Very dark color
In a challenge to keep up with our grays, over coloring can result to potentially inky-dark and wiggy looking hair. “Very deep color may have looked good in your twenties or thirties, but skin [of all tones] starts to lose pigment after 40, and the contrast between hair and skin becomes stark,” Women with very dark complexions may be able to pull off deep color longer than the fair of face, but eventually everyone benefits from lightening a little. Even if you choose to cover your gray, maintaining the same deep hue you had at 25 is probably not flattering.
What turns back time: Softening your color
Lighten your hair’s base color a shade or two—or, at the very least, add some highlights. Not sure if your color falls into the too-dark zone yet? evaluate your makeup. If it doesn’t perk up your complexion as well as it once did, then the problem most likely lies with your hair color—not your cosmetics.
Clinging to a once-favorite cut or color
indulging in the cut of the month is best left to 16-year-olds, but sticking to the same style is no good either. Keeping a time-warped cut or color is “the biggest mistake” women make. Even classic cuts change a bit year to year. The bob, for instance, is freshest today with long, sideswept bangs and light layers.
What turns back time: Updating your ‘do yearly
Looking current is different from looking trendy. You can keep pace, with subtle annual changes, such as losing an inch in length or just switching from a stiff-hold hairspray to a lightweight formula (Try out “Nolla Figura Spray”. Even if you’re completely against trendiness, that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment. Many women state ‘I can’t do that because I’m too old,’” “They don’t realize you can modify trends to suit your age.” For example: If you want to try the ombré effect (darker color on top, lighter on the ends and underneath) but are afraid it’s too young for you, keep the contrast between hues fairly subtle.
Going Hitchcock blonde
It’s usually flattering to lighten your hair a bit as you age—and going blonder makes it easier to conceal gray regrowth. However, not every skin tone can handle a white-blonde look. “If you’ve been brunette your whole life, adding a few blonde pieces to camouflage gray is a good idea,” But going too light can be as unflattering as going too dark. It will subtract all the warmth from your skin.
What turns back time: Keeping the color multidimensional
Dry, dull strands
“Nothing looks more vital than healthy, shiny hair” . But as you age, your hair loses moisture and pigment, making it harder to maintain. “Hair also becomes more porous,” which means it won’t lie flat and is harder to keep shiny. The kicker? Porousness makes hair more susceptible to damage from the hot tools we rely on to keep aging hair smooth.
What turns back time: Replacing moisture at every turn
An overly sleek look
Straightening creams, flatirons and relaxers do flatten frizzy hair—but they can also make an aging face look drawn. “Most women focus more on fighting frizz than building body, but if you must choose, it’s really more flattering to see some body with a little frizz, “As you age, you should strive for hair that is shiny but, more important, bouncy.” And there’s a distinction between “big” hair and full-bodied hair. The latter has movement; it’s not heavily teased up to the heavens.
What turns back time: A few well-placed layers
An all-one-length Lady Godiva mane
Even if you’ve been blessed with thick, healthy hair, letting it grow to your rear end isn’t flattering. “Hair that’s very long and all one length appears heavy—not to mention dated—and drags down your whole look.”
What turns back time: Giving long locks some shape
Start by consulting with your stylist to determine what longish cut will work for your height and silhouette. For some, that means a shoulder blade–grazing style with layers around the face. For others, it’s a long, layered, shoulder-skimming bob. For still others, it could be locks with sideswept bangs. Then, once you’ve got the right cut, it’s imperative to maintain it. You can go two to three months (as opposed to six weeks for shorter styles) between salon visits—but don’t wait longer than that. “Your stylist is the cheapest surgeon you’ll find, because the right cut instantly changes your face, giving you a fresher, lifted appearance.