You know it when it happens because you start to look washed out and tired – your hair colour isn’t working. To say it isn’t flattering is probably an understatement. Are the things you’re doing to hide the grey hairs aging you? That’s not the way it’s supposed to be.
Is the colour you are using designed to make you look younger or older? Yes, there are even younger people looking for the gravitas endowed by grey hair. Weird.
There are so many choices of hair colour out there, and it can be difficult finding the right shade due to hair length, skin tone, etc. What looks good on one person won’t necessarily suit another, either.
So, this is a list of the most common hair colour mistakes made by women over 60 and how to fix them. It isn’t rocket science – or even hairdressing.
Using too dark a colour creates the illusion of more fine lines and wrinkles! Also, the clear line that appears when your colour grows out and the grey makes a re-appearance is not a good look, and you should not espouse it.
Instead of an overall dark colour – and don’t forget natural hair is never one solid colour – try a warm tone which is a shade or two lighter and adds light reflection to your skin. Another alternative is subtle highlights which create dimension to an all-over dark hue.
Your hair, blonde or brunette, should not have an ashy appearance. If you’re of a paler complexion, the smoky look will make you appear washed out. Add some warmth to brighten your skin.
You may like bright-coloured hair, and that’s fine. You can choose to go for the trendy bright colours like red, purple, or blue. Just try to use shades that aren’t too bright as this can wash out your face depending on your skin tone.
Also, be prepared for the upkeep because bright colours tend to require a lot more retouching than typical hair dyes.
Your hair can look dull and damaged if it is too orange or reddish. Now is the time to start using an ash toner! Brassy hair makes your skin look redder and tired, and it puts years to your age.
Ban the brass by using a purple shampoo to eliminate the yellow. The two neutralize each other. I use purple shampoo every day because my hair pulls red when it’s bleached!
If your face isn’t ready for it, being too light can be as aging as being too dark. Again, hair is not one colour all over, and it’s important to maintain a level of contrast.
If your hair is too light, it looks as washed out as your face. Add some colour with lowlights that are a little lighter than your natural hair colour.
Too many highlights can make your hair look damaged and tired. It may even look like wire wool. Don’t go for cool-toned highlights which work well when you’re young but not now. Golden tones around your face make you look more youthful because they add brightness.
I know a lot of women love all over red hair. But I think it is aging and old-fashioned. Your skin starts to lose pigment after 40, and the contrast between hair and skin is too much. Use a colour-enhancing shampoo, or even a few highlights or a little copper to look more natural.
Chunkiness often doesn’t work past 60. It looks too unnatural. Banish chunkiness by making sure the colour is blended in. It’s a sophisticated look, and an air of sophistication sits well on women our age.
The secret of chunky colour is in the placement; such as a section in your fringe or around your hairline to frame your face. If you’re grey, experiment with pastel tones like pale pink or smoky blue. That can be very stylish.
If you want to know even more about hair that’s grey or greying, or if you have more Bad Hair Days than you have cups of tea in a month, get your copy of Grey Hair & You. Will it help? Yes!
Here’s an article that contains some helpful tips and tricks and more information about hair colour: Spectacular Hair Colour Options for Fabulous Older Women.
Are you guilty of any of these hair colour mistakes? Are you happy with your hair? Do you despair of ever having gorgeous locks again? Share some of your woes and triumphs; we love to hear from you!