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  1. Hair Over 40 Challenge: Gray Roots

    March 6, 2013 by

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    It’s the bane of every woman over 40 who colors her hair. You spend time, money and effort to have your hair professionally colored and within weeks, you spot gray at your temples or along your part. Since most of us don’t have the money or patience to see a hairdresser every three, four or five weeks, we have to find a way to camouflage our roots, especially if we have darker hair. Luckily, we have options.


    * Try parting your hair a different way. Your hair tends to lay flatter along your natural part. Flip your hair the other way to add volume and hide roots. You can also experiment with messy parts. Gray roots appear more prominent along a straight, perfect part.

    * Turn up the volume. Blow dry your hair with a round brush, use large rollers or break out the curling iron to give your hair volume at the roots.

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    * Break up your color with subtle highlights. These help gray hairs blend by lightening your overall look and drawing the eye away from your roots.

    * Color your roots at home. Clairol Nice and Easy Root Touch Up, L’Oreal Paris Root Rescue Coloring Kit, and Roots Only Hair Root Touch Up  provide inexpensive, easy ways to color your gray for up to three weeks. When dying your roots, choose a shade that’s slightly lighter than the rest of your color for a more natural look.


     * Spray away the gray. New York colorist Rita Hazen developed Root Concealer, a temporary, color touch-up, aerosol spray. Spray on dry hair along the hairline and part for quick and easy gray root coverage.

    * Touch up gray with powder. You can buy products specifically made for hair or experiment with eye shadow or blush.

    * Color gray hair with a marker. Touchback Instant Gray Root Touch Up works like a magic marker to hide grays so you can stretch the time between hair appointments.

    Nobody likes looking in the mirror and seeing gray roots.  If they are a challenge for you, experiment with the ideas above and find the one that works best for you. No matter which method you choose, covering your gray roots will make you less self-conscious and more confident.

  2. Hair Over 40: In the Pink

    February 28, 2013 by

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    No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is indeed 67-year-old Dame Helen Mirren sporting bubble gum pink hair. Inspired by Sophie Sumner, a British girl who dyed her hair pink on America’s Next Top Model, Helen turned heads recently at a London awards show with her new look. She chose the color but her hairdresser softened it into a pastel that complements Helen’s skin tone. What do you think? Should hair over 40 be pink?

  3. Anti-Aging Tips for Hair Over 40

    February 14, 2013 by

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    Lauren Hutton keeps her hair length just right — not too long and not too short.

    Is Your Hair Aging You?, a new article in the Salt Lake Tribune, looks at how certain cuts, color and styles may not be doing us any favors in our quest for younger-looking hair. They tapped some of the best hairdressers in the industry, including Danilo, Nick Arrojo, Jet Rhys and Brad Johns, for their anti-aging hair tips. Their advice includes:

    1. Keep hair at collar length. It’s the most universally flattering length and can help hide an aging neck.

    2. Don’t skip out on styling short hair. To look its most youthful, hair should be polished and sleek.

    3. Tweak your hair color. As we age, our skin becomes lighter and more translucent. Make sure the color you have works with your complexion.

    4. Look for anti-aging haircare products with the newest ingredients. Niacidamide and caffeine are now available in hair products and offer cosmetic benefits.

    5. Be open to change. If you’ve had same hair style and color for the last 10 years, it’s time for a fresh look.

    Good advice for hair over 40 from those in the know!

  4. Hair Over 40 Inspiration: Tina Fey

    January 17, 2013 by

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    On the red carpet and on stage as the co-host of the Golden Globes, Tiny Fey had gorgeous hair.

    A few weeks ago, a writer for Glamour noticed how gorgeous Tina Fey’s haircolor looked  at the wrap party for 30 Rock. Her brunette hair had rich caramel highlights making it lighter and brighter. The gorgeousness spread from color to style when she co-hosted the Golden Globes last week. For her red carpet look, hairstylist Richard Marin choose a 1940s glam style which he achieved using hair extensions and hot rollers. He went on to change Tina’s hair three more times throughout the show using a curling iron and leave-in conditioner for a super polished look; a wig for Tina’s turn as a man, and dry shampoo and a teasing comb to create a French twist.

    It’s amazing how Tina Fey, the nerdiest of dorks, grew up to be a style star. She has joked about her bad hair and unruly eyebrows from her high school and college days. On 30 Rock, she plays Liz Lemon, an “every woman” character she created who has many style, beauty and boyfriend challenges. She’s come a long way from her dweeb days and now, at 42, this funny and smart woman has never looked better.

  5. Best Hair Salon for Hair Over 40

    January 3, 2013 by

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    Choose a salon with a relaxing environment and a customer-oriented, knowledgeable stylist.

