It's your best accessory.
If it's silky and shining then people will comment. If not, you can just chalk it up to another bad hair day.
Hair over 40: Insert scream here! Most of us have noticed that our hair tends to be dry, brittle, frizzy or even start to thin at a frightening pace at this age.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Each day I see midlifer actresses like Susan Sarandon, Sigourney Weaver and Debra Messing proving to the rest of us that you can have silky, vibrant, non-frizzy, full hair over 40.
Forget about best dressed. I think they're best tressed.
Of course, you need a little help in your healthy hair quest – and great advice.
One of the best products lines I've discovered is called Eufora. Even my tired tresses were brought back to life with their shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioning treatments from their Beautifying Elixirs Collection
Co-founder Don Bewley, a 30-year veteran of the salon industry in addition to being a successful stylist, shared his best tips for vibrant hair over 40 yesterday. He had so many tips that I had to ask him back today to talk about color and even a few ways we can help our over 40 men have the kind of hair that makes people wonder what they're doing to look so great.
Q: Let's focus on color for a moment. Do you think women over 40 are going too blonde? And recently, Bette Midler said she wished she would have avoided red hair because now she feels it's aging.
A: "Color is designed based around your skin tone and the flecks of color in your eye. Sometimes the color you're born with is not the right color to enhance your skin tone. There is no right or wrong as long as it compliments the above. For example, you don't want light skin, light eyes and light hair. That makes your look monochromatic."
Q: Any tips on styling tools? Do flat irons wreck your hair? Any tips on hair dryers? Should you dry on low or air dry most of the way?
A: "Before you use any heat styling tool, it's important to use a silica based product to close the cuticle of the hair and prep the canvas. Flat irons wreck your hair when they aren't used correctly. You don't want to use the highest heat setting. A common mistake people make is rapidly pulling the flat iron over the hair multiple times. This will cause more damage. Instead, section the hair, comb it and slowly pass the flat iron over the hair one time."
Q: And the blow dryer?
A: "When using the blow drier, you want to first remove the majority of the moisture with a towel. Use your hands, fingers to scalp to blow dry before you use a brush and only use a brush when hair is 70 percent dry."
Q: What is your opinion of long hair vs. short hair when you're over 50?
A: "I love women with smashing haircuts! I love haircuts with shapes that are easy to manage. I believe haircuts should be designed around your face shape to compliment your best features."
Q: Men over 40 are just as concerned with hair care as women. Any great tips for the men who are dealing with their own follicle issues?
A: "I honestly think that men are taking better care of their hair than women. Men are staying in the workforce longer and we are seeing a resurgence of hair color to look younger. It's important that men use products that take care of their scalp to help prevent hair loss and they should stay away from any products that contain petrochemicals and Vaseline. This can clog hair follicles and lead to hair loss."
Q: Do you have a special line for men?
A: "The products in our Eufora HERO for Men line contain a ProAmino Peptide Complex, a proprietary blend, specifically targeted to improve men's hair, skin and scalp health. The sophisticated blend of advanced skin care and botanical technology work synergistically to create the optimum scalp environment for health hair growth."
Q: Do you think women over 40 should take hair supplements?
A: "Absolutely! Our diets have changed a lot and it's important to supplement our diets. As we age, we naturally lose hair and supplements really do help."
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