Making your locks look their most luscious is easy if you go for cut, color, and products that are appropriate for your age. Read on to find out how to have beautiful hair in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond.
IN YOUR 20s: HAVE FUN
1. Take a cue from Scarlett Johansson by experimenting with different shades and lengths. "She's a great example of how to change your color," explains her colorist, Negin Zand. "Even though I've taken her hair to extremes, it always looks natural." Adds Kate Bosworth's colorist, Tracey Cunningham, "Whichever hue you try, be sure it's vibrant." We like John Frieda Luminous Color Glaze ($9.99). As for your cut, "Keep it youthful by adding texture to shorter looks and layers from the chin down for longer locks," says Natalie Portman's stylist, Mark Townsend.
IN YOUR 30s AND 40s: GO FOR POLISH
2. Take time to groom."You can't get away with bed head anymore," advises Townsend. "Your hair should be soft and touchable." Try Pantene Pro-V Smooth Humidity Protection Leave-In Cream ($3.99). To tame unruly frizz, stylist Andy LeCompte, who's coiffed Penélope Cruz, suggests an in-salon Brazilian Blowout ($300-$500).
3. Consider a change in length. Your hair has a length where it looks its healthiest - ask your stylist what would work best for your own locks.
4. Keep it natural. Negin Zand, who highlights Jennifer Aniston, advises not dyeing more than two shades darker or lighter than what you were born with. Mix colors. "Multifaceted color, a rich tone with shimmer, adds elegance," says Debra Messing's colorist, Rona O'Connor. "Start with a base color and weave in lowlights one or two shades apart." Add radiance. "Fine highlights around your hairline will create a youthful glow," says Tracey Cunningham, who is responsible for Gwyneth Paltrow's blonde locks.
IN YOUR 50s & 60s: KEEP IT FRESH
5. Create movement. Every hair shouldn't be frozen into place.
6. Try look-younger tricks. "Bangs do more than hide forehead wrinkles," explains Rita Wilson's stylist, Oscar Blandi. "They draw attention away from other facial lines." And to lift your face, Andy LeCompte advises lightly feathering hair off to the sides.
7. You don't have to chop off your hair. There's no rule that says you can't have long locks, but they must be conditioned. Try L'Oréal Paris EverStrong Masque ($8.99).
8. Soften up. "Always keep color lighter around your face," notes Rona O'Connor. "A dark frame is aging."
9. Avoid washing yourself out with highlights. "When you ask for low maintenance, you can end up too blonde," says Lorri Goddard-Clark, who colors Michelle Pfeiffer. "Put in some lowlights to add depth."
10. Embrace your gray. Enhance it with a pick-me-up in-salon glossing treatment. If your skin has warm undertones, use a violet tone. If it's cooler, try a blue tone.
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