mean, however, that you must eliminate all traces of gray. You also don’t have to follow modern trends at all costs – it’s all about deciding what suits you best.
Here, hair pros give you their advice on how to get the most out of your locks at any age…
“The wrong hair color for your skin tone is the biggest mistake we make in terms of aging your hair,” says Willis. “As we age, our complexion changes and we tend to lose pigments, called melanocytes, which can make us less radiant if we choose the wrong hair shades.”
While for some people gray hair is “a statement and looks fabulous”, for others it can “undermine your shine and make you look older”.
Christel Barron-Hough, Founder and Creative Director of Stil Salon, explains that cool-toned blonde shades can have the same effect: “Adding subtle sunny lowlights can be a great option for softening the blonde, as well as the use a conditioner with a hint of gold.
For gray hair, she recommends using a purple shampoo, as it “leaves a fresh, fresh and luminous look, which will brighten the complexion.”
Gone are the days when women over 50 had to cut their locks into a prim and proper bob. Just look at 56-year-old Sarah Jessica Parker and her beautiful cascading waves.
“I believe longer hair is anti-aging,” says Willis. “I would recommend my client to keep her hair medium to long. With the right shape and layering techniques, you will have movement and volume, two important factors in looking and feeling younger.
Natalia Vera, stylist designer at Live True London, agrees that “medium length haircuts are a safe bet for any woman of any age” – but if you’re feeling fabulous with a sassy cropped cut, go for it.
Sam Hillerby, hairstylist at John Frieda Salons, says: “Change up your style and create a more youthful, modern look by going for the big bang – think Helen Mirren or Judy Dench style. If you’re not feeling so adventurous, add choppy layers for texture and volume.
“I believe hair is ageless,” says Paco Latorre, Creative Director of Live True London. “Whether you want long or short hair, a bright color or a natural color effect, length or a lot of texture and a shaggy or vintage style…no matter how old you are, it has to match your personality.”
Talk to your stylist about a flattering style for your face shape and hair texture. Belle Cannan, co-founder of Salon Sloane, says, “Hair gets thinner as we age and pulls the face down. The texture will change and become frizzy.
She recommends avoiding “blunt cuts like a jaw-dropping bob — go for a slightly longer length with a few soft layers to create a fuller look,” and style with “a lightweight oil that won’t weigh the hair down but will make them shine”. .
Willis adds: “Get the right haircut that suits your face shape but also a haircut that suits your lifestyle – feeling comfortable in your skin (and your hair!) will make you radiate confidence. juvenile.”
Latorre says, “The most important thing, no matter what color and style you have, is taking care of the health of your hair. Just as we take care of our skin and face, we need to take care of our hair.
Willis agrees: “Shiny, healthy-looking hair makes you look younger. Use repair and moisturizing treatments at home and ask your stylist what the best repair products are for your hair type, and ask for Olaplex [a bonding treatment] to add to your hair color in the salon.
To combat dryness, Vera recommends “using less shampoo and more conditioner” as well as getting a haircut at least every three to four months. Also, be gentle with your hair to avoid damaging it: “Don’t overuse heat tools and avoid over-tightening your hair.”