We spend a fortune in our lifetime on lotions and potions to slow down the ageing process, but one thing we sometimes forget to consider is our hair. Are those Britney pigtails really doing you any favours? Is that brassy blonde really complementing your complexion?
If you haven’t changed your hairstyle since you were in 12th grade, it may just be time to consider a refresh. Here are six hair habits that could be unnecessarily ageing you.
# 1 – Letting Your Greys Show
I am torn on this one as I actually think grey hair can look HOT. But the societal norm is to disguise greys, as they are a clear signifier of ageing. Grey hair can also be quite coarse and dull, which adds to the overall ageing effect. If you’re planning to do battle with Mother Nature, regular touch ups at home or at the salon are the key to keeping greys at bay. Sorry.
If you do decide to embrace your inner silver fox, don’t do it because you’re ‘giving up’, as it’s easy to spot the difference between well cared for grey and ‘can’t be arsed’ grey.
The key to rocking silver strands is in keeping the colour vibrant, and banishing yellow tones. Just like blondes, grey hair can go brassy, so invest in good quality, shine enhancing products with UV filters, and a purple-based shampoo.
# 2 – The Wrong Hair Cut for Your Face Shape
So many of us get stuck in a hair rut, and opt for the same style, year after year. But what worked for you as a fresh-faced uni student might not work once you’re a frazzled mother of three (especially now time is at a premium and the idea of a two-hour primping session seems as alien as the idea of a midday sleep in). Find the best hairstyle for your face shape here.
If your hair stylist is stuck in the noughties, it’s time for a change. Does your current style really take into account your face shape (while you can get away with flouting the rules in your early 20s, it’s a little trickier in your late 30s)? Something as simple as adding a fringe, chopping off a few inches or altering your part can make a HUGE difference. A good stylist will be able to determine your face shape and create a style to suit both you and your lifestyle. Cos ain’t nobody got time for an overly complicated ‘do.
# 3 – Unhealthy Hair
Over processed, over highlighted hair is a big no-no if you want to look like you’ve been sipping from the fountain of youth. Shiny, glossy hair is always attractive, whereas dry, brittle, lacklustre hair just draws attention to the things you want to hide. As you get older, opt for more golden than cool tones with your highlights – these should be brightest around your face to complement your complexion.
Similarly, going too light overall can make you look washed out. And if you’re keeping your hair fair, make regular trips to the colourist to avoid unwanted brassiness, which can bring out any pinkness in the complexion.
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# 4 – Going too Bright
Rainbow hued hair may work on the Kylie Jenners of the world, but it’s not necessarily a good look for the 30-plus crowd. By all means, experiment – being a ‘grown up’ doesn’t mean you should miss out on all the fun. But consider opting for a more subtle take on some of the overly out-there colour trends. Also, seriously consider if a kooky barnet is really going to fit in with your lifestyle and be accepted in your workplace.
Super bright and multi-coloured hair will certainly turn heads, but it will also draw lots of eyeballs to your face. A smooth, consistent complexion is an essential companion to paintbox hair, so give this one a miss if you’re trying to detract from fine lines and pink tones.
Remember, there’s always something to be said for growing older gracefully…
# 5 – A Severe Fringe
Fringes can be extremely flattering, make your eyes pop, and are ace at concealing any fine lines in the forehead. But anything too severe can be ageing, especially if the bone structure is a little softer around the edges than it used to be.
Find a hairdresser you trust and seek their expert opinion. Chances are, they will be able to adjust your desired fringe style to create one you will OWN. A soft, sweeping style is universally flattering.
# 6 – Braids
Cute as a button on the kindy set, and a music festival essential. But consider giving these the flick once your HECS debt is paid off. Or don’t. What do I know. If they make you feel good, go with it. Feeling happy is the easiest way to give off youthful vibes.