I have never in my life been accused of being 25 or older, and I’m 30 very soon. I put this down to a combination of good genes and mixing up my routine. Over the coming weeks I’ll share my tips and tricks as part of a new series on this site. (Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links)
Okay, I’ll admit it, if you’re 98 I probably can’t make you look 24, but perhaps I could help you look like a sexy-seventy-six-year-old?
Firstly, let’s be logical and start from the top Mindy Kaling* once said, “the hair on your head is worthless” and sadly, she’s mostly right. Even if you have the most luscious of locks, you probably need to do something with them.
So today’s lesson will be ‘How to Have the Hair of a Movie Star’.
To start with, pick your colour, it can be any colour you want providing it suits you and it keeps its vibrancy. I would always go to a hairdresser, but then I have have MASSES and MASSES of hair, it really is a professional’s job. If you choose to do it yourself, I would still advise that you appoint a helper.
Secondly, get it cut regularly and treat it right. In order to stay looking young you need shine and bounce and a clear style, if you have none of those, you will look like the girl out of The Ring when she climbs out of the well. Sorry, but it’s true. Even those ‘perfectly undone’ styles have been teased to a fine art (if you’re lucky, I’ll make a video to show you how to look like you haven’t brushed your hair, it only takes 15 minutes of expert arranging!).
I think at this point you need to know it’s really normal and common for some women to experience hair loss. It can be caused by stress, ill health or even something as simple as having a baby.
Most women experience some degree of hair thinning as they get older (and I mean like straight after you stop being a teenager) which is why you need hair extensions to add that extra oomph!
I believe the best bet is clip in hair extensions for a low maintenance boost, you don’t have to wear them every day but the option is always there. Although I have lots of hair I still wear clip-in extensions if I’m going out somewhere (and favour the messy top knot during normal daily tasks, like ironing, and wiping my toddler’s nose).
I’m wearing clip-in hair extensions in the picture below and I’d say the only thing suspicious about my hair is that it looks fabulous!
You need to make sure your hair extensions are made using real human hair, that way you can style it as you would your own and it won’t look overly shiny in photographs. Fake hair always looks too shiny compared to real hair when photos are taken, especially with the flash on.
I recommend NewU hair extensions because their hair is ethically sourced human hair. The last thing you want is to be supporting a trade where poor young women are taken advantage of and paid a pittance for their lovely hair. Ethically sourced hair costs a little more, but I consider a clear conscience to be priceless.
Next you’ll need the tools. It’s important to care for the hair on your head and your extensions so heat protection spray is a must. I’m a fan of loose curls and like to experiment with different ways of curling. My tongs broke recently so I’m using my straighteners to curl.
I use the Remington S9600 Silk Straightener for my curling and straightening needs, I love them because they have a brief heat-boost function for stubborn, wayward cowlicks etc. and they heat up really quickly. Also they make my hair mega shiny, look:
Keeping up with your hair maintenance isn’t as bad as you think. The hair on your head doesn’t need washing every day and the hair you keep in your drawer for special occasions needs washing even less. I use Batiste Volumising dry shampoo to freshen up between washes, I also change my shampoo and conditioner brand/range every time the bottle runs out, mixing up your hair care stops build up and prevents it from looking dull.
Lesson one is over now, I’m just easing you in, come back for more ways I can help you stay looking young. If you’re under 24 and reading this, take heed anyway, your youth will fade quicker than that cheap red hair dye you bought when you were 14, cling onto it, cling on for dear life!
*That was a quote from this book, I’m sure she won’t mind me quoting her if I plug her book. Buy it now, it’s really funny and I love her (this post contains affiliate links):