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Hair colour tips for senior women

Most men can get away with having grey hair. In fact, men who sport silver hair – like Richard Gere and Steve Martin – have the reputation of being called cool and suave. With women, however, it’s a different story.

According to American author Nora Ephron, “hair dye is the most powerful weapon older women have against the youth ­culture.” Many women couldn’t agree more. Botox and facelifts may not be an option for most women when it comes to keeping old age at bay, but hair colouring is a definite must. Hair colouring is an easy, non-invasive way to revamp our look!

Be Smart About It

For younger women, changing hair colour can be a form of self-expression. Some young girls wear pink or blue hair; others opt for blonde or red. For older women, however, sporting dramatic and bright hair colour is no longer appropriate for their age.

Some hair colours can make you look older and tired. According to Kyle White, colourist to some of the world’s famous celebrities, “When your hair is too dark, it accentuates every last line. And when it’s too light, it can wash you out and age you.” With the right hair colour, our skin may look more radiant and our eyes brighter. “We feel younger after having our hair coloured because it’s the hair of our youth, back again,” explains White. He added that hair colour also adds fullness, which is a plus for women with thinning hair.

Pick a hair colour that flatters your complexion. If this will be the first time that you will colour your hair, consult a professional. If you decide to use the DIY (do-it-yourself) kind, make sure to do a skin test first before you do the treatment to avoid allergic reaction. If you have sensitive scalp, it would be preferable to use organic hair colour whether using at-home colouring or having it done by a professional. Coloured hair is often prone to dryness, so make sure you condition your hair regularly.

Hair Colouring 101 for the Elderly

• For dark brown or black hair, you may try chocolate brown, caramel or toffee highlights.

• According to White, there should always be a contrast between your skin and hair colour so you don’t look washed out or too plain – both of which make lines, wrinkles and spots appear more obvious.

• Grey hair is coarse so it may be more difficult to colour than hair with pigment.

• Keep your colour soft and as close to your natural hair colour as possible. If you have light-coloured hair, you can add highlights for a soft, natural look.

• Refer to magazines for colours you might like or ask your friends what hair colour they think is flattering on you.

• Stay away from dark colours such as black, as they can make you look older.

• Opt for organic hair colour as these are gentle on the hair and scalp and does not harmful ingredients that may cause allergy.

• To make your colour last longer, be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner made for coloured hair.


Posted by ezyhealth on Jan 14 2013. Filed under Lifestyle. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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