By Leah Fletcher
Many believe age is just a number. However, when some women reach middle age they don’t necessarily agree. If you fall in the latter group, there is good news. You can still appear younger and look amazing after you have stepped through the door that was opened on your 60th birthday. How? It could be as easy as coloring and cutting your hair.
As you age, it is simply a matter of undertaking a beauty regimen that factors in how you look, how you dress, the beauty products you use and the care of your body and your hair that will reduce the effects of aging and will make you feel great about how you look, according to Bitsy Freeman, a professional stylist based in New York.
Consider a haircut
Freeman recommends that older women wear shorter hair, no longer than shoulder-length. This will make them look more youthful than long hair, which has a tendency to draw attention to any other part of the face that may be lengthening, or sagging downward, she said. Layers add fullness and bounce, and bangs will hide forehead wrinkles and distract from crow’s feet. If you have a round face, opt for a layered wisp that touches your eyebrows. Square faces should opt for long, side-swept bangs and long faces should go for a full blunt bang that hits above the brows.
“If you have worn the same hair style for the past 10 or more years, consider talking to your hair stylist about an updated look, which can also refresh your appearance” explained Freeman, a 40-year industry veteran, who owns Just Us Haircare Salon, in Elmsford, New York.
Cover—or own—your gray
You may choose to completely cover your gray hair professionally, or you may do it yourself at home with coloring kit. Freeman believes a do-it-yourselfer should seriously consider engaging a professional. “If you have confidence in a stylist, sit and relax and trust the professional to provide you with a flattering color and cut,” she explained. Consider shades lighter than your own natural hair color said Freeman because the correct color can reduce the appearance of age by as much as 10 years. “Consider the shorter haircut, which also reduces age,” she added.
Some women may choose to keep their gray, silver or white hair. According to Freeman, gray or white hair can easily become dull. In this case, she recommends considering highlights or lowlights. She explained that it is possible to color or weave in highlights or lowlights with your gray hair to brighten and enrich the original color while still keeping your tasteful gray.
Flatter you self with proper hues
If you decide on gray verses another solid color, Freeman opined that you can avoid looking washed out by dressing in warm and bright colors. She suggested pairing neutrals—white and blacks—with a pop of color, such as a bright red sweater or a bold yellow jeweled necklace. Avoid the aging effects of pale pastels, like mint green or pale yellow. When choosing shades of blue and brown, pick rich colors to contrast with your hair color.
Eat for nutritious hair
It is not just your body that can befit from healthy eating. Freeman noted certain foods can help create more lustrous tresses. For example, foods that are rich in biotin—a B vitamin that is essential for hair growth and scalp health—like eggs, certain kinds of nuts, wheat bran, salmon, avocados and low-fat cheese. She advised that you incorporate more spinach into your diet, because it is rich in folate and iron and helps red blood cells carry oxygen. It also can prevent hair loss. Lentils one a source of iron-rich proteins, which are necessary for cell growth, including hair cells. Vitamin–C rich foods—bell peppers, orange and broccoli—will help prevent dry, splitting hair. Vitamin-A rich foods are sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, will prevent dry lifeless hair.
“I will say it again,” said Freeman, with a smile. “Increase your knowledge and do the work. Soon you will feel great about your age and you also will look 10 years younger.”