DON’T DIY Resorting to products from the chemist may end in disaster and ultimately you will have to visit a salon to put everything right, at greater expense than if you had gone there in the first place. Never correct your colour by yourself, as it will only compound the problem, but visit a salon […] Read more
FRINGE BENEFITS All types of fringes (bangs) can be flattering to older faces, but they should never look neglected with root regrowth. Most salons offer special fringe colouring services, so keep yours fully highlighted, to lift the look of your face and the rest of your hair.
KEEP IT UNDER WRAPS Maintain colour-treated hair by keeping it from undue exposure to sunlight and chlorine. Use a bathing cap when you swim, wear hats in very sunny or poor weather and use a good-quality shampoo, formulated to help resist colour fade.
RESTRICT YOUR DIET To prevent premature greying some nutritionists recommend restricting your intake of caffeine, alcohol, meat and any food that is fried, greasy, spicy, sour or acidic. These items are said to reduce moisture and nutrients from reaching the hair follicles.
BEWARE SUN-IN PRODUCTS Never use sun-lightening products such as lemon juice or over-the-counter products that are meant to lighten hair in the sun, or you may soon find yourself needing a short haircut to prune away the damage.
WHEN TO COVER THE GREY If your hair is just beginning to change colour, with the grey making up less than 20% of it, use a semipermanent colour that will begin to fade in about 6-12 washes. For up to 50% grey, opt for a semipermanent that is claimed to last for about 24 washes. […] Read more
SHOP AROUND There are so many different types of products available for every different type of hair, so make sure you find the right formula for you. Coloured hair needs a colour-formulated shampoo that will cleanse gently and not strip the colour out.
AVOID EXTREME COLOUR Peroxide blonde and Cruella de Ville black are both very difficult shades to wear successfully as you get older. These extreme shades will draw attention to the face, and you will need superb make-up at all times to balance the effect of such dramatic hair.
BEWARE THE BOTTLE BLONDE If you want to warm up your blonde hair, choose some natural shades of high- and lowlights, as bright flat peroxide blonde is very ageing. Know the correct blonde for your skin tone – if you have a ‘cool’ skin tone, choose ash, mink and platinum shades, not warm golds or […] Read more
LIGHTEN UP As skin loses melanin and becomes paler in colour, think about changing your hair colour to complement your skin. Adding darker shades will drain the colour from your face, whereas a mixture of lighter shades with darker tones underneath will create texture and movement.