Hair, like everything else on the body, changes as we age. When gray hair starts sprouting, scalp starts showing and hair becomes dull looking, more often than not women will make hair style mistakes that intensify the problem rather than fix or camouflage the hair problem. These are common hair style mistakes that make you look older and how to avoid them.
Don’t Try to Cover Gray With a Dark Hair Color
At the first signs of gray, women often decide to color hair darker to appear more youthful and to cover the gray. A darker hair color, especially jet black, makes you look older by casting shadows on aging facial skin and making wrinkles more prominent. A dark hair color against a pale scalp also makes hair thinning more visible. Color hair two or three shades lighter or have highlights added to the hair around the face to cover gray and give a more flattering, youthful appearance. A lighter hair color will also minimize the appearance of scalp showing through thinning hair.
Don’t Go Too Light With Hair Color Either
On the opposite end of the color wheel are those who make the hair style mistake of going too light with hair color and ending up with hair the same shade as the complexion. The result is a washed-out, tired, aged appearance that is often counteracted with the application of more and brighter makeup, another factor that makes you look older.
Lighter hair color in shades of blond should have some contrasting lowlights in a deeper color to give facial skin a healthy glow as well as cover the gray hair.
The Wrong Length of Hair Makes You Look Older
Some people equate long hair with youth, however, as we age excessive length on hair drags the hair and facial features down, making you look older in the process. If long hair is desired a choppy, asymmetrical bob hair style looks youthful and deflects attention away from facial wrinkles. Aging long hair also has the tendency to become dry and frazzled, a weekly deep conditioning helps it to remain youthful and healthy looking.
A severe, blunt line short hair cut adds years to appearance also. If you do chose to go short, get a layered, shaggy hair cut that is modern and easy to maintain. Short layers around the face soften the facial features and give a younger appearance.
Don’t Be Too Extreme or Too Drab
A sudden, extreme change in hair style, either in cut or color (or both) will ratchet up your age by several years. Keep the hair style and color slowly evolving as you age.
Just as a sudden change to short, fire-engine red hair adds age to the appearance, so does drab gray hair. Yellowing gray hair makes you look older just as yellowing teeth do, and there are products to brighten them both up. Try a specially formulated shampoo or finishing mist to remove the yellow and add a silver shine to gray hair.
The right hair cut and color can take ten years off your appearance and the wrong hair cut or color can add ten years, making you look older than you really are.