Hairstyles for gray hair without looking old

You have decided that you will go gray and stay that way. And maybe you think you should check out hairstyles for gray hair. After all, a woman over 40 shouldn't choose a hairstyle that a 20-year-old would have, should she? No wrong!

And just because we're getting older, does that mean that there are fewer hairstyles that would be appropriate for a woman over 40? No of course not! You just don't want to get carried away with pigtails or ponytails.

Your age has very little to do with a hairstyle that would be right for you. In fact, there are many hairstyles that are classic, and if you think about it, you have seen them yourself. Think of Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" and what about infamous Peggy Lee with her "platinum" hair?

Think of other classic hairstyles worn by the famous. Princess Diana's short full cut or Barbara Streisand's chic, long bob. How about these not so famous, eye-catching, sexy gray-haired women you know. They have some things in common. They did their homework and found a style that was flattering on their face, not their age. So, like every big decision you make:

DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

1. If you don't have a good hairdresser, you have to find one. No, not one who specializes in hairstyles for gray hair – just a good stylist. Be brave and ask a stranger. "Who's doing your hair?" Who wouldn't want to hear such a flattering question? And you get good instructions. Win, win!

2. Don't get shampooed immediately when you visit the stylist for the first time. Discuss the options while your hair is dry so the stylist can see your hair in its natural state.

3. Be open to new ideas when speaking to your hairdresser. A good stylist can give you sound advice on what works best for you.

4. Bring some pictures of hairstyles you like. It can help the hairdresser create something flattering that you like.

5. Be realistic with what the stylist has to work with. For example, if you have lines and wrinkles on your forehead, you may want to distract them with feathered or side-swept bangs. Maybe you have crow's feet. Hide them with soft fringes that frame your face.

6. Flatter your new hairstyle by strengthening your makeup, standing upright, and making sure you have a white, radiant smile.

Let's go! Forget about finding hairstyles for gray hair. Your age has nothing to do with choosing a new hairstyle. Choose something that suits you.

Copyright (c) 2008 Lynne Hagan

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