No one necessarily WANTS to get older (aside from wanting that “old soul” and wisdom). I think it is a concern more for women, because aging can definitely take a toll on your skin, hair, and, really, your whole body! Gravity takes over and there is no way to avoid it. However, there are certain ways that you can draw less attention to the changes that inevitably take place.
One common mistake is coloring your hair very dark when your hair starts to grey. This actually creates more contrast with the grey, making it more noticeable when it grows out. If you have fine hair and go with a rich, dark color, it can make your scalp peek out.
Find a great product line that is designed for people with thinning hair and contributes to the health of your scalp and increasing the density and amount of your hair. There is also the issue of your hair color having too cool of a tone. Your skin naturally loses warmth as you age and a cooler color can wash your skin out and make it look older. You also don't want to go platinum blonde with longer hair. It is more noticeable when lighter hair is damaged or dry.
Solution: If you feel more comfortable with darker hair because it is closer to what your natural hair color is, just do a partial highlight on the top and sides to diffuse the grey a bit. Or go just a couple of shades lighter to blend the two colors. Try to stick with the middle-ground and avoid high-ammonia dye and bleach.
This is when you really need to take into account what your face shape is. If you have a long face, long hair will make your face appear more elongated, along with your features, making wrinkles more noticeable. The longer your hair gets, the thinner it will appear if you already have finer hair.
People with thicker hair and a more oval shaped face have the option of keeping it long. However, make sure to keep it conditioned and healthy because there is nothing worse than being able to tell that someone desperately needs a haircut or that their hair is badly damaged.
Solution: Women with thinner hair and longer faces should keep it at or above shoulder length. For people with thicker, longer hair need to do a deep conditioner at least once a week to keep it healthy and strong and also make sure to get their hair trimmed every 4-6 weeks. Bangs can also can hide any wrinkles you may have on your forehead!
As always, don’t use heat on your hair on a regular basis! If you do, make sure you are protecting it with a thermal heat protectant after you get out of the shower before you use your blow dryer. Pair that with a blow dry spray before using heated tools. Aging is a natural part part of life and, the more you embrace it and learn how to work with it, the better you’ll feel and look! Other people will take note, too.
For the love of hair,
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