We’d all like to look younger, but rolling back the years isn’t always as easy as it sounds…or is it?
Did you know that just by changing the colour of your hair by a shade or two can knock years off your appearance and help you look younger? Well it’s true! We asked the experts, and it seems that as we get older the colour of our hair can be a defining factor between maintain a healthy, youthful glow, and looking worn out.
“As you age, it is important that the colours you have in your hair compliment your skin tone” Tracy Hayes, head of colour for Fudge Professional, revealed. Hair shades that are too dark or very dull and heavy can be extremely ageing and alter your appearance – even if they are hiding a grey or two!
Award winning hairdresser Lee Stafford adds, “As you age your complexion becomes dull and having the wrong colour can make this even more obvious.” so choosing the right colour and shades for your locks has never been more crucial if you want to maintain a youthful appearance and look younger.
Below we look at the ways you can alter the age your appear by altering your hair hue, so you can literally ‘colour yourself younger’ after a quick trip to the hairdressers!
For pale skin tones
Julianne Moore looks fantastic at 55, and one of her ageless beauty secrets is fabulous hair! Award winning hairdresser Lee Stafford says: “Julianne Moore is the perfect example of someone whose hair colour makes them look younger. The vibrant red colour gives the appearance of younger, radiant skin because it reflects light onto the face and this gives the illusion of a healthy glow.”
For fair skin tones
Who is the fairest of them all? Kieron Fowles, creative director for Regis offers some advice for fair skinned females: “Nigella set the bar high when it comes to gorgeous hair colour, opting for dark, luxurious shades of brown that help to give her a vibrant, youthful appearance. The rich colouring of the hair creates a beautiful contrast against their fair skin tone and dark eyes.
“As well as being on-trend for the new season, a darker colour will give your hair a glossy, light-reflecting shine that can make you look far younger than your age.”
For pinky skin tones
Julia Roberts, 48, is growing old gracefully, and her hair continues to anti-age her look. Tracy Hayes, head of colour for Fudge Professional comments, “The soft auburn gold tone is perfect for this skin tone, as it looks interesting, healthy, glossy and most importantly is not too dark or too red which would be overpowering and therefore aging.”
For olive skin tones
Demi Moore, 53, is a great example of how you can pull off darker hair colours as you get older – if you have the right skin tone. Tracy Hayes, head of colour for Fudge Professional comments, “With Demi’s natural olive skin tone, she is lucky to still be able to wear dark glossy hair. It makes her eyes stand out wearing it such a dramatic colour. In later years, she may want to soften the overall colour by placing a few softer caramels around the face, to compliment her skin tone, but at this moment she can still take the drama.“
For dark skin tones
If you have naturally dark skin then you are blessed with the ability to pull off a much darker hair colour as you get older. Award winning hairdresser Lee Stafford says: “A rich hair colour such as Naomi’s gives the hair a natural shine which makes it look fresh, healthy and youthful. Soft blacks can also make the skin look smoother and therefore make you look younger rather than a severe jet-black which can wash you out and give the illusion of more fine lines and wrinkles.”
If you’ve gone naturally grey
Embrace your grey! There’s nothing wrong with going natural, and if you’re done with dyeing your hair, then Kieron Fowles, creative director for Regis has some advice, “Despite popular belief, grey hair no longer signifies old age, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Many women are making the most of their natural grey tones while others are opting for the must-have colour in salons.
“The key to making sure your style looks youthful and nourished, is by adding metallic silvery tones that will lift the colour by reflecting light. Whether your hair is naturally grey or coloured, ask your stylist to add a few pearlescent highlights around the face or opt for a steel shade all over to add loads of shine to the hair.”