How to Stop Your Hairstyle from Aging You

by Karen Watson

Find out how to adjust your hairstyle as you mature for a great look, every time.

Hairstyle Lady
"There is no right or wrong hair length to have at any particular age..."

While there are lots of things you canít control about getting older, there are some things that you can control and those include your hairstyle.

The wrong cut or color can add years to your look, just as the right hairdo can take years off. To stop your hairstyle from aging you, give the following easy adjustments a try.

Medium Length Hairstyle Lady Over 50Adjust Your Hair Length

There is no right or wrong hair length to have at any particular age and you shouldnít cut your locks or keep your hair at a longer length just because you heard it was the right look for your age.

Your hair length should always be right for your hair type, face shape, lifestyle and personal preference. If youíre worried that your chosen length is aging you, then make adjustments that will improve your finish and your length.

Short hair: keep the lines of your cut soft and blunt with the help of shaggy ends and long layers. Itís lower maintenance and will keep your locks looking modern.

Long hair: a mid-length look that falls just below your shoulders may be more appropriate than super long hair as it looks healthier and doesnít have the weight to drag-down the features of your face. Again, choppy layers and shape-filled looks will give you a more youthful appearance.

Short hairstyle for Lady Over 50Adjust Your Hair Color

A hair color that is not flattering is one of the quickest ways to add years to your look. Adjust your hair color with the following tips:

Dark hair:
if youíre currently sporting dark hair, or like the look of dark hair but feel as if itís aging you, try a hair hue two or three shades lighter. That way you can keep your dark locks, but the finished color result wonít be as harsh against your mature skin.

Light hair: the danger with light hair as you age is that it may start to look the same as your complexion, which will automatically wash you out. The key is to ensure thereís always some contrast with a deeper tone or some highlights that will make it look like your lighter color has depth. Itís also a good idea to choose a hue that will brighten your complexion.

Grey hair: if youíve decided to embrace your silver locks then make sure you keep on top of the color. Grey hair can dull your features but you can use shine enhancers and blue or violet shampoos to keep the grey tone in check, and looking as good as possible.

Short Dark hairstyle Lady Over 50Adjust Your Hairstyle

While an extreme hairstyle was the perfect way to express your individuality growing up, sporting an out there look when youíre older is not as flattering.

If you want to keep your hair modern and trendy, look to celebrities the same age as you who are well known for great hair.

They pay top dollar to ensure they look great and wear styles that keep them looking youthful, so take your hairstyling cues from them.

Layered Hairstyle with side swept bangsMature Hairstyle Myths

As silly as is sounds - especially if your hair is naturally dark - some people think dark hair on a mature woman looks aging or out of place.

We say itís all about the choosing the right dark hair color! While blonde hair colors are better for hiding grey and can make you look more youthful, dark locks can also be just as effective.

The trick is to choose a flattering darker shade that will bring out the best in your skin tone and wonít add years to your look. The best way to do this is to choose the right shade for your skin tone and to move away from solid, one tone colors.

Instead, use a mix of hair hues and professionally applied highlights and lowlights to give your darker shade plenty of movement, light and a finish that wonít give you an overly dark tone around your hairline, which is the quickest way to age yourself with color.

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