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Hair Color Guide for Women Over 50

by Danielle Jennings

As women age their hair does, too, and hair color that was once appropriate and flattering can make them look older. It's essential to seek out the proper hair color that successfully complements your age, but also gives you a more youthful and vibrant appearance. It's important not to go too dark or, if you have a pale complexion, too light.

Golden Blond

Blond is one of those hair colors that can either look amazing or disastrous, depending on the shade and upkeep provided. Blond hair can easily appear washed out, especially as you age. Opting for a vibrant, golden blond hair color can add youthfulness to your face and give your tresses a boost of personality. If you fear that going for a golden shade all over is too much for you, feel free to simply apply highlights around the face.

Chestnut Brown

If you're over 50, you should avoid deep, dark shades of brown because they can age you and give you a weathered appearance. Instead, opt for a chestnut brown that is softer, lighter and peppered with dimension. You can modify this shade for specific seasons of the year. During the warmer months, add dark blond highlights is flattering; in colder colder months opt for highlights in a caramel tone.

Silver Gray

The most natural color a woman over 50 can wear is gray; those gray hairs can start popping up quite rapidly as the aging process continues. If you are going to embrace your natural gray hair there are a few things you should do to get the most out of your hair color. Dull, washed-out gray hair can make you look older rather than distinguished and sexy. Apply a silver gray hair color that is vibrant and multidimensional. If your natural hair color is brunette, keep some of that color and apply the silver gray around it for more definition.

Subtle Ombre

An edgier yet still flattering hair color option for women over 50, a subtle ombre shade is versatile and full of definition. Ombre goes gradually from dark to light or vice versa. For a subtle approach it's best to go from dark to light, root to tip; this approach works well for those with dark tresses. Apply a caramel or chestnut brown hair color on top, a lighter color in the middle and an even lighter shade at the ends. Boxed ombre hair color kits are available in stores.

About the Author

Danielle Jennings began writing professionally in 2005 and is an expert in fashion, entertainment and lifestyle journalism. She has written for "Jezebel," "Creative Loafing" and "Haute Living." She attended Clayton State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies.

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