With all the focus on makeup and skin care as the antidote to aging, hair color is often overlooked. The best-kept secret is that even the subtlest difference in your shade can make you look years younger without spending a fortune on serums and creams. Here are our expert colorists’ top 5 hair color tips to help you turn back the clock in a snap.
Let’s just say it right off the bat––covering your grays is the ultimate anti-aging remedy. We do love a good steel-gray look, but what if you’re not ready to go full on Meryl Streep? Touching up those roots and refreshing your shade can keep grays under the radar. Ask your colorist how often you need to touch up to keep your allover color looking beautiful.
As we age, our skin’s natural radiance is less pronounced with single-toned hair color. So to bring back that glow, we can create an aura of warmth in our hair. Painting on a few face-framing highlights to your color adds some dimension and warmth to your skin.
Knowing your skin tone can help you decide on which hair color will look best on you. The right tone or finish brings life to your hair and complements your skin tone, enhancing all of your youthful qualities with balance. Our golden rule is to pair a warm skin tone with a cool-toned hair color, and a cool skin tone with a warm-toned hair color.
Perk up black or brown hair with a strong cup of dark grind coffee or espresso. Brew, cool and add it to your dry hair. Shampoo after 30 minutes.
Add sparkle to dark hair with walnuts. Boil one cup of chopped walnuts with one cup of water. Cool, strain, and pour it on! Shampoo after 30 minutes.
To add highlights to dark hair, brew a cup of strong dark tea and use it as a final rinse after shampooing.
Healthy hair is the key
Unhealthy hair is dry, brittle, and lacks natural oils, which prevents color from fully penetrating the cuticle, causing dull, lackluster color. Since dull or flat color can impact a youthful look, it's crucial that your hair is moisturized, happy, and healthy. To combat unhealthy, dry hair, make sure that you’re loving your locks with the right products. Always use shampoos and conditioners created for color-treated hair, so your color is long lasting. Use a weekly hair mask to add moisture and protect your strands from heat styling and environmental stressors like sunshine and smog.