    From value-priced chains to upscale spas, you have many options when it comes to choosing a hair salon. If you’re not happy with your current hairdresser or salon, it’s time to move on. Life is too short for bad hair experiences. When considering your next move, focus on finding two things:  a comfortable environment and a knowledgeable stylist.

    Find the Best Hair Salon

    Finding the right salon takes research. Ask your family, friends and coworkers for recommendations and, if you see a style you really like, ask the person for the name of the salon. Most people happily recommend their stylist if they like their hair.

    When searching for the best hair salon, consider:

    • Customer service. When calling the salon, the person you speak with should be polite, professional and knowledgeable. You should be warmly greeted by the front desk person when you arrive—if no one welcomes you, it’s a bad sign. When glancing around the salon, you should see stylists engaging with their clients and focusing on them.

    • Services. You want a salon that offers the services you need such as gray coverage or hair loss solutions. This can be tricky because if you ask, many salon personnel will tell you that they offer these services. Instead, ask about their most popular services and how many of those they do per day.

    • Clients. Choose a salon that has clients of all ages. If most of the clients are young, the stylists may lack experience in working with aging hair. On the other hand, if all the clients are older, the stylists may not be up-to-date on the latest trends and services.

    • Cleanliness. There’s really no excuse for a dirty salon. If you see hair on the floor and furniture; used towels; questionably cleaned tools such as combs, brushes, or scissors; or any thing else that raises eyebrows, walk out. You deserve better and you can find it at a different salon.

    • Comfort. Going to the salon should be a relaxing experience. You should be surrounded by pleasing colors, sounds and smells.  You’re paying not only for the hair cut or color, but also for the pampering salon experience.

    Professional expertise. The salon industry is constantly changing.  New hair techniques, tools and products come on the market every week.  Many major companies are releasing in-salon treatments and products specifically designed to work with aging hair. Look for a stylist who frequently attends education classes and trade shows and can provide the haircare solutions you need.

    There’s a reason so many women are loyal to their hairdressers. It’s not easy to find that perfect combination of environment and skill. When you do, you will look and feel your best and that’s definitely worth the time and effort.


  6. Long Hair: A Rebellion Against Society or Just Personal Taste?

    November 27, 2012 by

    After decades of having her hair criticized, Hilary Clinton has decided to go long.

    Leave it to Hilary Clinton to go against the rules of society and grow her hair out at age 62. Doesn’t she know that “women of a certain age” must wear their hair short? For the past two years, Hilary’s hair has prompted debate over appropriate hair length for women over 40 and there are strong supporters on each side.

    Somehow in our culture, there’s an unwritten rule that says older women can’t wear long hair.  No one seems to know where this notion came from but young and old alike stand ready to defend it. They see mature women with long hair as hippies, freaks or social misfits because:

    • Long hair on women over 40 looks messy, out-of-control or witch-like.
    • Women are trying to recapture their youth by growing their hair long and that’s just sad.
    • Long hair equals sexuality; menopausal women aren’t sexy.
    • Women who break the “long hair rule” are rebelling against society and make people uncomfortable.
    • Long hair drags down the face and ages women by drawing attention to their wrinkles and creases.

    But are these perceptions even true? Not by a long shot. Who would say that Merle Streep, Patricia Clarkson, Catherine Deneuave, Julianne Moore or Susan Sarandon looks like a witch? Yes, they have professionals tending to their hair constantly but there are plenty of non-celebrity, 40+ women sporting gorgeous long hair. It all depends on the woman and the health of her hair. Some older women look great with long hair—it flatters their faces, personalities and lifestyles. Others may experience thinning follicles, changing texture and dryness that makes long hair more of a challenge.

    This year, at age 62, a long-haired Meryl Streep became the oldest cover girl for Vogue magazine.

    If you choose a longer length, hair will require maintenance to keep it looking great. Check out these long hair after 40 tips:

    Shampoo less. Washing your hair every day will damage it. Instead, shampoo every other day or just once a week, if you can manage it, with
    moisturizing products.

    Skip the heated tools.  If you really need to use your blowdryer or iron, choose the lowest setting.

    Watch your weight. Longer hair equals heavy hair that has a tendency  to go flat. Try root lifters and volumizers to add body.

    Shine on. Long, dull hair doesn’t look good on anyone. Look for lightweight, spray-on sheen products to add gleam to drab hair.

    Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Older hair tends to be significantly dryer than younger hair. Avoid long, straw-like strands by using oil treatments, moisturizing masks or leave-in conditioners each week.

    Add layers. You can have long hair that bounces and moves. Ask your stylist for long or face-framing layers to add energy to your style.

    Take care of your health. Beautiful hair depends on getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising and avoiding stress.

