When we think about our anti-aging routines, our minds rarely venture past skincare. We’re brushed up on retinol knowledge and other anti-aging products, but our minds rarely go to our hair. Sure, we’re mindful of maintaining our gray hair (or covering it!) and getting regular trims, but the biggest anti-aging secret has everything to do with color. This article will cover the hair colors that age you, and guide you gracefully to youthful hair coloring.
Let’s start with regrowth. After hair salons were shuttered during COVID-19, many women have discovered just how many greys one does actually have, or perhaps they are embracing their natural color over the forced color.
I’ve noticed a trend with this discovery that many have chosen to embrace and grow their color out. But with the help of professional magic, of course. In the case of growing in the white/grey regrowth, I suggest having the old color on mid-length and ends adjusted as close as possible to the regrowth hue. This means stripping out darker shades. Use a trusted professional for this. For example, if you have been using brown tones to cover greys, you may end up orange. And in some cases of ash brown, you will end up green! The principle here is to remove the old color from mid-length and ends and to erase the regrowth line by adding low lights and/or highlights to create a connection harmony.
I would also suggest a shorter haircut during this procedure which will help eliminate even quicker the old color.
In the case of growing out a lighter shade on brunette roots, it a fairly easy procedure adding back color pigment to the midlength and ends.
The best is to be a blonde and go gracefully white. To keep the transition youthful apply highlights (or even some low lights around the root area) to project youthful regrowth effect.
Blonde just blends with white hair. So with an imaginative colorist, all kinds of hues can be placed to add youthful shine halos to the overall surface.
With age, a redhead will lose its vibrancy. To avoid that too-bright hair color that ages you, avoid strong tones and soften the red with a strawberry blonde hue. It still resonates with a redhead but in a soft flattering way.
The biggest mistake you can make with your hair is opting for a shade that’s too dark. That brunette shade of your 20’s? Don’t do it. Nothing is more aging to any mature woman than a hair color that is obviously too dark. What we need to remember is to have a connection between brows, eyelashes, and hair color for it to work.
Our skin colors often fade out with age and require a softer hue to flatter. Add a few milk chocolate highlights within the dark chocolate base for an attractive (not harsh) approach.
The most important aspect of coloring or even not coloring our hair with age is to nurture the strands. In more cases then none, white and grey hair can even set in with a different stronger texture resembling coarse almost wire strands. So it’s vital to keep that hair hydrated.
Shampoo should be sulfate-free + paraben free + silicon free and have a PH between 5.5 to 6.5 for healthy hair and healthy scalp. The right shampoo is a colorist’s best friend as it heals over porosity bars. Porosity bars deliver uneven color results.
The perfect PH to look for is between 4.0 and 5.0. The Iles Formula conditioner conditions like no other, in that it shuts tight the hair cuticle without leaving any residue like keratin, protein, or silicon on the hair shaft. That means healthy conditioned hair that is not weighed down.
The right serum, like Iles Formula Signature Collection, will protect your hair from heated tools and fading. For example, red hues will immediately fade when the heat is applied to them, so a quality serum is a must. Be sure and also look for UV protection in your serum — applying a small amount every day will reduce fade. (Take a read, and don’t forget the reviews!)
Now that we’ve covered hair colors that age you, let’s make sure we aren’t making these hair mistakes!
Header images via Vogue Hair Salon in Danmark
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