Enhancing your hair color as you age is an easy way to keep yourself looking
young and fresh. Celebrity hair colorist Rita Hazan offers some words of advice
for women who want to maintain natural and youthful-looking tresses!
The Right Color For You
Extreme colors are good for when you are in your 20s but, as we mature, they tend to make us look older. Follow this guide to determine the right shade for you:
Highlighted Hair Looks Natural
- Reds: Pick a more auburn tone—not a fiery red.
- Browns: Pick a more chocolate brown. As we mature, our skin color changes and we lose pigment in our skin. Stay away from very dark colors like black or dark brown. Lighten up your color a few shades—this will take years off!
- Blondes: Pick more of a honey blonde—never baby or platinum blonde. Blondes especially need golden tones to add a rosy and sun-kissed glow to the face.
Stay away from monotone hair color. Multidimensional, tone-on-tone highlights add movement to the hair. They keep hair looking natural and healthy, not fake. At the same time, too many highlights can look artificial and fake. You want to have a pretty base color and accent your base color with a few highlights. This will give you a more sophisticated but modern and sexy look.
Be Careful with Trends
If you like to keep up with fashion and beauty trends, don't go full force. You can always accent your color with a little trend. For example, with highlights, go warmer.
Wash That Gray Out!
When you start to notice gray hairs, start using a vegetable dye in your natural color family. This will wash out rather than grow out, and it will last about three months. Never let your grays show—this is very aging! Vegetable dye also helps if you are trying to grow out a color you don't like. Also, the combination of darker roots and light ends is never a youthful look.
Don't Forget the Eyebrows
Lighten your eyebrows a shade or two. This will help soften up your face. If you have gray in your eyebrows, color it—this will help give you more color and brighten up your face!
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 8, 2013
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