    So what’s behind women in their 40s, 50s and 60s growing out their hair? Many see it as the best look for them; others a way to express their femininity. The vast majority of women choosing long hair at this stage in life see their hair length as extremely liberating. These women, some for the first time, are wearing their hair to please themselves and don’t care what anyone thinks.

  7. Statement Hair At Any Age

    August 29, 2012 by

    According to this story in the New York Times, women over 40 have been opting for daring cuts and color in big cities such as New York and Los Angeles.  You may associate these types of hair statements with youth, but younger women looking for jobs in a tighter market have opted for more conservative styles. The women interviewed in the story said that they don’t want to be boring or suburban. Could this be the end of the Bergdorf blonde? (Probably not!)

  8. Just the Facts: Gray Hair

    November 16, 2011 by

    Don’t pull out your gray hair; two more will grow in its place.

    She had the shock of her life and when she woke up the next morning, her hair had turned white.

    Many myths and old wives’ tales about gray hair have endured for generations and still exist today. (The two above are false by the way.) Scientists have learned a lot about the composition of hair, how it grows and why it turns gray. In labs across the world, they’re still hard at work looking for treatments and products that will prevent hair from aging and graying. Here’s what we know so far:

    • Everyone’s hair goes gray if they live long enough. Hair color comes from pigment granules called melanin. The more melanin you have in your hair, the darker the shade. When the hair follicle decreases or stops producing melanin, that strand begins to lose its color. Eventually, the hair will be transparent. but when you see these colorless strands next to those with color, they appear gray.

    • Blame your genetics. Most of us begin graying in our 30s or 40s. Others may prematurely gray in their teens or 20s. Look to your parents for the best indicator of when you will go gray.

    • Different ethnic groups gray at different times. Caucasians begin graying in their mid-30s; Asians in their late-30s, and Africans in their late 40s.

    • Men begin graying before women. Guys start seeing gray around the age of 30 while women typically see the first signs of gray at 35.

    • Gray hair is more wiry than pigmented hair, thanks to the presence of the medulla. This soft, mass of tissue, located in the center of the hair shaft, tends to be found in coarse hair and absent in fine strands. Researchers have discovered that gray hair has the medulla layer, making it stiffer, harder to bend and less manageable.

    • Grab your conditioner. Gray hair tends to be dry due to the absence of natural oils.

    • You may need a professional colorist. Gray hair resists hair color dyes because it has lower amounts of melanin. The melanin contains metals such as zinc, iron and magnesium that help the dyes develop. Hair color should stay on your hair for a minimum of 45 minutes if you want to completely cover your gray.

    • Studies have shown that smokers are four times more likely to have gray hair than non-smokers. It’s believed that smoking decreases the production of melanin thus increasing the amount of gray.

    • Stress or experiencing a shock will not turn your hair gray. You will also not go gray overnight. The graying process takes around 10 years and happens gradually.

    • Certain medical conditions can cause hair to gray. These include thyroid disorders, B 12 deficiency and auto-immune disease.

    • A cure for gray hair? Scientists at New York University’s Langone Medical Center have identified which proteins cause gray hair in mice.  Someday, we may be able to take supplements or use hair products containing these proteins to keep gray hair at bay.

  9. Keeping Hair Over 40 Healthy

    October 20, 2011 by


    After age 40, our hair begins to change. Because of hormonal fluctuations and environmental stress, hair gets dryer, thinner, grayer and weaker. But don’t fret just yet. There are things you can do to “age-proof” your locks. Follow these tips to keep hair over 40 healthy and trim years off your look.

    1. Improve your diet. Hair, along with skin and nails, indicates your overall health.  To build stronger hair, eat plenty of proteins such as lean meat and eggs. Essential fatty acids found in fish, fruits, nuts and vegetables such as avocado will hydrate and improve hair. To combat environmental stress to hair such as UV rays, pollution and extreme temperatures, choose foods high in anti-oxidants such as blueberries, strawberries, cranberries and raspberries. Healthy green foods such as broccoli, cabbage, kale and brussell sprouts will help rid your body of toxins.

    2. Take your vitamins. While you should be getting the vitamins you need from a healthy diet, boosting your intake of  biotin and niacin will promote hair health. Biotin, also known as B7, is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin. People who take it have reported increases in hair growth and thickness and  decreases in hair breakage. Niacin, or B3, dilates blood vessels for better circulation and nourishment to the scalp and hair follicles.  Talk to your doctor about whether these supplements are right for you and at what dosage.

    3. Strive for a healthy lifestyle. Taking care of your body will give you the foundation for beautiful hair. Try to exercise daily, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep. Treat your body right and you’ll see the difference in your hair.

