Trim away the years, don’t pile them on!
From Scarlett O’Hara’s shiny curls to Dolly Parton’s platinum blonde hair, Southerners love to have a signature hair style. While there’s nothing wrong with sticking to what works, it’s important to update your look periodically, even if it’s by simply making small tweaks to your cut or color. If you don’t, you run the risk of looking older than you really are. In order to make sure you don’t accidentally age yourself, we’ve rounded up the biggest hair mistakes women make. Steer clear of these seven things, and who knows, maybe you’ll be still get carded every once in a while:
1. Rocking the same cut you had ten years ago
Even if you think it still does, “the style that worked in college, does not work now,” explains Rebekah Forecast, Hair Food celebrity stylist. That’s why it’s crucial to give your mane a refresh every so often. At the salon, it’s important to emphasize that you want the change to be on-trend. “Talk to your stylist to make sure they don’t put you in a category of an older woman, because then they will then give you a more senior looking hair style,” Forecast furthers on the importance of keeping your new do more modern than maternal.
2. Picking an unflattering or drastic color change
Choosing an appropriate hair color really depends on your features. “Darker hair can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles or give the face the illusion of being more contoured, which is great if you have a rounder face shape,” says Sunnie Brook Jones, Head & Shoulders celebrity stylist. “On the other hand, lighter hair tends to soften or blow out the features, which can make the skin look more youthful.” A good rule of thumb is to not go more than three shades lighter or darker than your natural color. Consult your colorist too. They’ll help you find a flattering hue that brings out your best features – not one that accentuates your fine lines.
3. Forgetting about your scalp
“Similar to the skin on your face, the scalp can age from scalp issues like flaking and dryness, which can impact the quality of hair, resulting in dullness, loss of shine and breakage,” explains Jones. Keep the top of your head healthy with a shampoo and conditioner like the Head & Shoulders Deep Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner to rejuvenate, detoxify and moisturize.
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4. Neglecting your gray strands
Not taking care of your gray strands doesn’t necessarily mean covering them up. If you want to embrace your silver streaks, proper care is key. Beyond for keeping your hue vibrant with a gray-enhancing shampoo or gloss, try showing off your natural hue with a cool haircut. “A bold, youthful haircut keeps it fresh looking,” says Forecast. However, if you do want to disguise your gray, the roots should be darker than the ends to mirror natural hair growth. “Maintain the color with a nourishing shampoo like Hair Food Sulfate Free Color Protect Shampoo,” she adds.
5. Keeping everything one length
“As you age your hair can tend to look dull and flat so choosing a haircut that gives your hair bounce and movement (like a bob, face framing layers, bangs) can give a younger appearance,” explains Jones. This is especially the case if you have longer hair: “Excessive length can pull down the face and make you look older so distract the eye from wrinkles by adding texture and layers,” she continues.
6. Going short because you feel like you have to
Just because you’re entering a new decade does not mean you have to snip off all your strands. You can be a proud octogenarian with flowing locks just as long as you maintain your hair’s health. “If your hair is in good condition, you can wear it long for sure,” says Forecast. “In fact, unless you have a modern haircut, short hair that is colored can be more aging than long hair.
7. Choosing a color without factoring in your hair’s density
Thinning hair happens to the best of us. While there are certain things you can do to help disguise it, avoid coloring your hair too dark. “Having dark strands can make the scalp look more visible,” says Jones. “Going lighter is a better way to camouflage this, and the process of going lighter expands the hair cuticle, making your strands look fuller.”