Our hair is one of the most versatile age-defying tools we have, says Dona Gia Clark of Salon Belladonna & Spa in South Tampa.
"Hair can take years off our look," says Clark, 50, who wears her brown locks past her shoulders. "Many people think we should cut our hair short after we turn 40, but there are many women in their 50s and over who contradict this belief. You just have to find what looks good on you."
Clark points to celebrities like Jaclyn Smith, Christie Brinkley and Kathie Lee Gifford as examples of woman over 40 who make long hair work.
Whether you wear your hair long or short, these tips can help your hair defy your age.
•Make sure your style is current but not too trendy; in most cases, updating your look can be achieved with minor changes.
•Hair that is dull and damaged can add years to your appearance. Monthly conditioning treatments by a professional are key. Use quality professional products.
•Avoid using "all over" hair color products. This can result in a dull and flat appearance. A better option is to choose colors that add highlights and lowlights. The most dramatic changes occur when you warm sallow skin tones with multidimensional tones. If you choose to keep your gray, use a brightening shampoo to combat unwanted yellow tones weekly, and finish with a shine spray.