    4. Replenish moisture. As we get older, our scalps produce less oil and our hair gets dryer. This leads to hair that feels rough, looks dull and may be hard to style. Washing hair daily can strip away moisture. Instead, try shampooing every day and finish with a leave-in conditioner. Use a deep conditioner or mask weekly for soft and more manageable hair.

    5. Avoid heat styling. If you have fragile, over-worked hair, it’s best to stay away from blow dryers, irons, hot rollers and other heat styling tools. Heat cracks the cuticle, or outer layer of your hair, and once it’s damaged it can’t be reversed. Apply an intensive conditioning mask with proteins to reseal the damaged cuticle temporarily.  If you must use heat styling tools, use a heat protection spray and keep the tools on the lowest settings.

    6. Protect your hair from the sun. Gray hair lacks melanin which absorbs UV rays. Without it, the protein in your hair has to absorb the sun’s rays and that weakens the hair. Even if you don’t have gray in your hair, UV rays make the cuticle shrink and leave strands porous, brittle and breaking. If you plan to be out in the sun, look for hair care products with SPF sunscreens to protect color from fading and moisturizers to condition and nourish dry hair.

    7.  Choose face-framing layers. Blunt styles may be fashionable but they don’t do any favors for older women. That’s because the length of the hair draws the eye down. Youthful, face-framing layers draw the eye up to the cheekbone and look good on just about everyone. Layers will also give your hair movement which is important since stiff hairstyles come off as old.

    8. Build volume. If your hair looks limp, stringy or thin, it’s time to volumize. Styling products are the safest way to add bounce to your hair. Try a root lifter spray directly at the scalp or run a texturizing spray through your hair. If your hair’s in good shape, hot rollers can give you quick and easy body and waves. Avoid teasing your hair to add lift; you’ll end up damaging your hair.

    9. Bring up the shine. Youthful-looking hair has sheen and luster. If your hair has gotten dull or has a matte finish, use a shine spray to tame frizzies and and add gloss. You can also try a shine glaze treatment at your salon. Ask for a clear glaze which will coat the hair leaving you with beautiful reflective shine.

    10. Try highlights. Single-process color can effectively cover gray but it can also draw attention to facial flaws. Highlights can bring a brighter, lighter and younger feeling to your whole face.

  10. How Hair Ages

    October 12, 2011 by


    Does hair really age? If you’re over 40, you’ve probably noticed subtle, and maybe not so subtle, changes in your hair’s color, thickness, luster and texture. Just as time takes a toll on our skin, it also affects our tresses. You may take great care to protect and moisturize your skin but what about your hair? As it turns out, our hair needs its own special care as we get older.

    Hair actually ages in two ways: chronologically and hormonally. Caused by external factors, chronological hair aging affects hair from the mid-lengths to the ends. Years of brushing, blow drying, coloring, heat styling and environmental factors, such as sun, wind and pollution, leave hair dry, damaged and porous. Hormonal hair aging relates to the physical changes we go through as we get older. Signs of hormonal aging hair includes dryness, dullness, thinning, graying, fragility and changes in texture. What exactly is going on in our body to cause these changes in our hair?

    Dryness and Dullness

    Our hair peaks at age 30. It’s around this time that our scalp begins to slowly decrease sebum production–the natural oil that makes our hair so shiny and silky. You may experience dryness and dullness as the first signs of aging hair. Around menopause, sebum production drops further and hair feels less manageable without sebum to protect the hair, eliminate flyaways and control static build-up.


    If your hair feels less full, you’re not imagining it. The actual number of hairs on our heads starts decreasing in our 20s. By age 60, almost 40 percent of women will experience thinning hair, mostly around the crown. Aside from simply having less hair, the hair that’s left experiences changes. Beginning in our early 40s, the actual diameter of each hair strand  starts to shrink. Researchers believe that this is linked to hormonal changes related to perimenopause and menopause.


    By age 50, most women are 50 percent gray. As we grow older, we experience the decreased production of melanin which gives hair its color. Melanin also protects our hair from the sun’s UV rays; without it our hair’s protein absorbs the rays making hair weaker.

    Texture Changes

    New research has found that hair texture does change with age. Most of us will experience more texture in our hair but unfortunately not as waves or curls. Instead, hair becomes more wiry, kinky and less manageable.


    Hair weakens as we age for several reasons. Less sebum means our hair experiences more friction from combing and brushing and even contact with neighboring hair. The sun damages and weakens hair that lacks melanin and kinks lead to weak spots in the hair strand. Also, chronically aged hair is often fragile due to chronic environmental, chemical and mechanical stress.

    Until recently, we didn’t see much information on aging hair when flipping through beauty magazines. Now, hair care manufacturers have introduced products to specifically address this growing niche. Can age-proofing our hair be far behind?