I’m a little bit shocked to be writing this post.
I had thought after so long that there wasn’t an area of personal grooming where I was making basic mistakes.
That was until a few months ago when, along with some clients who had asked me how to deal with the effects of age on their hair, we met with a trichologist for individual consultations.
Here’s what I learned:
- There’s nothing wrong with washing your hair every day. I had always believed (and been told, I think) that daily hairwashing was bad. Not so. In retrospect it’s obvious that your hair is going to get as dirty as your face so, especially if you’re living in the pollution of a city, you really should wash it every day but with a good quality mild shampoo.
- You should get a regular “facial” for your hair. Just as you might have a regular facial, a regular hair treatment which includes a mask for your hair can keep it in great condition.
I was persuaded to try a course of treatments – basically a hair mask once a week for a month) – and I can’t believe the difference in the quality of my hair and the longer staying power of my hair colour. Philip Kingsley’s is the tops; but Kerastase and others have a good range.
- Diet can make a big difference to your hair. We were given advice on a range of dietary issues that would make a difference. For example, if you don’t eat red meat you might be lacking in iron which is needed for hair quality and growth.
Each client received a different appraisal but everyone agreed it was money well spent for the future.
If you’re at all concerned about what’s happening to your hair, or if you just want to maximise its healthy appearance, I recommend finding out what would work for you.
For a good introduction to this area, Philip Kingsley has written a useful book called Happy Hair Days: 50 Tips for Healthy Hair.
Looking in the mirror before we put make-up on is one time when the ageing process is all too apparent. Here are a few make-up tips so that it’s less apparent to others:
- The word to keep in mind is ‘natural’. There are lots of new colours of make-up on the market that are natural – experiment with them to see what works well for you. And think about updating every six months or so, especially eye and lip and blusher colours.
- Look at the mineral powders that are now on the market. Bare Minerals, for example, provides good coverage, but is very light. Application of the product takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s well worth it.
- And By Terry Plumping foundation and primer, which has a pearl effect that’s light and a lovely finish to most skins, is a great option for the natural look
- As for eyes, the more mature should never go for glitter eye shadow. I’ve always agreed with Bobbi Brown’s philosophy about neutral colours around the eyes because they look very natural and yet define the eye area
- Since lashes suffer as you get older, conditioning mascara is a good idea. Chantecaille’s new conditioning mascara provides a nice texture – again, natural but defining.
- Chantecaille also do a blusher stick which is water based so it’s very hydrating, very easy to apply and gives a natural glow to the skin. You need to remember to replace the internal cap of this product to protect the water content.
Two simple tips on shape and colour to prevent your fingernails from pointing up your age:
- Keep them short – older women tend to grow their fingernails longer and more oval than younger women. This dates you. It used to be fashionable, but it isn’t any longer. Look in the magazines and you don’t see long nails. What you do see is well-manicured hands with shorter nails. Easier to maintain? Possibly – but don’t forget a regular manicure is very important.
- Brightly coloured nails can make older women look older. Just as putting clothes aimed at young women on an older woman looks incongruous, bright nails just highlight the older hands. Go for neutral colours that just make the nails look clean and cared for – and please forget the French manicure now, in my opinion it’s very dated.
As summer approaches, if you do want colour, where it can look nice is on your toe nails. The time for matching fingers and toenails as has passed although you might want to do it for a special evening occasion.