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While many of us are willing to invest in an elaborate skin care routine to ensure we continue looking youthful for as long as possible, we often don’t extend the same courtesy to our hair. Which, when you think about it, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. After all, our tresses frame our face and are one of the first things people notice.
To make sure your hair is a help not a hindrance to your anti-ageing goals, we spoke to hairstylist and owner of RAW salon in Sydney, Anthony Nader, who revealed the top hair care, styling and colouring mistakes that are making us look older.
Oil glands don’t produce as much sebum as we age, which means hair becomes significantly drier over time. That’s why it’s important to switch to oil-based products where possible, as they’ll help hydrate and nourish ageing strands. Reducing your use of heat styling tools is also essential, as they’re the biggest contributor to dry and damaged strands.
Regardless of your hair’s length, Nader explains the key to younger-looking hair is layers and texture. “I’m into hair at any length as long as it has soft, seamless layers and texture that looks effortless.” So, if you have your heart set on a front fringe, opt for a style with long sweeping pieces of hair rather than blunt lines. Similarly, if you have long hair, “ask your hairdresser to cut your baseline (that’s your length) in a curved shape – not straight across. This will give you more movement around your shoulders.”
It doesn’t matter what colour your hair is, if it’s one solid colour it’s going to make you look older. To avoid this, ask your hairdresser to apply strategic and complementary highlights throughout the ends of your hair. Not only will these multi-dimensional highlights add movement and keep your hair looking natural and healthy, but by placing them through the mid-lengths and ends it will ensure the colour grows out without any harsh re-growth lines.
While you may have loved Ariana Grande’s icy blonde hue or Lucy Hale’s recent dusty pink shade, it’s important to consider your personal features when picking a hair colour, as the wrong hue can add years to your look. Your hair colour should complement your skin tone and eye colour. For example, if you’re incredibly pale and have blue eyes, there’s a good chance a jet-black colour will look too harsh in contrast with your softer features. If you’re not sure what will suit you best, have an in-depth consultation with your hairdresser prior to any colour application.