By Colette Green, Guest Contributor
Ask any expert these days and you will be told that your hair can really betray all your efforts of aging gracefully. So, let's stop splitting hairs and figure it out.
There is an axiom in the beauty industry that hair trends are for women of younger generations, social status or celebrities. I am here to tell you otherwise.
It was only a matter of time before words like anti-aging and renewal started popping up in regard to hair products and style, as they do with any products and treatments relating to the beauty and health industry. So why not for your hair?
There is however a real reason why hair companies are introducing and producing these age defiant products to the market. I try to convince my clients to break out of the hair ruts we have put ourselves in decades ago. Wearing the same hairstyle you wore in your thirties and forties dates you... you don't do it with your clothes, shoes, or purse... why would you with your hair style? Now is the time to find a stylist that can make small changes to create huge differences in our appearances.
Let's face it we are living longer and torturing our hair like never before Combine that with increased environmental changes and chronological aging and you have an epidemic of thirsty, brittle, dated hairstyles.
The good news is that you don't have to go to extreme measures to score instantly younger-looking strands. What must you do? Read on...
HOLD ONTO YOUR HAIR LONGER
Eventually some women after 50 will begin to suffer female pattern hair loss causing finer, thinner, hair. This could be a genetic or hormonal condition as sparseness begins showing up at the hairline and crown areas; no doubt causing anxiety to every woman who experiences it.
The best way to treat your locks is with love in the hands of an experienced stylist. Not only can they cut and color with the latest hair products and techniques that won't damage your hair, but an expert will also recommend lifestyle remedies and changes such as scalp massages to create blood flow, consuming a high protein diet containing low fat and low carbs, also supplements are great for your skin, hair. and nails such as Biotin taken daily.
Lastly, use protein based products. Protein nourishes the hair shaft and creates stronger hair and can actually bond split ends together to create a shine.
If shiny, smooth hair is your goal, I suggest a protein-based Keratin Treatment that comes in various strengths to create the most beautiful manageable hair. It is a protein based product treatment that can take away frizz and tame unruly locks. This is a treatment that is done in Salons and can last 2-4 months depending on your hair porosity.
For regular daily use I do highly recommend Kevin Murphy Hair care or the Moroccan oil shampoos and conditioners and styling aids.
GET THE RIGHT CUT
Although some think going under the knife can trim years off your appearance, so can a pair of scissors... in the hands of the right stylist!
The best thing you can do to keep a more stylish and youthful look to your appearance is getting the right cut and keeping it current! I recommend a style that will have soft layers around your face and is the appropriate length and porportions for your lifestyle.
Keep it soft and moving avoiding strong sprays that can cause stiffness and dull the shine. It is amazing what the right cut can do to keep you looking your age or younger. I recommend keeping it current
As hair ages, it gets wispier and thinner on the ends so keeping it mid-length for style will help keep your ends healthy and moving.
Case in point, a few of my favorite rock stars: Mick Jagger. Keith Richards, Paul McCarthy. Granted their faces make take a toll on them but they keep their hair longer to a mid length creating an ongoing image of an energetic youthful appearance. In the hands of the right stylist, you too can be a rock star!
KiCK UP THE CONTRAST IN YOUR COLOR
During the greying process and as we age we lose color pigments. The result is the dulling of the natural color of our hair.
During this process, the dullness that occurs weakens the flecks of color in your eyes and steals the clarity in your skin tone, lessening the ability to bring brightness to your face or tone down the red tones in the skin.
The right hair color can enhance the colors in your face that seems to be dwindling with the years. This is where at the hands of a knowledgeable hair colorist can turn back time! Adding highlights or lowlights can make all the difference. Keeping dimension in your hair color as when it was young is the key factor to having a more natural sophisticated hair color. Having a professional add dimension, shading, and a variety of brighter richer colors just like the young healthy tresses you likely had in the past.
Written by: Colette Green/Owner/Colorist/Stylist at Colette Salon and Spa, 100 E. Walton Level 3, Chicago, IL 60611. Phone: 312-944-1409. Web: www.colettesalonspa.com