Don’t Let Your Hair Age You

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As you get older, it’s easy to fall prey to the hair traps of your age. Thinning hair, unflattering cuts, washed out skin – these are a few of the traps that add years to your look. Instead, a few simple techniques to keep in mind can keep you looking as youthful as you feel.

  1. Prevent Hair Loss. Dermatologist Michael Lorin Reed, M.D., says that about 50% of women will probably experience some sort of hair loss condition, including female-pattern hair loss, dramatic shedding, or alopecia-type thinning. And after passing the 30-year milestone, most women will notice their hair thinning out as nature ages them. Luckily, you can minimize loss so you don’t end up looking older than you are.

    Make sure you eat a well-balanced diet with lots of vitamins and nutrients. Protein, iron, vitamin E and D are all important in promoting healthy hair growth.

    It’s also a good idea to minimize harsh treatments, such as chemical relaxers and perms, and styles that pull the hair, such as tight ponytails, rollers, and braids. Both of these damage the roots and prevent regrowth. To keep your hair healthy and shiny, use a moisturizing conditioner regularly.

  2. Flattering Hair Cut. Getting the right hair cut can shave years off your look. One popular, flattering option is face-framing layers. Layers open up your face and give your hair more body and definition. Make sure the cut falls nicely around your face and is a length proportionate to your face shape. This can make all the difference in aging or revitalizing the way you look.

    As you get older, try to stay away from cuts that are blunt and angular because they’re usually too harsh for mature faces. Also avoid over-styling your hair and instead opt for a more natural look. A soft, layered style will be much more flattering.

  3. Keep Your Color. One easy way to make your face look younger is by maintaining a contrast between your skin tone and your hair color. As you get older, your hair will fade and start to wash out your face and skin. Boosting up the color will give you back your face’s definition.

    If your hair has gotten too blonde or gray, try bringing the color down a shade with a deeper, caramel color. If you need to give your darker shade a kick, take it down one more tone to add some emphasis on your face. If you have red hair, which naturally fades to brown or blonde with age, you can add a soft red tone, like strawberry blonde, to give it more color. Use a permanent hair dye to get a rich, vibrant coloring that will throw the spotlight on your youth. This will also help wipe out pesky gray hairs that betray your age…