A CUT ABOVE

Nothing adds ten years like bad hair!

It is not fair! Not only does the ageing process affect our skin, but hair suffers too. Where did those grey hairs come from? And that frizz? And don’t even mention thinning hair…well, actually let’s definitely mention thinning hair because that can be the most ageing of all.

The sight of the first grey hair is just the beginning – and don’t forget that this happens in early to mid-30’s for most women, but don’t panic…remember that grey is the new blonde!

Going grey gracefully can look fantastic …Helen Mirren for instance who still looks sexy even when she lets her hair go its natural silvery grey…we bet she has her hairdresser on speed dial! Other grey role models are out there too. Think Kristen McMenamy who went grey in her late 30’s. Or Carmen Dell’ Orefice who at 85 is still gracing front covers! Maye Musk has white, cropped hair….and is more in demand as a model than ever.

So, is there hope for us mere mortals? The answer is a resounding Yes! The first step is to find a REALLY good hairdresser …ideally someone who is at the forefront of any hair and makeup trends, because in order to keep looking younger you need to change it up every now and then. A tweak here and there is enough to make sure that you turn heads when you walk in the room.

Fringes can hide a multitude of sins, such as forehead wrinkles and frown lines, just experiment with the length and style . Feathering works for some, or a side-swept fringe for others. It is so easy get comfortable with a hairstyle and because something worked well when we were younger we think that it will look good all our life. Not true. Just think of Linda Evangelista who has made a very successful career out of changing her hair length and colour all the time. Just when we got used to one look, she changed it…a true chameleon.

HOLLY

And absolutely nothing screams youth and vitality more than super-shiny hair. As we get older hair becomes drier and loses its lustre. Try taking a supplement containing Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which are great for hair health. And every now and then take a little time and put a deep conditioning mask onto your hair and let it do the hard work. Olaplex is a new conditioner which works wonders and is easily available on line.

  • If you have a grey roots emergency and you’re a brunette, use a little black or brown mascara to cover them up. Don’t overload the brush though and old mascaras that have dried out slightly work best, so don’t throw them out!
  • Try lightening your eyebrows a little. If you feel confident you can gently apply a little facial hair bleach, making sure to keep out of your eyes, but if not then most beauty salons can do this for you.
  • Ageing is part of growing up…not necessarily growing older…and as we are firm believers in only talking to the experts, we asked Cristiano Basciu, Artistic Director, Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa for his tips on holding back time.

Hair texture changes as we get older… it gets drier and frizzier. How can a cut deal with that?

Firstly, accept that your hair is changing with your hormones and embrace it. A good cut can make all the difference – it can make hair easier to manage, easier to style and help it to look its best every day, rather than just after a salon visit.

A good cut takes into account your face shape, lifestyle (i.e. will it require much maintenance?), and hair type. It should make your life easier, not add unnecessary time to your routine in the morning!

If your hair is dry, combat this with the right combination of products. Nourishing, hydrating shampoos and conditioners (I personally love Kerastase Bain Satin shampoo and Lait Vital conditioner), oils (like Moroccanoil) and masques (my favourite is Kerastase Masquintense) will noticeably improve the condition of your hair if used regularly. Masques are especially important – aim to do a masque once a week for at least 20 minutes, to re-hydrate and restore lost moisture.

Hormones affect our hair too??

As our hormones change with age, this has a direct effect on our hair. Follicles receive less blood supply and hair can get thinner; this means it’s more susceptible to damage and dehydration. While I am not a medical professional, I do think it’s advisable to have your hormone levels checked at least once a year to ensure that there is nothing going on health-wise that is affecting your overall appearance.

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