Six hairstyle mistakes that age you

Rocking an outdated hair style isn’t the only way your hair can age you. Whether you’re trying to cover some emerging grey hairs or want to experiment with a new cut, here are six hair mistakes to avoid.

Using the wrong colour to cover grey hair

We’ve all seen that embracing grey hairs is the next big thing, but many people still choose to cover them.

If you want to cover your grey hairs yourself at home, ensure you choose the product carefully. Make sure the dye is specially formulated for grey hair, if it’s not, it’s likely you won’t get the desired colour saturation.

Grey hair is typically coarser than the rest of your hair and it may be lighter than your natural hair colour. Specially tailored dyes that promise to cover greys have to be stronger than regular dyes in order to penetrate the grey hairs.

If you want to get the best results, it’s usually best to go to a professional. In a salon, hairstylists will often treat your hair with a peroxide solution first to soften the hair and allow it to soak up the colour.

Balayage or highlights are also great ways to blend the grey hairs in with your natural colour without going for a full colour.

Read: Keep grey hair looking healthy

Using the wrong colour for your skin tone

Having a hair colour that doesn’t match your skin tone can be unflattering and may make you look a little older. A certain colour may look great on your favourite actor or best friend, but it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.

You can work out your skin tone by looking at the veins in your hands. If they have a blue tint, your skin tone is cool. If the veins have a green tint, it’s warm.

Make sure you pick a colour that compliments your skin tone. Try strawberry blonde, red, brown or black for a warm tone. And ash blonde, brown or black with blue or violet undertones for a cool skin tone.

Not knowing your hair type

Knowing your hair type can help when it comes to choosing styles, hair products and which dye to use.

The level of your hair refers to how light or dark it is. Level one is pitch black, and level 10 is platinum blonde.

The density of your hair refers to how easily you can see your scalp. If you can see your scalp without moving your hair, your hair density is likely on the lower end. If you need to move your hair slightly to see your scalp, your density is probably somewhere in the middle. If it’s difficult to see your scalp, your hair density is likely high.

Next, there’s thin, medium and thick hair. Knowing where your hair falls will allow you to choose the best cut. For example, the best hairstyle for thin hair is a tousled angled bob. The angle of the bob helps the thin strands instantly appear thicker when cut into light layers and blunt ends.

Porosity refers to your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. The higher the porosity, the more moisture and product it will absorb. Using the wrong product for your hair type, or too much of it, can leave your hair looking limp and greasy.  

Read: The bad habits making you look older faster

Having the wrong parting

When’s the last time you changed up your parting? It can be a bit of a hassle to train your hair to fall in a different way, but it’s typically an easy way to switch things up.

InStyle recommends keeping a side or off-centre part for the most flattering look. A centre parting can be harsh on a lot of face shapes. Any style that feels overly strict or harsh tends to be ageing.

If you love your centre parting, you probably have a great face for it. But, if you haven’t experimented with a new parting for a while, it might be time to switch it up.

Being scared of trying a fringe

Fringes can look great and are the easiest way to cover any forehead lines. There are so many different options out there, just make sure to pick a fringe that compliments your face shape.

A thick, gently arched fringe usually works well with round faces and a side-swept fringe flatters a heart-shaped face. Most styles compliment oval faces so, if you’re lucky enough to have an oval face, choose any style you want.

Read: Is this the key to healthy hair?

Keeping the same hairstyle for years

A new look doesn’t have to be drastic. Even just a trim, parting your hair differently, or wearing it curly instead of straight will freshen up your overall appearance. Plus, it’s exciting to try something new. And remember, if you don’t like the change, you can return to your classic style whenever you want.

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Written by Ellie Baxter

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