How to Take 10 Years Off of Your Hair

by Laura Kronen on December 6, 2010

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You know you have to fight crows feet around your eyes and muffin tops popping out above your favorite jeans, but did you really think your crowning glory would show signs of aging too? Sad, but true, hormonal changes lead to grey hair and thinner strands. Tresses start to look dull, frizzy and you can even see glimpses of your scalp, and all of those styling tools you use to coerce your hair into submission, just seem to exacerbate the problem.

Here are some tips and treatments every woman can use to subtract years off her locks.

  1. Don’t cut your hair too short. It’s an instant ager. If it’s healthy and full there is no reason to chop it off. Plenty of women still look fabulous with long hair well into their 50’s. If you can’t commit to long hair keep your short cut slightly shaggy. It’s much more modern and softens up your face.
  2. On the flip side, don’t keep hair too long either. It weighs you down and pulls your features right along with it.  It’s kind of the opposite of a face lift, and who in their right mind would ever willingly want that?
  3. Don’t go too dark. Jet black hair casts shadows on your skin and makes wrinkles stand out. If you have thinning hair, the contrast between super dark hair and your scalp is more pronounced – not a good look.
  4. Don’t go too light either. A bit of contrast gives you a healthier glow. Don’t try matching your hair color to your complexion. Go a few shades darker. Even Madonna isn’t as blonde as she used to be.
  5. Do not go to extremes. In the same genre as wearing too trendy of clothing that isn’t age appropriate, a crazy hair cut or a bold color can also rack up the years on you.
  6. Thicken and volumize. It’s all about products. Use them.

And here are some of my favorite product recommendations to keep your hair looking pretty:


  1. Sulfate Free Shampoo. L’Oreal makes a great and inexpensive Sulfate Free shampoo called EverPure.This formula leaves hair hydrated and amazingly soft, and also has a formula that protects your color. If you have a Keratin Hair Treatment, this is a must-have product.
  2. Deep Conditioner.  Show your hair some love with weekly deep conditioning.  No matter what kind you use be consistent with the weekly treatments and your hair will behave and feel much better!  A great one is Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor.
  3. Anti-Frizz Products. No Frizz by Living Proof is hands down the best anti-frizz product on the market. Use it and your hair will be frizz-free, enough said.
  4. Styling Tool Cleaner. Use it on all of your tools to remove caked on or burnt-on residue from styling products.  Keeping your flat irons and curling irons free of build-up means you will get better performance out of them for a longer period of time.
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