Your hair is the first physical trait that others notice about you. So, what is your hair saying about you?
Is Your Hair Making You Look Older?
Let’s face it, no one wants to look older than the number of candles on their birthday cake. So, it’s no wonder that over 54% of American women color their hair and that number will likely increase as the population ages.
The right cut and color have the power to transform your look and if done correctly it can take 10 years off your age. So what does your hair say about you? Your hair is making you look older if….
Nothing ages you more than hair that is too dark. In fact, as we age, hair should lighten not darken - that is why nature does it for us with those annoying gray strands. Severe dark hair can cast shadows on your face emphasizing lines and wrinkles. Not to mention that dark hair against a light scalp makes thinning hair more visible, further adding years to your overall look. So, lighten up!
Opt for face framing highlights no more than three shades lighter than your base hair color. Highlighted strands around the face create a halo effect - brightening your face, illuminating your skin tone and giving you a youthful glow. Think of your new highlights as makeup that you never take off.
This Style is a Drag
Avoid hairstyles that add years to your look, such as a shapeless, long hairstyle that is parted-down-the- middle. Why? Hair that is too long can drag hair down, pulling your features along with it.
Want a lift with length? Consider a layered lob that sits just below the collarbone. This hairstyle works for all ages, face shapes and hair texture! It will give you the lift you need and length you want. The face framing layers will give you different angles that enhance your features.
One Shade Hair
Hair that is all one color is flat and dull and ages you - because it lacks dimension. A hallmark of youthful hair is multi-dimensional color. You can achieve luminous natural-looking dimension with balayage a highlighting technique that mimics the natural sun kissed look of youth.
In general, the most important hair rules to follow as we age:
1. Keep hair youthful with a layered, not-too-long- haircut parted on the side.
2. Choose a base hair color that emulates your natural shade - no more than one to two shades darker or lighter - add face framing highlights no more than three shades lighter.
3. Lighten up, not only your hair but your mood by taking time for YOU. Have some fun, laugh and do what really matters - because life is too short - Always Be Fantastic.
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