Welcome Spring with a New Hair Style and Color

Spring Hair Styles
left: Meredith Motsinger shows off her grandmother Violet's hair style; right: Donna Sharpe colors customer's hair

By Donna Sharpe

Having been a hair stylist for over 28 years, I’ve seen hair trends come and go. From the “big hair” Farrah Faucette look, to the short cropped style of Jamie Lee Curtis and everything in-between, I’ve cut – and colored – it all. I have seen many of my mature customers go from coloring their hair to keep the “natural” shade, to embracing the slowly changing gray. What better time than Spring to enjoy a hairstyle makeover!Donna Sharpe

Today’s seniors are active and busy, and many are foregoing the daily hair rollers or weekly salon visits for a more natural, low maintenance style which can be quickly blown dry. Ladies are choosing more complex hair colors, adding highlights and low-lights to give hair pizazz. Many women are proudly embracing their naturally gray or silver gray hair. In the past, the older a woman, the shorter their hair, but today women are wearing both short, cropped styles, as well as long tresses.

Various shades of red are currently very popular colors. Seniors today are much more willing to try new colors and looks than several years ago. Even some of my older customers are adding blue, pink or purple streaks to their hair for a jazzy look.

Here are a few hair styling tips for a younger-looking you:

  1. Don’t color your hair too dark. As we age, our skin and hair lighten naturally. Hair color should be adjusted accordingly to maintain a natural look.
  2. Skin loses warmth during the aging process. Hair color needs to be in the warmer range, as opposed to ashier tones, which can look unnatural.
  3. Ladies with silver or white hair may want to try a violet tinted shampoo and conditioner to help cut down on brassy tones.
  4. If you like to get a weekly shampoo and set, ask your stylist about a clarifying shampoo to remove build-up of hairspray and other products.
  5. Check into products to soften the hair. Gray hair tends to be coarse and unruly. A monthly salon-conditioning treatment is helpful for this.

A new hair style or color treatment is a great way to not only look younger, but to feel younger and more confident. As the old Clairol ad stated, “Only your hair stylist knows for sure.”

Donna Sharpe is a hair stylist at Images Salon. For more information, go to www.imagessalonwinstonsalem.com or like them on Facebook.

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