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20s: Get a Subtle Boost
"The biggest mistake women can make at this age involves a drastic change in color," says Joel Warren, head colorist and co-owner of the Warren-Tricomi salons in New York City. "Instead of choosing an extreme monochromatic shade, add face-flattering highlights or lowlights."
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30s: Keep It Simple
Consider your lifestyle. Brighter hues fade faster (especially reds) and require the most maintenance. In Warren's experience, women in their 30s are working hard and often wait the longest to head back to the salon. Pick a dye close to your natural shade so your roots are less glaring.
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40s: Be a Natural Beauty
"Think about the way your hair looked in your youth, and try to bring back that shade," advises Warren. If your hair is damaged or naturally coarse, opt for a semi-permanent rinse; it won't last as long as permanent color, but your hair will retain more moisture and shine.
Do this for thick, shiny hair.
50s: Go for Grown-Up Color
"At this age many women wear shorter styles, and your color should evolve with this more sophisticated look," says Warren, who suggests face-framing highlights for cropped cuts. If hair is thinning, use permanent dye to swell the cuticle and thicken each strand.
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60s: Avoid a Drastic Look
Some stylists insist that hair should get lighter with age, but this rule doesn't work on every woman. "Going blonde makes some people appear washed-out," claims Warren, who suggests warming up your complexion with multitonal color.
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70+: Make Silver Stunning
Gone gray? Warren recommends adding some lowlights in your original shade, which accentuates features and doesn't require much upkeep. Note: This method is best left to a professional. On your own, cover gray with permanent cream color.
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