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Whether you're after a super modern 'lob', flowing tresses with bright ends or a hairstyle that will flatter thinner locks, there's a cut for every woman. Far from deciding what you 'can' and 'can't' get away with at a certain age (we don't believe in such things!), it's much more about finding out what will suit you down to the ground...and make you feel fabulous! In case you need a little help deciding on what your image overhaul will look like, here are some useful tips along with our favourite hairstyles for over 50s.
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Getting a new cut is an exciting moment, one that has the ability to make you feel like a whole new person, or just a new and improved you. It's important that you get it right and arrive at the hairdresser's well prepared so you can confidently answer questions on how you'd like the length, style or colour to be. Here are our top five tips to consider before taking the plunge:
Shorter hair styles can be very flattering, particularly as you get older, because hair can sometimes start to thin. A short, choppy cut will disguise some of the hair loss by adding extra volume, and depending on the cut and your natural hair texture, they can actually be lower maintenance than longer locks. Opt for a style that requires little styling and minimal effort, especially if you don't have a lot of time to spend getting ready in the mornings. Pixie cuts can be great here. When choosing a shorter hairstyle, it's especially important to take into account your face shape as the more length you have off, the less forgiving it can be. For inspiration, it's always useful to flick through a magazine or search the web, and you'll see lots of over-50s, such as Helen Mirren or Viola Davis, sporting enviable but achievable short 'dos.
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Long styles are a little trickier when it comes to older women - but not because there's a certain point at which a woman shouldn't be wearing her hair long, as many women think. As people age, hair tends to get thinner, which makes long hair look lank on occasion. A bit of length will really suit women with thick hair (some hair even becomes coarser with age, which actually lends itself well to the style as well), but if you're not blessed with an abundance of flowing locks, it's best to stay on the shorter side of long. A face-framing side-swept fringe is ideal for women with an oval-shaped face and will also soften very long hair. Long hair suits those with a round or heart-shaped face and doesn't always look flattering on women with long faces unless their hair is wavy or curly. If you have a round face, try a long style with layers that touch the jawline. These layers will also help to stop your hair looking like string if you have fine hair.
Feeling daring? Fancy a 'radical' change? Why not embrace current trends and try out a completely different look centred around bright and beautiful colours? You can change your hair colour at any age, so maybe now's the time! Reddish tones add warmth to most complexions, and are a semi-daring way to try a new hair colour while hiding any grey roots (if you're not quite ready to transition to grey hair just yet). Certain reds can can sometimes have the opposite effect on olive skin tones though, so it's best to speak with a colourist before taking the plunge. Blonde hair is the go-to shade for most women over 50 as it's softer than other shades and doesn't draw as much attention as a bolder hue. If you're really brave, and already have light or white hair, you could opt for an all-over colour, such as pink or purple in an on-trend pastel hue. It doesn't have to be permanent, either - plenty of shops sell temporary colours that will wash out within a few months, and many are now cruelty-free.
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