Sunday, 28 July 2013

Crowning glory or another story?

One of the best ways to update your look is to get a new hair style, and one of the easiest ways to look way older than your years is to have an unflattering style. This is true at any age, but even more so when you are over 60. Before I continue with a few of the common faux pas, I would like to make it clear that there are always exceptions to any rules and if you can get away with breaking the rules, go ahead and do so!

1.  Wearing your hair too long

You think having long hair will make you look more youthful, but that is rarely the case. If you have any facial lines that are drooping in a downwards direction, long hair will drag them down even more. Long straight hair can be particularly unflattering, even on the gorgeous Nicole Kidman! Imagine what that hairstyle would do to a less than beautiful over 60s woman.


2. Dyeing your hair the wrong colour

One of the most common mistakes is to dye your hair too dark. Stark almost black hair next to an ageing skin is never going to be a good look. If the colour flattered you in your 20s and 30s, the chances of it still looking good in your 50s or 60s are probably nil.


However, as you can see in the above photo, this is one rule that I habitually break! My hair is naturally very dark and I still think I look better with darker hair. Living in Spain, I have found that the sun bleaches my hair after a couple of weeks even though I don't sit  out in the sun, however when I go to the hairdressers every six to eight weeks I insist on her using a darker tint to restore my "natural" look.

Some older women go the other way and become blonde, assuming that will automatically make them look younger, but even going blonde can be hazardous if you pick the wrong shade. The most flattering look is to choose a shade that suits your natural colouring and  have highlights. Be guided by your hairdresser on this one.

3. Using too many hair products

One of the problems for many over 60s is thinning hair, so the temptation is to use as many products as possible to add some volume. My hair has always been fine, though luckily it was thicker when I was younger so it's still not too thin, but I do use volumizing products to add some body to my hair. The danger though is, if you use too many products, the sheer weight of them will drag your hair down. A better solution may be to have layers in your hair - again, this is something to discuss with your hairdresser.

4. Permed hair and the helmet effect

Nothing is more ageing on an over 60 woman than stiff, permed hair. I'm talking about the sort of hair style that doesn't move, even in a gale force wind. A natural style, with plenty of movement, is so much more flattering. British readers may recall the character Bet Lynch, played by actress Julie Goodyear in the soap series "Coronation Street".  This is one hair style that over 60s should definitely avoid!



6 comments:

  1. Glad to see you talked about "exceptions." I always believe in exceptions! I think a person should do whatever they like the best...regardless of conventions or the critics - especially if there is no harm done in the process!

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    1. You are of course quite right! I have tried to pick the key points for women who don't want to look older than they are, but if women are happy with their hair that's the important thing. My hair is still fairly dark - though not as dark as it was when I was much younger - however my youngest daughter told me that the darker colour is more flattering on me than when I had a lighter tint, even though that goes against conventional advice!

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  2. I learned, the hard way, about "trying to go blonde in my 50's when I had dark brown hair in my youth." I ended up (at age 60) reverting to my now-natural white hair. Perhaps I am fortunate because it is white and not grey, but I have gotten a lot of compliments - including from my hairdresser (!) when I did this. But, sadly, if I had to look for work again - I think I would be covering it again. As for short hair, I agree completely.

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    1. Life would be a lot easier for me (and cheaper!) if my hair went white. Most of my hair is still dark brown and the stray hairs that are coming in - mainly at the sides - are grey, which isn't the greatest of combinations!

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  3. I just tried a couple of your hints for hair and over 60 (and I AM over 60). I tried blonde but have returned to medium brown with highlights. And I got a great haircut that softens my look. (I had let my hair grow out too long. Loved being able to ponytail, but it wasn't flattering.) I'll be back for more visits, and tips for looking younger.

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    1. Kate, any tips that you can give us all will be very welcome! Also, if there are any particular topics that you would like to see covered, just let me know.

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