ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANTI-AGEING
Hair Hues for a Youthful You
Wed, 20 March 2013 8:40AM
As we age, many colours become beauty misdemeanours.
- Cobalt-blue powder eye shadow
- Over-the-top apricot cheeks
- Dark lipstick that just loves crawling into lines and creases
Although you may have sidestepped the above, it’s the hair that can take on a hue of its own. Because, of course, as the years click over, ye olde greys creep in. Just ask the ever-youthful likes of Kate Moss and Jennifer Lopez, who have occasionally been snapped with silvery streaks shining out, although who mostly hide it thanks to some nifty highlighting work.
Good to know: grey hairs are not a sign you’re ageing faster than everyone else. Basically, grey hair happens because the melanin in the follicle tires and gives up, meaning there is no pigment being fired into the hair.
Still, haircolourists have some clever ways to make you look younger, says Caitlin Wilson, Principal Colourist/Stylist at Joey Scandizzo Salon.
First up, accept that you might need to start colouring your hair a little more frequently than you’d like. Curls, I’m especially talking to you.
“As curls age, hair becomes more porous which can make it difficult to retain colour,” she says. This can lead to more frequent in-salon or at home touch-ups. “Always use products designed for curls as you age as it’s the only way to ensure your shade goes the distance.”
High-shine glosses and semi-permanent colours are best as you age, as they are full of lustre, as well as moisture, which is reduced with time. If you ensure you put this back in, hair will be bouncier and curls refreshed. “When curly hair is healthy light reflects if the wave of the curl which creates a lighter and brighter look,” adds Caitlin.
As we age, it’s also important to take into account which colours may complement an ever-changing complexion tone. Pigmentation and lines are often exacerbated by brassy, light colours, so opt for complexion-warming tones like rich browns (like that of the newly darker-hued Milla Jovovich), deep coppers and dark blondes.
If you can’t loosen your steely grip on the lighter side, go a deep blonde, like Helen Mirren and Meg Ryan, whom Caitlin describes as having mastered the clean, creamy blonde that is perfectly age-appropriate.
But also feel totally free to do a Kristen McMenamy and go with grey all the way. I love silver hair. I hope to become acquainted with it some day in the future. See, if you embrace it – and keep your hair super hydrated and moisturised – then you really are on-trend. Some of the best brands have colour care products to accommodate greying locks. Such as:
- Organic Connect Hydrate Silver Shampoo, $16.50
- Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo, $59.95
- Keratin Complex Bombshell Masque, $44.95
- Joico Colour Endure Violet Conditioner, $26.95
Posted by: ecb